Developing Skills for HRM - BUSN9044

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Autumn Term 7 15 (7.5) Joel Montgomery checkmark-circle


The main topics of study are as follows:
- Postgraduate study skills
- Time Management
- Working in groups
- Teams and team-building
- Learning and influencing others
- Interpersonal communication and relationships
- Ethical behaviours
- Decision making
- Coaching and mentoring
- Information-handling skills: Interpreting and managing financial resources, IT skills
- People management skills
- Self-awareness and personal development planning


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 24
Private study hours: 126
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Business Skills Portfolio (4,000 – 6,000 words) (100%).

Reassessment methods
100% coursework.

Indicative reading

Cameron, S. (2008) The MBA Handbook: Study Skills for Postgraduate Management Study, 6th Ed, Harlow: Pearson Education

Currie, D. (2005) Developing and applying study skills: writing assignments, dissertations and management reports. London: CIPD

Sharp, J.A., Peters, J. and Howard, K. (2002), The Management of a Student Research Project, 3rd Ed. Gower.

Watson G. and Reissener S. (2014) Developing Skills for Business Leadership (2nd Ed), London: CIPD

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- develop research and generic study skills to enable them better to benefit from a Master's programme in business and management, including enhanced IT proficiency and the ability to better manage financial information and resources;
- develop personal and management skills to enable them better to lead and influence others more effectively;
- develop competence in postgraduate study skills.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- plan, work and study independently, using relevant resources in a manner that reflects good practice;
- work with self-direction and originality in identifying and addressing problems;
- construct a personal development plan and be self-aware, identify areas for self-improvement and generate solutions;
- present ideas, arguments and results in the form of a well-structured report;
- more effectively manage interpersonal relationships.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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