Module details for Introduction to human resource management


This module introduces students to the human resource management function within organisations.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of human resource management theory and practice.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Understand the roles of line managers and human resource specialists in the effective management of people.

2.  Explore and analyse different approaches and techniques available to human resource management practitioners.

3.  Demonstrate how human resource management can add value to organisations.

Indicative Content

1 Personnel management to human resource management- a historical perspective

The origins of personnel management, emergence of HRM, hard and soft HRM

2 The role of line managers and HRM practitioners

The range and scope of HR activities, distinction between operational and strategic HR activities, the role of the line manager in HR activities.

3 Employee resourcing

Human resource planning; pre recruitment activities, recruitment, selection, employer branding.

4 Employee development

Talent planning; training and development methods, designing learning and development, induction.

5 Employee relations

Control, power and authority in the employment relationship, HRM and employee relations, employee voice, employee participation.

6 Employee reward

Forms of reward, management of reward, reward systems, base pay. incremental pay schemes, contingency pay.

7 Performance management

Measuring performance, performance appraisal, dealing with poor performance.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 13
Tutorial/Seminar 24
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 123
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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.


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