Module title: Introduction to Human Resource Management

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HRM08101
Module leader: Laura Gerard
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Laura Gerard
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs;
(LO 1-5) Interactive lectures and participative tutorial workshops ensure that students engage with the theory and practice of human resource management. A variety of approaches are used such as audio-visual resources, group discussion, case studies and skills sessions. Each tutorial is designed to facilitate students learning and allow them to apply the theoretical concept discussed during the lectures to practice in organisational case study activities. This encourages weekly reading and research to take place, and provides opportunities for formative feedback. In order to support students throughout the module, a weekly drop-in assessment session is held where students can ask questions or obtain formative, informal feedback on their assessed work.

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills;
Students work both individually and in groups in tutorials, this encourages team work and communication skills through a range of tasks and activities - such as case studies, individual activities, group discussions with feedback and role plays. The interactive nature of tutorials builds confidence in students by encouraging them to participate and contribute both in groups and individually in a safe environment. Academic literacy skills are developed by specific tutorials and exercises on academic referencing practice and are embedded in the module assessment requirements and specifically highlighted in the assessment criteria. Other tutorials, while more subject specific, development academic literacy skills by encouraging students to understand, explain and summarise the theoretical and practical material. At least one guest speaker per semester is invited in to talk to students to provide expertise and further enhance the links between theory and current practice.

Formative Assessment:
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Summative Assessment:
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Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Online Guided independent study 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1 - 2 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 3-4 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100
2019/0, Trimester 1, Blended,
Occurrence: 003
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: WEST LOTHIAN
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Laura Gerard
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods and their alignment to LOs:
Relevant knowledge and skills are developed through interactive and participative workshops which aim to ensure that students engage with the theory and can translate this to practice. To achieve this the team utilise a variety of approaches e.g. audio-visual resources, group discussion, case studies and skills sessions that encourage critical thinking. To achieve LOs 1&2, there is a focus on different case study organisations to explore the HR function in practice and evaluate the impact of different policies and practices used. In order to fully apply LOs 3&4, the focus switches to teaching practical skills in order to understand the theory. This involves designing job descriptions and interview questions, exploring the considerations surrounding training and development and designing a training intervention.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills:
Students work in groups and individually during workshops, encouraging team work and communication skills through various tasks and activities e.g. case studies, individual activities, group discussions and role plays. Academic literacy skills are developed via a number of exercises on academic referencing practice and are embedded in the module assessment requirements, highlighted in the assessment criteria. Other subject specific workshops develop these skills by encouraging students to understand, explain and summarise tutorial material.

Assessment (Formative/Summative):
Formative feedback is provided throughout the module by encouraging students to ask questions and gain support for their assessment. This is also encouraged in workshops with students asked to revise key points from previous theory covered.
Students will complete a number of learning activities, allowing them to link theory from the module material and learning outcomes to the assessment on a week by week basis. Summative assessments are in week 9 (Integrative case study).


Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 174
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 1,2 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 3,4 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100
2019/0, Trimester 2, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Laura Gerard
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs:
Students work from online materials supplemented by key text books and Moodle resources for additional materials, web-links, self-assessment questions and weekly prescribed reading. The online units provide detailed module materials relating to the learning outcomes and module content in a coherent manner guiding the student through the material each week. This is supplemented by for example, short scenarios and longer case studies, stop and reflect questions, web-based activities, self-assessment questions and end of unit tests. These ensure that active learning takes place throughout the module. Students are introduced to the module through a 2 hour introductory workshop and a further two sessions scheduled throughout the trimester to support their learning.

Assessment (formative or summative):
Formative feedback will be provided throughout the module via feedback on the self-assessment questions and case studies – the outline solutions will be developed by the module leader, and appropriate online feedback will be available automatically and as soon as the assessment is completed. This will enable students to self-assess their progress and understanding.

Reflective exercises within each unit will require students to apply theory to their own experience – plus reflections will be captured in an online reflective portfolio which you will be able to review and print off.

Summative assessment is available through one formal individual report assignment which is split into part A and part B. The assignment (90%) requires you to analyse, assess, develop and critically reflect on solutions surrounding different HRM strategies. The remaining 10% of the module mark is dedicated to the online end of unit tests that are required to complete


Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 165
Online Practical classes and workshops 5
Face To Face Lecture 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 20
Total Study Hours196
Expected Total Study Hours for Module196


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 90 All 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4500
Class Test 10 All 15 HOURS= 5, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 90
Component 2 subtotal: 10
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module examines the definitions and development of the HRM function and provides and overview of the range of areas in which it can make a contribution to the management of an organisation. It highlights the way in which these have been adapted or developed to meet the changing needs of organisations in recent years. The module has three main areas of focus; the first surrounds exploring the HRM function in organisations whilst looking at the different stakeholder perceptions and how the function affects them. Secondly it examines how a HR department can manage employee resourcing and all that is involved within this with the focus being on employee recruitment and selection processes and the practical application of these practices; finally the module evaluates employee training and development strategies by considering the many different options that are available to organisations and exploring the process through which they make these decisions in practice.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Evaluate the concept of human resource management (HRM), exploring the impacts within organisations and identify major trends affecting the HR profession.
LO2: Analyse the role played by HR specialists and line managers within organisations exploring and evaluating strategies for effectively managing people (individually and in teams) in organisations.
LO3: Critically explore the main models and methods adopted in employee resourcing with particular focus on recruitment and selection and assess the impact of these processes on organisational success.
LO4: Evaluate systematic strategies and processes of training and development, identifying how this influences the performance of individuals and the overall organisation as a result of such strategies and processes.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
HRM08101 - Introduction to Human Resource Management