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Postgraduate Course: Essential Employment Law for HRM (CMSE11625)

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 Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryKnowledge of employment law and the legal context in which employers, employees and trade unions operate is increasingly important for human resource professionals. The course will cover both the role of the common law in employer-employee relations, the existing (and expanding) statutory framework; the way in which relative standards of behaviour (for example, reasonableness or fairness) are interpreted and acted upon by tribunals and organisations; critiques of law and practice in this area; how employers, employees and their representatives have positioned themselves in relation to existing and proposed developments in employment law; and the role of the law in contributing positively to the management of organisations. The course includes a summary of the key areas which are relevant in practice, with in-depth consideration through case studies of topical issues.
Course description The course aims to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to brief organisations of the consequences of current and future developments in employment law, and to give up-to-date, timely and accurate advice regarding the practical application of legal principles at work. This course will equip human resource professionals to anticipate legal problems associated with organisational decisions and to play a leading role in effective handling of disputes in the workplace and in leading an organisation's response when a formal legal claim is contemplated or pursued. This course will encourage students to think critically about the way in which the law both constrains and facilitates relationships between parties within work organisations, and its relationship to effective organisational functioning. Consideration will be given to the implications of the relevant law and legal developments for the role of the human resource professionals.
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 Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 14, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 83 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Exam (Individual) mid-course (week 11) exam - assesses all course Learning Outcomes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain the core principles that underpin employment law as it applies in the UK, their purpose, origin and practical implications.
  2. Advise colleagues about significant legal implications of decisions, plans or proposals.
  3. Advise about the appropriate action that should be taken in workplace scenarios where employment regulation applies.
  4. Determine the appropriate organisational response when legal action on the part of a worker or employee is anticipated, threatened or taken.
  5. Know how to keep their knowledge of developments in employment law up to date.
Learning Resources
Taylor and Emir, Employment Law: An Introduction (Fifth Edition, OUP 2019)

Cabrelli, Employment Law in Context, (Fourth Edition, OUP, 2020)

A resource list will be available.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 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.

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.

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.
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Course organiserMr David Cabrelli
Tel: (0131 6)50 2068
Course secretaryMr Sean Reddie
Tel: (0131 6)50 8074
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