Undergraduate study
Business with Human Resource Management (Extended)

BA (Hons) Business with Human Resource Management (Extended)

UCAS code: N266 BA/BwHRMEx

Human resources are the heart of every organisation and the nature of human resource management (HRM) has shifted dramatically since its establishment as the discipline of personnel administration in the first quarter of the 20th century. This degree includes an integrated foundation year for you if you do not have the appropriate qualification or experience for direct entry to year 1 of the degree.

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Full-time

  • Length: 4 years (including a foundation year or 5 years also including a work placement)

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Part-time

  • Not available part-time

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The foundation year helps you develop knowledge and skills to make the transition to university study, and in particular, to gain business and management knowledge and develop academic and personal skills to proceed confidently through the remainder of the course. During the foundation year (year 0) you study a range of fundamental business and management subjects, and develop important practical academic skills to prepare you for the remainder of your course.

With the function moving from its former labour relations role to become a true business partner, the need for human resources professionals to be more strategic in outlook has emerged.

This programme equips you with an awareness of contemporary HRM issues in readiness for being a future-thinking practitioner with cutting-edge knowledge of human resources development.

Year 0, the foundation year, allows you to develop key discipline knowledge in business and management, and develops your confidence and creative thinking skills, as well as financial competence and numeracy skills. The content of the remaining years of the course is identical to the content of the BA (Hons) Business with Human Resource Management degree.

Year 1 is mainly tutor led and focuses on providing you with the necessary underpinning in terms of broad business knowledge and skills. You explore key business and management concepts and are introduced to your specialist area of human resource management.

Year 2 takes a more student-led approach with an emphasis on exploring your own interests and deepening your insights as well as having more responsibility for your own learning. During this year you develop a broader international perspective to the study of business. As well as studying four core business modules, including a module where you gain practical work experience via a self-identified project, you also study two modules in the area of human resource management.

The final year explores more advanced topics within business and management and you develop your awareness of your own responsibility as a future leader of business. You consider the strategic, international and applied aspects of human resource management and have the opportunity to put your knowledge into action by undertaking a self-managed independent project via the Dissertation module.

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Academic Skills and Personal Developement for Business

Business Creativity Enterprise and Career Aspirations

Collecting Understanding and Presenting Business Information

Introduction to Business Environment

Numeracy and Introduction to Finance

Team Research Project Utilising Digital Platforms

 

Year 1 core modules

Business Finance

Business Psychology

Organisational Theory and Research

You are introduced to the competing perspectives that underpin organisational theory. You consider the theoretical aspects of organisational theory, research skills and broader academic skill development.

Personal Development and Self Awareness

The Market Environment

Understanding Organisations

You study some of the general principles of business management, particularly in the context of structure, culture, leadership, organisational behaviour, the business environment and the impact of these areas operationally. You are also introduced to the concept of strategic management with an emphasis on organisational resource and competency. And you consider the impact of organisational behaviour on overall business effectiveness, examining the role of the individual within the organisation and exploring motivation, perception and personal impact.

 

Year 2 core modules

Agile Management

Enterprise and Practice

This applied module allows you to demonstrate your practical skills and knowledge within a work environment. You explore the theoretical and practical world of business and will explore entrepreneurial and wider managerial approaches to the development of business within enterprise. Through your work within an enterprise, you will develop valuable professional skills and first-hand knowledge of an enterprise. If you already work you will be guided to recognise and reflect on this practice and use your own organisation as a case study. You are supported by academic staff and business contacts from across and outside the University.

HRM: Contemporary Issues

You will look at the issues around creating a compelling environment for human resources (HR). You will also look at how to align and integrate the HR function and its activities better with the rest of the business. You will also learn about contemporary HRM issues.

International Business and Management

You develop an understanding of the main issues affecting international business in the global economy and explore topics including globalisation, trade, economic growth and development. You focus specifically on examining these topics across different cultures. As the module progresses you become able to differentiate cultural variations and the impact of cultural difference on individuals and key organisations. You also have the opportunity to study a culture of your choice in-depth.

Leadership and Mentoring

Leading others and acting as a mentor provides insightful ways of developing self and others. Contemporary methods of leadership, married with mentoring, provides an opportunity for the student to explore both leadership and mentoring in a variety of contexts and purposes. A person who accepts the role of mentor may have to adopt or use many different skills depending on the needs of the learner. The mentor is likely to develop a leader-follower relationship and may carry out a wide range of directing and helping strategies to facilitate successful learning. This module will put mentoring into a learning environment and prepare the student to take on the role of mentor.

Research Methods

Building on prior learning within various stage 1 modules, this module develops your understanding and awareness of the principles and practicalities underpinning ethical and rigorous research. Through interactive seminar sessions with research-active academic staff, the module develops the practical skills you require for conducting a rigorous and ethical research study. The skills developed and knowledge gained will link to the stage 3 Dissertation module.

 

Final-year core modules

Concepts and Principles of International Management

This module develops your awareness and understanding of some of the key paradigms, principles, models, theories, concepts, techniques and practices of management and international management. You will then be able to appropriately explain, evaluate and apply the concepts, models and techniques.

Contemporary Issues in Business Management

You develop an understanding of the challenges faced by organisations and explores the controversies and dilemmas of contemporary management thinking and practice. You study three key interrelated contemporary issues facing businesses - internationalisation; technological innovation and sustainability.

Current Issues in Business Ethics and CSR

Business operates today in a marketplace where increasingly companies are expected by consumers to not only do well but also to do good. "Doing the right thing" is seen as "the next big idea", a realisation by companies that embracing corporate social responsibility can be a driver to success because other groups in society see you as acting correctly. In the light of Enron and the BAe bribery case; the anti-globalisation protestors; endless "mandate" groups each with their own set of demands; and even demands from institutional and retail shareholders, companies of all sizes are increasingly aware of the new marketplace and seeing the growing importance of being (or at least appearing to be) seen embracing business ethics and corporate social responsibility.

Dissertation

Your final year dissertation is an opportunity to do an independent piece of research, demonstrating that you know how to take a systematic approach to research, analysis and evaluation within a structured business-orientated framework. It also encourages you to reflect and critically evaluate your personal development.

Strategic Management and Responsible Leadership

You are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively lead change in business and enterprise. You will consider macro environment and contemporary issues, specifically relating to leading change, leading and implementing strategy and leading commercial development. You identify personal leadership qualities and skills and improvement strategies which will promote change and organisational development.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

Modules are taught by lectures, seminars, practical workshops, work-based activities and group work. Teaching staff adopt a range of web-based technologies to deliver module content, assess, provide feedback and communicate with students.

How you are assessed

The programme is assessed via a variety of methods including assignments, examinations, group work, presentations and live practical projects.


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Work placement year

Between Year 2 and your final year, you have the opportunity to spend a year in industry on placement, or study abroad at one of our partner institutions. Alternatively you could proceed on to the final year.

Career opportunities

We provide an environment that allows you to develop the extra practical employability characteristics that will make you more attractive to employers in the job market.

Our staff utilise their extensive business connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops and events across all four years that ensure all students are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge PLUS the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits. We also offer extensive support for students to find and secure industry year placements which have been shown to make have significant positive impact on a student’s career prospects on graduation.

Our award-winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 32-64 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent) and GCSE grade A-C (or equivalent) in English and maths.

We welcome applications from mature students without conventional entry requirements. We will take into account any alternative qualifications or other experience you may have.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 4 years (including a foundation year or 5 years also including a work placement)

More full-time details

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information