Managing and Building Human Capital


This module will be relevant to students following a course requiring understanding of the management and development of human capital in the contemporary organisation.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with: the ability to develop understanding and enhance critical awareness of contemporary perspectives on the effective management and development of human capital.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Analyse differing perspectives on the human capital process;

2.  Evaluate critically different approaches to the management of human capital;

3.  Analyse critically the factors that promote or inhibit human capital development in organisations.

Indicative Content

1 The Human Capital Context

Human capital perspectives: economic, social, political. The relationship between human capital and other forms of capital. Measuring and reporting human capital outcomes. Current trends and challenges.

2 Managing Human Capital

The organisation and management of work in the contemporary organisation. The HR function and effective human capital management. High performing HR systems and human capital strategy. Managing the knowledge, capabilities and commitment of employees. Talent management. Employee values, motivation and culture.

3 Developing Human Capital for Effective Organisational & Individual Performance

Human resource development (HRD) & its relationship to human resource management. HRD challenges in a knowledge economy. Employee and leadership development: models & approaches. Continuing & professional development; personal development plans; managing careers. Learning & the development of competencies & capabilities that support strategic objectives. Individual & organisation learning; The concept of the learning organisation & its dimensions.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Class contact for this module comprises lectures, tutorials and seminars. Lectures are of two parts: one hour lecture and one hour drop-in session to address student's questions. Seminars will engage students in enquiry-based activities, mostly based on case analysis, to encourage the development of deeper understanding of theory, context and practice links, and of the complementary contributions of different disciplines. Students will often work in small groups, deliver presentations, and undertake critical reflection. Enquiry based learning will make up a minimum of 60% of student class time. Business Simulation and Innovation and Global Growth Event are an integral part of postgraduate study at Dundee Business School. Students, in multi-disciplinary teams, will take part in a series of intensive interactive organisation facing full-day workshops which focus on 'live case' or ‘simulated’ problems. These two practice based events help students gain an understanding of how business decisions affect the overall outcome and ultimate success or failure of a business.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 14
Tutorial/Seminar 14
Supervised Practical Activity 14
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 118

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 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.