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Postgraduate Course: Strategic Management Concepts and Applications (EDUA11277)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEducation Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionHuman resource (HR) professionals and managers operate within increasingly complex and changing organisational and contextual circumstances, whether in the market, public or 'third' sectors and whatever the size of their organisations or the types of goods or services these enterprises produce for their customers or clients. This course provides learners, first, with an understanding of the principal internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations, including the managerial and business context, within which managers, HR professionals and workers interact in conditions of environmental turbulence, change and uncertainty. Second, the course examines how those leading organisations respond to these dynamic environmental contexts. Third, the course indicates how leaders in organisations, and those in the HR function, and line managers with HR responsibilities, need to recognise and acknowledge that corporate decisions and HR choices are not always shaped by managers alone. They are also shaped by internal and external forces beyond their immediate control. Having studied this course, learners will be aware that managers and HR professionals in different types of organisation (small, large, national, global), in responding to their internal, business and external environmental contexts, not only have opportunities and choices when taking organisational and HR decisions but also face some constraints on their autonomy in determining their futures. This course explores the implications for professional practice and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. 1 Contemporary organisations and their principal environments.
2 The managerial and business environment within which HR professionals work.

2. 3 How organisational and HR strategies are shaped by and developed in response to internal and external environmental factors.
3. 4 The market and competitive environments of organisations and how organisational leaders and the HR function respond to them.
4. 5 Globalisation and international forces and how they shape and impact on organisational and HR strategies and HR practices.
6 Demographic, social and technological trends and how they shape and impact on organisational and HR strategies and HR practices.

5. 7 Government policy and legal regulation and how these shape and impact on organisational and HR strategies and HR practices
Assessment Information
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)
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Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywordsstrategy management human resources learning
Course organiserMr Peter Evans
Tel: (0131 6)51 6345
Course secretaryMrs Susan Scott
Tel: (0131 6)51 6573
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