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

Human Resource Management MGT4006

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course aims to provide students with an advanced understanding of up to date research based knowledge concerning Human Resource Management practice and the analytical skills to implement HR practices in organisations.


Lectures: 2 hrs x 21 weeks

(Please refer to MyCampus for timetable)

Excluded Courses






Word Length/Duration


Assignment 1


Approximately 2,500 words


Assignment 2


1,000 words

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of this course are:

■ To provide students with advanced up-to-date, research-based knowledge concerning HRM and discuss the impact of HRM practices on organisations and individuals.

■ To enable students to critically assess HRM and HRM practices and apply this assessment to the implementation of HRM in organisations.

■ 3. To acquaint students with the personal skills and competencies required to be an effective HR practitioner, alongside a working knowledge of some key elements of law affecting individuals at work.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able:

1. To identify and critically analyse key contemporary human resource management practices and apply this

understanding to the effective application of human resource management in organisations.

2. To illustrate how and why organisations might adopt a strategic approach towards human resource management and what may influence this.

3. To explain and critically evaluate the potential relationship between organisational performance and human resource management.

4. To critically assess some of the controversies surrounding the role and influence of human resource management.

5. To demonstrate a working knowledge of key elements of the law affecting individuals at work.

6. To recognise some of the key skills and competencies needed to be an HR practitioner.

7. To critically analyse the impact that key HRM practices have on individuals, and the role of HRM in contributing
 to workers' wellbeing.


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.