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MN30054: Strategy & human resource management

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2012/3
Follow this link for further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Follow this link for further information on credits Credits: 6
Follow this link for further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Follow this link for further information on period slots Period: Semester 2
Follow this link for further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 30%, EX 70%
Follow this link for further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Follow this link for further information on unit rules Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take MN20080 or take MN20312 or take MN20291 or equivalent for exchange/occasional students if approved by tutors.
Follow this link for further information on unit content Description: Aims:
1. The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the 'strategic' human resource management in organisations.
2. This course aims to develop a critical understanding of what `being strategic´┐Ż means for organizations when it comes to managing their human resources. It will focus on how different practices and characteristics of organisations are aligned with such strategy. It will also help students to see how HRM is perceived in various organisations and how such perception might impact various organisational outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course, students will have an advanced understanding of why and how organisations might become strategic about managing their human resources.
The students will have an understanding of the meaning as well as the differences between business and HRM strategies. They will also understand different organisational characteristics that might impact the goal of 'being strategic' about HRM and various organisational outcomes that might be influenced by the preferred strategy will be understood better.

Skills:
Intellectual skills
* facility to apply subject specific knowledge to a range of organisational situations (TFA)
* an awareness of current issues and frameworks
* understanding of theoretical concepts and frameworks that enables meaningfully and critically to link theory and practice
Practical skills
* deal with complex issues and make sound judgements in the absence of complete information, and to communicate conclusions clearly and competently (FA);
* work effectively within cross-cultural groups and assume leadership roles where appropriate (F);
* communicate and manage effectively in cross-cultural contexts (TF)
* develop the facility to apply their advanced knowledge to practical cases (F)
Transferable skills
* ability to develop a holistic perspective on the HR strategies of organizations (TFA);
* ability to develop a deep appreciation of contextual influences which affect the management of human resources (TFA);
* appreciation and in-depth understanding of the human resources and competences required for improving the contribution of Hr to the performance of the organisation (TA);
(Inter)Personal:
* communicating, including presenting and promoting themselves and their ideas; preparing and production of effective management analysis (F);
* verbal reasoning (F);
* self motivation (F);
* cooperative working with other students (F);
* debating and appreciating the views of others (F)

Content:
Textbook: "Human Resource Management at Work", Mick Marchington and Adrian Wilkinson, 2008.
* Strategic HRM: Introduction
* Best Practice and Best Fit Approaches to HRM
* The HR Value Chain
* From best-fit to best-process - the front line manager and the psychological contract
* Strategic Training, learning and development
* Strategic Resourcing: internal and external
* Strategic Performance Management
* Strategic HRM and Performance Management in practice
* The future of the HR Function
* SHRM - Revisiting the CEOs perspective.
Follow this link for further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN30054 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB11 : BSc (hons) Sociology with Human Resource Management (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UHSP-AKB11 : BSc (hons) Sociology with Human Resource Management (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4

MN30054 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AFB03 : BSc (hons) Chemistry with Management (Full-time) - Year 3
  • USCH-AKB04 : BSc (hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Training (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • USCH-AAB04 : BSc (hons) Chemistry with Management with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 4
  • USCH-AFM07 : MSci (hons) Chemistry with Management (Full-time) - Year 3
  • USCH-AKM07 : MSci (hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Training (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
School of Management
  • UMMN-AFB02 : BSc (hons) Accounting and Finance (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UMMN-AKB02 : BSc (hons) Accounting and Finance (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UMMN-ANB01 : BSc (hons) Business Administration (Full-time with Thin Sandwich Placements) - Year 4
Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UXXX-AYB05 : BSc (hons) International Management and Modern Languages (French) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 4
  • UXXX-AYB04 : BSc (hons) International Management and Modern Languages (German) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 4
  • UXXX-AYB06 : BSc (hons) International Management and Modern Languages (Spanish) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 4

Notes:
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2012/13 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2013/14 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2012/13.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.