What you will study
In this module, you'll consider the role of the HR professional and the skills needed to be effective in this role. You'll also consider the implications of recent research findings in human resource management for your practice, for example, in increasing levels of engagement and improving performance, in acting ethically and in managing change. You'll compare this with the practice of HR professionals in other contexts, drawing on case studies and the experience of your fellow students working in different geographical areas and sectors, and you will also look at the development over time of thinking about the role of HR professionals to understand how this may influence current thinking. The emphasis throughout will be on considering what HR management practices are associated with positive organisational outcomes.
You'll develop and practise the skills you'll need to be effective as an HR professional, including as a leader and a senior manager. These include self-management, leading and working in teams, making decisions, managing and communicating information, including people analytics, an awareness of EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion), financial information, consultancy skills and helping others to learn.
Perhaps most importantly, this module will develop your skills as a reflective practitioner, committed to continuously learning from reflection on your practice and the critical application of new theories and ideas to inform this practice.
You will learn
By studying this module, you will learn to:
- understand the role of the HR professional, the nature of professionalism and approaches to addressing ethical dilemmas
- review recent research and assess its relevance for practice in a range of contexts
- assess the relevance of theory for practice and apply it where appropriate to improve practice
- review theoretical approaches to leadership and team-working and develop the skills needed to be effective as a leader and as a team member
- critically assess the range of concepts and issues that are associated with managing performance in the workplace, and the interrelationships between these factors
- develop the skills and understanding needed to address change management issues and to work at a strategic level in the organisation
- develop the skills essential for HR work.