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Postgraduate Course: Human Resource Management (CMSE11543)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe way that people are managed is fundamental to the success (or otherwise) of organisations. It is therefore important to begin to understand the intricacies and complexities of managing people in the workplace, and how these are changing in response to socio-economic factors. Using a variety of learning methods, the course will focus on theory and developments in key component parts of human resource management, such as recruitment and selection, training and development, reward management and employer branding.
Course description A range of core HRM topics are covered in the course. They range from broader themes, for example the impact of HRM practices in general on employees and their experience of work and organisations, to more specific components of the employment relationship, such as selection procedures and the management of workplace conflict.

The course will comprise a mixture of formal lectures, group discussions and exercises. Guest speakers from academia and industry will contribute to some of the lectures. The course will examine major themes in human resource management and draw heavily on practice, using various sources of evidence, including that from the lecturers' own research and employment experience.

Outline Content

What is Human resource management?
Recruitment and Selection
Reward Management
Management of Workplace Conflict
Flipped classroom: The labour market context of HRM
Training and Development
Performance Management
Employer Branding
Global Staffing and Expatriate Management
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 4 (Sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 85 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework (individual) - Assesses all course Learning Outcomes
Feedback Formative: Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Summative: Feedback will be provided on the assessment within agreed deadlines.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Examine the roles and functions of HRM professionals
  2. Explore the range of techniques and practices used by HRM professionals in major aspects of managing employees
  3. Examine the effects of specific practices in terms of managerial and employee experience in the workplace
  4. Critique and challenge some of the underlying assumptions of the literature and suggest new alternatives
Reading List
An Introduction to Human Resource Management, 4th Edition, Nick Wilton, Sage: London.
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.

Critically evaluate and present digital and other sources, research methods, data and information; discern their limitations, accuracy, validity, reliability and suitability; and apply responsibly in a wide variety of organisational contexts.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with Others

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Understand oneself and others, through critical reflection, diversity awareness and empathic development, in order to maximise individual and collective resilience, and personal and professional potential.
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Course organiserMr Brad Cotton
Course secretaryMiss Isla Dalley
Tel: (0131 6)50 3900
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