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Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 16/03/2020 09:46:22

Title of Module: Introducing People Management

Code: HURM07001 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Mbusiro  Chacha

Summary of Module

People are the heart of organisations and key in the success of these organisations whether it be through profits, brand and/or reputation. This module provides an introduction to managing people in work: human resource management (HRM).

People Management helps us understand and shape the future of work,  it enables us to make decisions about employment; from the recruitment and selection of talent, development and engaging of employees, to nurturing high performance teams. 

The module provides a broad overview of the operational functions of human resource management, and how a set of integrated HR functions can enable effective enterprise development in all contexts. In examining the operational functions of People Management students will develop knowledge and skills  in employee resourcing and development, performance and reward, employee relations, diversity and functional management of practices including discipline and grievance. 

People management in SMEs, large organisations, and multinational contexts will be considered.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully Online
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Describe the foundations of Human Resource Management

L2. Examine the main operational functions of HRM, this may include recruitment and selection, employee engagement and grievance and discipline

L3. Describe how changes in the national and global contexts e.g. the economic, political and cultural factors present challenges for People Management

L4. Identify and improve personal capabilities in managing yourself and other people in work contexts

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 7.

Developing awareness and understanding of the foundations and operational functions of HRM in changing work contexts

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Using frameworks and techniques to describe and explain real-life work situations nationally and globablly

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

The ability to present and assess arguments about different approaches to HRM foundations and operational functions

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Use of relevant information technology applications to produce and present documents in an appropriate form and to communicate with peers in group exercises and lead on student led classes

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Use initiative and discretion in the production of work both individually and collectively within classes

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The learning and teaching activities developed for the module were crafted in accordance with the UWS Education Enabling plan in terms of providing variety in learning and assessment practice and engaging students in learning practices. The formative and summative learning and teaching activities and assessment instruments are adopted with the aim of providing learners with the opportunity to manage partnerships with fellow students in informal group activities and to develop individual independence in the coursework essay. The instruments of assessment are combined to provide learners with externally facing workplace relevant knowledge that is enhanced by a commitment to scholarly practice that enriches competence and resilience.
Students will gain core knowledge in interactive classes, applying that knowledge in student led tutorials.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity10
Personal Development Plan5
Independent Study161
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Leatherbarrow, C. and Fletcher, J. (2018) Introduction to Human Resource Management: A Guide to HR in Practice, (4th edition), CIPD.

Foot, M. and Hook, C. (2015) Introducing Human Resource Management (7th edition), FT/Prentice Hall

Details of further resources, including textbooks, journals and online resources will be identified at the beginning of each delivery in the module handbook and made available via Moodle.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Attendance Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement and attendance procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardManagement, Organisations & People
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelManagement, Organisations & People
ModeratorLorraine Quinn
External ExaminerS Tyrrell
Accreditation DetailsN/A
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Summative Class test

Summative Essay: This will be based on HRM related topics and issues as covered in the module.
Students will be encouraged to conduct research from up to date sources and discuss impact of these live HR issues on organisations.
Formative assessment will take place in student led tutorials where student groups will be asked to prepare areas for discussion in advance and present to the class.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written)check mark   300

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Report of practical/ field/ clinical work check markcheck mark 700
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The Equality, Diversity and Human Rights policy underpins student engagement. We aim to make UWS a fair and equal place to study an institution which addresses specific issues covering all aspects of equality, diversity and human rights. Where required module assessment will be adapted to meet student requirements.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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