Core Module Information
Module title: Organisational Context of HRM

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

Module code: HRM11416
Module leader: Doug Young
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management


Description of module content:

The module begins with an overview of the various internal and external environmental contexts which shape organisational actions (PEST forces). You will be involved in reviewing competing ideas about the role and function of management and their implications for your practice. Next, you will be involved in identifying the links between strategic HRM and organisational strategy, followed by reviewing 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 you with an opportunity to gain a critical understanding of strategic HR and the implications for your practice as well as your organisation’s. 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 you 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 you with 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:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
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

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: Doug Young
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
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 (which will include a link to the electronic textbook); 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. The online materials require you to reflect and share your work experiences. You will be encouraged to form your own independent groups and to interact with fellow students via the VLE through 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 eleven 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

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.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback will be provided throughout the trimester.

Summative Assessment:
For summative assessment you will undertake a class test and produce a report of 4500 .

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Tutorial 12
Online Seminar 5
Independent Learning Guided independent study 183
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 90 1 - 5 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 4500
Class Test 10 ALL 9 HOURS= 05.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Contact your module leader