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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Introduction To People Management
Module Code HR201
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Aurora Trif
Semester 2: Aurora Trif
Autumn: Aurora Trif
Module TeachersAurora Trif
Edel Conway
Janine Bosak
Colette Real
Katie Ann Bridget Clarke
Michael Joseph Moran
Maria Ryan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to provide students with a broad overview of human resource management (HRM). It has been designed to help students develop a theoretical and practical insight into current practices in people management. In this module students will develop knowledge of key human resource management processes and practices (for example, recruitment and selection of staff, rewards and employee voice) and their outcomes for workers and organizations, including aspects concerning sustainability. The module also enables students to make more informed career decisions and thus prepare for future employment opportunities. Students are expected to attend lectures, prepare for and contribute to class discussions, particularly by drawing on case studies of people management in international companies such as Amazon, Google and Ryanair.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the nature and scope of Human Resource Management (HRM) and its importance for workers and organisations.
2. Discuss how specific HR practices can be applied to meet the needs of organisations and workers within a range of organisational contexts.
3. Explain the argument for implementing unitary and pluralist approaches to managing people.
4. Identify and discuss contemporary and future HR trends in the workplace.
5. Evaluate their key skills, competencies and work experience through the completion of a personal development portfolio.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22Weekly lecture
Independent Study63Reading
Directed learning40Preparation for the assignments
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to HRM
An introduction to the basic concepts and theories of HRM. HRM in practice in organisations. Trade unions and HRM.

Theoretical approaches to managing people
Theoretical explanations on the impact of HRM practices on organizational performance and workers' interests.

Recruitment and Selection
The process of attracting and assessing potential candidates for employment.

Managing and Rewarding Performance
Performance management, appraisal, reward management.

Employee voice
Mechanisms of employee participation in decision-making.

Contemporary Issues and Debates in HRM
Current trends and developments in the field of HRM.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Professional PortfolioFocuses on practical aspects, particularly on how to find and apply for a suitable job.15%n/a
EssayAnswer one out of the two following essay questions: (1) Compare and contrast the effects of soft and hard HRM philosophies to people management in Ryanair and Google or Lincoln Electric from the perspective of workers and the company. (2) Compare and contrast the effects of unitary and pluralist approaches to people management in Ryanair and Amazon or Semco from the perspective of workers and the company.85%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Carbery, R. and C. Cross: 2019, Human Resource Management (2nd ed.), Red Globe Press, London,
  • Gunnigle, P., Heraty, N. and Morley, M.: 2017, Human Resource Management in Ireland, Gill and Macmillan, Dublin,
  • Torrington, D., Hall, L. and Taylor, S.: 2008, Human Resource Management, 7th, FT Prentice Hall, Essex,
  • Cottrell, S.: 2015, Skills for Success, Palgrave, Basingstoke,
  • Bratton, J. and Gold, J.: 2003, Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice, 3rd, Palgrave Macmillan, New York,
  • Armstrong, M.: 2006, A Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice, 10th, Kogan Page, London,
  • Harney, B. and Monks, K.: 2014, Strategic HRM: Research and Practice in Ireland, Blackhall/Orpen Press, Dublin,
Other Resources

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Date of Last Revision18-SEP-09

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