Core Module Information
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: Human Resource Management


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

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, 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:

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
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

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