Postgraduate taught 

Laboratory Management MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management MGT5300

  • 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

This course will enable students to develop an awareness of contemporary issues in human resource management and thereby blend theory and practice and gain an appreciation of the key challenges in today's business environment


12 hours of lectures and 6 hours of tutorials

Excluded Courses





The summative assessment will consist of a 2,500 word essay. Main assessment in December.

Course Aims

This course aims to provide participants with a detailed understanding of contemporary issues that human resource managers face in contemporary business, for example talent management, strategic human resource management and leadership development.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Identify and explain contemporary challenges in human resource management

2. Critically appraise the importance of contextual issues e.g. size of organisation, when consider the challenges faced by human resource managers

3. Critically examine appropriate literature on key topics

4. Critically review the human resource management systems and tools available to address key challenges

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.