Applied Human Resources Management and Business Skills

Module Aims and Learning Outcomes
Applied HRM and Business Skills is a core module on the MSc HRM programme and runs during the first year term. Module aims and learning outcomes are as follows:
• To develop professional competence in a range of management and HRM skills which underpin successful management practice and leadership;

• To allow students to critically appreciate how HRM theory and research can be applied to and enhance their own practice as HRM professionals;

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• To provide the opportunity for students to develop greater self-awareness and skills through critical self-reflection.

Learning outcomes:
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
• Understand theories and practice of managing themselves and others, using personality profiles;

• Critically evaluate and apply theories of team working, leadership and interpersonal communication in order to manage and lead others more effectively;

• Critically reflect upon and develop skills in decision-making, problem-solving, team-working and business communications;

• Show a critical awareness of the underpinning theoretical frameworks and principles of interviewing, training and negotiations and applying these principles in practice;

• Understand and interpret HRM-related financial information and demonstrate proficiency in using this information for developing a HR business case

Interpersonal Skills Workshop
This workshop takes place early in the module and aims to develop students skills in areas of:
1. Team working
2. Leadership
3. Interpersonal communication
4. Decision-making and problem-solving

Scheduling: These skills will be developed during a 2-day off-site workshop

Leadership and team working also form part of the Managing People in Organisations (MPiO) module which takes place during the Autumn Term, where some of the underpinning theoretical concepts will be introduced.
Preparation: As preparation for the workshop students should read Chapter 2 of Skilled Interpersonal Communication by Owen Hargie and David Dickson, 2004, which is available as an electronic book via the library catalogue. Students should also read the article by Hogan and Warrenfeltz (2003), Educating the Modern Manager, which is available on the Blackboard site.
Assessment: Skills developed during the two day workshop will be assessed by means of a structured reflective log. Questions relating to this part of the module will be found in Part 1 of the log template (see Appendix 1). Students are advised to complete this part of the log as soon as possible after attending both the workshop and related taught sessions on the MPiO module.

Further Reading:
Main Text:
Winstanley, D. Personal Effectiveness: A Guide to Action, CIPD, London, 2005

Additional Reading:
Carlopio J and Andrewartha G, 2008, Developing Management Skills (4th Ed). Australia: Pearson Education (Chapter 4, Solving problems analytically and creatively available via Blackboard site, and Chapter 9, Building Effective Teams)
Hargie O and Dickson D, 2004, Skilled Interpersonal Communication, Research, Theory and Practice, Routledge (available as e- book via the library catalogue)
Huczynski A and Buchanan D, 2013, Organizational Behaviour (8th Ed). Harlow: FT Prentice Hall (Part 3 and Chapters 19 and 20)
Northouse P G, 2009, Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice. London:Sage
Robbins, Judge and Campbell, 2010, Organizational Behaviour, Essex: Pearson Education Ltd. (Chapter 9, Foundations of Group Behaviour available via Blackboard site)
Watson G and Reissner S, 2014, Developing Skills for Business Leadership. London: CIPD (Chapter 8 Effective Team Building and Communication, Chapter 11 Leadership and Team Dynamics, Chapter 16 Effective decision making and problem solving)

HRM Skills
The module aims to develop HRM skills in the following areas:
1. Interviewing
2. Delivering Training
3. Negotiation

Structured Reflective Log
The aim of the log is to encourage you to reflect critically on your skill development as you progress through the module. A template for the log is provided in Appendix 1 and this provides specific questions which you should answer for each part. Part 1 should be submitted by 22th November 2015 and a provisional mark for Part 1 along with some formative feedback will be provided.
(1,500 per part).. Limited use of Appendices (which are outside the word count) can be made to include summarised supporting documentation but you should not attach full versions of questionnaires or skills development activities. References should be provided in the Harvard referencing style.
The log will be assessed according to the following

Assessment Criteria:
• Demonstrates critical reflection on the learning acquired during the module, including psychometric instruments (Reflective Log Part 1 only), feedback from tutors and peers, and its significance for personal skill development.
• Critically evaluates and applies relevant theoretical concepts and underpinning knowledge from the skills workshops and taught modules to the development of skills.
• Provides a log which is well structured, clear, concise and coherent. Uses good grammar, spelling and properly referenced sources.
Appendix 1 Template for Reflective Log (1,500 words)

Choose oneof the following skill areas which were introduced during the two day workshop:
Team working
Interpersonal communication
Decision-making and problem-solving
• Reflect upon your experience within the workshop and the insights gained from completing the OPQ or another of the questionnaires from the Managing People in Organisations Module and evaluate your personal skills development and future needs in this skill area

• Consider how some of the relevant theoretical perspectives have influenced your skill development.

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