MBA (Master of Business Administration)

Managing Resources BUS5001

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course will offer an overview of managing resources - both human and technical. Students will be introduced to a strategic approach to Operations Management and Human Resource Management.


The course will be delivered through a series of lectures and workshops in Semester 1. Six 3.5 hour sessions will deal with issues related to operations management and six sessions with issues related to human resource management and organizational behaviour

Excluded Courses





A maximum 2000-word individual report (50%) on a case study that links operations management and human resource management.


Degree examinations (50%) - students will be permitted to take up to two A4 sheets of notes (exceptions will apply in the case of disability) into the examination to enable the exam to concentrate on application of knowledge rather than on memorisation.

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The course will offer an overview of the foundations of operations management in relation to the production of goods and services, and the management and development of people (Human Resource Management) through a good understanding of how organisations and people can behave. Participants will be introduced to a range of tools, techniques and practices, which are commonly used in both public and private sector organisations.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Evaluate how organisations' operations performance objectives influence the design of operations to deliver goods and/or services.

2. Use a range of tools and frameworks to critically evaluate process design, identify areas of good practice, and suggest improvements.

3. Identify, explore and evaluate some key concepts of organisational behaviour developing understanding of personality and attitudes, motivation, leadership, power and influence, group dynamics, and culture on employees and organisations and their relationship with Human Resource Management.

4. Critically evaluate and consider these key concepts and examine how they are used in organisations to result in both organisational and employee gains, and identify how they could be enhanced the management of people.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.