Human Resources Management

BSc single honours Human Resource Management with foundation year 2020/21

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 Business 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 prepares you for Level 4 study in a variety of business and law programmes, while giving you a strong cross-disciplinary grounding in these subjects. On successfully completing the Foundation year, you are not only equipped for further study in your chosen subject, but will have a good interdisciplinary understanding of business and law to help prepare you for the first year of your degree.. The Foundation Year also gives you experience of applying what you study to the solution of real-world problems. In this way, it gives you the necessary skills for further academic study, inquiry and problem-solving, and helps you become an independent learner.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year in Business and Law you will progress to your three-year degree, designed to prepare you for general management. All our business degrees are essentially practical in nature. You will receive relevant knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external environment in which they operate and how they are managed; the inter-relationships among, and the integration of, these areas will form part of your overall student learning experience.

Human Resource Management (HRM) 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.

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.

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

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On the Foundation Year all students study five core modules: Contemporary Issues in Business, Management and Marketing, Contemporary Issues in Law, Individual Project, Communication and Academic Skills for HE and Personal and Career Development. In addition to this, Business students will study Contemporary Issues in Accounting, whilst Law students will study an Introduction to Law module.

These modules will introduce you to key concepts, skills and ideas in the disciplines of Business and Law by exploring key current issues and engaging you in lively debates.

Having gained a grounding in each subject area you will then undertake a supervised ‘Individual Project’ investigating a particular topic within your chosen subject area. This module is designed to prepare you for further study at Level 4 within your chosen subject-specific degree pathway.

The Foundation Year will enable you to attain all the basic transferable skills you need to undertake research, reflect on your learning, and communicate effectively in speech, writing and other formats, giving you the confidence to study in Higher Education. 

Year one of the degree 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.

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.

As a Business School we are always working to improve our programmes to make sure they fit with what both students want and business needs. Every five years we get the chance to make some major changes that really help us to keep our teaching and our modules up to date and relevant for business of the future. The modules listed online are part of this review and will give you a very good indication  of what you will be studying. Confirmed modules for 2020 entry will be published at the end of September 2019.

Core modules

Year 0 - Foundation Year

Communication and Academic Skills for HE (SEMESTER ONE)

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 (SEMESTER TWO)

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 (SEMESTER ONE)

This module aims 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 (SEMESTER ONE)

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 (SEMESTER TWO)

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 Year Students (SEMESTER TWO)

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.

Introduction to Law – Law Foundation Year Students (SEMESTER TWO)

This module is designed to prepare students for degree studies in Law by introducing them to the study of Law and a theories and concepts in Law with an overview of legal practice and wider implications for society. This will enable students to understand Law both as a discipline and in its practical role within society. Practical examples are provided through case studies to support or illustrate the theory. Students will also be helped to develop their academic and communication skills by researching and delivering an individual presentation on a legal topic.

All degree modules are 20 credit modules with the exception of the Dissertation in Year 3 (Level 6) which is 40 credits (as indicated)

Year 1

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 2

Employee Development and Employee Relations (Semester 1)

This module will examine the development of Learning and Development (L&D) 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 to 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.

Year 3

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)

This module aims 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.

All modules are 20 credit modules with the exception of the Dissertation in Year 3 (Level 6) which is 40 credits (as indicated)

Likely Optional Modules

Year 2

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 3

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.

Students can go on to study professional Human Resource Management qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) or pursue 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.

Fees

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £7,050 £9,910
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000
Full-time - placement year * £1,850 N/A
Part-time - years 1-3 * £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fee of £9,250  / £13,000  / £1,850  / £4,625 relates to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and mid-course year on year fee increases.

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

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for 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. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

Each degree module will involve 200 hours of work with 50 of these being contact time (lectures and seminars) and the rest self-directed study, which includes preparation for and the production of assessments. Delivery of modules will typically consist of a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar per week for each of the six modules being studied each year.

On average, you should expect to study for 35 hours per week during term time.

You will study modules to the value of 120 credits each year:

For HRM single honours students these will all be in the Business School.

For HRM combined honours students in year one, these will be 60 credits in HRM and 60 credits from the other part of the degree.

For HRM combined honours students in year three, these will be between 40 and 80 credits in HRM and 80 and 40 credits from the other part of their degree

For HRM combined honours students in year three, these will be between 40 and 80 credits in HRM and 80 and 40 credits from the other part of the degree.

Academic input

The majority of staff have worked as practitioners, hold membership of the professional body for HR specialists the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and bring a wealth of experience to student learning.

As well as teaching, the team is also actively involved in research, knowledge exchange and cross cultural teaching at institutions in other parts of Europe. The Business School is a CIPD Approved Centre, delivering the postgraduate courses in HRM.

The Business School is also a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Centre, delivering degree and postgraduate level qualifications in management and leadership. It is also an Approved Centre for the Association for Project Management (APM) and modules on the HRM degree are accredited by these professional bodies.

You will be assessed by a number of methods including reports, essays, presentations, computer based projects, reflective logs, time constrained assessments and case studies as a group and individually. The emphasis is on coursework although some core modules include examinations.

You will have access to our Christ Church Trading Floor. 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.

We work with industry stakeholders , some of whom 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 well researched 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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Part-time study

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Need some help?

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

    7 years part time with Foundation Year

    Professional placement option available

Starts

  • September 2020

Entry requirements

  • Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points, although those without formal qualifications may be considered on an individual basis, however these students should still apply through UCAS.

    Business School students are also required to have GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or equivalent. More entry requirement details.

    Non-UK entry requirements

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