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Course Overview

Key elements of professional competence are strategic awareness, a business orientation and a concern with adding value through human resource (HR) practice. Qualified professionals should be able to research relevant topics and write reports that can persuade key stakeholders in the organisation to change or adopt a particular policy and practice. This module provides the opportunity for learners to demonstrate the ability to diagnose and investigate a live, complex business issue from an HR perspective, to locate the work within the body of contemporary knowledge, to collect and analyse data, to derive supportable conclusions and to make practical and actionable recommendations for change,
improvement or enhancement of current practice. The applied nature of the report requires a critical evaluative approach, empirical investigation and analysis and a combination of academic research and business report writing skills. It requires reflection on the implications for professional practice from an ethical, professional and continuous professional development standpoint. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Third Sub Session Credit Points 60 credits (30 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Carol Smith

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Master Of Science In International Human Resource Management
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The module is being taught in block Action Learning Set workshops, there will be input from the tutors but much of your learning will come from individual and group tasks and the discussion of points arising from these. To maximise your learning you will need to fully contribute to the workshops and get involved in these sessions. Students will need to apply their knowledge within varying organisational contexts and to review and evaluate contemporary literature / research, students will discuss approaches used in known organisations.  There will be an expectation of your undertaking work between each block delivery session to consolidate learning and develop depth of knowledge in the syllabus areas.
Materials will be posted on My Aberdeent hroughout the course.  It is also important that students also check their email regularly.  My Aberdeen supports class discussions and workshops but the course requires full attendance at class.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

Dissertation (15,000-words) (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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