Human Resource Management

BSc (Hons)

2023/24 Full-time Undergraduate course

Award:

Bachelor of Science with Honours

Faculty:

Ulster University Business School

School:

Department of Management, Leadership and Marketing

Campus:

Belfast campus

UCAS code:

N600
The UCAS code for Ulster University is U20

Start date:

September 2023

With this degree you could become:

  • HR Administration Officer
  • HR Administrative Assistant
  • HR Administrator
  • HR Advisor
  • Assistant/Service Member
  • Graduate Post - Assistant Manager
  • Human Resources Officer

Graduates from this course are now working for:

  • Capita
  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Diageo
  • Fujitsu
  • Grafton Recruitment
  • Pricewaterhousecoopers
  • FinTrU Ltd

Overview

This course develops HR professionals with the skills and expertise necessary to engage employees and contribute to organisational effectiveness.

Summary

Organisations need to be strategically managed if they are to survive conditions of global competition and continual environmental change. It is increasingly recognised that the quality of an organisation’s human resources and the way they are managed are major factors in its ability to gain and sustain competitive advantage.

The University regularly ‘refreshes’ courses to make sure they are as up-to-date as possible. The University calls this process 'academic revalidation’.

For the most up-to-date course and module information, please contact Mr Ian Smyth Course Director.


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About this course

About

This course meets the needs of those wishing to become human resource management (HRM) professionals and also provides a foundation for postgraduate study. You will undertake core management subjects as well as more specialist HRM modules. The main functions of HRM are explored throughout your four years on the degree programme, these being the recruitment and selection of employees, the training and professional development of employees, the relationship between employers and employees and the rewarding of employees. You will also study the ethical and legal dimensions of employing people in today’s environment. In addition, the course develops your skills in the communication of information and ideas and in the analysis of complex problems in managing people.

You will undertake seven compulsory modules in Year 1 and six in Year 2 of the programme. Year 3 comprises a professional placement in the area of HRM. In Year 4 you undertake five compulsory modules and one optional module. This allows you to tailor your final year studies.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Attendance

Duration: Normally four years, which includes the placement year.

Attendance: This is a full-time course where you will normally complete three modules each semester, with class contact time approximately three hours per week, per module. You will be expected to undertake independent study to supplement that contact of around 10 hours per week, per module. You will have 9-10 class contact hours per week on the Jordanstown campus.

Start dates

  • September 2023

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

A wide variety of assessment methods are utilised such as essays, group work, exams, class tests, role plays and professional discussions, and teaching and learning has a significant applied emphasis.

The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:

Attendance and Independent Study

As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until near the start date and may be subject to change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days of attendance will often be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.

Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.

The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.

Postgraduate Masters courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.

Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be via one method or a combination e.g. examination and coursework . Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Normally, a module will have four learning outcomes, and no more than two items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.

Calculation of the Final Award

The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6 (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).

Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Masters degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.

All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Masters degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (20%) or Lecturers (55%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) by Advanced HE - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise.  The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff.  This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

Figures correct for academic year 2021-2022.

Belfast campus

Accommodation

High quality apartment living in Belfast city centre adjacent to the university campus.

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Student Wellbeing

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Belfast Campus Location

Campus Address

Ulster University,
2-24 York Street,
Belfast
BT15 1AP

T: 02870 123 456

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

Year one

Introduction to Management and Leadership

Year: 1

This module aims to provide an introduction to the study of leadership and management. Students will be provided with knowledge and gain an understanding of the internal dynamics of an organisation, and the roles and functions which managers play in ensuring that it fulfills its mission or purpose. The module is applied in nature using real businesses and real managers and leaders in the assessment and content. Throughout the module, students will also be encouraged to self-evaluate and reflect on their own management and leadership skills and competences.

Fundamentals of Human Resource Management

Year: 1

This module introduces the student to the role of Human Resource Management and the application of, and responses to, people management activities by managers in contemporary organisations.

Academic Foundations for Management

Year: 1

This module provides students with the key foundational skills for their academic journey. It also develops students skills in their ability to analyse and organise quantitative data and an understanding of the core skills to communicate effectively with an emphasis on management and leadership / HRM issues.

Economic and Financial Awareness

Year: 1

The overall aim of this module is to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the concepts related to the financial aspects of businesses and to the economic environments in which they operate.

Employability and the HR Profession

Year: 1

The supervised work placement for students is designed to enhance their understanding of the world of work within the area of Human Resource Management and to provide them with an opportunity to develop their personal and interpersonal skills. Therefore, this module provides a succinct background for students preparing to embark on industrial work experience. In addition, it introduces students to the possiblility of designing a meaningful career in HRM.

Business and Society

Year: 1

This module helps management students to understand their own ethics, hear those of their peers, and learn about professional ethics, and tools to support ethics in the workplace. Students will study multiple, real examples of ethical and unethical business and experience the complexity behind these issues by working on ethical dilemmas.

Introduction to Employment Law

Year: 1

The importance of the relationship between employers, employees, unions and other statutory bodies and agencies is such that an outline knowledge of the context and aspects of the relevant substantive law is necessary for those involved in this area in any capacity. The module attempts to provide the basis for this knowledge and to put students in the position where they may not only have an understanding of the relevant law, but also be in a position to understand the need to use that knowledge in a practical manner in professional and commercial settings.

Year two

Personal and Professional Development

Year: 2

This module is a placement-preparatory module, which aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to secure an industry placement in Year 3. This module will create opportunities for students to develop a range of transferable and profession-specific skills in practice so that they begin to flourish personally and professionally through reflection. Students will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own development.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Year: 2

Students will address real-world problems informed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In so doing to generate an SDG related innovative idea and explore how that idea can be taken to market such that it creates and captures value for the organization. This will require that you understand the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship within an organizational setting and understand how a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship is effectively developed and successfully implemented within an organizational setting.

Business in Practice

Year: 2

In order to become effective managers and leaders it is essential that students are able to work with others and provide direction to achieve results. On completion of the module students will have demonstrated their ability to work effectively in a team environment and engage with organisations to apply theoretical learning by successfully delivering added value via agreed projects.

Learning and Development in the Workplace

Year: 2

This module provides knowledge and understanding of the essential elements of learning and development practice in contemporary organisations. An awareness of the strategic importance of human resource development to individual and team performance and overall organisational effectiveness and sustainability is emphasised. It explores the stages of learning and development design, delivery and evaluation alongside alternative modes of learning to encourage engagement and support the business. A range of teaching and assessment methods will be used to enhance the learning experience.

Contemporary Issues in HRM

Year: 2

Students will study, debate and develop a critical understanding of the issues involved in people management so that they are prepared themselves well for securing work placements on time, in the short term and flourish as effective HR professionals in work contexts, in the long term.

Managing People and Culture

Year: 2

Knowledge and understanding of human behaviour are essential prerequisites for effective and efficient people management.

This module will introduce students and encourage them to reflect on what is known about how people behave in organisational settings, the theories that inform this knowledge and the practical implications for managers.

Year three

Professional Practice

Year: 3

Placement provides students with 48 weeks of professional work experience in an HRM/Management related work environment. The placement is a component to and extension of the work engaged in at the university and provides the opportunity for each student to satisfy learning objectives on organisational and personal development needs.

Year four

Leadership and Change

Year: 4

Managing and leading change are increasingly important aspects of the manager's role. This module equips students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to recognise and understand the need for change and the nature of the change required, and to deploy a range of measures (tailored to the diagnosis) to ensure that the change process is managed and led effectively and efficiently.

Advanced Professional Practice

Year: 4

This module encourages students to develop a strong sense of self-awareness and helps them to develop a range of transferable skills, which are pivotal to successful Human Resource Management practice. The module helps students enhance their future employability by providing them with the opportunity and ability to develop their knowledge of HRM, acquire skilful HR practices and to reflect upon their learning and progress in transferable skills development.

Employee Relations

Year: 4

This module equips students with an understanding of the complex issues associated with employment relationship management. There is a focus on the interventions that can be employed to address individual and organisational problems, or to find ways of improving existing systems policies and procedures. The module will examine a range of theoretical approaches that will be used to help analyse and evaluate employment relationships for improving individual and organisational performance.

The practical skill development side of the module introduces students to the skills of one-to-one dispute resolution, conflict coaching, and giving voice to values in HRM.

Management Project I

Year: 4

This module is part one of the management project in which students will be provided with the opportunity for work based learning that aims to further develop employability and research skills. In previous modules and placement, students will have undertaken structured project work in local organisations, designed to develop key management and leadership competencies.

Management Project II

Year: 4

This module is part two of the management project in which students will be provided with the opportunity for work based learning that aims to further develop employability and research skills

Psychology at Work

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module is designed to enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the principles of psychology at work. Students will develop a further awareness of both their own and others' behaviour and how to apply this awareness to maximise effective performance.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module is designed to deepen our understanding of the debates around the field of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace. Human resource professionals need to understand key developments in the theory and practice of equality, diversity and inclusion issues, both within and beyond the immediate organisational context. This module provides participants with the required knowledge and understanding in order to achieve this goal and allow them to critically evaluate and to synthesise relevant literature.

Employment law

Year: 4

This module is optional

The importance of the employment relationship between employers, employees, unions and other statutory bodies and agencies is such that a thorough knowledge of both the context and the substantive law is necessary for those involved in this area in any capacity. The module attempts to provide the basis for this knowledge and to put students in the position where they may not only have an understanding of the law both conceptually and substantively, but also be in a position to use that knowledge prophylactically and in the solution of problems.

Standard entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BCC

Applied General Qualifications

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (inc. course if appropriate)/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma(inc. course if appropriate)(2012 Suite)

Award profile of DDM

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (inc. course if appropriate)/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma(inc. course if appropriate)(2016 Suite)

Award profile of DMM

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma (inc. course if appropriate) / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma(inc. course if appropriate) (2012 Suite)

Award profile of DM plus A Level Grade B

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (inc. course if appropriate)/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma(inc. course if appropriate) (2016 Suite)

Award profile of MM plus A Level Grade C

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (inc. course if appropriate) / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Introductory Diploma(inc. course if appropriate) (2012 Suite)

Award profile of M plus A Level Grades BC

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (inc. course if appropriate)/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate(inc. course if appropriate)(2016 Suite)

Award profile of M plus A Level Grades BC

Irish Leaving Certificate

104 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum of 4 subjects at Higher Level and 1 at Ordinary Level, including English and Maths at O4/H6 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate UCAS Equivalency

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BCCCC.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CDD.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 24 points (12 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall profile of 60% (120 credit Access Course) (NI Access Course). To include a 20 credit Level 2 Mathematics module, passed at 40% or successful completion of NICATS Mathematics as part of the pre-2021 Access Diploma.

Overall profile of 12 credits at distinction, 30 at merit and 3 at pass (60 credit Access Course) (GB Access Course)

GCSE

GCSE Profile to include Mathematics with a minimum Grade C.

GCSE Profile to include English Language with a minimum Grade C.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

Most students enter Year 1. However, if you can provide evidence of previous relevant HRM study you may be considered for advanced entry to year 2.

Careers & opportunities

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course are now working for:

  • Capita
  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Diageo
  • Fujitsu
  • Grafton Recruitment
  • Pricewaterhousecoopers
  • FinTrU Ltd

Job roles

With this degree you could become:

  • HR Administration Officer
  • HR Administrative Assistant
  • HR Administrator
  • HR Advisor
  • Assistant/Service Member
  • Graduate Post - Assistant Manager
  • Human Resources Officer

Career options

The demands being placed upon organisations today have heightened the need for effective HR professionals. As a graduate of the BSc (Hons) HRM degree, you may take up a position in a variety of roles with the HR function in public, private sectors (including manufacturing and service organisations) and not for profit sectors. These roles include personnel, recruitment, training, employee relations and business improvement. Additionally, the skills and expertise of HR professionals are in demand within the fields of managerial consultancy and employment law. You might also proceed to a more general management career in business or in the public sector, or go on to postgraduate study in HRM.

Work placement / study abroad

Students will undertake a one year professional placement in an HRM related role. This professional placement year will allow you to utilise the skills you have learnt from Ulster University and apply them within the workplace. The professional placement year gives students opportunities to test a career path before graduating, to increase their confidence in the workplace and also to allow students to discover new opportunities they hadn’t previously considered in HRM. Successful completion of the placement gives students the award of Diploma in Professional Practice.

Students may as an alternative to doing placement elect to study abroad for the year. Successful completion of this gains them the Diploma in International Studies.

Professional recognition

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

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Start dates

  • September 2023

Fees and funding

2023/24 Fees

Fees for entry in 2023/24 have not yet been set. See our tuition fees page for the current fees for 2022/23 entry.

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Year 1: Deans Award (for students averaging 70% or more).

Year 3: Lynas Award for Best Placement Student.

Year 4: Capita Prize for Best Final Year Student.

In the National Student Survey (NSS, 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2019) we were the highest ranked undergraduate HRM degree in the UK, in terms of student satisfaction.

Additional mandatory costs

In addition, students will be required to enrol and pay for annual student membership of the CIPD.

Current fee = £98 per annum for CIPD student membership.

(Fee correct at time of publication)

It is important to remember that costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges) and normal living will need to be covered in addition to tuition fees.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses (in addition to tuition fees) we make every effort to highlight them above. We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals, as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free Wi-Fi are also available on each of the campuses.

There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as a part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs, as well as tuition fees.

See the tuition fees on our student guide for most up to date costs.

Contact

Admissions Office (for entry requirement queries):

T: +44 (0)28 7012 3210

E: admissionsce@ulster.ac.uk

International Admissions Office

T: +44 (0)28 7012 3333

E: global@ulster.ac.uk

Mr Ian Smyth, Course Director (for course content enquiries):

T: +44 (0)28 9036 8449

E: i.smyth@ulster.ac.uk

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