Strategic Human Resource Management


This module builds on earlier studies in HRM by considering in more detail the strategic aspects of HRM and how the subject relates to other management functions in the delivery of organisational objectives. In addition, the module considers aspects of HRM within the context of organisations' globalised operstions.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with :a theoretical, practical and comparative framework for understanding the nature of strategic human resource management.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Analyse links between business strategy and HRM;

2.  Analyse the strategic role of HRM in organisations and the functions involved in achieving that role;

3.  Evaluate the appropriateness of HR strategies and policies in relation to corporate objectives

Indicative Content

1 Theoretical Approaches to the study of HRM

Problems and controversies. An integrative and international perspective.

2 Business Strategy and Strategic Decision Making

Strategic implementation and HRM. The relationship between managing people and other key business functions.

3 Employee Resourcing

Strategic aspects of resourcing an organisation; Human Resource Planning; Strategic approaches to recruitment and selection; Selection methods and techniques.

4 Strategies for Human Resource Development

Performance appraisal and performance management; Models and approaches to employee development; The national and international context; Management development approaches and methods.

5 Strategic Reward Systems

Reward systems: Financial and non-financial elements; strategic approaches to reward management.

6 Employee Relations

Strategic aspects of employee relations; trade unions and collective bargaining; employee voice; industrial action and the settlement of industrial disputes.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Through the medium of lecture and tutorial content, students will be encouraged to become self-reflective learners. Students will be required to provide a critical evaluation of the learning they have experienced during lectures and tutorials. In the latter setting, case study analysis and critical review of journal articles in the subject area will be the focus of tutorial activities. Enquiry based learning will make up a minimum of 60% student class time.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 13
Tutorial/Seminar 24
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 123

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.