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Leading and Developing People


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor: Vanessa Iwowo
  • Assessment: a 48-hour take-home examination (three questions, 600 words per question) (100%)

Module description

This module will enable you to develop a critical understanding of the strategic concept of human resource development and how it can enhance learning, skills, personal development and performance within an organisation. As the nature of work and the environments in which it is undertaken continue to evolve within the global economy, how we review, change and re-focus on research and practice will continue to be key.

Indicative module syllabus

  • Contemporary Developments in HRM/HRD
  • Motivation and Engagement
  • Leadership
  • Implicit Leadership Theories
  • Critical Leadership Studies
  • Leader-Follower Relationships
  • Organisational Development and Change Management
  • Flexible Working/Digital Working Practices
  • Coaching and Mentoring

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • critically review major research studies on contemporary developments in the HRM and HRD fields published in the UK and overseas
  • evaluate major theories relating to motivation, commitment and employee engagement at work and how these are put into practice by organisations
  • debate and critically evaluate the characteristics of effective leadership and the methods used to develop leaders in organisations taking into consideration HRDs role in the interaction between power, culture, knowledge and HR /HRD development
  • contribute to the promotion of flexible working and effective change management in organisations
  • critically discuss the aims and objectives of the HRM and HRD functions in organisations and how these are met in practice
  • promote professionalism and an ethical approach to HRM and HRD practice in organisations
  • explore future HRD trends and practices and their links to organisational strategic plans.