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Undergraduate Course: Managing Employment Relations (BUST08010)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaBusiness Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionBuilding upon the Employment Relations element in Business Studies 1, the course examines the chief characteristics and institutions of British employment relations, and recent human resource management developments, set in the context of change in the economy and labour market.

Following an overview of the economic and labour market context, contemporary developments concerning the key stakeholders and their interaction in employment relations (management, unions, the State, and the EU) are examined in detail. The remainder of the course considers the management of employment relations in key practice areas such as work-life balance; recruitment and selection; training and development; workplace discipline; performance management and so on.

There are also weekly tutorials where each student (or a small group of students depending on the size of the tutorial group) is allocated a topic to present as a basis for subsequent group discussion. Topics represent a mix of approaches, including case studies, Web-based projects and practical and literature-based exercises. In addition, students are required to submit an essay from one of two essay titles, on key management topics and/or debates.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Business Studies 1 (BUST08001) OR ( Industrial Management 1 (BUST08002) AND Techniques of Management (MAEE08002))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level Business Studies course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information 1 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s). Plus tutorials
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On completion of the course, students should:
(a) have acquired secure knowledge and understanding of the chief characteristics and institions of Britain's system of employment relations;
(b) be able to discuss critically current managerial and public policy approaches towards key employment matters;
(c) have acquired insight into the practical and conceptual significance of change process currently affecting employment relations in Britian and overseas.
Assessment Information
In-course assessment (essay) 30%, and exam 70%
Special Arrangements
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Reading list Reading is an essential part of the course and students who rely solely on lecture material are unlikely to perform adequately.

For ease of access and reliance on up-to-date materials the course highlights a lot of electronic sources (journal articles are available through the university library website). Additionally, key textbooks can be referred to for many of the course topics:

Bach, S & Edwards, M.R. (eds.) (2013), Managing Human Resources (5th Edition), Chichester: Wiley Ltd.

Williams, S and Adam-Smith, D (2009), Contemporary Employment Relations: A Critical Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

There are multiple copies of both books in the Main Library and both are available for purchase at Blackwell┐s.
Study Abroad Not entered
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Course organiserDr Sara Chaudhry
Tel: (0131 6)51 5672
Course secretaryMr Paul Kydd
Tel: (0131 6)50 3824
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