Module title: Contemporary Human Resource Management

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HRM11101
Module leader: Rowan Steele
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management
Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this module.

2018/9, Trimester 1, 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: Rowan Steele
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods and their alignment to LOs:
Class contact (3 hours per week) includes lecture input, short discussions and on occasions the extended discussion of case studies which require the integrated application of theory and concepts from the previous block of teaching. Students are required to follow a reading plan which prepares them for class interaction and also to find their own examples to illustrate differing national practice.

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills:
The participative nature of the module through the use of discussion groups will develop verbal communication skills. The preparation for the assessment and for class discussion will require students to use research skills to identify relevant materials in the library and on the internet.

Assessment (formative and summative):
Students are assessed on the submission of a portfolio which comprises the 4 case studies on international HR practice comparisons which they will have worked on in their learning groups and discussed in class. These write ups will be integrated by a reflective summary apply theory relating to national cultural differences; and the portfolio will be completed by an additional fifth case which requires them to analyse the needs of an organisation and make appropriate recommendations. The first 4 cases will be submitted periodically throughout the throughout the trimester using the Moodle portfolio which will allow formative feedback on progress, and ensure that the work for the assessment is paced through the trimester.



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 Practical classes and workshops 36
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
Oral Presentation 40 1,2,3 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Report 60 1,2,3 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 003
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Rowan Steele
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs:
The module is delivered in flexible learning mode, through the provision of a key text supported by a study guide, on line self assessment exercises and discussions, and attendance at workshops where there is the opportunity for class discussion of case studies and reflection on links to organisational practice.

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills:
The analysis of appropriate HR approaches to meet the needs of an organisation is a key managerial competence which will enable the individual to contribute to determination of policy. Skills in library and internet research, and presenting written arguments to support recommendations are also developed.

Assessment (formative and summative):
The module is assessed through a case study assignment, requiring an integrated understanding of HRM to be applied to a particular context. The first part of the assignment, which consists of a diagnostic review of organisational problem/issues is submitted for formative feedback. The purpose of this first stage of the coursework is to identify an area(s) of HRM, relevant to a specific organisational context for study in greater depth, to highlight key questions to be explored relating to that topic area and to identify the likely sources of information and literature relating to this topic . This then leads to a process of research into relevant areas of HR practice and a critical review of current thinking, enabling the final report submission to make recommendations for implementation. This is a desk based research process, not requiring the collection of primary data but where possible students are encouraged to carry out this work within their own organisation. Where this is not possible, a case study is provided.



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 Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 188
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 30 1-3 6 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Report 70 1-3 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 004
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Rowan Steele
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs:
Class contact (3 hours per week) includes lecture input & discussion activities which allow for critical engagement with the relevant reading. Students are provided with a reading plan to ensure that they keep pace with and are prepared for class activities.

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills:
The analysis of appropriate HR approaches to meet the needs of an organisation is a key managerial competence which will enable the individual to contribute to determination of policy. Skills in library and internet research, and presenting written arguments to support recommendations are also developed.

Assessment (formative and summative):
The module is assessed through a case study assignment, requiring an integrated understanding of HRM to be applied to a particular context. The first part of the assignment, which consists of a diagnostic review of organisational problem/issues is submitted for formative feedback. The purpose of this first stage of the coursework is to identify an area(s) of HRM, relevant to a specific organisational context for study in greater depth, to highlight key questions to be explored relating to that topic area and to identify the likely sources of information and literature relating to this topic . This then leads to a process of research into relevant areas of HR practice and a critical review of current thinking, enabling the final report submission to make recommendations for implementation. This is a desk based research process, not requiring the collection of primary data but where possible students are encouraged to carry out this work within their own organisation. Where this is not possible, a case study is provided.

Research/ teaching linkages:
The research for the assignment requires that students access information on current developments and published research.



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 Practical classes and workshops 39
Independent Learning Guided independent study 161
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 30 1-3 6 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Report 70 1-3 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module starts with a brief introduction to developing theory and current models of HRM, providing a framework for more detailed consideration of key operational areas: resourcing, development, performance management & reward, and the management of the employment relationship to minimise conflict and encourage employee engagement. Current issues such as work life balance and the management of diversity are given particular focus

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Evaluate the contribution of HRM activities to organisational effectiveness and the impact of the changing context of work on HRM.
LO2: Demonstrate an understanding of the key HR activities and the way in which these integrate to achieve organisational objectives and a critical insight into the current developments impacting on these.
LO3: Identify HR strategies, policies & practice appropriate to the needs of different organisations.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - ADRIAN WILKINSON AND TOM REDMAN (2013) CONTEMPORARY HRM: TEXT AND CASES: PEARSON, 4th ed.
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