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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 29/03/2022 13:50:36

Title of Module: HR Professional Skills

Code: HURM11002 SCQF Level: 11
(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

This module is designed to meet the requirements of the CIPD module ‘Developing Skills for Business Leadership’.

The main purpose of this module is to ensure that the student understands and can demonstrate the interpersonal and business skills required by an HR professional. A range of interpersonal skills and issues, ICT issues and applications will be taught and the student will become proficient in using and manipulating data for use as a management tool. They will also learn how to interpret and use financial data. The student will learn techniques for collecting and analysing data and how to present information in ways that are meaningful and useful. The students will address the ethical requirements of the HR profession and understand how they will meet the CIPD Code of Professional Conduct.

This module will be delivered through a standard teaching format.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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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.

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

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.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

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. Develop and evidence the skills and behaviours relevant to the HR profession.

L2. Be able to make sound and justifiable decisions and demonstrate an up to date knowledge of a range of applications and apply critical judgment to these.

L3. Provide evidence of understanding financial data and managing financial resources.

L4. Demonstrate skills in collecting, analysing and presenting complex data, such as selection interviewing.

L5. Demonstrate evidence of professional and ethical approaches to HRM

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 11.

Understand the range of interpersonal skills required in an HR professional role
Display a critical awareness of the understanding of management information and computer technology
Be able to demonstrate knowledge of analysing financial information.
Know how to collect data from a variety of sources and know how to process this using software.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Demonstrate and evidence a range of interpersonal skills
Learn to integrate information from a range of sources.
Be able to evaluate financial information.
Source data, use software to process the data and know how to present the data to a range of audiences.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Apply critical analysis to information and the computing processes used to process this.
Review and judge academic information with respect to information management.
Apply an ethical approach to their HR practice and understand how the CIPD Code of Professional Conduct

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Be able to select and apply the correct communication approaches in different interpersonal situations
Collect and analyse a range of complex data appropriately (utilising a range of software and numerical skills)
Use this to communicate to a range of audiences, using oral and written means.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in learning through the course curriculum

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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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 Edcuation 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 Activity12
Personal Development Plan24
Independent Study140
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:

Watson, G and Reissner, S (2020) Developing Skills for Business Leadership. 3nd edition London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Cameron, S. (2016) The Business Student's Handbook: Skills for Study and Employment, 6th Edition, London, Pearson.

DYSON, J.R. (2010) Accounting for non-accounting students. 8th ed. London: Financial Times/Prentice Hall.

Owen, J. (2017) The Leadership Skills Handbook 90 essential skills you need to be a leader, 4th, London, KoganPage

Horn, R. The Business Skills Handbook, (2009) 1st ed London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

(**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)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement 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 the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardManagement, Organisations & People
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelManagement, Organisations & People
ModeratorSilvio Hofmann
External ExaminerS Tyrrell
Accreditation DetailsCIPD
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
This assessment will be a skills/reflective portfolio worth 60% of the final mark
A group presentation/facilitation worth 40% of the final mark
(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) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Workbook/ Laboratory notebook/ Diary/ Training log/ Learning logcheck mark check markcheck markcheck mark603

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 6 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
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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