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Postgraduate Course: Human Resource Management (CMSE11126)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits15
Home subject areaCommon Courses (Management School) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe way that people are managed is fundamental to the success (or otherwise) of organisations. It is therefore important to begin to understand the intricacies and complexities of managing people in the modern workplace. The course will consider the extent to which the terms of the debate on managing employees have shifted in recent years, largely driven by key changes in the economic, political, social and legal environment. In particular, it will examine claims of a shift in managerial approaches from low-trust to high trust employee relations. From this, the course will focus on developments in the key component parts of human resource management, such as employee resourcing, training and skills, pay and performance management.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Organisational Behaviour (CMSE11089)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Admission to students without Organisational Behaviour (CMSE11089) will be at the discretion of the HRM Course Organiser.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No Classes have been defined for this Course
First Class First class information not currently available
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding:
On completion of the course the students should:
* be able to describe and discuss the key elements of current debates in human resource management
* be able to outline alternative approaches to specific policy areas, such as involvement initiatives or approaches to resourcing
* be able to identify the scale and nature of adoption of specific human resource policies

Cognitive Skills:
On completion of the course the students should:
* demonstrate that they can evaluate critically the strengths and weaknesses of particular human resource approaches in specific contexts
* be able to identify the likely effectiveness of currently proposed solutions to managerial and organisational dilemmas
* exhibit an awareness of the concerns and experiences of a range of organisational stakeholders
* be able to identify the implications for all stakeholder groups of a variety of policy alternatives

Key Skills:
On completion of the course students should:
* be able to apply critical analytical skills to complex practical problems
* be able to summarise and explain alternative organisational choices
* be able to demonstrate considerable clarity in evaluating alternative human resource policy choices, both in writing and verbally

Subject Specific Skills
On completion of the course students should:
* be able to identify key constituent elements of the employment contract and relationship
* be able to identify alternative practices within these key constituent elements
* be able to assess the design, adoption and implementation of these practices and their impact.
Assessment Information
This course is examined by coursework only. This takes the form of an integrative assignment completed on an individual basis that constitutes 100% of the course mark. The aim is be to allow the student to apply their knowledge of the subject to a contemporary management issue. Formative feedback will be provided on plans for the assignment, and summative feedback will be provided upon the submitted assignment.
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Course organiserDr James Hine
Tel: (0131 6)50 3805
Course secretaryMs Eileen Robinson
Tel: (0131 6)51 3028
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