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BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

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Codes:

College C58

UCAS N600

Course Length:

3 years (4 years with work placement) Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 96 - 112

A Levels: BBC - CCC

BTEC: DMM - MMM

GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Access to HE Diploma to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits at Merit

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Student view

Sarah Feeney
The structure of the syllabus is flexible to my needs and the content of my degree, whilst challenging, is really good fun.

Course content

This course enables you to acquire the relevant knowledge and skills to make you an effective manager of people, no matter what area of business you choose to work in, as well as an HRM professional, able to impact on the quality of people’s working lives and on their contribution to the performance of their organisation.

This degree will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills to prepare you for a successful career in a complex and ever changing business world, whether you intend to work in human resource management or any other area of business.

In the first year, you will study a range of management-related subjects, designed to ensure you have a broad foundation and knowledge of management, joining with students from a range of business-related degree routes. You will consider the human, legal, economic, financial and technology-related issues managers are faced with, and the tools and techniques they use.

The second year focuses more specifically on key aspects of human resource management, such as employee development, employee relations and leadership, as well as giving you the opportunity to choose from a range of other modules, to meet your particular interests.

The third year (or fourth, if you have taken the opportunity for a year’s professional placement after year two) moves to consider in greater depth the strategic importance of HRM in the creation and management of successful innovative organisations and key contemporary issues in HRM which interest you, as well as providing the opportunity of a ten-week work placement, which can be used as the basis for the management research project which is a key feature of the final year.

Our facilities

The Business School is located in an historic Georgian building, the Dome, based at the University's Bognor Regis campus which has undergone a multi-million pound transformation with a modern interior, purpose-built to reflect our approach to learning, and provide a relaxed yet professional working environment for students and staff. Some of your lectures will also take place in our cutting-edge Tech Park which has access to brand new equipment, machines and studios.

You will undertake your workshops in teaching rooms that are bang up-to-date with design features, touch screen electronic white boards and high speed wifi, and have been described as some of the best in the country. All of our current students love the learning environment, the friendly, supportive culture, camaraderie and the fact that tutors know them by name so they are more than just a ‘face in the crowd’. 

For studying outside of classroom meetings we have a brand new library housing the latest books, journals and online resources, an IT centre, and a student zone complete with barrista coffee and snacks. There is a small a gym on campus, and halls of residence with wifi facilities.

The Dome, The Tech Park,  library, residences and Students’ Union building are all located on a beautifully maintained, green and leafy, level campus. If that’s not quite enough to stimulate your intellect, we are just a short level walk from the beach and, for the more energetic, within cycling distance of the South Downs National Park. 

Further Students’ Union and sports facilities are available at our Bishop Otter campus and there is a regular subsidised bus service between the two campuses.

Where this can take you

As a successful graduate, you will be equipped to enter a range of professional and business careers, as well as specifically human resource management.

Recent graduates have joined organisations in both the private and public sectors, such as:

  • British Aerospace
  • NHS
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Biffa
  • John Lewis
  • Tribal Consulting
  • The Goodwood Group

You will also be able to progress to professional HRM qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and to post-graduate study at Masters level.

Postgraduate Pathways

The Business School has a diverse and exciting range of full and part time postgraduate programmes including:

  • Business Intelligence
  • Digital Marketing
  • Data Science & Analytics
  • Leadership & Management
  • MBA
  • PGCE
  • PHD Research

*Alumni receive 15% discount on postgraduate fees

Work placements

Our Business and Management degrees have a strong vocational focus and are enhanced by our optional work placement programmes.  Work placements and internships give students the opportunity to implement skills and knowledge gained during their time on campus in a real-world setting and allows them to develop their employability skills.

What our students think...

"I feel that the work placement was an extremely valuable experience to me and would thoroughly recommend it to any student going into their third year. I think in order to do the placement you do need to be self-motivated, however the benefits are endless. The support from the University was good - it is always good to know people are there, the Placement coordinator has been a great support."

"If I hadn't done the work placement I wouldn't have had the confidence that I now have. It prepared me for the working world and I would advise anyone who has the opportunity to do one to take the opportunity. I recently accepted an offer for a job with another company but I think that one of the reasons that I got the job was because I was able to talk about my experience on placement."

Professional Placement – 1 Year Internship

All students are able to take a 'Professional Placement' during their third year which is a one year paid internship. Great significance is placed on providing a learning experience that assists with the students understanding of business practice and the context in which it takes place.  The University is committed to working closely with business and the community, offering support, opportunities and facilities to both organisations and individuals in the local community, business and public services.

10 Week Work Placement

The majority of our business and management programmes offer our students the opportunity to undertake a 10-week full-time work placement as they begin the final semester of their degree. Placements begin mid-January each year and run until the end of March.  Whilst on placement the students focus on a management project which is normally concerned with investigating management issues within the organisation.  Many placement students are offered full time jobs even before their results are published and they believe that the placement was “Extremely beneficial to finding employment opportunities straight after completion of the course”.

Placement Office

The Business School has a dedicated placement office which works with students and businesses to help them find their perfect match whilst ensuring that all placements are of the appropriate level and suitability for the students degree routes.

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however the placement office has built up many contacts and advertises opportunities from organisations many who come back to us each year looking for new students. 

While a large proportion of students secure placements in London and the South East we have students who have travelled overseas for their placements for example, Bahrain, India, Singapore and Australia.

Types of Placement

Students find placements in all areas of business, some recent examples:

  • Accounting and Finance - Rolls Royce Motorcars, Cap Gemini
  • Business Studies – Nissan Motorcars, Gatwick Diamond Initiative
  • Business Studies & Marketing – Rolls Royce Motorcars, Bentley Motorcars, The Dreyfuss Group
  • Events Management – Shangri-la Hotel the Shard, Rugby Players Association
  • Human Resource Management – Condair, Hays Recruitment
  • Marketing – Brandwatch, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota Motorcars, TUI
  • IT Management for Business – Cap Gemini, Debenhams, Accenture, Eaton

For further details please contact the Business School Placement Office.

 

Indicative modules

Year 1:

Management and Organisations​
Students will explore ways of enhancing learning about management and themselves as managers. Management will be defined and the role of managers discussed. Students will be encouraged to develop their self-awareness in relation to their values and potential role as a manager. Group structures and processes will be introduced and the structures, functions and cultures of an organisation will be addressed. Students will explore how people are motivated, and relate this to job design factors. Power in organisations will be discussed, including theories of leadership and techniques to manage conflicts will be identified.. 

Enterprise Awareness

This module aims to provide participants with a practical introduction to thinking critically about the commercial realities underpinning organisations and how structured thinking and analysis can enable the development of an ‘enterprising mindset’ that can support informed, persuasive decision-making. The interplay between decisions around an organisation’s operations, sales, marketing and finance is explored through developing an understanding of business models. A primary module focus is about understanding how value is created (in particular the revenue streams and cost structures that underpin value creation) and then being able to develop and present business proposals and solutions clearly and concisely using ‘business language’. This requires a level of financial literacy, and a key learning outcome will focus on enabling students to construct, present and interpret financial information to support decision making.

Due to the nature of the module covering different areas of the business, this means that individual participants will have different experience through their previous studies and/or work experience. This provides the opportunity for students to ‘pool’ their experiences together and develop a wider understanding of the different types of decisions business make, but also how decisions in one business area affects others.

For students to get the most out of this experience, the tutor will support students in developing individual skills gaps and abilities to work in teams. Students will also be required to take responsibility for their own continuous learning.

Business Information Systems

This module is designed to introduce all management students to business information systems and how they are used to support businesses effectively. It is the first part of an information systems theme running through the course that will be undertaken by all IT Management for Business (ITMB) and Software Development for Business (SDfB) students.

Introductory Law for Managers
This module aims to introduce students to the subject of law relevant to the commercial world. It is not intended to make the students expert in the subject, but to provide them with sufficient understanding of it that as managers they are able to recognise its existence and effects within commercial activities that may require them to seek appropriate professional assistance.

Social Media

This module is designed to introduce marketing and digital marketing students to social media from a business and professional perspective. It is framed within the context of the marketing mix but explores the trend with this tactical aspect and more current ideas around the concept of digital consumers and engaging brand experiences. Students will explore the history, development and future of social media as well as looking at tools to manage roles, teams and campaigns.

Entrepreneurial Mindset

This module aims to deepen student’s knowledge through applying an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ to solve a social enterprise case study. Students will normally work in small groups to develop a proposed solution to the problem, and in parallel with this the task will enable students to develop further (and reflect upon) their confidence, resilience, autonomy, negotiation/influencing, team-working, problem solving and creativity skills.

In today’s competitive working environment, graduates require strong employability skills, good enterprise awareness and be the ability to be entrepreneurial. This module aims to develop these competencies and improve understanding of how different functional areas interconnect when making decisions; and their impact on the business as a whole.

Marketing Principles & Pracitce

This introductory marketing module explores the role of marketing in the modern business environment and familiarises students with the core tools and concepts of marketing, introducing the marketing priciples of the extended services mix, buyer behaviour, segmentation and market research. The module will also explore business aspects such as contemporary society, digital innovations and disruptive business models. The content is structured around real world examples, in class discussion and marketing briefs & activities that will enable participants to understand the principles of marketing and consider these in practice whilst developing problem solving and analytical skills.

Academic and Professional Skills (APS)

The module aims to assist in managing the initial transition to a university undergraduate degree programme with a particular focus on the development of skills relevant to underpinning your academic and professional skills development.  The module encourages reflection on and planning for personal development, with an emphasis on students taking responsibility for their learning in parallel with valuing the learning to be gained from, and support that can be provided to, peers.  Two key themes underpin the module: support for the development of academic skills; and focus on the development of personal, interpersonal and team working skills.

Year 2:

Professional Graduate 

This module is designed to support students in developing a critical understanding of the concept of professionalism and how it relates to being a graduate in the workplace. A practically led module that will support students in advancing strategies that enable them to articulate and market effectively the skills, knowledge and experience that they have developed both within and outside of University.

The module is of particular value to students seeking to undertake a placement as part of their programme of study although it is relevant to all students as a means of enabling them to reflect on, and subsequently develop further, their employability skills.

Human Resource Management

This module builds upon the Level 4 module, Management and Organisations, and aims to provide and develop students understanding of key issues concerning human resource management (HRM). It outlines the theory and practice of HRM and reviews the skills that are needed to manage people within various types of work organisations. The workshop learning activities and literature provide a structure through which to locate HRM within both the context of organising and the field of contemporary management from a national and international perspective.

Research Skills

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the field of business and management research with the express aim of preparing them for their final year management project, or equivalent personal study. The module will take the students on a structured and applied journey, looking at the rationale and contextualisation for use of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. The first part of the module will focus on the philosophical underpinnings and basic elements of research design and how they shape and inform the research process. Within this part of the module, students will be introduced to qualitative methodologies. The second part of the module will introduce students to the use of computer-based statistical techniques for the analysis and presentation of quantitative data using SPSS. Whilst students will engage with the philosophical issues of research, emphasis will also be placed on developing a well-constructed research approach, which maximises the benefits of a ‘mixed methods’ approach, capitalising on the advantages of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Students will work collaboratively on a small scale research project.

Employee Relations

Key areas in the module will include: - Unitary and pluralistic frames of reference - The role of the trade union - The history and development of trade unions - The main actors in industrial relations - Industrial conflict and the resolution of collective disputes - The nature of industrial conflict - Different types of dispute - Resolving conflict - Collective bargaining and negotiation - The nature and scope of collective bargaining - The collective bargaining process - Negotiation processes - Employee participation - Consultation and employee participation - Industrial democracy and employee participation - Shift from industrial relations to employee relations - Employee involvement techniques - The role of empowerment

Employee Development

This module is designed to provide a thorough evaluation of current thinking and practice in the development of employees. The aim is to critically examine the contribution that learning and development makes to individual and organisational performance. The module will also provide a range of frameworks and approaches for students to build their practice in developing people within the context of overarching human resource and business strategies.

A range of approaches to the application of learning and development within organisations will be investigated and critically evaluated. The module aims to develop students’ knowledge of: the national and international context of learning and development; the role of employee development as part of business strategy; the role of learning and development in career management; the practical aspects of implementing development programmes and different approaches to learning for individuals and organisations.

Research Skills

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the field of business and management research with the express aim of preparing them for their final year management project, or equivalent personal study. The module will take the students on a structured and applied journey, looking at the rationale and contextualisation for use of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. The first part of the module will focus on the philosophical underpinnings and basic elements of research design and how they shape and inform the research process. Within this part of the module, students will be introduced to qualitative methodologies. The second part of the module will introduce students to the use of computer-based statistical techniques for the analysis and presentation of quantitative data using SPSS. Whilst students will engage with the philosophical issues of research, emphasis will also be placed on developing a well-constructed research approach, which maximises the benefits of a ‘mixed methods’ approach, capitalising on the advantages of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Students will work collaboratively on a small scale research project.

Leadership

This module invites students to explore the challenges of leadership in organisations through a critical examination of theory, practice and possible future directions. It encourages students to avoid simplified prescriptions for effective leadership and encourages them to expand their thinking on alternative strategies as they look forward to their future role as potential leaders in organisations.

Year 3:

Management Project

The module has a crucial role within the programme of study in that it provides the opportunity for students to research an area of particular interest within an appropriate business, public sector or third sector context. The module is designed to make a major contribution to the professional and intellectual development of students. Students are prepared for the project through the Business Research module (BML201) in level 5 where they are introduced to different approaches to research. Students will also be familiar with different types of research associated with disciplines studied previously in their chosen pathway.

The project provides a vehicle for students to demonstrate the extent to which they have managed the final transition from a tutor-led approach to student centred learning. The issue is chosen, investigated and published by the student, with the support of a supervisor. It enables students to demonstrate their capacity for sustained independent thought, learning and critical reflection in a major piece of work.

The subject chosen will normally be concerned with the investigation of one or more management issues within the context of a public or private sector organisation. For students undertaking the 10 week work placement the project will usually be set in the context of the host organisation. For students remaining in the university it is expected that students will approach and identify a suitable organisation as a focus for their project. The university has a range of external contacts that may require specific projects but it is within the nature of the module, even in these cases, that students must approach the organisation and agree suitable terms of reference. Another context for the management project is to pursue research in a range of organisations or identify specific groups of people to study in relation to a management issue.

Whilst the topic might well be one that is of interest the end product must have findings that are generalisable and capable of broad application. A library based dissertation may also be acceptable, but it must consider the management implications of the study, and cannot be purely literature based.

Business Strategy

The module encourages learners to think critically about business strategy. It is designed for students that may have little or no personal experience of strategic management, whom may not go directly into roles that require strategic management skills. The Business Strategy module aims to deliver strategic management for non-strategic managers. Learning and teaching take a student-centric orientation, to pull together core themes from business and management disciplines covered in previous modules. Learners will design business strategies, based upon tools and models, to analyse the strategic context. Consideration is given to the effectiveness of corporate vision, the application of strategic tools, models and concepts (such as value chains and approaches to segmentation), the processes of strategy, and critical success factors in the delivery of competitive advantage and customer value.

Strategic Human Resource Management

Teaching and Learning Methods

A series of workshops will provide the environment in which practical and conceptual frameworks will be considered. These sessions are designed to be participative and will use a range of learning methods, including: Case studies Directed reading/research with subsequent presentations or feedback Self-reflection and research Visits to and speakers from external organisations Workshop exercises and mini-discussion groups Simulations and activities to reflect typical scenarios where students analyse, problem solve and generate a solution with full justification.

Contemporary Issues in HRM​

The aim of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to select, research and critically assess a range of contemporary HR issues in depth. Examples of such issues might include surveillance, emotional intelligence, aesthetics, discrimination in the workplace, the changing psychological contract, harassment and bullying at work, incivility in the workplace, ‘healthy’ organisations, and the intensification of work. Enquiry-based learning methods will be used to explore the nature and implications of these issues and particular emphasis will be placed upon how the HR function can contribute to the effective management of them.

The module will further focus on developing independent research and study skills to instil the qualities of an independent learner and thinker in the students.

10 Week Work Placement
This is a double weighted module aims to provide an opportunity for students to gain valuable experience of working in an organisation for 10 weeks in Semester 2 of their final year. Students will typically be conducting their Management/Consultancy Project in parallel with this module whilst on work placement. The primary aim of the module is to enable students, within the context of their working environment, to focus on areas of personal development with a view to enhancing their employability skills

  • OR Two from the following;
    • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
    • Contemporary Issues in Global Business
    • Small Business Enterprise

 

International English Studies

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International English Studies

Teaching and assessment

We work with our students in small workshop groups to create a learning community which operates in a friendly, supportive and highly interactive way. You will not get lost in huge lectures; our learning spaces have been specifically designed to facilitate our small group-based approach.

We believe this enables us to meet your personal interests, needs and aspirations in a more effective way, and supports your development as a well-motivated, confident learner, and ultimately highly employable graduate.

Our primary focus is on the development of those skills which will make you an effective manager of people as well as a human resource professional who can support employers achieve their aim of working with their employees to create high performing, successful organisations.

You will have opportunities to work with organisations on current commercial/business problems and projects; these experiences are used to provide the basis for assessments that enable you to apply your learning within authentic real-life situations.

You can do a year’s placement as part of the degree and/or get that experience of work in your final year in a 10-week placement.

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