Module title: People and Organisational Development

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

Module code: HRM11415
Module leader: Laura Gerard
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2019/0, Trimester 1, Online, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: WORLDWIDE
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Laura Gerard
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
You will be provided with responsive, engaging and interactive online learning materials which include a general introduction to the topic; guidance on how to work through the online module materials; core academic theory relating to the topic; a mix of reflective exercises, case studies and self-assessment questions (with diagnostic feedback) for each unit which will help to engage you in the learning process. All Los will be review throughout the units with particular focus in relation to differing aspects of the module. The online materials require you to reflect and share your work experiences and reflect upon these as much as possible within the learning materials and throughout assessments. You will be encouraged to form your own independent groups and to interact with fellow students via Moodle discussion forums.

To support learning, you will have access to:
• A weekly ‘virtual office hour’ – module leaders will be available for synchronous contact
• Module specific materials which will comprise of the undernoted:
o A module introduction, including learning outcomes, summary of key learning points.
o Eleven units of learning - introductory unit, followed by ten subject specific units
o Narrated PPTs, covering key learning points
o Recorded keynote lectures/guest speakers (as appropriate)
o Case Studies with outline solutions provided (formative feedback)
o Two online discussions instigated and moderated by the module leader
o Self-Assessment Questions (formative feedback)
o Reflective Exercises
o End of Unit Progress tests
o Links to core module academic materials; book chapters / journal articles / case materials
o Examples of assessments - & outline solutions
o A database of Frequently Asked Questions

The LTA strategy will be supported by Moodle which provides direct access for learners to the University's virtual learning environment and information systems. Relevant knowledge and practice-based learning skills are developed through a mix of on-line and off-line learning media.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
Employability skills 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 you will have opportunities to enhance your problem solving, numerical, communication, team building, time-management and written presentation skills. Transferable skills are also evident within the module’s assessment strategy in terms of developing research and report-writing skills and developing critical writing and analytic skills.

Research/ Teaching Linkages;
The module leaders and tutors undertake scholarly activity within the areas of HRM and OD allowing currency and credibility of input. The LTAS approach (and LOs) are framed around students actively engaging with relevant published research and critically evaluating findings.

The module reviews current and contemporary theories and practice-based approaches to HRM and OD through reference to leading research and thinking. Through independent study, you will be expected to access research databases and retrieve relevant information in order to prepare for the assessment.

The team of tutors supporting this module, provide a mix of high quality academic and practitioner inputs, within the field of HRM, OD and OB. Texts, directed readings activities are underpinned by relevant research

Supporting Equality and Diversity
The team responds to learners with particular learning and development requirements through on-line 'surgery sessions', which provide opportunities for support-focused discussions.

A range of examples are drawn on, where relevant throughout the module which include reference to internationalisation/globalisation and its impact on HRM practice. The module materials explicitly draw on relevant examples from UK, Europe, USA and Asia to encourage cross-cultural awareness and encourage students to consider the impact of the international context on HRM practice.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will take the form of detailed discussions during the virtual office hours with the opportunity to submit an essay plan by week 8 of the module for both part A and part B of the summative assessment.

Summative Assessment:
The assessment is a case study which is split into two parts (Part A; 2750 and Part B; 2750 which will address all the LO’s of the module). The assessment will be structured around the learning outcomes with students applying the learning directly to the case study and analysing the case study issues with reference to academic literature, research and practice- based examples.
The remaining 10% comprises of end-of-unit progress tests (classified as digital exam) (All LO’s covered).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Other 12
Online Other 50
Independent Learning Guided independent study 138
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 90 ALL 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4500
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 10 ALL 1 HOURS= 5, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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. You will be involved in examining the changing role of the HR function, its influence on achieving competitive advantage, and the broader context in which it operates. You will also reflect and develop: 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 and enhanced IT proficiency and academic writing skills.

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.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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