Module title: Contemporary Issues in HRM

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

Module code: HRM10103
Module leader: Lesley McLean
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management
Prerequisites

Level 8 or level 9 HRM module, HRM08101 or equivalent.
At least one level 9 organisational change or HRD module - HRM09903 or HRM09102 or equivalent

2019/0, Trimester 2, 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;
LO1-5: A participative approach to teaching and learning will be adopted in the 2 hour weekly lecture/workshops. These teaching sessions will make use of lecture input, case studies, small and large group discussions, role play and class exercises. Learning will be supported by module materials, recommended texts, directed reading of articles, books and on-line publications via Moodle. Students are given weekly directed reading and will be expected to prepare for classes in advance by reading a selection of cases and articles.


embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills;
The students will engage in group discussions/debate and practical application of the contemporary HRM issues that will be explored, encouraging the development of critical thinking, verbal presentation of arguments, team working and co-operation and consideration of the views of others. Specialist lecturers are invited to deliver state of the art examples of HRM interventions and through these sessions students examine and debate current practice in HR. The assignment and examination both focus on students' abilities to choose and research a report topic around a contemporary HR theme, critically analyse the theoretical underpinnings of the concepts whilst providing practically based recommendations which can be applied to numerous contexts and sectors. The assessments and practical workshops bring together the application of a number of scholarly and employability skills such as critical writing, research, presentation and time management skills, and encourage the students to the apply the theory and research perspectives to the practice of HRM.

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 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 12
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 1-5 8 , WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1-4 14-15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

A range of topics will be selected to represent current and emerging trends in HRM of importance to HR practitioners and academics. The emphasis in this module is focused around building on students previous knowledge of HRM and developing students skills of critical analysis and application of theory to practice. Lecturers deliver sessions based on their own expertise/empirical research. Due to the contemporary nature of the module, topics may change according to lecturer expertise, but content will always reflect the 3 key HRM specialist areas of employee resourcing, development and relations.


Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1:Identify and analyse trends in HRM research, strategy and practice.
LO2:Construct strong and convincing written arguments about various aspects of HRM
LO3:Develop in-depth knowledge of theoretical issues in HRM as a basis for debating contemporary issues
LO4:Critically reflect on theoretical and practical issues applied to contemporary HRM both individually and in teams.
LO5: Develop, design, and deliver a research-based evaluation of a contemporary HRM topic.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - ASHTON, D., AND SUNG, J. (2002) HIGH PERFORMANCE WORK PRACTICES: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS ON ISSUES AND SYSTEMS: INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION, 1st ed.
Core - GRANT, K., MAXWELL, G., AND OGDEN, S EMPLOYEE RELATIONS (2014) : EMPLOYEE RELATIONS Vol. 36, 5th ed.
Core - PILBEAM,S AND CORBRIDGE, M (2010) PEOPLE RESOURCING AND TALENT PLANNING: HRM IN PRACTICE: PEARSON EDUCATION, 4th ed.
Core - KELLIHER, C., AND ANDERSON, D HUMAN RELATIONS (2010) : HUMAN RELATIONS Vol. 63, 1st ed.
Core - ROSETHORN, H (2009) THE EMPLOYER BRAND: KEEPING FAITH WITH THE DEAL: GOWER, 1st ed.
Core - BACKHAUS, K., AND TIKOO, S CAREER DEVELOPMENT JOURNAL (2004) : CAREER DEVELOPMENT JOURNAL Vol. 9, 5th ed.
Core - TAYLOR (2010) RESOURCING AND TALENT MANAGEMENT: CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF PERSONNEL AND DEVELOPMENT, 5th ed.
Core - ARMSTRONG, C., FLOOD, P.C., GUTHRIE, J.P., LIU, W., MACCURTAIN, S., AND MKAMWA, T HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (2010) : HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT Vol. 49, 6th ed.
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