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Postgraduate Course: Core Competencies for HR Professionals (CMSE11380)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits15 ECTS Credits7.5
SummaryThe course aims to explore HRM issues particularly the functions, skills and actions associated with contemporary human resources management practice. The module is primarily concerned with the development of skills, and specifically seeks to develop and improve a range of definable skills that are pivotal to successful management practice and effective leadership.

These include problem solving and decision-making skills, the management of financial information, negotiation, a range of team working and interpersonal skills and others associated with developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work. The module also seeks to develop further more-specialised skills such as recruitment and selection, training programs and evaluation as well as appraisals and project management skills that are of particular significance to effective higher-level people management and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.

A key purpose of this module is to encourage students to develop a strong sense of self-awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses as managers and colleagues.
Course description The objective of this course is to provide a solid theoretical foundation for HRM functions and activities whilst facilitating the development of practical HRM skills. The primary purpose is to assist learners in raising the level of skill which they deploy when managing themselves and their relationships with others at work. Students will be able to:

-Understand the role of recruitment, selection and assessment in organisations
-Apply and interpret job analysis, competency analysis and job evaluation techniques and frameworks
-Describe and critically evaluate methods of assessment: screening tools, interviewing, psychometric testing, assessment and development centres and emergent new approaches
-Provide critical analysis of the extent to which learning theories can be applied to andragogy and the way in which these can be operationalised in the workplace.

The course provides the students with a wide understanding and development of skills that are of particular significance to effective higher-level people management and provide opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development, through examples and topics such as recruitment, selection, training and development addressed in lectures.
Class exercises and case study examples are used to facilitate interactive student discussions by critical reflection on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint.
Essays and individual e-portfolios (in form of group presentations and final case study) are presented as opportunities for students to analyse topics by critically summarising multiple viewpoints and making related recommendations for policy and practice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 150 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Online Activities 2, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 104 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) 24hrs reading advance of lecture, 20hrs groupwork, 30hrs on presentations, 30 hrs on essay
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 85 %, Practical Exam 15 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 85%, Practical Exam/Presentation 15%
Coursework 100%
Case Study (45%) assesses: LO's 1, 2 and 3
Essay (40%) assesses: LO's 1 and 2
Presentation (15%) assesses: LO's 1 and 3.
Feedback All students will be given at least one formative feedback or feed forward event for every course they undertake, provided during the semester in which the course is taken and in time to be useful in the completion of summative work on the course. Such feedback may be at course or programme level, but must include input of relevance to each course in the latter case.

Feedback deadlines
Feedback on formative assessed work will be provided within 15 working days of submission, or in time to be of use in subsequent assessments within the course, whichever is sooner. Summative marks will be returned on a published timetable, which has been made clear to students at the start of the academic year.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Assess theoretical concepts and formulate appropriate conceptual frameworks.
  2. Develop an aptitude to synthesize and reflect upon a range of sources.
  3. Learn from experience by applying theory to practical situations (such as simulations; real case studies etc).
Reading List
WATSON, G and REISSNER, S. (2010) Developing Skills for Business Leadership. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Other Key Text(s)

ANDERSON, A.H. (1993) Successful Training Practice: A Manager's Guide to Personnel Development. Oxford: Blackwell.
DYSON, J.R. (2007) Accounting for non-accounting students. 7th ed. London: Harlow: Financial Times/Prentice Hall.

WOOD, R. and PAYNE, T (1998) Competency-Based Recruitment and Selection: A Practical Guide: Wiley Series in Strategic HRM. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

THOMPSON, N. (2009) People Skills. 3rd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Cognitive Skills:
-Critically evaluate the systemic nature of skills and expertise and their importance and use in the workplace
-Interpret financial information and manage financial resources.
-Demonstrate enhanced IT proficiency.

Subject Specific Skills:
-Demonstrate essential technical, problem-solving, and people management skills in the areas of recruitment, selection and assessment.
-Identify the different components of HRM functions and activities and to critically examine their core underlying theories and its impact on the notion of competencies
-Develop a range of skills relevant to HR practice including personal development planning, reflective learning, leading and influencing people, problem solving and team working.

Transferable skills:
-Communication, time management, job analysis, debating/discussion skills, secondary research skills.
Course organiserMs Emily Yarrow
Course secretaryMiss Lauren Millson
Tel: (0131 6)51 3013
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