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MSc (T) Human Resource Management

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

MSc (T) Human Resource Management

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Science

Programme Code

MGT-MSC-HR

UCAS Code

JACS Code

N600 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

Applicants will normally be expected to have an undergraduate Honours degree, the equivalent of a UK Honours degree first class or upper second class, in discipline from a suitably quality-assured university.

We welcome applications from a diverse range of candidates so we will also consider previous work experience alongside academic qualifications. We encourage candidates to submit a detailed CV. Candidates who lack the prerequisite academic qualification or equivalent are eligible for consideration under the RPEL route.

Additional information for International Students
In addition to the information presented above, international applicants should also have one of the following:-
• An IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 5.5 in each of the four component elements of listening, reading, speaking, and writing, taken within the last 2 years
• A TOEFL (Internet based test) score of 90 or higher, taken within the last 2 years, with minimum marks in the four component elements of Listening (17), Reading (18), Speaking (20) and Writing (17)
• An alternative English Language qualification recognised by Queen’s University Belfast
• 65% in the INTO English Language Exit Test
• A first or good second class honours degree from a university based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other suitably quality assured location where the medium of instruction is English

Additional Relevant Information

The programme is subject to the University Regulations as detailed in the General Regulations: University Calendar for Postgraduate Students.

The MSc HRM programme combines provision of academic theory with the development and enhancement of relevant skills in order to enhance a range of people management and consultancy capabilities.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Queen's Management School

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Business and Management (2015)

Accreditations (PSRB)

CIPD

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 17-10-13

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Ms Jayne Forster

NI Civil Service – Dept of Human Resources

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

No

Programme Specific Regulations

The MSc Human Resource Management is based on the University-wide modular framework. The class of degree awarded to the student (Fail, Pass, Commendation and Distinction) is based on the student’s performance in 8 taught modules plus the dissertation or consultancy based report.

Module marks are combined over the first and second semesters that, together with the dissertation or consultancy based report mark, are used to produce an aggregate mark. Marking is based on University agreed marking scale.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The overall aim of the programme is to provide an academically stimulating and professionally challenging programme for students in the broad area of human resources management. Through the programme, students will be given opportunities to develop skills and knowledge that will help to develop and enhance their personal competencies.

Within the context of striving towards the University’s Vision, the MSc Human Resource Management aims to:

Provide advanced study of human resources management theory and strategy, employee relations, people resourcing and the changing environment in which they function.

Prepare students for a career and/or enhance their career in business and human resources management by developing and enhancing the transferable and intellectual skills necessary for management at a variety of levels.

Develop an international perspective on HRM related business issues.

Develop students’ ability to analyse complex human resources management problems critically, rationally and rigorously.

Encourage students to make informed decisions by creatively and systematically applying their understanding of core topics to contemporary issues and specialist fields of human resources management.

Enhance students’ employability skills, as well as their continuing personal and professional development so as to enable them to work with self-direction and originality.

Maintain a supportive working environment in which there is respect for social and cultural differences and openness, fairness, and equality of opportunity in relation to selection, learning assessment and support.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Problem solving

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Modules are conducted via lectures, tutorials, directed reading, student presentations, group projects, peer review, and private study. Cognitive skills are developed across all the modules within the degree programme, although the precise balance will vary across modules.

All modules have some quantitative component and help to develop problem solving and logical reasoning skills.

Methods of Assessment

Both summative and formative assessment methods are used throughout the degree.

Formative assessment takes a number of different forms, including in-class discussion, in-class exercises, short homework exercises, reading and commenting on journal articles and peer review.

Summative assessment uses a variety of continuous assessment elements, both individual and group –based, including oral presentations, independent research, case study analysis, scenario planning, individual reflections and class tests.

Logical reasoning

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The classroom time will be made up of formal lecturing time whereby key concepts will be introduced. This will be accompanied by interactive tasks which will help the students to sharpen their skills and ability to reason logically when presented with a range of scenarios. Workshop time is scheduled and will focus predominately on skills development and enhancement including logical reasoning

Methods of Assessment

Each coursework component will test the students‟ ability to reason logically and select/propose the most appropriate solution from a range of alternatives.

Independent enquiry

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Independent enquiry is a key element in all modules. Students will be presented with a range of complex issues, ideas and theories and expected to undertake independent enquiry to better understand these. Class time will be devoted to discussing these ideas from a variety of different perspectives.

Methods of Assessment

Several forms of assessment both short case studies, weekly readings, essays, the dissertation module or consultancy based report etc will require the student to undertake independent research

Critical evaluation and interpretation

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Key concepts and ideas will be explored and developed in formal lectures and more interactive tutorial/workshop environments. Students will be trained to evaluate the concepts using a range of frameworks.

Methods of Assessment

All forms of CA whether these are take home papers, case study analysis, essays and the extended dissertation or consultancy based report will require the students to use their judgement and to evaluate and interpret a range of concepts and issues.

Self assessment and reflection

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Self-assessment and reflection are developed by formative feedback across all of the modules, e.g. on presentations, assignments, and through peer review

Methods of Assessment

Students will have opportunities to reflect on their own performance both formatively and summatively.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

The ability to synthesise and evaluate information/data from a variety of sources including from databases, books, journal articles and the internet

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The teaching and assessment methods used will depend on the nature of the module being taught, the overall aims of the module and the balance between theory and practice.

Oral communication skills are developed in workshop settings in particular by means of student presentations (both on an individual basis and as part of a group).

Written communication skills are developed throughout the programme through essay writing, analysis of journal articles and current practitioner thinking.

Problem solving is developed through scenario planning, case study analysis, analysis of theory and its implication to practice and interaction with HR practitioners. This will be a central component in all taught modules.

Methods of Assessment

Both formative and summative assessments, across modules, will require students to demonstrate all of the listed transferable skills. Assessment will include: individual student assignments, case analysis, oral presentations, group work, the dissertation or consultancy based report on a human resources management issue. All modules will require all skills, although the balance will vary across modules.

The preparation and communication of ideas in both written and presentational forms

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The teaching and assessment methods used will depend on the nature of the module being taught, the overall aims of the module and the balance between theory and practice.

Oral communication skills are developed in workshop settings in particular by means of student presentations (both on an individual basis and as part of a group).

Written communication skills are developed throughout the programme through essay writing, analysis of journal articles and current practitioner thinking.

Problem solving is developed through scenario planning, case study analysis, analysis of theory and its implication to practice and interaction with HR practitioners. This will be a central component in all taught modules.

Methods of Assessment

Both formative and summative assessments, across modules, will require students to demonstrate all of the listed transferable skills. Assessment will include: individual student assignments, case analysis, oral presentations, group work, the dissertation or consultancy based report on a human resources management issue. All modules will require all skills, although the balance will vary across modules.

The ability to work both independently and in groups

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The teaching and assessment methods used will depend on the nature of the module being taught, the overall aims of the module and the balance between theory and practice.

Oral communication skills are developed in workshop settings in particular by means of student presentations (both on an individual basis and as part of a group).

Written communication skills are developed throughout the programme through essay writing, analysis of journal articles and current practitioner thinking.

Problem solving is developed through scenario planning, case study analysis, analysis of theory and its implication to practice and interaction with HR practitioners. This will be a central component in all taught modules.

Methods of Assessment

Both formative and summative assessments, across modules, will require students to demonstrate all of the listed transferable skills. Assessment will include: individual student assignments, case analysis, oral presentations, group work, the dissertation or consultancy based report on a human resources management issue. All modules will require all skills, although the balance will vary across modules.

Organisation and time management

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The teaching and assessment methods used will depend on the nature of the module being taught, the overall aims of the module and the balance between theory and practice.

Oral communication skills are developed in workshop settings in particular by means of student presentations (both on an individual basis and as part of a group).

Written communication skills are developed throughout the programme through essay writing, analysis of journal articles and current practitioner thinking.

Problem solving is developed through scenario planning, case study analysis, analysis of theory and its implication to practice and interaction with HR practitioners. This will be a central component in all taught modules.

Methods of Assessment

Both formative and summative assessments, across modules, will require students to demonstrate all of the listed transferable skills. Assessment will include: individual student assignments, case analysis, oral presentations, group work, the dissertation or consultancy based report on a human resources management issue. All modules will require all skills, although the balance will vary across modules.

Problem solving and critical analysis

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The teaching and assessment methods used will depend on the nature of the module being taught, the overall aims of the module and the balance between theory and practice.

Oral communication skills are developed in workshop settings in particular by means of student presentations (both on an individual basis and as part of a group).

Written communication skills are developed throughout the programme through essay writing, analysis of journal articles and current practitioner thinking.

Problem solving is developed through scenario planning, case study analysis, analysis of theory and its implication to practice and interaction with HR practitioners. This will be a central component in all taught modules.

Methods of Assessment

Both formative and summative assessments, across modules, will require students to demonstrate all of the listed transferable skills. Assessment will include: individual student assignments, case analysis, oral presentations, group work, the dissertation or consultancy based report on a human resources management issue. All modules will require all skills, although the balance will vary across modules.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

The nature of human resources strategy - encompasses the various processes, procedures and practices for effective management of human resources strategy. It includes theories, models, frameworks, tasks and roles of human resources strategy employees.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students’ acquisition of core knowledge is achieved primarily through the lecture and workshop environment across the 8 taught modules and a dissertation or consultancy based report. The modules are delivered using a range of face-to-face teaching sessions, lectures, group work, case studies and seminars and workshops. In addition, students may be required to participate in online discussion fora.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment: students will complete individual student assignments, oral presentations, group and individual case study work, class tests and independent research work.

The management of elements of the human resources function -encompassing the different internal functions of employee relations, talent management, reward and remuneration and people resourcing, and how these functions interact with the firm and its external environment

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students’ acquisition of core knowledge is achieved primarily through the lecture and workshop environment across the 8 taught modules and a dissertation or consultancy based report. The modules are delivered using a range of face-to-face teaching sessions, lectures, group work, case studies and seminars and workshops. In addition, students may be required to participate in online discussion fora.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment: students will complete individual student assignments, oral presentations, group and individual case study work, class tests and independent research work.

External environment –the interactions between firms, governments and society both within a national and international context. This encompasses a wide range of factors, including economic, environmental, ethical, legal, political, sociological and technological, together with the effects of national and multinational enterprises at local, national and international levels

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students’ acquisition of core knowledge is achieved primarily through the lecture and workshop environment across the 8 taught modules and a dissertation or consultancy based report. The modules are delivered using a range of face-to-face teaching sessions, lectures, group work, case studies and seminars and workshops. In addition, students may be required to participate in online discussion fora.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment: students will complete individual student assignments, oral presentations, group and individual case study work, class tests and independent research work.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

The ability to use statistical and simulation techniques to analyse human resource management problems

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The teaching and assessment methods depend on the nature of the module being taught, the overall aims of the module and the balance between theory and practice. These methods include lectures, seminars, problem-centred techniques such as case studies, non-book media, individual research, oral presentations, group projects, online discussion forums and practitioner workshops. This combination allows students to have a high degree of involvement and participation in the learning process.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment methods include problem-centred techniques such as case studies, non-book media, individual research, oral presentations, group projects, online discussion forums and practitioner workshops. This combination allows students to have a high degree of involvement and participation in the learning process.

The ability to apply contemporary management tools and techniques to address human resource management issues

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The teaching and assessment methods depend on the nature of the module being taught, the overall aims of the module and the balance between theory and practice. These methods include lectures, seminars, problem-centred techniques such as case studies, non-book media, individual research, oral presentations, group projects, online discussion forums and practitioner workshops. This combination allows students to have a high degree of involvement and participation in the learning process.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment methods include problem-centred techniques such as case studies, non-book media, individual research, oral presentations, group projects, online discussion forums and practitioner workshops. This combination allows students to have a high degree of involvement and participation in the learning process.

The ability to gain a practical understanding of human resource management problems

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The teaching and assessment methods depend on the nature of the module being taught, the overall aims of the module and the balance between theory and practice. These methods include lectures, seminars, problem-centred techniques such as case studies, non-book media, individual research, oral presentations, group projects, online discussion forums and practitioner workshops. This combination allows students to have a high degree of involvement and participation in the learning process.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment methods include problem-centred techniques such as case studies, non-book media, individual research, oral presentations, group projects, online discussion forums and practitioner workshops. This combination allows students to have a high degree of involvement and participation in the learning process.

The ability to critically evaluate key human resource management issues and propose feasible solutions

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The teaching and assessment methods depend on the nature of the module being taught, the overall aims of the module and the balance between theory and practice. These methods include lectures, seminars, problem-centred techniques such as case studies, non-book media, individual research, oral presentations, group projects, online discussion forums and practitioner workshops. This combination allows students to have a high degree of involvement and participation in the learning process.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment methods include problem-centred techniques such as case studies, non-book media, individual research, oral presentations, group projects, online discussion forums and practitioner workshops. This combination allows students to have a high degree of involvement and participation in the learning process.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

HRM Theory and Strategy

MGT7146

7

15

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Human Resource Management in Context

MGT7147

7

15

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Performance Management

MGT7148

7

15

YES

11 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Resourcing and Talent Management

MGT7149

7

15

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Managing Employment Relations

MGT7150

7

15

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

MSc Human Resource Management Dissertation

MGT9152

7

60

14 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Human Capital Development

MGT7171

7

15

YES

11 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Reward Management

MGT7172

7

15

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Research Methods for Business (HRM)

MGT7173

7

15

YES

10 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Consultancy Based Report

MGT9202

7

60

14 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

Students must pass all modules worth at least 100 CAT points, including MGT7158 before they can begin their Dissertation MGT9152 or Consultancy Project MGT9202.