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Human Resources Management

My Distance Learning College


Human resource management (HRM) is regarded by Porter (1985) in his Value Chain as one of the primary activities in an organization. It is responsible for one of the key inputs of the transformation process and it is also involved in all other functions and activities as they all have a human element. HRM is concerned with all aspects of people management in organizations, from the initial contact through to termination of employment (and beyond in some cases). The management of people in organizations is becoming more widely recognized as a factor critical to organizational success (Storey, 1992, p. 46). The workforce can be regarded as an organization's greatest asset and is crucial in achieving and sustaining competitive advantage.

In this course, we consider the background to and philosophy of HRM and will concentrate on some of the tasks carried out that can influence the effectiveness of people within the work environment.

After Participating in this course, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish between the concepts of personnel management and HRM
  • Explain how the function has developed and the influences upon it
  • Outline the range of tasks carried out within people management
  • Describe the factors which impact on manpower and human resource planning
  • Outline recruitment and selection processes and methods
  • Describe the stages in the training cycle
  • Explain the role of assessment and appraisal
  • Define appraisal methods and their usage
  • Outline the main factors in employer/employee relations and the role of unions
  • Identify the value of HRM procedures that are grounded in a legislative framework.


Human Resources Management Certificate

Human Resources Management Certificate issued by My Distance Learning College, entitling you to use the letters SAC Cert after your name.


After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

course quick facts
course code DED9376
cost $93.00
estimated time to
complete course
20 Hours
course materials
365 Days