Business with Human Resource Management
(BSc) Business with Human Resource Management
Entry for 2011
This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.
To provide undergraduate students a foundation in business and management studies alongside a more detailed insight and understanding of the different ways in which organisations relate to employees. To provide students state-of the-art thinking in business and management and specifically in HRM, enabling them to have a modern-forward thinking understanding of management and the impact that human resource management practices have on companies and employees.
Students will develop their analytical skills by engaging with both the academic and practitioner business and management literature, providing future managers with effective decision making tools in the context of modern-day challenges facing organisations. Students will develop the skills to make coherent and informed arguments and to be able to formulate and communicate in both written and oral mediums sophisticated ideas in business and management. Students will also be trained in research methods that will enable them to conduct independent research in human resource management and organisational behaviour-related topics through a dissertation or business strategy report.
The programme offers a set of unique courses in innovation, organisational change and the management of the knowledge of employees. Courses with specific HRM content will include Change Management, Knowledge Work and Organisations, Principles of Organisational Behaviour and HRM, Developing Leadership, Emerging Issues in HRM and Industrial Relations and International Human Resource Management and Comparative Employment Systems.
Course Learning Outcomes
At the end of the programme a successful student will be have:
- a systematic understanding of key aspects of their study, including acquisition of coherent and detailed knowledge, at least some of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of defined aspects of a discipline
- an ability to deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within a discipline
- conceptual understanding that enables the student:
--to devise and sustain arguments, and/or solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of the discipline
-- to describe and comment on particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in the discipline an appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge
-- to have the ability to manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources
Holders of the qualification should be able to:
- apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and
apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects
- critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to a problem
- communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
and have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:
- the exercise of iniotiative and personal responsibility
- decision making in complex and unpredictable contexts
- the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature
[HRM specifc outcomes]
At the end of the programme, the successful student will be able to:
- Explain problems and key concepts in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour and recognise that HRM policies and practices emerge from a combination of firm practices and strategies, institutional frameworks and markets environments
- Identify different HRM practices at national and international levels, assess their relative advantages and understand the criteria in which these can be applied
- Evaluate which HRM and organisational practices are more appropriate to and are more relevant in different organisational, national and institutional contexts
- Develop the ability to adroitly interpret both qualitative and quantitative firm-based and other national and industry employee survey data. Understand how to identify the emergence of particular practices and their impact on employees and firms
- Develop better understanding of how organisations can motivate and work with employees across a range of employment situations.
Full-time course composition
Please note that the University will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver courses and modules in accordance with the descriptions set out here. However, the University keeps its courses and modules under review with the aim of enhancing quality. Some changes may therefore be made to the form or content of courses or modules shown as part of the normal process of curriculum management.
The University reserves the right to make changes to the contents or methods of delivery of, or to discontinue, merge or combine modules, if such action is reasonably considered necessary by the University. If there are not sufficient student numbers to make a module viable, the University reserves the right to cancel such a module. If the University withdraws or discontinues a module, it will use its reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative module.