Module details for 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.

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.


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.