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Postgraduate Course: Strategic Human Resource Management (CMSE11605)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryAlthough many organisations recognise the importance of managing the work force effectively and even "know" what approaches are effective, it is remarkable how often firms and managers fail to implement these approaches. Consequently, this course has two central themes: (1) How to think systematically and strategically about aspects of managing the organisation's human assets, and (2) What needs to be done to implement these policies and to achieve competitive advantage through people.
Course description
Academic description
The aim of the course is both to impart knowledge as well as to build competency in stimulate discussion about the values and beliefs that stand in the way of implementing this knowledge. The course is designed for strategic and general managers rather than HRM specialists in that it will put particular emphasis on the practice of managers in inspiring and developing employees with a view to enhancing performance.

Students will not be expected to master the technical details of topics such as employment law, employee relations or selection techniques such as psychometric testing. They will be given the opportunity to develop their skills and abilities as a leader and manager of people, skills and abilities that are crucial in the vast majority of senior management roles.

Outline content

The course covers:
Structuring the organisation, jobs and roles to meet strategic objectives
Managing organisational culture through HR and Management practices
Managing people through change
Recruiting and selecting employees
Performance management
Employee development/talent management and the role of inclusion and diversity
HRM and ethics

Student learning experience
Pre-recorded lectures and online tutorials are supported via independent directed reading.
Online tutorials will include discussion around case analysis and current HRM events/topics. The class will most likely be made up of individuals with a range of experience in HRM; therefore, learning from one another is another important aspect of the course. Students will be encouraged to discuss their own experiences and those of colleagues in relation to the topics and cases covered.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Individual
Feedback Formative
A minimum of one piece of formative feedback will be provided per course. This may be offered asynchronously via discussion boards and emails, and synchronously in tutorials.

Feedback on assignments will be provided within 15 working days of submission. Summative marks will be returned on a published timetable, which will have 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. Understand and discuss critically the links between strategic success and the management of people.
  2. Critically evaluate the fundamental elements of Strategic HRM and how they fit together.
  3. Understand and apply critically topic-specific knowledge in areas such as recruitment, employee development, culture performance and change.
Reading List
Armstrong, M. (2016). Armstrong's handbook of strategic human resource management. 6th Edition. Kogan Page.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills C1 Meaningful Interpersonal Interaction
C2 Effective Emotional Intelligence
C3 Authentic Leadership
C4 Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Business Behaviour
C5 Appropriate Communication
C6 Understand and Make Effective Use of Data
C7 Creative and Entrepreneurial Practice
C8 Personal and Professional Competence
C9 Academic Excellence
C10 Intellectual Curiosity
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Julian Rawel
Tel: (0131 6)50 8067
Course secretaryMs Sarah Yaxley
Tel: (0131 6)50 3475
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