Human Resource Management (Taster Course)

Diploma in Human Resource Management
Professional / Short Course
12 Weeks x 1 Evening (2 Hours)
Validated by
Griffith College
Dublin Main Campus
NFQ Level
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Course Overview

This module examines the processes, practices, and procedures associated with HRM management and administration.

This module aims to introduce learners to the main areas that an employer should or in most cases, are legally obliged to attend to with regard to the employment and management of people.


This course focuses on the development of professional skills; while it does not sit on the national framework, the module is drawn from Griffith College’s suite of QQI-validated degree programmes.

Why study Human Resource Management at Griffith College?

On successful completion of this module, learners should be able to:

  • Discuss how human resource management has changed and evolved.
  • Evaluate and apply the policies, practices and procedures that an employer/manager needs to be familiar with.
  • Discuss the key skills of HRM including recruitment and selection of staff, training and development of staff, performance management and reward management.
  • Analyse current best practice in the HR function.

Intake Dates

We run one intake for this course, commencing as follows:


  • Spring: February*


*subject to sufficient numbers

Course Details


  • Introduction to managing people
  • Personnel vs HRM
  • The hard and soft approaches to managing people
  • The changing working environment

  • Job analysis and design
  • Person specification
  • Marketing
  • Review of applications
  • Interview
  • Selection
  • Induction

  • Contracts of employment
  • The psychological contract
  • Employee participation

  • Methods of performance management
  • The link with reward
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Issues with performance management
  • The international environment

  • The benefit of policies and procedures
  • Types of policies and procedures, eg, absence management policies,
  • Disciplinary procedures
  • Grievance procedures
  • Health and Safety

  • The impact of EU legislation
  • The changing legal framework of the workplace
  • Increased regulation and the impact of HR policies and practices

  • Recruitment and selection
  • Diversity management
  • Mergers and acquisitions

  • Methods
  • Benefits
  • Weaknesses

  • Developing a HR plan
  • Planning for the future in an international business environment
  • Work life balance

Course Contacts

If you have any questions please get in touch with us at [email protected] or 01 415 0429.


This course is scheduled to commence February 2025.  

Contact [email protected] for further information.

This part-time evening course will run one evening per week (Wednesday) over 12 weeks, course dates outlined below. 

Year 2025

  • Feb: 05, 12, 19, 26
  • Mar: 05, 12, 26
  • Apr: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30

Please note: Course dates and times are subject to change.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

English Language

If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard. For further information please contact a member of the Admissions Team.

Griffith College is accepting the online Duolingo English Test (DET) as valid proof of English proficiency. Please see here for further details.

How to Apply 

Directly to Griffith College Professional Academy.

Applicants under 23 years of age:

Old Leaving Cert (Pre 2017)

Two Honours Level, Grade C3s or above and four Ordinary Level D3s (subjects to include Maths and a language, English, Irish or another language) or equivalent exam taken.

New Leaving Cert​

2 H5 and 4 O6/H7 grades, to include Maths and a language (English, Irish or another language).

Applicants over 23 years of age (Mature students):

If you are 23 years or over from the 1st January of this year, you can apply for this course directly using the College’s online application form.


Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR 725.00


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