MS 2: Management of Human Resources

By Dr. Nayantara Padhi   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University
Learners enrolled: 1618

Be it Human resources or management of Human Resource both are equally important in any organization. HRM encompasses the management of people in organizations from a macro perspective i.e. managing people in the form of a collective relationship between management and employees. It is also a strategic function of the management where in HR policies are formulated in alignment with the strategic goals of the organisation. Human Resource Management links people-related activities to business strategy. The course develops a critical understanding of the role and functions of various human resource activities in an organisation. It provides learners with a comprehensive review of key HRM concepts, techniques and issues.

This course shall cover the four major operative functions of HRM: Staffing Management, Compensation Management, Human Resource Development, Employee Relations and Employment Relations.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course you will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the importance of HRM as a field of study and as a central management function;
  2. Explain the meaning and concept of HRM;
  3. Describe all the HR functions; and
  4. Apply the principles and methods of HRM gained through this course for managing human resources at the workplaces.

Course Credit


Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 16 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 6
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 01 Sep 2021
End Date :
Enrollment Ends : 30 Oct 2021
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Course layout




Unit-1 The changing social context and emerging issues


Unit-2 The concept and functions of Human Resource Management 


Unit-3 Structuring Human Resource Management 


Unit-4 Job analysis and Job design (Part 1)


Unit-4 Job analysis and Job design (Part 2)


Unit-5 Human Resource Planning


Unit-6 Attracting the talent: Recruitment, Selection, Outsourcing


Unit-6 Attracting the talent: Recruitment, Selection, Outsourcing

Unit-7 Socialisation, Mobility and Separation (Part 1)


Unit-7 Socialisation, Mobility and Separation (Part 2)

Unit-8 Competency mapping


Unit-9 Performance Planning and Review

Unit-10 Potential Appraisal, Assessment Centres and Career and Succession Planning


Unit-11 HR Measurement and Audit

Unit-12 Human Resource Development System

Unit-13 Training


Unit-14 Mentoring and performance coaching

Unit-15 Building roles and teams

Unit-16 Laws covering wages, welfare and benefits


Unit-17 Compensation strategy, structure, composition

Unit-18 Reward Management (Part 1)


Unit-18 Reward Management (Part 1)

Unit-19 Regulatory mechanisms in Industrial Relations

Unit-20 Dealing with Unions and Associations (Part 1)


Unit-20 Dealing with Unions and Associations (Part 2)

Unit-21 Industrial Democracy (Part 1)


Unit-21 Industrial Democracy (Part 2)

Unit-22 Grievance handling and discipline

Books and references

  1.  IGNOU Self Learning Materials :
    MS2 Management of Human Resources
    URL: http://egyankosh.ac.in/handle/123456789/3808
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  1. Human Resource Management  - Open text Book by Open University of Hong Kong
    URL: http://www.opentextbooks.org.hk/system/files/export/32/32088/pdf/Human_Resource_Management_32088.pdf
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  1. Human Resource Management (2nd Edition) by P Jyothi, Oxford University Press.
  2. Human Resource Management (14th Edition)  by Gary Dessler & Biju Varkkey, Pearson Publishers.
  3. Human Resource Management by C B Gupta, Sultan Chand & sons.

Instructor bio

Dr. Nayantara Padhi

Indira Gandhi National Open University

Dr. Nayantara Padhi is a Professor of Management in the Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. She has around seventeen years of experience in teaching and research.

Her area of specialisations include: Human resource Management, Total Quality Management & Open and Distance Learning.


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