Postgraduate Course: Human Resource Management (EDUA11272)
|Moray House School of Education
|College of Humanities and Social Science
|Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
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|Other subject area
|Taught in Gaelic?
|This course aims to provide learners with a rigorous framework of knowledge and understanding concerning people management and development that they will need whatever the degree of specialisation they later elect to follow. It has a number of distinct learning objectives. First, the course seeks to familiarise learners with major contemporary research evidence on employment and effective approaches to human resource (HR) and learning and development (L&D) practice. Research focusing on the links between people management practices and positive organisational outcomes is covered, as is research that highlights major contemporary changes and developments in practice. Second, the course introduces learners to major debates about theory and practice in the specific fields of leadership, flexibility and change management, the aim being to help them become effective managers as well as effective HR specialists, managing others fairly and effectively and increasing levels of engagement, commitment, motivation and performance. The course also introduces the major aims of HR and L&D and explores how these are achieved in practice in different types of organisational scenario. Finally, the course requires learners to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.
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|On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. 1 Review and critically evaluate major contemporary research and debates in the fields of human resource management (HRM) and human resource development (HRD).
2. 2 Evaluate major theories relating to motivation, commitment and engagement at work and how these are put into practice by organisations.
3. 3 Debate and critically evaluate the characteristics of effective leadership and the methods used to develop leaders in organisations.
4. 4 Contribute to the promotion of flexible working and effective change management in organisations.
5 Critically discuss the aims and objectives of the HRM and HRD function in organisations and how these are met in practice.
5. 6 Assess the contribution made by HRM and HRD specialists in different types of organisation.
7 Promote professionalism and an ethical approach to HRM and HRD practice in organisations.
|Opportunities will be taken during the course to use activities as a basis for formative assessment both to establish a basis of conceptual understanding for the summative task and to provide course members with opportunities to check their own progress.
An Assignment Comprising a review of relevant literature and a theoretically informed and analytical case study of an appropriate organisation (4,000 words maximum)
|The course will be taught in a blended mode. Applicants need to be familiar with the use of IT
|1 Review and critically evaluate major contemporary research and debates in the fields of HRM and HRD. Major research studies on contemporary developments in the HRM and HRD fields published in the UK and overseas, including those carried out or sponsored by the CIPD; evidence on links between HR practice and business outcomes; measuring the value of the HR function; HRM and HRD practices in the most successful organisations; developing an effective interface between HR and line management through partnership working.
2 Evaluate major theories relating to motivation, commitment and engagement at work and how these are put into practice by organisations. Understand, explain and evaluate major theories relating to motivation, commitment and engagement at work and how these are put into practice by organisations; major motivation theories and their critics; the significance of effective leadership, reward, performance management and career development opportunities.
3 Debate and critically evaluate the characteristics of effective leadership and the methods used to develop leaders in organisations. Types of leadership and management styles and their impact; characteristics of successful and unsuccessful leaders; developing effective leaders in organisations.
4 Contribute to the promotion of flexible working and effective change management in organisations. Understand and contribute to the promotion of flexible working and effective change management in organisations; the growing significance of flexibility; different types of flexibility; the contribution made by HRM and HRD specialists to the promotion of flexible working; effective approaches to change management and major theories in the field; the central role played by people management practices in the effective management of change.
5 Critically discuss the aims and objectives of the HRM and HRD functions in organisations and how these are met in practice.
Organisation and job design; attracting and retaining people; motivating and managing performance; efficient administration of the employment relationship; managing employee relations; training and developing people; rewarding people.
6 Assess the contribution made by HRM and HRD specialists in different types of organisation. Major contemporary developments in HRM and HRD practice in larger private sector companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, public sector organisations, voluntary sector organisations and international corporations.
7 Promote professionalism and an ethical approach to HRM and HRD practice in organisations. Major debates about professionalism and ethics in organisations; common ethical dilemmas faced by managers and ways of resolving these; equity and fair-dealing; managing within the expectations of the law.
|humanresource management development
|Mr Peter Evans
Tel: (0131 6)51 6345
|Mrs Susan Scott
Tel: (0131 6)51 6573