Full Title:Human Resource Management & Employee Relations
Module Code:MGMT B8026
Credits: 10
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:no description provided
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Describe and evaluate the range of HR Practices, Policies and Procedures, both in a national and international context.
  2. Explain how the major areas of employment law impact on people management activities.
  3. Conduct effective selection and appraisal interviews.
  4. Critically analyse the changing contexts of employment relations in Ireland and be able to compare the employment relations systems of a variety of countries.
  5. Recognise the role of the State in employment relations in Ireland.
  6. Discuss the range of interpersonal and organisational processes in use in building an effective employment relations climate.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Nature of Human Resource Management
The historical development of HRM; HR activities; strategy, policy and practice in HRM; the specialist HR function.
Human Resource Planning
The human resource planning process; analysing the existing supply of labour; forecasting the demand for labour; forecasting the supply of labour; the labour market; the flexible firm;
Job Analysis; the Recruitment process; recruitment methods;
Selection of Employees
Screening and shortlisting; suitability, validity and reliability of selection methods; main techniques for candidate assessment; the efficiency of the selection interview; errors and biases in selection; types of interview questions; Testing; placement, induction and follow-up.
The Employment Contract
Legal requirements as to written notification of terms of contract, hours of work, annual leave, public holidays, restbreaks, maximum working time, Sunday working, zero hours, statutory leave, retirements, dismissals, redundancies and equal treatment.
Managing and Appraising Performance
The nature and process of performance management; performance appraisal; methods of performance appraisal; the appraisal interview; common errors in the appraisal process; the ethics of appraisal.
Human Resource Development
The process of learning, training and development in organisations; learning, training and development methods; evaluation of learning; career development and management.
Reward Management
The scope of reward management; the requirements of an effective reward system; determining the relative value of jobs; approaches to job evaluation; payment systems; fringe benefits; pay as a motivator.
Retirement and Employee Welfare
Issues in relation to retirement, work-life balance, stress management and counsellng at work.
International HRM
Staffing overseas operations, the influence of culture on international human resource management, managing internationally mobile personnel.
The Nature of Employment Relations
Defining employment relations; employment relations in Ireland; the context; the psychological contract; contemporary issues.
The Parties in Employment Relations
Employers, managers and management styles; Trade unions and other collective associations; The role of the State in Industrial Relations
Interpersonal Processes in Employment Relations
Discipline and Grievance; Dismissal and Redundancy.
Organisational Processes in Employment Relations
Employee Voice; Collective Bargaining and Pay Determination; Negotiation; Conflict and Protests in employment relations.
Comparing Employment Relations Systems
Comparing the systems in Ireland, Britain, U.S., Germany and Japan in terms of the characteristics of their national systems of employment relations.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Class Test Multiple Choice Test 1,2 20.00 0 0 n/a 0
Project Project will enclude practical skills evaluation in either Selection Interviews or Performance Appraisal Interviews. 1,3 30.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 4,5,6 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Gunnigle, P., Heraty, N. and Morley, M.J. 2011, Human Resource Management in Ireland, 4th Edition Ed., Gill & Macmillan [ISBN: 978-0-7171-4979-7]
  • Wallace, J., Gunnigle, P., McMahon G. and O'Sullivan M. 2013, Industrial Relations in Ireland, Gill & Macmillan [ISBN: 9780717143818]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Rollinson D. and Dundon T. 2007, Understanding Employment Relations, McGraw-Hill Higher Education [ISBN: 0-07-711486-8]
  • Porter, C., Bingham, C., Simmonds, D. 2008, Exploring Human Resource Management, McGraw-Hill Education [ISBN: 007711102-8]
  • Taylor, Stephen 2008, People Resourcing, 4th Edition Ed., Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development [ISBN: 978-1-84398-198-5]
  • Taylor, Stephen 2011, Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management, McGraw-Hill Education [ISBN: 9781843980582]
  • Reidy, Linda 2011, Make that Grade - Human Resource Management, 3rd Edition Ed., Gill & Macmillan [ISBN: 978-0-7171-5006-9]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Journal: Industrial Relations News
  • Journal: People Management
  • website: lrc.ie
  • website: nera.ie
  • website: EIROnline

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_BBUST_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) 4 Mandatory