Module title: Global Employment Practices

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

Module code: HRM10101
Module leader: Jennifer O'Neil
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management
Prerequisites

To study this modules you will need the learning equivalent to the module listed or to have passed this module
Human Resource Management Practice (HRM09101) or Introduction to HRM (HRM08101)
OR
Knowledge of HR practice in the domestic context at SCQF Level 8 or 9

2018/9, 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: Jennifer O'Neil
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning, Teaching and assessment methods (LTAS)
Each week students attend a 3 hour class. The first part of the class will typically comprise lecture input. However, befitting a final year module the majority of contact time will be used for the completion of groupwork on case studies which encourages students to actively participate in their learning and, at the same time, provides weekly formative assessments. The aim throughout will be to develop the student's ability to apply the knowledge learnt on the module (and on others), and in their reading, to a range of practical scenarios.

There are two elements of assessments in this module:

The report due in week 8 requires the students to apply knowledge of comparative employment practice to a 'real-life' case study. The report requires students to evaluate an organisation's approachpresent position and make strategic recommendations to achieve sustained competitive advantage within the global marketplace. (LOs 3, 5 & 6)

The exam in week 15 tests the student's ability to critically assess the theoretical underpinnings, operation and impact of comparative employment practices. (LO 1, 2 & 4).

Employability
Employability skills form an integral part of module design and are embedded throughout. The module involves the application of academic theories and concepts to 'real-world' case analysis in order to formulate solutions to global competitive issues. Through the module students will enhance problem solving, numerical, communication, team building, time management and presentation skills. Transferable skills are also evident within the module's assessment strategy with the first assessment developing research and report-writing skills whilst the exam involves analytic skills.

Research/ teaching linkages
Teaching team members undertake scholarly activity within the areas of international HRM, globalisation, labour relations and ethics allowing currency and credibility of input. The LTAS approach (a

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
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 162
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 3,5,6 8 , WORDS= 2500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1,2,4 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings and practical implications of international approaches to employment. The module begins by defining and evaluating models of HRM. The growth of interest in comparative employment practice is explained by reference to debates surrounding internationalisation and globalisation. The concept of a 'global workforce' and convergence v divergence debates are also assessed. The module then appraises comparative approaches to core employment practices - staffing, reward, training and development and labour relations. To help students understand the diversity of practice suitable cultural models and the development of national systems of production and employment are critically explored. The second part of the module examines conceptual and practical issues arising from the internationalisation of business. Firstly, ethical issues such as corporate social responsibility and those surrounding labour practices in developing countries are critically assessed. Then the approach of Multinational Companies to employment, their impact on 'local' practices and the future of diversity are assessed. The module concludes with a summary and revision session.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Examine models of international HRM and differences between domestic and international HRM
LO2: Develop a critical awareness and understanding of current international approaches to employment practice
LO3: Develop a critical awareness of the impact of cross-cultural differences and national systems of production on international employment practice
LO4: Assess ethical issues arising from the internationalisation of employment.
LO5: Apply critical understanding of comparative employment practice to 'real life' case studies
LO6: Develop report writing skills and the ability to debate and discuss critical issues in HRM.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - EDWARDS, T AND REES, C. (2006) INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: PEARSON, 1st ed.
Core - SCULLION, H AND LINEHAN, M (2005) INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: PALGRAVE M=MACMILLAN, 1st ed.
Recommended - KLEIN, N (2001) NO LOGO: FLAMINGO PRESS, 1st ed.
Recommended - LUCAS, R. LUPTON, B AND MATHIESON, H (2006) HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN AN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT: CIPD, 1st ed.
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