Module Code: 5BIC
Long Title Business issues and the contexts of human resources
Title Business issues and the contexts of human resources
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Credits: 2.5
Module Coordinator: EDITH RACHEL DOHERTY
Departments: School of Business
Specifications of the qualifications and experience required of staff  
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 1 Understand key contemporary business issues affecting the HR function within private, public and third sector organisations
LO2 2 Understand the main external contextual factors impacting on organisations and the HR function
LO3 3 Understand the role of HR in the managing of contemporary business issues and external contexts.
LO4 4 Understand how organisational and HR strategies and practices are shaped and developed
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is required before enrolment on this module. While the prior learning is expressed as named NCI module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
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Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Assessment100.00%


Full Time

No Coursework
End of Module Assessment
Assessment Type: Terminal Exam % of total: 100
Assessment Date: End-of-Semester Outcome addressed: 1,2,3,4
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
End-of-Semester Final Examination
No Workplace Assessment

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Module Workload

Module Target Workload Hours 0 Hours
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning No Description 3 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • FARNHAM, D. (2010) Managing in a strategic business context. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. (New edition: HRM in context, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, due August 2010.).
  • Armstrong, M (2009) Armstrong’s Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice 11th ed. Kogan Page.
  • HERATY, N ., GUNNIGLE, P., and MORELY, M (2006) Human Resource Management in Ireland.
  • MARCHINGTON, M. and WILKINSON, A. (2009) Human resource management at work. 4th ed. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development..
  • BUCKLEY MARY (2009), 1st Cite @ NCI: bibliography and referencing made easy, Dublin : National College of Ireland, Norma Smurfit Library and Information Services.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Armstrong, M (2010) Armstrong's Essential Human Resource Management Practice: A Guide to People Management.
  • BEGG, D. and WARD, D. (2009) Economics for business. 3rd ed. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill..
  • BOXALL, P. and PURCELL, J. (2008) Strategy and human resource management. 2nd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan..
  • CHILD, J. (2005) Organization: contemporary principles and practice. Oxford: Blackwell..
  • CROWTHER, D. and GREEN, M. (2004) Organisational theory. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
  • DAFT, R. (2008) New era of management. Mason, OH: Thomson South-Western..
  • DESJARDINS, J.R. (2007) Business, ethics and the environment: imagining a sustainable future. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice-Hall..
  • GRANT, R.M. (2008) Contemporary strategy analysis. 6th ed. Oxford: Blackwell..
  • HALES, C. (2001) Managing through organization: the management process, forms of organization and the work of managers. 2nd ed. London: Thomson Learning..
  • REDMAN, T. and WILKINSON A., (2008) 3rd edition Contemporary Human Resource Management: Text and Cases.
  • ROLLINSON, D. (2008) Organisational behaviour and analysis: an integrated approach. 4th ed. Harlow: Financial Times/Prentice Hall.
  • STANDAGE, T. (ed.) (2005) The future of technology. London: Economist.
  • TAYLOR, S. and EMIR, A. (2008) Employment law: an introduction. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Linda Holbeche. Aligning Human Resources and Business Strategy, Second Edition, 2. Butterworth-Heinemann, [ISBN: 978-0-7506-8017-2].
  • Peter Boxall, John Purcell. Strategy and Human Resource Management: Third Edition, Palgrave Macmillan, [ISBN: 978-0-230-57935-4].
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