Core Module Information
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


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 coaching in the workplace), within the contexts of HRM, OD and OB. This 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 and academic writing skills along with developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to
LO1. Critically evaluate major contemporary research and debates in the related fields of human resource management (HRM), Organisational Development (OD) and Organisational Behaviour (OB)
LO2. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to formulate and justify strategies for effectively managing people (individually and in teams) in organisations.
LO3. Critically evaluate the changing role and influence of HR professionals and the HR function.
LO4. Demonstrate essential skills in problem solving, decision making, influencing, and working with others.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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:
The LTA strategy will be supported by Moodle which provides direct access for learners to the University's virtual learning environment and information systems. Students 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 ‘live academic support’ – 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 in an introductory unit.
o Ten units of subject specific learning units
o Narrated PowerPoints and academic inputs covering key learning points
o Recorded keynote lectures/guest speakers (as appropriate)
o Online Discussion forums
o Case Studies/Self-Assessment Questions with outline solutions provided (formative feedback)
o Reflective Exercises
o End of Unit Progress tests (formative assessment)
o Links to core module academic materials; book chapters / journal articles / case materials
o A database of Frequently Asked Questions

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.

The module team 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. Each unit has been written by a subject expects which provides a mix of high quality academic and practitioner inputs, within the field of HRM, OD and OB.

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 a number of forms within the module. Students receive formative feedback via the self-assessment questions they complete throughout the module which allows them to explore practical issues and apply the academic theory they have learned. Overall, their development is supported via the opportunity to have detailed discussions during the live academic support sessions. There is a formal opportunity of formative assessment via the invitation to submit an essay draft/plan by week 8 of the module for both part A and part B of the summative assessment.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment is made up of a 90% assessment split into two parts (Part A and Part B) which will address all the LO’s of the module. These parts of the assessment will be structured around the learning outcomes with students in part A applying the learning directly to the case study and analysing the case study issues with reference to academic literature and research. Within part B students are expected to explore and analyse academic theory to address a particular practice based question where they should draw upon academic theory and practice-based examples. The remaining 10% is made up of an end of unit test provided at the end of each unit which assesses the students understanding of the module content and applies to all LOs. 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 their academic skills developed throughout the module, particularly around applying theory to practice based issues.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online On-demand Webinar 12
Online Guided independent study 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
Report 90 ALL 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 5000
Class Test 10 ALL 14/15 HOURS= 05.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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