Advanced Diploma in Business

HP74 47 : Human Resource Management: Introduction

Course Description

This 1-credit Unit offers an introduction for students preparing to study Human Resource Management (HRM). Students explore the evolution of HRM and the role of HRM as a key function within an organisation. It introduces students to the activities that make up HRM and how these activities contribute to the success of an organisation.

There are three Outcomes within this Unit with two assessments.

Outcome 1 is intended to give students a brief overview of the history of HRM. Students will find useful information on Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) website —

Students could be set a group task to research and produce a timeline of the key stages in the development of HRM. This would form a strong base for individual student submissions. There are also numerous articles on the CIPD website that will assist completion of this assessment. Guest speakers from HR roles can make a real contribution to student knowledge and understanding of this Unit.

Outcomes 2 and 3 lend themselves to holistic assessment with a combined task focused on a case study and report. A given set of questions will assist students in structuring their responses. Prior to issuing the questions, the case study could be used as a focus for tutor led group discussions exploring the issues and discussing the contribution HRM could make.