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Module Reading List

Personal Tutorials for HRM, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Gerard Looker
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Reading List

There is no single book that covers the whole of the module. Some of the books in the list will be particularly useful in support of one or more sessions. Other books listed may contain sections useful for your coursework or for following up a particular theme of interest or importance to you. In addition you will also need to refer to the reading lists in your core modules for some of the assessments. You will find this reading list on the VLE for this module under “Module Information” This has dynamic links to the library catalogue enabling you to locate the books you need more easily and quickly.

The reading list is divided into four main areas:

1. Academic skills

2. Employability & careers

3. Personal development and succeeding at university

4. Texts suggested by the Careers Centre

If you cannot find a suitable book from the recommendations below, please contact module staff who will be happy to provide you with further references.

1. Books to help you develop your academic skills development.

There are numerous books available which are designed to help you with your skills development at University. Some of these are quite broad in scope and suitable for students on any programme of study. Some are designed specifically for students who are studying Business and Management. These books tend to cover academic reading/writing, using information, effective presentation, revision technique, time management, personal development etc. In contrast to these general “all-round” skills books there are others which are more specific and focused e.g. books just about academic writing, or on referencing, or personal development. You are not expected to read all of these books!

BECKER, L 2010. 14 days to exam success (pocketbook) Palgrave Macmillan

CAMERON, S. 2009. The business student's handbook : learning skills for study and employment FT Prentice Hall

COPUS, J. 2009. Brilliant writing tips for students (pocketbook) Palgrave Macmillan

COTTRELL, S. 2019. The Study Skills Handbook Palgrave Macmillan

COTTRELL, S. 2017 Critical Thinking Skills  Palgrave MacMillan

CREME, P. & LEA, M.R. 2008. Writing at university. Maidenhead, Open University Press

GODFREY, J. 2009. How to use your reading in your essays Palgrave Macmillan

GODFREY, J. 2010 Reading and making notes (pocketbook) Palgrave Macmillan

GODFREY, J. 2011 Writing for university (pocketbook) Palgrave Macmillan

HARTLEY, P. & DAWSON, M. 2010 Success in groupwork (pocketbook) Palgrave Macmillan

McMILLAN, K. & WEYERS, J. 2009. The smarter study skills companion . Harlow, Pearson

McMILLAN, K. & WEYERS, J. 2010. How to write essays & assignments Harlow, Pearson

McMILLAN, K. & WEYERS, J. 2011. Study skills for international students, Harlow, Pearson

NEVILLE, C. 2009. How to improve your assignment results Open University Press/McGraw Hill

NEVILLE, C. 2010. The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism (2nd edition) Maidenhead, Open University Press

PEARS, R, & SHIELDS, G. 2010 Cite Them Right, Palgrave Macmillan

RAMSAY, P., MAIER, P. & PRICE, G. 2010. Study skills for business and management students. Harlow, Pearson (suggested)

WILLIAMS, K & REID M. 2011 Time management /Kate Williams & Michelle Reid. (pocketbook), Palgrave Macmillan

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1.a Books to help you improve your spelling, punctuation and grammar

FIELD, M. 2009. Improve your punctuation and grammar (3 rd edition) Oxford, How To Books

FIELD, M. 2009. Improve your written English : master the essentials of grammar, punctuation and spelling and write with greater confidence (5 th edition) Oxford, How To Books

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2. Books to help you develop your employability.

BOLLES, M.E. & BOLLES, R.N. 2008 Job-hunting online : a guide to job listings, message boards, research sites, the UnderWeb, counseling, networking, self-assessment tools, niche sites Ten Speed Press

CORFIELD, R. 2007. Preparing the perfect CV : how to make a great impression and get the job you want. Kogan Page

CORFIELD, R. 2009. Successful interview skills : how to prepare, answer tough questions and get your ideal job. Kogan Page

FREEDMAN, H. 2009 How to get a job in a recession. Infinite ideas Ltd

HOUSTON, K. 2008. Winning CVs for first-time job hunters - Trotman

JAMES, J. 2009..You're hired! : interviews tips and techniques for a brilliant interview, Trotman

LEACH, J. 2008.The Guardian guide to careersGuardian Books

MILLS, C. 2009.You're hired! CV : how to write a brilliant CV, Trotman

McGEE, P. 2007. How to write a great CV : discover what interviewers are looking for, focus on your strengths and perfect your presentation Oxford, How To Books.

YATE, M.J. 2008. Great answers to tough interview Questions Kogan Page

YATE, M. 2008. Ultimate CV : over 100 winning CVs to help you get the interview and the job Kogan Page

WILLIAMS, D., HESKETH, A & BROWN, P. 2006. How to get the best graduate job : insider strategies for success in the graduate job market

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3. Books to support your personal development and transition to university life

GROUCUTT, J. 2008. Business degree success Palgrave Macmillan

RACE, P. 2007. How to get a good degree (2 nd edition) Open University Press/McGraw Hill

RUGG, G., GERRARD, S. & HOOPER, S, 2008The stress-free guide to studying at university : a student's guide towards a better life, London, Sage

SMALE, B. & FOWLIE, J. 2009. How to succeed at university : an essential guide to academic skills and personal development London, Sage (Chapters 1 and 4 are most relevant to transition, but there are other useful chapters) 

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4. Texts suggested by the Careers Centre

TOLLEY, H & WOOD, R 2011. How to succeed at an assessment centre : essential preparation for psychometric tests, group and role-play exercises, panel interviews and presentationsLondon : Kogan Page

MCGEE, P. 2006. How to write a great CV : discover what interviewers are looking for, focus on your strengths and perfect your presentation. Oxford: How To Books (suggested for purchase)

HODGSON, S. 2007. The Times A-Z of careers & jobs London: Kogan Page

HUNSAKER, P. L. 2004. Management : a skills approach. Pearson Prentice Hall

FANTHOME, C. 2004. Work placements : a survival guide for students: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan

BRIGHT, J. & EARL, J. 2011. Brilliant CV : what employers want to see and how to write it. Harlow : Prentice Hall (suggested for purchase)

HOLMES, K. 2011. What employers want : the work skills handbook Richmond: Trotman

DE BACK, A. 2010. Get hired in a tough market : insider secrets to find and land the job you need now. New York: McGraw-Hill

KEAVENEY, J. 2009. Accountancy uncovered Richmond: Trotman    

INSIDE CAREERS 2011. Careerchoice. Business & management. Cambridge market Intelligence Ltd    

COLLINS, M. & SCOTT, B. 2003. Turn your degree into a career : a step-by-step guide to achieving your dream career Oxford : How To Books

HIND, D. W. G. & MOSS, S. 2005. Employability skills Sunderland: Business Education Publishers,

LITTLEFORD, D. John HALSTEAD, J. MULRAINE C. 2004. Career skills : opening doors into the job marketBasingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

This list was last updated on 23/09/2019