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Module Title
HRM And OD: Theory And Practice


SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedAugust 2016
ApprovedAugust 2016
Version No.1

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Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To provide students with a practical knowledge of the interaction between Organisational Development (OD) and Human Resource Management (HR) in organisations.

Learning Outcomes for Module

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

1. Understand theories and models of OD and apply them in a practical context.
2. Identify and assess appropriate methods of organisational development and evaluate the implications these have for the management of change in organisations.
3. Explain the role of the HR functions in relation to OD practice.
4. Evaluate the roles of organisational design and leadership in the facilitation of OD.

Indicative Module Content

The nature and scope of OD; Five core theoretical bases of OD; The OD cycle; The OD practitioner; HR in relation to OD;organisational design; culture change; managing transformational change; developing effective leadership; OD methods and practice

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimeBlended Learning

Directed Study

Student Centred Learning

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

Taught Mode (T) The module is delivered in Taught Mode by workshops, seminars, interactive group work, case study tutorials and directed self-study.
Blended Learning Mode (BL) The module is delivered in Blended Learning mode by self-directed learning from paper-based or web-based learning materials, supported by seminars and workshops or online support.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1
Component 2 2,3,4

CW2: Case study which requires a written report

CW1: Poster Presentation

Indicative Bibliography

1.CHEUNG-JUDGE, M. and HOLBECHE, L., 2015. Organisation development: a practitioner's guide for OD and HR. 2nd ed. London: Kogan Page.
2.ARMSTRONG, M. and TAYLOR, S., 2017. Armstrong's handbook of human resource management practice. 14th ed. London: Kogan Page.

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