Module details for Theory and Practice in HRM


This module builds on students’ existing knowledge of human resource management and develops their understanding of HRM theory and practice.


The aim of this module is to develop students’ critical appraisal of the role of human resource management within contemporary organisations.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Demonstrate an understanding of key HRM concepts and practices;

2.  Explain and evaluate the purpose and operation of HRM in contemporary organisations;

3.  Demonstrate awareness of HRM-related social, cultural and environmental responsibilities in a global context.

Indicative Content

1 Introduction to HRM

Theoretical perspectives to HRM; practical approaches to HRM

2 Context and HRM

National, international, occupational, organisational and individual contexts of HRM in theory and in practice

3 Strategic HRM

Introduction to strategic human resource management; ‘best fit’ and ‘best practice’ approaches

4 HRM, work and wellbeing

Fair work; dignity at work; mental health and stress at work; the benefits and challenges of flexibility

5 HRM, equality and diversity

Inequalities in the labour market and in the workplace; managing diverse workforce

6 Managing conflict in the workplace

Conflict in the employment relationship; misbehaviour, discipline and grievance procedures; bullying and harassment; disputes

7 Contemporary HRM trends and future challenges

Continuity and change in work and employment; gig economy; (ir)responsible HRM

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 24
Assessment 50
Independent 114
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.


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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.