Core Module Information
Module title: People and Organisational Development

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

Module code: HRM11115
Module leader: Lesley McLean
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management

There are no prerequisites for this module.

Description of module content:

This module includes critical examination of the impact of people management on organisational and individual behaviour in the key areas of organisational change, leadership, motivation, engagement, and employee well-being (including managing emotion at work), within the contexts of HRM, OD and OB. The module examines the changing role of the HR function, its influence on achieving competitive advantage, and the broader context in which it operates. The module is also concerned with learner development of a business orientation, a concern with adding value through HR practice, and a range of skills pivotal to successful people management practice and effective leadership. This includes critical reflection, problem solving and decision-making skills; enhanced IT proficiency; a range of team working and interpersonal skills and others associated with developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to
1. Critically evaluate major contemporary research and debates in the related fields of human resource management (HRM), Organisational Development (OD) and Organisational Behaviour (OB)
2. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to formulate and justify strategies for effectively managing people (individually and in teams) in organisations.
3. Critically evaluate the changing role and influence of HR professionals and the HR function.
4. Demonstrate essential skills in problem solving, decision making, influencing, and working with others.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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:
Relevant knowledge and skills are developed through a mix of student-led discussion groups, case studies, role-plays, videos, and lectures held during weekly three-hour seminars. The students will engage in group discussions/debate and presentations, encouraging the development of critical thinking, verbal presentation of arguments, team working, co-operation and consideration of the views of others. This module is designed to underpin, from an organisational perspective, the vocational modules covered within the MSc HRM programme such as Learning & Development, People Resourcing and Employee Relations. This module requires students are required to attend a one day (8 hours) workshop during the module looking at the practical application of theory in the workplace (Formative - All LOs). They will be given an opportunity early in the module to practice and gain formative assessment on presentation skills, and later be formally assessed on one group presentation (40% - LOs 1, 2 and 4) made to their peer group/tutors in class during Week 7/8. All LOs will be assessed by means of a closed booked exam (60%), held in the Week 14-15 assessment period. The LTA strategy will be supported by Moodle which will provide direct access for students to the University’s Virtual Learning Environment and Information services. The module team will provide all lecture materials and reading in advance of each class and will supplement this material on Moodle with videos, weblinks, copies of articles and reports. All important module issues will communicated in class or via Moodle announcement.

Formative Assessment:
Summative assessment takes the form of one 30 minute (inc questions) group presentation – immediate verbal feedback will be provided followed by written group feedback and grade (40% of module mark). In addition, students will sit one 2 hour, closed book exam (60% of module mark). Each piece of summative assessment is not only designed to test the knowledge and understanding of the student but to also allow students to demonstrate a range of practical and academic skills developed throughout the module.

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
Face To Face Lecture 8
Independent Learning Guided independent study 154
Face To Face CL_TST 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 40 1, 2 7 HOURS= 0.5, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 3 - 5 13 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
People and Organisational Development