Human Resources Management

BSc single honours Human Resource Management with foundation year 2019/20

Year of entry

 

Are you passionate about business? Looking for an alternative route onto a full-time business degree? Our Business Foundation Year will help you take your first step into higher education, broadening your industry knowledge and enabling you to progress to a related undergraduate degree.

Our Accounting Foundation Year is a direct entry point to one of our business-related undergraduate degrees, such as marketing, business management or accountancy and finance. The foundation year is ideal for those who are looking at an alternative route into higher education, or who wish to update or broaden their knowledge before progressing onto a full undergraduate degree. The course aims to help you develop a strong foundation of business knowledge, alongside academic and transferable skills to ensure you get the most out of your degree-level studies.

 

 

 

The Foundation Year provides you with a gateway to higher education and offers you the building blocks to introduce you to your chosen subject pathway in Level Four, and also introduces you to study at university. The programme is designed to support and help you to develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding you need to prepare you for the remainder of your academic journey.

Human Resource Management is concerned with the selection and recruitment of employees, their learning, development and reward, communications, teamwork and performance management. It is also concerned with understanding management and leadership, and the ways that the behaviours of individuals and teams contribute to the success of organisations.

The benefits of studying Human Resource Management at Canterbury Christ Church University include the opportunity to work on real business issues and case studies, and develop knowledge and skills in a broad range of business subjects which impact directly on business performance and competitiveness.

The course enables you to go on to study professional HRM qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with us on the Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management. 

“Stimulating lectures and seminars for majority of the modules. Good online resources. Helpful tutors. Good employability advice.”

NSS 2015 quote

A knowledge and understanding of managing people is important for anyone planning a career in management, and especially for those wanting to work as a human resource professional. All of our degree courses in the Business School have an emphasis on employability and links to professional bodies and Human Resource Management is no different. It has been designed to enable you to gain professional body qualifications. On successful completion of the course, you will meet the professional expectations of prospective employers.

Studying HRM at undergraduate level will provide you with a good foundation for future professional studies and can open up opportunities to network with local employers.

Year 0 - Foundation Year

Core modules

Communication and Academic Skills for HE

The aim of this module is to provide and support students with the necessary skills base for engaging with Foundation Year modules, and to help students identify and develop a range of transferable skills in preparation for studying at degree level. The module aims to develop a reflective approach by helping students identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and plan for their personal, educational and career development.

Personal and Career Development

The aim of this module is to provide and support students with the necessary skills base for engaging with Foundation Year modules, and to help students identify and develop a range of transferable skills in preparation for studying at degree level. The module aims to develop a reflective approach by helping students identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and plan for their personal, educational and career development.

Contemporary Issues in Business, Management and Marketing

To prepare students for the academic study of business, management and marketing by developing a knowledge of contemporary and emerging business issues to support students’ personal, academic and professional development to prepare for work in the modern business environment. This will be achieved through addressing key questions concerning current business issues. Students will begin to put into practice the study skills that are required at university level and begin to use tools of analysis to discuss important contemporary issues. The module further aims to help students to understand the importance of issues around work and people in organisations by looking at basic HRM functions, activities and issues.

Contemporary Issues in Law

The aims of the module are to provide students with a basic understanding of contemporary issues in law. Students will be introduced to a number of contemporary issues through the perspective of different areas of legal study. Students will be able to look into a range of contemporary issues that require the application of legal rules and structures to develop their awareness of the implications and limitations of different areas of law in regards to specific issues.

Individual Project

This module gives students the opportunity to investigate, under supervisory guidance, a particular topic or issue related to material covered in the subject-specific modules. A major aim of the project is to help students prepare for their chosen subject-specific study at Level 4.

Contemporary Issues in Accounting – Business Foundation Years

The aims of the module are to introduce students to the basic mechanics and processes of financial accounting in both theory and practice and so prepare them for degree studies in Business Studies and Accounting and Finance. The module also aims to help students to understand the importance of financial and management accounting procedures in running a business effectively and the contemporary issues that are currently affecting these disciplines.

Year one

Core modules

Accounting and Finance for Business (Semester 1)

Accounting and Finance for Business introduces students to key accounting and finance topics.  They are introduced to financial statements, and use a number of case studies to understand the role of finance in the business environment.

Business Analysis (Semester 1)

This module is designed to help students to develop a range of statistical and computing skills that will be valuable to them during the course of their academic programmes and in their future careers in business. Although there are not pre-requisites for this module it is assumed that students have basic mathematical skills.

Contemporary Business Issues (Semester 1)

This module prepares students for the academic study of business by developing a knowledge of contemporary and emerging business issues to support students’ personal, academic and professional development to prepare for work in the modern business environment.

Economics (Semester 1)

The aim of the module is to introduce students to the fundamental economic issues stemming from the scarcity of resources. The relationship between business and the economic problem is analysed by means of micro and macro-economic models to equip students with an understanding of decision-making at the levels of the market, the firm and the nation.

Marketing Principles and Practice (Semester 1)

The aim of the module is to provide students with an introduction to marketing, its fundamental concepts and an overview of marketing practice. Students will cover the development of the marketing concept and examine the ways in which it differs from the production, product, and sales approaches to business. This will develop into a wider understanding of the differences between the operational role of marketing and how it is applied as an organisational focus.

People Management in the 21st Century (Semester 1)

This module focuses on the behavioural aspects of people management in organisations.  This is a vital area of study because the ability to understand behaviour in the workplace is a necessary prerequisite for making informed choices and for influencing organisational action such as decision making regarding organisational objectives, and leading and influencing the behaviour of others in order to see that the decisions are implemented.  It is anticipated that by the end of the module students will be able to evaluate objectively and understand organisational behavioural situations and determine the best course of action from a range of perspectives.

Year two

Core modules

Employee Development and Employee Relations (Semester 1)

This module will examine the development of Learning and Development practice, government policy interventions in Learning and Development for competitiveness; coaching and mentoring, L&D tools, techniques and delivery mechanisms available to the practitioner. The module also focuses on the nature of the employment relationship and employee relations in the UK, concepts of employee voice and engagement and power in organisations, trade unionism in the UK; collective bargaining and organisational downsizing and redundancy. 

Employment Law (Semester 1)

This module provides you with a platform for understanding the legal frameworks which underpin people practices and policies in organisations and to appreciate the context within which these frameworks operate.

Research Methods (PR) (Semester 2)

This module is designed to enable you to develop your skills and expertise in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and to independently design and conduct an effective piece of research.

Work Based Learning in HRM (Semester 2)

The aim of the module is develop your skills in seeking and obtaining a paid work placement of a minimum of three weeks’ duration. It will also develop your skills in learning from work experience and apply your HRM academic learning to the work place.

Optional modules

Accounting for Business (CMI) (Semester 1)

Accounting for Business extends the scope of financial accounting for professionals to more advanced topics in financial accounting.  It aims to develop knowledge and skills in understanding and applying accounting standards particularly in the preparation of financial statements of entities, including groups.  Understanding the theoretical framework and how to analyse and interpret financial statements are essential.

Developing Sustainable Enterprise (Semester 1)

The aims of the module are to introduce students to the relationship between business and the challenges and opportunities of business sustainability, and to encourage the development of enterprising skills to meet these challenges.

e-Business (Semester 1)

The aim of this module is to explore the business paradigm shift that arises from application of emerging information and communication technologies. The module is aimed at anyone wishing to gain an understanding of business activities and interaction between business and the business environment (customers, suppliers…) and how technologies can be deployed to enhance these activities.

Human Resource Management (CMI) (Semester 2)

This module aims to equip you with the ability to understand and analyse core HRM concepts, operational Human Resource activities and responsibilities and relate these to a range of organisational contexts.

Project Management (apm, CMI) (Semester 1)

This module aims to examine critically the role of project management within a contemporary business context. It also explains how specific project management applications play an important role in producing successful business outcomes and examines the philosophies, principles, structures and methodologies of project management.

Year three

Core modules

Dissertation (40 Credits) (Semester 1 and 2)

The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity to focus on an area of HRM of particular interest to you, develop your research skills and apply the theory of the subject to a business oriented issue.

Employee Reward and Resourcing (Semester 2)

To provide a critical understanding of the core human resources’ principles, theories and concepts supporting the effective acquisition and reward of employees in the modern organisation.

Strategic Human Resource Management (Semester 1)

This module aims to equip you with the ability to critically evaluate the strategic nature of HRM within the changing context of work and to evaluate effective management of people strategies.

Strategic Management (Semester 1)

The aim of the module is to provide you with an understanding of the impact of the business environment and the resources of the organisation, both human and material, on strategic planning and choice. This will enable you to consider strategic alternatives, evaluate their suitability and make you aware of the complex issues involved in implementing strategy and managing strategic change.

Optional modules

Business Ethics (Semester 2)

The module will consist of a broad syllabus addressing practical considerations of the nature of ethics, progressing through learning of a range of traditional and post-modern ethical theories, and the appreciation of these theories in the practical setting of modern business processes. You will study topics such as corporate social responsibility, sustainability and the environment, professionalism and integrity, ethics and technology, financial scandals, whistle-blowing and other emerging issues, by reference to case studies.

Knowledge Management (Semester 2)

The module will cover the nature of knowledge. Epistemological issues, including typologies of knowledge, and the distinction between tacit and explicit knowledge will be examined as will the sources of knowledge. Knowledge as an intangible asset will be explored as will the measurement and evaluation of the contribution of knowledge to the strategic management of the organisation and the role of knowledge in business functions. In addition, the module will examine ethical issues in knowledge management and the nature and protection of intellectual property.

Service Management (Semester 2)

The module will acquaint students with the complex demands made upon service management organisations and the challenges that staff within them face. An understanding of the environments in which they operate will be developed and an appreciation of the different constraints placed upon them will be explored. The module will exam the range of alternatives that organisations can draw from and will include an investigation into the issues associated with service management across a wide range of situations. This will include the process of servitisation, managing the service encounter, service quality, service level, customer management and capacity management.

Year one provides a varied and interesting introduction to the business environment in the key areas of management, financial accounting, marketing, economics, and quantitative analysis. It provides the essential foundation to the whole course whilst allowing flexibility to choose a variety of pathways in the second and third years of study.

In year two you will study human resource management, employment law and employee development, combined with a choice of optional modules taken from the Business School Framework, including management and leadership and project management.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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Year three will involve the study of strategic human resource management, and employee reward and resourcing, together with a range of optional modules chosen from the Business School Framework, including service management, business ethics and strategic management.

Work experience

The programme provides students with the opportunity to take a work-based learning module in year two and the opportunity for a placement year between years two and three. Students have undertaken a variety of interesting placements and are often given responsibility very early on in their placement years.

Fees

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Professional Body Registration Professional Body qualification is optional and fees range between approximately £100 and £200 depending on the Professional body, the subject and the level of the award.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Each of your modules is typically taught concurrently (‘short and fat’), meaning that you will be studying three modules simultaneously for half of the academic year. This will enable you to become accustomed to the demands and expectations of university in the first term, and then move onto increasingly complicated subject-specific content in the second semester. Consideration is made within the module delivery to ensure that foundational content is taught at the beginning of the module, and that increasingly complex concepts and processes will be encountered as the year progresses. This body of study, twinned with the academic support module that is core to this programme, will ensure that you are well placed to progress onto L4 of your named programme with a sound foundational knowledge of core subject principles, and with essential study and research skills for undergraduate progression.

This programme consists of six modules that run concurrently, enabling you to see the connections between them and to apply your growing skills with increasing confidence. These modules will adopt a range of techniques appropriate to the subject matter and stage of module progression. Typically, core knowledge and understanding is acquired through a number of methods and strategies including Lecture & Discussion; Student-led Seminars; Tutorials; Individual Oral Presentations; Problem Solving Exercises, Case studies and Projects. Intellectual skills are promoted through lectures, practical classes, workshops and seminars. Therefore teaching on the Foundation year is focused on preparing students for the methods employed at L4 study.  Throughout the Foundation Year degree, your will receive academic and personal support from your module lecturers and Programme Director who will act as your Personal Tutor.

TUTORIALS AND PERSONAL ACADEMIC TUTORING

Personal Academic Tutorials will be provided by lecturers delivering the modules on the Foundation Year. You will be provided with scheduled slots for your Personal Academic Tutorials, which you are expected to attend. You may also contact the Programme Director for an Academic Tutorial additional to scheduled slots.

Attending Personal Academic Tutorials is a vital component of the Foundation Year and these are set up to review your academic progress during the Foundation Year.

You will have Personal Academic Tutorials in Induction week and as part of your modules.  You will be provided with a tutorial appointment slot which you must attend. You can also request a tutorial in a lecturer’s office hours. Your lecturers will provide you with these.

 

Your knowledge and understanding is assessed via examination and coursework including essays, practical project work, group and or individual work, Oral presentations, Computer based assessment, Seminar presentation, Paper presentation, Seminar papers, Case study and Audio or video presentation. Intellectual skills are assessed by coursework (including computer-based assessment), presentations and examination.

You will have access to our Bloomberg Trading Room. This offers you the chance to gain practical experience of trade floor activities and financial market analysis. We are one of the few universities in the UK offering direct use of Bloomberg data, information and analytics in a dedicated trading room which provides a simulation of what it is like to work on a real trading floor in the financial district.

93% of Business School graduates were in employment or further study six months after completing their studies.

DLHE 2014/15

We work with industry stakeholders aligned to the continued development of our teaching programme, research and knowledge exchange. Some of these come in as guest lecturers and we also have masterclasses by visiting professors chosen for their continuing expertise in business and management. These established links have helped some of our students to secure placements.

A Business School Advisory Board has been established which includes representatives from across the private and public sector. This encourages employer engagement as the Board engages in discussion about technical content of the curriculum and the development of wider employability skills, the provision of work placement opportunities, guest speakers, live case studies, and workplace visits.

The Business School recognises the importance of professional body accreditation, to ensure that not only do we deliver well­researched courses, but also that our students meet the professional expectations of prospective employers and have the opportunity to gain professional body qualifications. This includes modules accredited by the Association of Project Management (APM). Our Project Management module was the first from a university to gain accreditation and exemption for its teaching and assessment.

The Business School has accreditation with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The year two modules of Management and Leadership, Project Management and Human Resource Management are accredited by the CMI and on successful completion you will be eligible for CMI Level 5 qualifications in Leadership and Management.

Students can go on to study professional Human Resource Management qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) or a postgraduate Masters degree, both of which are study options available at Canterbury Christ Church University Business School.

Successful graduates are equipped to enter a range of professional and business roles which has included roles such as learning and development specialist, HR partner, recruitment consultant and HR outsourcing consultant.

UK/EU

Full-time study

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For advice on completing your application please contact the Course Enquiry Team:

Email: courses@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000

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UCAS course code

  • N60F Human Resource Management with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 4 years full-time

Starts

  • September 2019

Entry requirements

Location

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