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Module Title
People, Policy and Practice

Current Issues in HRM (inc. for example, Talent Management, Equality and Diversity, Workforce Planning, Bullying and Harassment, Policy Development, Stress, Work-Life balance).

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedApril 2003
ApprovedJuly 2013
AmendedFebruary 2016
Version No.1

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Prerequisites for Module

BS1204 People Management or equivalent, in addition to SCQF 8 entry requirements or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

The aim of this module is to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to specialist HR practitioner roles and activities; and their contribution to the business agenda.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Understand and evaluate the contribution of HR to the wider business.
2. Explain the steps involved in the design and delivery of key HR policies.
3. Identify and discuss the key People issues facing organisations.

Indicative Module Content

How HR can contribute to organisational effectiveness; the importance of Workforce Planning and Metrics; managing talent and performance, including the role of Reward in this context; issues around managing Absence; Diversity and Equality in organisations; the steps involved in creating new policies; issues around Bullying and Harassment, Stress and the importance of Work-Life balance as part of the Employee Engagement agenda.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time

Directed Study

Directed Study
Workshop Preparation

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

This module is a lecture based module with student-led seminars, directed self-study and private study.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3

Produce a policy in a defined subject area and an associated justification statement.

Indicative Bibliography

1.* REDMAN, T. and WILKINSON, A., 2009. Contemporary human resource management: text and cases. 3rd ed. Essex: Pearson Education.
2.* TORRINGTON, D., HALL, L. and TAYLOR, S., 2017. Human resource management. 8th ed. Essex: Pearson Education.
3.BRATTON, J. and GOLD, J., 2012. Human resource management theory and practice. 5th ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
4.LEOPOLD, J., HARRIS, L. and WATSON, T., 2009. The strategic managing of human resources. 2nd edition. Essex: Pearson Education.
5.FOOT, M. and HOOK, C., 2008. Introducing human resource management. 5th ed. Essex: Pearson Education.
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