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Human Resource Management

This course provides a structured educational opportunity for human resource professionals early in their career. It provides a solid grounding on which you can progress your career in this field and support the delivery of your current role. Upon completion, graduates of this programme can apply for professional membership of the internationally recognised Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).

This intensive 12-month course comprehensively covers the role of the HR professional in today’s world. Based on the solid foundation of organisational structure, environment and its related systems, the course starts by developing professional practice. The student will acquire a sound understanding of human resource management as a professional career path.

A broad understanding of implementing and evaluating inclusive learning and development activities in organisations is explored. Participants will also assess how they can contribute to the development of coaching and mentoring activities within their organisation. Theory and practice of employment relations in Ireland are examined, along with the history of employment relations in Ireland and the EU.

The course gives a theoretical and practical grounding in evidence-based presentation of research and related data for supporting direction and investment of the HR function and/or organisation’s time and resources.

Entry requirements

Normally, applicants for entry to the Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management will be at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application, with a minimum of two years’ personnel, managerial, training or comparable experience AND hold a Leaving Certificate/QQI level 5 qualification or equivalent. A selection committee may seek to interview applicants. In the case of competition for places selection will be made on the basis of the candidate’s experience and interview performance (if required to attend for interview). All candidates must be approved by the Centre for Adult Continuing Education Board of Studies.

English language requirement: all applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score.


1 year part-time

Two evenings per week (Mondays and Wednesdays 6.30-9.30pm) plus occasional Saturday workshops from September to August.

Further enquiries

Louise Fleming
Senior Executive Assistant
T: +353 (0)21 490 4720

Subjects taught

Modules (60 credits):

Year 1 Modules:
AD5841: Engaging in Professional Human Resource Practice (5 credits)

· Role and professional stakeholder analysis of the HR professional - social capital and social network analysis
· Project and time management skill sets
· Analytical and critical thinking approaches and techniques
· Communication skills and relationship management
· Effective team dynamics
· Influencing, persuading and negotiating with others to achieve meaningful role outcomes
· CPD - rationale, self-appraisal and routes for acquiring impactful knowledge, skills and abilities
· Self-reflection and personal development planning methods.

AD5842: Managing the HR Function (10 credits)

· Assessing different models of HR delivery e.g. Ulrich's model
· Exploring the relationship between line managers and HR professionals
· Selling the HR proposition to senior management in an organisation
· Managing the organisational objectives within the HR function's remit of responsibility
· The evolution of HR's objectives in the contemporary environment
· Criteria and methods used to evaluate the contribution of the HR function and its policies and practices
· The role of HR in the successful delivery of change management
· The business case for managing the HR function in a professional, ethical and just manner
· Equality, diversity, work-life balance, justice and dignity at work policies
· Relationship between HR practices and organisational outcomes
· High performance working and human capital.

AD5843: Contemporary Developments in Employee Relations (10 credits)

· Unitarist and pluralist approaches
· Economic and psychological contract perspectives in employment relations
· Nature of employment relations - changing power and authority
· Sources of employment relations legislation
· Trade union recognition
· Management styles in employment relations
· Contemporary developments in trade union membership and organisation
· Role and impact of government policy and EU Directives on employment relations
· Differentiating between employee involvement, participation, partnership, information giving and consultation
· Union and non-union forms of employee representation
· Conflict and mis-behaviour - official and unofficial industrial action
· Trends in types of employment relations conflict and industrial sanctions
· Effective grievance and disciplinary procedures and execution
· Third party conciliation, mediation and arbitration.

AD5850: Employment Law (5 credits)

· Employment regulation and individual employment legislation
· Enforcing employment law - roles of tribunals and courts system
· Case settlement during formal legal procedures
· Principles of discrimination law in recruitment and selection and employment
· Business transfer - requirements in law
· Major statutory rights of workers - pay, leave and working time etc
· Health and Safety law - major requirements
· Constructive dismissal law
· Discipline and grievance hearings.

AD5851: Investigating a Business Issue from a HR Perspective (Part 1) (5 credits)

Identifying a business issue / problem that is of strategic relevance to the organisation.
Analysing trends, patterns and metrics in HR data.
Conducuting a Literature Review and formulating a research question.
Research methodologies - quantitative and qualitative methods.
Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis.
Generating business focused reports on HR issues.

AD5852: Investigating a Business Issue from a HR Perspective (Part 2) (5 credits)

Refining the research question and developing a business case for research
Gaining access and conducting an investigation into an area of HR or business practice
Dissemination of research - generating business focused reports on HR issues
Presenting a viable and realistic business case for improvement.

MG5806: Contemporary Reward Management (5 credits)

Aligning reward strategy with the business, HR and organisational strategy
Reward in context - the reward environment and labour market, trends in pay - national and international
Managing reward schemes - reward policies
Skill set of the reward specialist
Pay determination - base and variable
Traditional and flexible approaches to reward
Introduction to job evaluation
Benefits - bonus and shared schemes
Performance related reward
Global aspects to reward - trends, international comparisons and employee mobility
Reward risk management
Equality and remuneration.

MG5807: Business Issues and the Context of Human Resource Management (10 credits)

· Types of organisations and the role of management within them
· Variations in HR function between organisations and between different sectors
· Business performance, market and competitive context and the change management agenda
· Demographic, social and technological trends affecting organisations
· Globalisation and international factors affecting organisations
· Forces shaping the role, agenda and contribution of HR to organisational effectiveness and functionality at all levels - strategic business planning to operational logistics.
· Organisational and business analysis - techniques and sources of data
· Putting strategies, policies and plans into action in an organisation.

MG5817: Contemporary Developments in Human Resource Development (5 credits)

Introduction to HRD
Strategic HRD
Individual learning
Organisational learning
The Process of HRD Cycle: Learning needs identification
The Process of HRD Cycle: Designing HRD activities
The Process of HRD Cycle: Delivering HRD activities
The Process of HRD Cycle: Evaluation of HRD
Career development and HRD
Management and leadership development
Talent management.

Assessment method

Continuous assessment (consisting of practical assignments and essays), examinations. You will also be required to write a project report (7,000 words).

Course fee

€4180 per academic year (1st instalment of € 2,180 includes CIPD student membership fees).

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017

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