Human Resources Management

BSc single honours or in combination with either Business Studies, Finance or Marketing Human Resource Management 2018/19

Year of entry

Apply from September 2017. Come to an Open Day

Human Resource Management is concerned with the recruitment of employees, their development and reward, commutations, and performance management.

You will develop knowledge and skills in a broad range of subjects that impact directly on business performance and competitiveness. You will also gain an understanding of leadership and how the behaviours of individuals and teams contribute to the success of organisations.

You will explore areas including:

  • contemporary business issues
  • employee development and employee relations
  • management and leadership.

93% of Business School graduates were in employment or further study six months after completing their studies.

DLHE 2014-15

Human Resource Management is concerned with the selection and recruitment of employees, their learning, development and reward, communications, teamwork and performance management. It is also concerned with understanding management and leadership, and the ways that the behaviours of individuals and teams contribute to the success of organisations.

The benefits of studying Human Resource Management at Canterbury Christ Church University include the opportunity to work on real business issues and case studies, and develop knowledge and skills in a broad range of business subjects which impact directly on business performance and competitiveness.

The course enables you to go on to study professional HRM qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with us on the Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management. 

“Stimulating lectures and seminars for majority of the modules. Good online resources. Helpful tutors. Good employability advice.”

NSS 2015 quote

A knowledge and understanding of managing people is important for anyone planning a career in management, and especially for those wanting to work as a human resource professional. All of our degree courses in the Business School have an emphasis on employability and links to professional bodies and Human Resource Management is no different. It has been designed to enable you to gain professional body qualifications. On successful completion of the course, you will meet the professional expectations of prospective employers.

Studying HRM at undergraduate level will provide you with a good foundation for future professional studies and can open up opportunities to network with local employers.

Year one provides a varied and interesting introduction to the business environment in the key areas of management, financial accounting, marketing, economics, and quantitative analysis. It provides the essential foundation to the whole course whilst allowing flexibility to choose a variety of pathways in the second and third years of study.

In year two you will study human resource management, employment law and employee development, combined with a choice of optional modules taken from the Business School Framework, including management and leadership and project management.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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Year three will involve the study of strategic human resource management, and employee reward and resourcing, together with a range of optional modules chosen from the Business School Framework, including service management, business ethics and strategic management.

Work experience

The programme provides students with the opportunity to take a work-based learning module in year two and the opportunity for a placement year between years two and three. Students have undertaken a variety of interesting placements and are often given responsibility very early on in their placement years.

Year one

Core modules

Single Honours students will study the following core modules (120 credits):

People Management in the 21st Century

This module focuses on the behavioural aspects of people management in organisations. This is a vital area of study because the ability to understand behaviour in the workplace is a necessary prerequisite for making informed choices and for influencing organisational action such as decision making regarding organisational objectives, and leading and influencing the behaviour of others in order to see that the decisions are implemented. It is anticipated that by the end of the module you will be able to evaluate objectively and understand organisational behavioural situations and determine the best course of action from a range of perspectives.

Contemporary Business Issues

This module prepares you for the academic study of business by developing a knowledge of contemporary and emerging business issues to support students’ personal, academic and professional development to prepare for work in the modern business environment.

Accounting and Finance for Business

Accounting and Finance for Business introduces you to key accounting and finance topics. They are introduced to financial statements, and use a number of case studies to understand the role of finance in the business environment.

Marketing Principles and Practice

The aim of the module is to provide you with an introduction to marketing, its fundamental concepts and an overview of marketing practice. You will cover the development of the marketing concept and examine the ways in which it differs from the production, product, and sales approaches to business. This will develop into a wider understanding of the differences between the operational role of marketing and how it is applied as an organisational focus.

Economics

The aim of the module is to introduce you to the fundamental economic issues stemming from the scarcity of resources. The relationship between business and the economic problem is analysed by means of micro and macro-economic models to equip you with an understanding of decision-making at the levels of the market, the firm and the nation.

Business Analysis

This module is designed to help you to develop a range of statistical and computing skills that will be valuable during the course of your academic programmes and in your future careers in business. Although there are not pre-requisites for this module it is assumed that you have basic mathematical skills. 

Combined Degree

Students studying the combined degree within the Business School will study a total of 60 credits. They will also have to study 60 credits for the other part of their degree.

People Management in the 21st Century

This module focuses on the behavioural aspects of people management in organisations.  This is a vital area of study because the ability to understand behaviour in the workplace is a necessary prerequisite for making informed choices and for influencing organisational action such as decision making regarding organisational objectives, and leading and influencing the behaviour of others in order to see that the decisions are implemented. It is anticipated that by the end of the module you will be able to evaluate objectively and understand organisational behavioural situations and determine the best course of action from a range of perspectives.

Contemporary Business Issues

This module prepares you for the academic study of business by developing a knowledge of contemporary and emerging business issues to support students’ personal, academic and professional development to prepare for work in the modern business environment.

Economics

The aim of the module is to introduce you to the fundamental economic issues stemming from the scarcity of resources. The relationship between business and the economic problem is analysed by means of micro and macro­economic models to equip you with an understanding of decision­making at the levels of the market, the firm and the nation.

Year two

Core modules

Single Honours Degree core modules (core subjects worth 100 credits plus optional modules worth 20 credits)

Human Resource Management

This module aims to equip you with the ability to understand and analyse core HRM concepts, operational Human Resource activities and responsibilities and relate these to a range of organisational contexts.

Employee Development and Employee Relations

This module will examine the development of Learning and Development practice, government policy interventions in Learning and Development for competitiveness; coaching and mentoring, L&D tools, techniques and delivery mechanisms available to the practitioner. The module also focuses on the nature of the employment relationship and employee relations in the UK, concepts of employee voice and engagement and power in organisations, trade unionism in the UK; collective bargaining and organisational downsizing and redundancy. 

Employment Law

This module provides you with a platform for understanding the legal frameworks which underpin people practices and policies in organisations and to appreciate the context within which these frameworks operate.

Research Methods

This module is designed to enable you to develop your skills and expertise in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and to independently design and conduct an effective piece of research.

Management and Leadership

The module explores the context within which management and leadership takes place; the historical context within which the fundamental principles of management arise; the context of the external environment which impacts on organisational strategy and may cause ambiguity in relation to organisational objectives, policies, working practices, ethical considerations and management approaches. It explores a range of different perspectives on management and leadership and focuses in on particular managerial/leadership issues that lead to ambiguities and problems.

Combined Honours Degree

Students studying the combined degree will take 120 credits.

40 credits within the Business School plus core credits from the other part of their degree, together with option modules from either part of their degree to an overall total of 120 credits.

Human Resource Management

This module aims to equip you with the ability to understand and analyse core HRM concepts, operational human resource activities and responsibilities and relate these to a range of organisational contexts.

Employee Development and Employee Relations

This module will examine the development of Learning and Development practice, government policy interventions in Learning and Development for competitiveness; coaching and mentoring, L&D tools, techniques and delivery mechanisms available to the practitioner.

Likely optional modules

Single Honours

Choose one option from:

Work Based Learning in HRM

The aim of the module is develop your skills in seeking and obtaining a paid work placement of a minimum of three weeks’ duration. It will also develop your skills in learning from work experience and apply your HRM academic learning to the work place.

Corporate and Business Law

Corporate and Business Law develops knowledge and skills in the understanding of the general legal framework, and of specific legal areas relating to business, recognising the need to seek further specialist legal advice where necessary; and of compliance with the codes of ethics for professional accountants.

Project Management

This module aims to examine critically the role of project management within a contemporary business context. It also explains how specific project management applications play an important role in producing successful business outcomes and examines the philosophies, principles, structures and methodologies of project management.

Combined Honours Degree Options

Students studying the combined degree within the Business School will study a total of between 40 and 80 credits. They will also have to study between 80 and 40 credits for the other part of their degree.

Employment Law

This module provides you with a platform for understanding the legal frameworks which underpin people practices and policies in organisations and to appreciate the context within which these frameworks operate.

Combined Honours students must take:

Employee Reward and Resourcing

To provide a critical understanding of the core human resources’ principles, theories and concepts supporting the effective acquisition and reward of employees in the modern organisation.

Strategic Human Resource Management

This module aims to equip you with the ability to critically evaluate the strategic nature of HRM within the changing context of work and to evaluate effective management of people strategies.

Year three

Core modules

Single Honours degree students must take the following core modules to a total of 100 credits, together with 20 credits of option modules.

Employee Reward and Resourcing

To provide a critical understanding of the core human resources’ principles, theories and concepts supporting the effective acquisition and reward of employees in the modern organisation.

HRM Dissertation (40 Credits)

The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity to focus on an area of HRM of particular interest to you, develop your research skills and apply the theory of the subject to a business oriented issue.

Strategic Human Resource Management

This module aims to equip you with the ability to critically evaluate the strategic nature of HRM within the changing context of work and to evaluate effective management of people strategies.

Strategic Management

The aim of the module is to provide you with an understanding of the impact of the business environment and the resources of the organisation, both human and material, on strategic planning and choice. This will enable you to consider strategic alternatives, evaluate their suitability and make you aware of the complex issues involved in implementing strategy and managing strategic change.

Combined Honours Degree

Students studying the combined degree will take 120 credits. 40 credits within the Business School plus core credits from the other part of their degree, together with option modules from either part of their degree to an overall total of 120 credits.

Strategic Human Resource Management

This module aims to equip you with the ability to critically evaluate the strategic nature of HRM within the changing context of work and to evaluate effective management of people strategies.

Employee Reward and Resourcing

To provide a critical understanding of the core human resources’ principles, theories and concepts supporting the effective acquisition and reward of employees in the modern organisation.

Likely optional modules

Single Honours

Choose one option from:

Business Ethics

The module will consist of a broad syllabus addressing practical considerations of the nature of ethics, progressing through learning of a range of traditional and post-modern ethical theories, and the appreciation of these theories in the practical setting of modern business processes. You will study topics such as corporate social responsibility, sustainability and the environment, professionalism and integrity, ethics and technology, financial scandals, whistle-blowing and other emerging issues, by reference to case studies.

Service Management

The module will acquaint you with the complex demands made upon service management organisations and the challenges that staff within them face. An understanding of the environments in which they operate will be developed and an appreciation of the different constraints placed upon them will be explored. The module will exam the range of alternatives that organisations can draw from and will include an investigation into the issues associated with service management across a wide range of situations. This will include the process of servitisation, managing the service encounter, service quality, service level, customer management and capacity management.

Knowledge Management

The module will cover the nature of knowledge. Epistemological issues, including typologies of knowledge, and the distinction between tacit and explicit knowledge will be examined as will the sources of knowledge. Knowledge as an intangible asset will be explored as will the measurement and evaluation of the contribution of knowledge to the strategic management of the organisation and the role of knowledge in business functions. In addition, the module will examine ethical issues in knowledge management and the nature and protection of intellectual property

New Venture Creation

The module aims to provide a practical perspective on the development and planning processes involved in the creation of a new venture, either as a new business start-up or as a new product or service development within a public or private organisation setting. It aims to develop an understanding and awareness of business models underlying successful new business ventures, and the potential of business model innovation. It will explore the fundamental building blocks of a business model, the interrelationships between the building blocks and the links to the external business environment, and aims to arrive at a detailed operational and financial feasibility study that assesses the real potential of the new venture creation project.

Combined Degree Options

Students studying the combined degree within the Business School will study a total of between 40 and 80 option credits. They will also have to study between 80 and 40 credits for the other part of their degree.

Combined Honours students can choose a selection of modules from:

Audit and Assurance

Audit and Assurance plays a vital role in accounting. This module introduces you to key auditing techniques. The importance of the audit function with regard to the independent examination of financial information of any entity, whether profit-oriented or not, and irrespective of its size or legal form, is explained. The skills necessary to carry out such an examination are applied, with a view to developing the knowledge necessary to express an opinion thereon. 

Business Ethics

The module will consist of a broad syllabus addressing practical considerations of the nature of ethics, progressing through learning of a range of traditional and post-modern ethical theories, and the appreciation of these theories in the practical setting of modern business processes. You will study topics such as corporate social responsibility, sustainability and the environment, professionalism and integrity, ethics and technology, financial scandals, whistle blowing and other emerging issues, by reference to case studies.

Dissertation

The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity for the practical application of theory to a business oriented problem and to develop research skills.

Employee Reward and Resourcing

To provide a critical understanding of the core human resources’ principles, theories and concepts supporting the effective acquisition and reward of employees in the modern organisation.

Financial Management

The module will consist of a review of financial techniques which will need to be employed in assessing corporate performance, and introduce new methods of assessing corporate success. The consideration of financial risk management and the various instruments and techniques that are available to business executives will be covered in some depth. Another key area of study will be the workings and implications of the Stock Exchange, both in relation to the shareholders and to the business organisations and financial markets. Sources of appropriate funds will be identified and evaluated. The cost of equity capital will be calculated using the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) and the capital asset pricing model (CAPM).

Global Marketing

The module develops your understanding and then provides a forum for critical analysis of the application of marketing techniques in international, multi-national, and global market situations. Emphasis is given to the relative importance of political, economic, socio-cultural, technological, legal and regulatory, and environmental issues as they apply to (changing) country-specific and regional contexts. Market research techniques and practices develop your understanding of market entry and market sustainability techniques as aspects of competitive advantage.

HRM Dissertation

The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity to focus on an area of HRM of particular interest to you, develop your research skills and apply the theory of the subject to a business oriented issue.

Individual Study

The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a particular line of enquiry related to a business issue selected by the student.

Knowledge Management

The module will cover the nature of knowledge. Epistemological issues, including typologies of knowledge, and the distinction between tacit and explicit knowledge will be examined as will the sources of knowledge. Knowledge as an intangible asset will be explored as will the measurement and evaluation of the contribution of knowledge to the strategic management of the organisation and the role of knowledge in business functions. In addition, the module will examine ethical issues in knowledge management and the nature and protection of intellectual property.

Marketing – Culture and Communication

This module develops your understanding and appreciation of how the cultural context(s) for global marketing activities can be regarded as similar, or dissimilar to their home-country situation. Emphasis is given to language (spoken and ‘silent’) as a barrier to effective communication across the full range of marketing activities, but with particular emphasis on its value in relation to both personal and non-personal marketing communications activities such as face-to-face personal selling, and advertising and packaging, respectively.

Public Relations

This module aims to develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the role of PR in building relationships with stakeholders and gain an appreciation of the strategic and specialist roles of PR.

Retail Strategy

This module aims to develop a critical awareness of the strategic factors and operational implications a retailer needs to achieve in order to establish a clear market position in a competitive market.

Service Management

The module will acquaint students with the complex demands made upon service management organisations and the challenges that staff within them face. An understanding of the environments in which they operate will be developed and an appreciation of the different constraints placed upon them will be explored. The module will exam the range of alternatives that organisations can draw from and will include an investigation into the issues associated with service management across a wide range of situations. This will include the process of servitisation, managing the service encounter, service quality, service level, customer management and capacity management.

Strategic Management

The aim of the module is to provide you with an understanding of the impact of the business environment and the resources of the organisation, both human and material, on strategic planning and choice. This will enable you to consider strategic alternatives, evaluate their suitability and make them aware of the complex issues involved in implementing strategy and managing strategic change.

Taxation

The aim of this module is to develop knowledge and skills relating to the taxation system as applicable to individuals, single companies and groups of companies in the United Kingdom. Understanding the theoretical framework and the ability to apply core taxation laws are essential.

Students can go on to study professional Human Resource Management qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) or a postgraduate Masters degree, both of which are study options available at Canterbury Christ Church University Business School.

Successful graduates are equipped to enter a range of professional and business roles which has included roles such as learning and development specialist, HR partner, recruitment consultant and HR outsourcing consultant.

Tuition Fees for 2018/19 have not yet been finalised - please read the 2018/19 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2018/19 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Fees

The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £9,250*  £11,000** 
Full-time (placement year) £1,850  N/A 
Part-time £4,625  N/A 

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

**Tuition Fee Scholarship discounts of £1,500 are available to eligible overseas students. Visit the International webpages for further information.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Each module will involve 200 hours of work with 50 of these being contact time (lectures and seminars) and the rest self­directed study which includes preparation for and the production of assessments. Delivery of modules will typically consist of a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar per week for each of the six modules being studied each year.

On average, you should expect to study for 35 hours per week during term­time.

You will study modules to the value of 120 credits each year:

  • For HRM single honours students these will all be in the Business School.
  • For HRM combined honours students in year one, these will be 60 credits in HRM and 60 credits from the other part of their degree.
  • For HRM combined honours students in year three, these will be between 40 and 80 credits in HRM and 80 and 40 credits from the other part of their degree
  • For HRM combined honours students in year three, these will be between 40 and 80 credits in HRM and 80 and 40 credits from the other part of their degree.

Academic input

The majority of staff have worked as practitioners, hold membership of the professional body for HR specialists the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and bring a wealth of experience to student learning.

As well as teaching, the team is also actively involved in research, knowledge exchange and cross­cultural teaching at institutions in other parts of Europe. The Business School is a CIPD Approved Centre, delivering the postgraduate courses in HRM.

The Business School is also a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Centre, delivering degree and postgraduate level qualifications in management and leadership. It is also an Approved Centre for the Association for Project Management (APM) and modules on the HRM degree are accredited by these professional bodies.

You will be assessed by a number of methods including reports, essays, presentations, computer­based projects, reflective logs, time constrained assessments and case studies as a group and individually. The emphasis is on coursework although some core modules include examinations.

The Business School recognises the importance of professional body accreditation, to ensure that not only do we deliver well­researched courses, but also that our students meet the professional expectations of prospective employers and have the opportunity to gain professional body qualifications. This includes modules accredited by the Association of Project Management (APM). Our Project Management module was the first from a university to gain accreditation and exemption for its teaching and assessment.

The Business School has accreditation with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The year two modules of Management and Leadership, Project Management and Human Resource Management are accredited by the CMI and on successful completion you will be eligible for CMI Level 5 qualifications in Leadership and Management.

You will have access to our Bloomberg Trading Room. This offers you the chance to gain practical experience of trade floor activities and financial market analysis. We are one of the few universities in the UK offering direct use of Bloomberg data, information and analytics in a dedicated trading room which provides a simulation of what it is like to work on a real trading floor in the financial district.

93% of Business School graduates were in employment or further study six months after completing their studies.

DLHE 2014/15

We work with industry stakeholders aligned to the continued development of our teaching programme, research and knowledge exchange. Some of these come in as guest lecturers and we also have masterclasses by visiting professors chosen for their continuing expertise in business and management. These established links have helped some of our students to secure placements.

A Business School Advisory Board has been established which includes representatives from across the private and public sector. This encourages employer engagement as the Board engages in discussion about technical content of the curriculum and the development of wider employability skills, the provision of work placement opportunities, guest speakers, live case studies, and workplace visits.

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UCAS code

  • NA32 Human Resource Management
  • N601 with Professional Placement

Institutional code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years (or 4 years with Professional Placement) full-time

    6 years part-time

Starts

  • September 2018

Entry requirements

Location

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