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Postgraduate Course: Core Competencies for HR Professionals (CMSE11380)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 course 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 identity development, decision-making skills, 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 employer branding, training development, performance evaluation 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 wide range of issues related to human resource management and personal professional development in organisations
- Describe and critically evaluate various theories and frameworks and explore their implications for personal professional development
- 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 professional identity, employer branding, decision making, performance management, teamwork 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, 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, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 127 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 60% coursework (individual) - assesses course Learning Outcomes 1, 2
40% coursework (group) - assesses all course Learning Outcomes

Students will have the opportunity to present their group report findings to the rest of the class, and practice their presentation skills. These presentations will not be marked.
Feedback Formative: TBC
Summative: Feedback will be provided on the coursework.
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. (2014) Developing Skills for Business Leadership. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 2nd edition.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and Understanding
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of contemporary organisational disciplines; comprehend the role of business within the contemporary world; and critically evaluate and synthesise primary and secondary research and sources of evidence in order to make, and present, well informed and transparent organisation-related decisions, which have a positive global impact.
- Identify, define and analyse theoretical and applied business and management problems, and develop approaches, informed by an understanding of appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative techniques, to explore and solve them responsibly.

Cognitive Skills
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Be self-motivated; curious; show initiative; set, achieve and surpass goals; as well as demonstrating adaptability, capable of handling complexity and ambiguity, with a willingness to learn; as well as being able to demonstrate the use digital and other tools to carry out tasks effectively, productively, and with attention to quality.

Communication, ICT, and Numeracy Skills
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Convey meaning and message through a wide range of communication tools, including digital technology and social media; to understand how to use these tools to communicate in ways that sustain positive and responsible relationships.

Practice: Applied Knowledge, Skills and Understanding
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Work with a variety of organisations, their stakeholders, and the communities they serve -learning from them, and aiding them to achieve responsible, sustainable and enterprising solutions to complex problems.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with Others
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Act with integrity, honesty and trust in all business stakeholder relationships, and apply ethical reasoning to effective decision making, problem solving and change management
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Course organiserDr Keyan Lai
Course secretaryMiss Anne Cunningham
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