Business & Management MA(SocSci)/BSc/LLB/MA

Fundamentals of Human Resource Management MGT2011

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

MGT2011, Fundamentals of Human Resource Management, is one of four 10-credit courses which comprise level 2 study in Business and Management. Students will complete all four courses (40 credits in total) in order to progress to further study in Business and Management subject to achieving entry requirements.


Human Resource Management is a body of knowledge and practices to do with the organisation, management and regulation of work; and the management of performance, reward, development and employment relations. This course aims to introduce students to the theory and practice of Human Resource Management.


Lectures - Tuesday and Friday (2.00-3.00pm) (2 x 1hr lectures x 10 weeks) 

Tutorials: 1 x 1hr tutorials x 5 weeks

Tutorials are held at various times and can be selected on MyCampus.


The assessment will consist of two pieces of work: one being a 500-word (+/- 10%) essay and the other a 2000-word (+/- 10%) essay.


Intended Learning Outcomes



Word Length/ Duration




500 words




2000 words


ILO5 is assessed by attendance in tutorials. Absence of more than one session from tutorials with no acceptable excuse will result in reduction of 1 grade per absence as long as it does not result in a fail grade.

Course Aims

The course aims are:


1. To introduce students to the theory and practice of Human Resource Management.

2. To introduce students to the main functional areas within Human Resource Management and how these may impact upon organisations and individuals.

3. To provide the opportunity to understand and critically evaluate research and practice in the field of Human Resource Management.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Define and critically evaluate main schools of thought in Human Resource Management.

2. Critically assess the nature, role, theory and practice of Human Resource Management in contemporary organisations.

3. Critically evaluate processes, functions, procedures and practices found in contemporary Human Resource Management.

4. Assess how Human Resource Management practices may impact upon organisations and individuals.

5. Demonstrate engagement in learning and work-based activities.

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.