HRM09007 2023 Strategic Human Resource Management

General Details

Full Title
Strategic Human Resource Management
Transcript Title
People Management
N/A %
Subject Area
HRM - Human Resource Management
BUS - Business
09 - NFQ Level 9
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2023 - Full Academic Year 2023-24
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Colette Armstrong, Caroline Casey, Jimmy Treacy, Ruth Walsh, Breda McTaggart, Valerie McTaggart, Bryan Coyne, Mary Gilmartin
Programme Membership
SG_BSTRA_M09 202300 Master of Science in Strategic People Management SG_BSTRA_O09 202300 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Strategic People Management SG_BSTRA_S09 202300 Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic People Management

This module focuses on the importance of evidence-based, outcomes-driven, and principles-led practice in support of the core purpose of the people profession. It explores how people professionals create value and deliver outcomes for organisations and employees, and how contributing to the achievement of business objectives improves performance and enhances the employee experience. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Evaluate ways in which organisations integrate people management practice within their culture, brand and values


Evaluate the alignment of people practices to organisational strategy and culture.


Critically discuss different models of people practice management, linking them with effective business performance.


Critically discuss how the development of people practices improves organisational performance and employee experience.


Evaluate current practice in major areas of people management and development work.


Critically assess the role and influence of people professionals in different organisational settings.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Effective teaching and learning strategies will evolve as the module is delivered. However, it is expected that lectures (live, virtual, and/or recorded), videos, guest speakers, group work, problem-based learning, enquiry based learning, reading, research, reflection, workshops and peer review will be core to this module. Principles of Universal Design for Learning will be incorporated in the delivery of the module.  

A range of Computer- Aided Learning packages are available to support this module (e.g. Moodle, Teams, Panopto etc.)

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will be 100% continuous assessment.  In order to use the module and programme for the CIPD accreditation, students must pass all assessments within the module and must reach the pass mark in all modules.

Students will receive formative feedback such as in class discussions, polls and quizzes.  Students will also receive summative feedback on assessments so that they can reflect on their progress and make adjustments in later assessments. 

Depending on the learner group the assessments will vary and may be any of the following: group project, presentation (recorded/live or virtual), role play, open-book exam or essay, multiple choice quiz, case study, portfolio, reflective diary, podcast, infographic.   

Some of the assessments may be shared with other modules to enhance student learning and assessment.  If shared assessment is being used it will be clear to the students which elements of the assessment apply to which modules.  

Assessments will be scheduled in conjunction with other modules being taught in the semester. This is so that assessments are spaced out to allow students to adequate time to meet all deadlines. 

Actual assessments will be reviewed annually based on student and lecturer feedback and adapted as appropriate.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessments will be developed to align with failed components. The pass grade for the module is 40%.

Indicative Syllabus

1. Aligning people practices with organisational strategy and culture.

  • Objectives of people practices
  • Advantages of associated with aligning people management policies with organisational strategy and risk.
  • Integrating people management practice within their culture, brand and values
  • Models of systemic thinking and how they underpin the interconnective nature of people practice work

2. How the development of people practices can improve organisational performance and employee experience.

  • Models of people practice management,
  • The link between people management practice in organisations and improved employer outcomes.
  • Best practice, contingency and resource-based approaches to the development of people practices.
  • High-performance work practices associated with positive organisational and employee outcomes.

3. Current practice in major areas of people management and development work.

  • Major areas of responsibility in people management work in organisations.
  • Current developments in the fields of resourcing and performance management.
  • Current developments in the fields of learning and development and organisational design and development.
  • Current developments in the fields of employment relations, employee engagement and diversity and inclusion.

4. Understand the role and influence of people professionals in different organisational settings.

  • Various ways in which people practice activities are organised, structured and evaluated in different organisational settings
  • The nature of professionalism in people practice and the role of the CIPD.
  • Advantages of partnering with customers to understand their current and future needs from a people practice perspective.
  • The value of facilitation, coaching and mentoring, and consulting in different people practice contexts.
  • How data analytics and technological developments present practical and ethical challenges for people professionals.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Project Project Assignment 50 % Week 7 1,2,3,4,5
2 Joint Assessment with module Personal & Professional Effectiveness Coursework Assessment Assessment 50 % Week 10 3,4,5,6

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Online Online Class 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 6 Weekly 6.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2023-01-31 Armstrong's Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice Kogan Page
ISBN 1398606634 ISBN-13 9781398606630

Gain a complete understanding of how to develop all the key areas of the HR function with this one-stop shop handbook by the UK's bestselling HRM author.

Recommended Reading
2018 Data-Driven HR
ISBN 074948246X ISBN-13 9780749482466

Use data, analytics and metrics to make better HR decisions for your business.

Recommended Reading
2017 Human Resource Management
ISBN 129211956X ISBN-13 9781292119564

This highly engaging, bestselling textbook, now in its eighth edition offers a comprehensive examination of contemporary human resource management issues and debates. Aimed at undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA students, this title provides an authoritative source for students of CIPD Advanced qualifications.

Recommended Reading
2018-08-17 Human Resource Management
ISBN 1138237558 ISBN-13 9781138237551

Despite over three decades of debate around the nature of human resource management (HRM), its intellectual boundaries and its application in practice, the field continues to be dogged by a number of theoretical and practical limitations. Written by an international team of respected scholars, this updated textbook adopts a critical perspective to examine the core management function of HRM in all its complexity - including its darker sides. Human Resource Management: A Critical Approach opens with a critique of the very concept of HRM, tracing its development over time, and then systematically analyses the context of HRM, practice of HRM and international perspectives on HRM. New chapters commissioned for this second edition look at HRM and the issues of diversity, migration, global supply chains and economic crisis. This textbook is essential reading for advanced and inquisitive students of HRM, and for HRM professionals looking to deepen their understanding of the complexities of their field.

Required Reading
2020-11-24 Human Resource Management at Work Cipd - Kogan Page
ISBN 1789664861 ISBN-13 9781789664867

Providing all the research, models and theory needed for an HR masters degree and the examples and context necessary to excel as an HR professional.

Required Reading
2022-12-27 Strategic People Management and Development Cipd - Kogan Page
ISBN 1398607606 ISBN-13 9781398607606

Use this textbook to understand how and why to align people management strategies with organisational objectives.

Required Reading
Strategy and Human Resource Management Management, Work and Organisation
ISBN 9781350309869 ISBN-13 1350309869
Recommended Reading
2019-06-10 The SAGE Handbook of Human Resource Management SAGE Publications Limited
ISBN 1526435020 ISBN-13 9781526435026

The new edition of this SAGE Handbook builds on the success of the first by providing a fully updated and expanded overview of the field of human resource management. Bringing together contributions from leading international scholars - and with brand new chapters on key emerging topics such as talent management, engagement , e-HRM and big data - the Handbook focuses on familiarising the reader with the fundamentals of applied human resource management, while contextualizing practice within wider theoretical considerations. Internationally minded chapters combine a critical overview with discussion of key debates and research, as well as comprehensively dealing with important emerging interests. The second edition of this Handbook remains an indispensable resource for advanced students and researchers in the field. PART 01: Context of Human Resource Management PART 02: Fundamentals of Human Resource Management PART 03: Contemporary Issues

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Updated Literary Resources
Journal Resources

People Management; Human Resource Management Journal; Personnel Review; Human Resource Management Review; International Journal of Human Resource Management; Human Resource Planning; Human Resource Development International, Hays Journal,

URL Resources

Other Resources

Book, journal, website, and other resources may alter and extend as the programme progresses.  Core texts are available as e versions through the library as are access to many online resources.

Additional Information

Book, journal, website, and other resources may alter and extend as the programme progresses.