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Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:22

Course Overview

This course aims to critically analyse the major organisational and external contexts within which organisations operate across the range of business sectors in which Human Resource professionals work.  Course members will evaluate the impact of the business environment and a range of stakeholders on organisation’s choices and strategies.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Trevor Morrow

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

  • 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 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.

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University week s 11, 13
  • 10 Tutorials during University week 12

More Information about Week Numbers

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

1x 2,500-word Individual Case Study Assignment (100%)


Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionEvaluateEvaluate the role of Management and different organisational / managerial functions within contemporary organisations.
ReflectionEvaluate Evaluate the ways in which Business and HR strategies require integration in response to the range of organisational and external factors which impact upon them.
ReflectionEvaluateAnalyse and critically appraise the major features of the UK and international macro and micro environment and regulatory framework within which organisations function. Evaluate the impact of these
ReflectionEvaluateEvaluate the often conflicting interests of organisational stakeholders and their impact upon organisation strategy in a range of business sectors.
ReflectionEvaluateAnalyse and evaluate how organisational and HR strategy impact on organisational choices, perspectives and approaches to meeting business objectives

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