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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title People Management & Development
Module Code HR551
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Eugene Hickland
Semester 2: Eugene Hickland
Autumn: Eugene Hickland
Module TeachersAurora Trif
Brian Harney
Eugene Hickland
Sinead Creane
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the theory and practices utilised to manage and develop an organisation's human resources. It establishes the nature and function of the various components of typical human resource management (HRM) practices and exposes students to the skills of HRM through the use of a range of exercises and workshops. The modules aims to give future managers and personnel specialists the essential knowledge and understanding of HRM, which will then be developed and extended in the other cognate modules. Students are expected to attend lectures ands kills workshops and participate in class discussions.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the nature and scope of HRM and its importance to the effective management of organisations
2. Describe the main generic areas of HRM including resourcing, development, reward and relations in a range of organisational contexts.
3. Evaluate the impact of a range of environmental factors influencing HRM practice.
4. Apply HRM concepts and theories to address business problems and issues.
5. Undertake basic human resource processes.
6. Give informed advice and solutions with regard to people management and development issues at workplace and establishment level.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Outline of models, concepts and theories as part of weekly lecture
Tutorial9Weekly skills workshops
Independent Study40Reading
Group work22Direct preparation for and completion of group project
Directed learning30Direct preparation for and completion of examination
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

Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
An introduction to the key theories and concepts underpinning HRM; origins of HRM; the context for HRM; key developments in its trajectory and the function; emerging issues and future prospects; the agenda for future research, debate and practice.

Industrial Relations
An introduction to the key concepts and theories of IR; the role and function of trade unions; the role of the state in IR; social partnership and collective bargaining; employee participation and voice mechanisms in union and non-union environments.

Human Resource Development
The principles underpinning HRD as a distinct field of study; relationships between HRM and HRD; the systematic HRD cycle.

Rewarding People at Work
The nature and scope of reward management; motivation theories underpinning reward; contemporary trends and developments in managing reward.

Electronic HRM and HR Information Systems
The application of information technology to key HRM practices and processes; the impact of e-HRM on the HR function.

Health, Safety and Employee Well-Being
Managing occupational health and safety; workplace stress; EAPs.

Equality, Diversity and Dignity at Work
Equal opportunities vs. managing diversity; legislative issues in equality; workplace bullying: antecedents and consequences.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment30% Examination Weight70%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ProjectGroup based project30%Week 10
ParticipationIndividual and group exercises completed during skills workshops10%Every Week
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

  • Marchington, M.and Wilkinson, A.: 2008, People Management and Development: Human Resource Management at Work., CIPD, London,
  • Redman, T. and Wilkinson, A.: 2009, Contemporary Human Resource Management: Text and Cases, 3rd, Pearson: Financial Times Press, Harlow, UK,
  • Gunnigle,P.,Hearty, N. and Morley, M.: 2006, Human Resource Management in Ireland, 3rd, Gill and Macmillan, Dublin,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
GDHRMGrad Dip in Human Resource Management
MHRMMSc in Human Resource Management
Date of Last Revision25-JAN-13

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