Module title: The Organisational Context of HR

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

Module code: HRM11666
Module leader: Rowan Steele
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management
Prerequisites

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

2018/9, Trimester 2, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Vaughan Ellis
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning, Teaching and assessment methods (LTAS)
The LTA strategy will be supported by Moodle which provides you with direct access 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. This includes:
- guided reading, module information and content
- student-led discussions, case studies, self-completion questionnaires, videos and podcasts
- master classes/evening seminars that are delivered in blocks of two days (running simultaneously).During the master classes, you will engage in group discussions/debate, encouraging the development of critical thinking, team working and consideration of the views of others. Focus is placed on putting knowledge into practice and the added value this will bring to your practice and to the team/organisation to which you belong. The development of your reflective practice, will be suported by the allocation of a 'learning coach' alongside appropriate module team members.

The module will utilise a variety of case studies to compliment lecture input. Master-classes will encourage you to actively participate in your learning and, at the same time, provide you with opportunities for formative feedback through group work. The aim throughout will be to develop your ability to reflect on your own practice and apply the knowledge learnt in the seminars to your workplace.

There are two elements of assessments in this module:

The essay is practice-based, and requires you to answer one question from a selection of three drawn from the topics covered in the first half of the module. (LOs 1-3)


The open book exam tests your ability to provide users of financial data with the information they need to improve decision-making within an organisation. (LOs4&5).

You are also required to undertake a CPD plan, log and reflective discussion based upon your chosen practice issue, citing rele

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 17
Independent Learning Guided independent study 161
Face To Face Centrally Timetabled (Digital) Exam 2
Online Guided independent study 20
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, 2, 3 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 4, 5 14/15 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 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:

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

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