Module title: The Organisational Context of HR

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

Module code: HRM11116
Module leader: Doug Young
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: Doug Young
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning, Teaching and assessment methods (LTAS)
Each week students attend a 3 hour seminar. The seminars will utilise a variety of case studies to compliment lecture input. Workshops will encourage students to actively participate in their learning and, at the same time, provide opportunities for weekly formative feedback through group work. The aim throughout will be to develop the student’s ability to apply the knowledge learnt in the seminars, and in their reading, to a range of practical scenarios.

There are three elements of assessments in this module:

The essay due in week 9 requires the students to answer one essay question from a selection of three drawn from the topics covered in weeks 1-6 (LOs 1-3)

The open book exam in week 15 tests the student’s ability to provide users of financial data with the information they need to improve decision-making. (LOs4&5).

Students are also required to submit a CPD plan, log and reflective discussion citing relevant examples relating to the outcomes of this module - this is a requirement of all CIPD approved programmes.

Employability
This module has been designed to comply with CIPD standards as part of an MSc in Human Resource Management and MSc International Human Resource Management typically taken to further career aspirations. Employability skills therefore 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
All team members undertake scholarly activity within the are

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
Face To Face Lecture 8
Independent Learning Guided independent study 154
Face To Face Centrally Timetabled (Digital) Exam 2
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 - 3 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 4 - 6 13 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module begins with an overview of the various internal and external environmental contexts which shape organisational action (PEST forces) and consideration of organisational objectives. The module then moves onto review competing conceptions of the role and function of management and their implications for practice. Next, an introduction to the links between strategic HRM and organisational strategy is followed by a concise overview of strategic management models. The module then examines the concept of strategic HRM, the variety of ways strategic HR decisions are made within different organisations, the implications for the HR function and critically evaluates the different approaches to aligning organisational strategy with people management practices. In doing so, the module provides a critical understanding of strategic HR. Distinctions are drawn between the different levels of HR strategy and the diverse directions of growth and international strategic choice in a globally competitive environment. The potential ethical issues arising from strategic choices to internationalise the organisation are also considered.

The impact of the increasing use of technology within HR as the function attempts to strategically reposition itself within the organisation is critically evaluated. Mindful of emergent strategies adopted by organisations to quantify the contribution of the HR function to organisational profitability the module also offers an introduction to Human Capital Management. To support this end and in recognition of the centrality of financial planning to organisational success this module provides instruction on the preparation and interpretation of financial statements and data, including profit & loss accounts, balance sheets, cash budgets, capital investment appraisal and break-even analysis.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically evaluate the managerial and business environment within which HR professionals work
LO2: Evaluate how organisational and HR strategies are shaped by and developed in response to internal and external environmental factors
LO3: Analyse the impact of political, legal, demographic, social and technological trends on organisational and HR strategies and practices
LO4: Demonstrate a critical assessment of financial statements and their meaning, the budgetary process and the flow of money within an organisation.
LO5: Analyse and apply financial data to improve decision making
LO6: Critically reflect upon learning gained from the module and develop plans for personal and professional development in the key areas of practice covered

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
The Organisational Context of HR