Learning and Development: You will explore how people development can contribute to the enhanced performance of individuals, teams and organisations. The unit looks at the strategic and operational integration of development into the organisation, focusing on the wider national context and the notion of talent.
Human Resource Management in Context: This unit helps you to broaden your understanding of the internal and external factors that affect organisations, including the constantly evolving managerial and business context in which managers, HR professionals and employees interact.
Leading, Managing and Developing People: You will critically assess how people are managed and developed in contemporary organisations. You will also study major research evidence on effective approaches to HR, and learning and development practice.
Professional Development 1 – Developing Skills for Business Leadership: You will develop a stronger awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses as a manager and colleague. The unit focuses on developing and improving key skills for successful management practice and effective leadership. This includes thinking and decision-making skills, managing financial information and budgets, teamwork and interpersonal skills, and developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work.
Resourcing and Talent Management: This unit looks at the role of resourcing and talent management in supporting strategic objectives in national and international contexts. You’ll also examine the various approaches to resourcing in organisations through recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal processes.
Managing Employment Relations: This unit gives human resource management (HRM) professionals an understanding of employment relations, both nationally and internationally, from theoretical and behavioural competency perspectives.
Professional Development 2 – Investigating a Business Issue: Through a work placement, you will have the opportunity to diagnose and investigate a live, complex business issue from an HR perspective. You will collect and analyse data, derive supportable conclusions and make practical and actionable recommendations for change or enhancements to current practice.
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Leadership and Management Development: This unit focuses on the development of leadership and management, and their role in facilitating change and growth in individuals, teams and organisations.
Employment Law: You will learn the key principles that underpin UK (or Irish) and EU employment law. You will explore their purpose, the major defences that employers are able to deploy when defending cases, and the potential organisational costs and risks associated with losing them. You will focus on situations that occur relatively regularly in the workplace, rather than more obscure legal scenarios or the advanced study of legislation/case law.
Understanding and Implementing Coaching and Mentoring: You will critically analyse how the use of coaching and mentoring can facilitate enhanced performance for individuals within organisations.
Applications for exemptions from any course unit, except the dissertation, will be considered. No more than 60 credits can be exempted.
Teaching, learning and assessment
This course is taught through a mix of group work, individual study, case studies, lectures and seminars. Students are supported in their research by an individual supervisor and mentor.
You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a six-week work placement. During this placement, you’ll work on live projects for companies and produce a research project for your CIPD accreditation.
Past students have completed placements and projects with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the NHS, Sainsbury’s, the University of Winchester and many other organisations.
Assessment methods vary across units and include written assignments, skills and exams.
Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.
Meet the Team
Teaching staff have significant industry experience, many of whom combine lecturing and senior roles in Human Resource. Research interests are diverse and include coaching and mentoring, ageing in the workplace and the impact of culture upon learning.