SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1N625556
Module Leader Bernadette Scott
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Human Resource Management
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

This module aims to actively complement the subject/technical capacities developed by individual stakeholder programmes, enabling GSBS students to build personal and professional enterprising capabilities relative to the contexts and cultures associated with the world of business and their own specific areas of study. It will integrate the University's mission and core values imbued through its Common Good Attributes and the Ashoka U initiative as a base for personal and professional development, providing a structured and contextually relevant pathway to enable both a successful and energised start to the graduate journey. As the first module in a series of three (covering Enterprising, Ethical and Entrepreneurial themes), it will encourage an inspirational and reflective stance on awareness of self, with particular emphasis on experiences of work, workplace behaviours, future roles and the expectations of effective operation in their own professional settings.


As indicated above, the theoretical delivery (to all students) will adopt a wider and transferable Business School stance with contextual examples provided wherever possible. Deep levels of contextualisation for each of the topics will be covered in the programme specific Seminars, Skills Event and also the Masterclass. -360 What is Personal Enterprise and Employability and why do they concern me? The Contemporary Workplace Graduateness and Graduate Attributes The Common Good Curriculum (addressing social and economic, local and global challenges) People and Organisations Organisational Cultures and Sub-Cultures Building Effectiveness at Work: The Individual(Personality and Perceptions) Building Effectiveness at Work: The individual (Motivation and Communication) Groups and Teams in the Workplace Professional and Digital Identity Reflective Practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to: 1.develop enterprising behaviours, attitudes and skills to enhance employability through working both as individuals and in teams, as well as reflecting on areas of past and potential employment, career development, digital identity and the observation of professional behaviours in real life settings;2.relate enterprising skills to employability by demonstrating the relevance of and demand for these skills by graduate employers in their areas of study;3.identify local and global workplace environments and organisational cultures/sub cultures pertinent to own degrees and wider business contexts;4.demonstrate a creative understanding of the University' Mission for the Common Good as underpinned by the core values of Integrity, Creativity, Responsibility and Confidence as well as GCU Graduate Attributes (active and global citizenship, entrepreneurial mind-sets, responsible leadership and confidence) and how these translate into the professional, transferrable behaviours/attitudes/skills required to address both local and global social and economic challenges and make a positive difference to the communities they will serve as graduates of GCU; and5.expand an awareness of personal and professional strengths, capabilities and development needs pertinent to themselves and their own areas of intended employment via use of reflection on the ongoing experience of the module using a reflective log.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures will be used to provide key theoretical and conceptual frameworks (delivered by core team of subject experts). Seminars will be highly participative and contextually relevant (facilitated and contributed to by nominated programme team members). Two incorporated Skills Workshops (including programme specific guest speaker input) will be degree pathway specific and facilitated by nominated programme team members, although co-ordinated by the Module Leader. These will enable the integration of skills development for reflection on the core values of creativity, responsibility, integrity and confidence. A Masterclass will be scheduled with speakers who are contextually relevant to the individual programmes. The module will provide highly participative opportunities for experiential learning and use a flexible pedagogy to enable attainment of the learning and skills outcomes. Each student's learning experience will be unique and contextually relevant due to the personal nature of the application of the subject matter and also because of the choice of workplace context within which they will chose to observe professional behaviours. This module is designed to be integral to the individual degree disciplines and will provide students with the opportunity to actively experience how the development of their personal enterprise skills are of relevance to employers in their own areas of study and their own employability development. Internationalisation: The module incorporates an international dimension to student learning through introduction of ethical considerations and consideration of global citizenship as part of target graduate attributes. Feedback strategy: Formative feedback will be issued throughout the module (please see below). Students will submit coursework 2 electronically through GCULearn Turnitin, and marks and electronic feedback will be provided via Grademark, normally within 3 working weeks of submission. GSBS will ensure that all modules are GCU Learn enabled and with the support of the Learning Technologists at the cutting edge of development of online materials. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate all modules on GCULearn to ensure student support and information sharing. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms.

Indicative Reading

Books and articles: Indicative Reading Ashleigh, M & Mansi, A (2012) The Psychology of People in Organisations. Pearson. Harlow Bratton, J., Sawchuk, P., Forshaw, C., Callinan, M. & Corbet, M. (2010) Work and Organisation Behaviour, 2nd Edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Baron, A & Armstrong, M (2007) Human Capital Management: Achieving Added Value Through People, Kogan- Page, London Baruch, Y. (2004), Managing Careers: Theory and Practice, FT Prentice Hall, London Bolton, G. (2003), Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development, PCP, London, pp.14. CBI (2009) Future Fit. Preparing Graduates for the world of work. CBI/Universities UK (2009) CMI (2014) 21st Century Leaders: Building practice into the curriculum to boost employability. Chartered Management Institute, London Francis, H; Holbeche, L & Reddington, M (2016) People and Organisational Development: A New Agenda for Organisational Effectiveness. CIPD, London Goleman, D (1999) Working with Emotional Intelligence, Bloomsbury: London Horn, R (2016) The Business Skills Handbook. CIPD, London. Joshi, G (2015) Campus to Corporate: Tour Roadmap to Employability. Sage, London Kuther, T. L (2018) Lifespan Development in Context: A Topical Approach. Sage, London Morgan, P. (2017) The Business Student's Guide to Study and Employability. Sage, London. NCUB (2014) Career Portfolios and the Labour Market for Graduates and Postgraduates in the UK: A Report to the Higher Education Funding Council of England. NCUB, London Stewart, J & Rigg, C (2016) Learning and Talent Development. CIPD, London Stewart, J & Rogers, P (2016) Studying Learning and Development: Context, Practice and Measurement. CIPD, London Taylor, S. & Woodhams, C (2016) Human Resource Management: People and Organisations. CIPD, London Warren, J. T. & Fassett, D. L. (2015) Communication: A Critical/Cultural Introduction. Sage, London. Watson, T, J. (2001) The Emergent Manager and Processes of Management Pre-learning. Management Learning. Sage Publications: London Watson, G & Reissner (2016) Developing Skills for Business Leadership. CIPD, London Winstanely, D. (2009) Personal Effectiveness, London: CIPD Journals: (selected articles) Academy of Management Journal Quarterly Advances in Human Resource Development. International Human Resource Development Quarterly Relevant Journals: Journals: (selected articles) Academy of Management Journal Quarterly Advances in Human Resource Development. International Human Resource Development Quarterly Organisation and People Organisation Studies Personnel Review Personnel Today Recommended Web Sources: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Website www.cipd.co.uk

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: Knowledge, understanding and application in the subject area Business awareness Effective communication (orally, interpersonally and in writing) Development of professional and ethical competencies Self management (goal setting and action planning, decision making) Personal entrerprise (innovation and creativity, initiative, independence, problem solving and adaptability) Formulation of self-development strategies Leadership impact on others Team working knowledge and skills (collaboration, relationship building, leadership, negotiation and peer assessment) Critical reflection Continuous professisonal development practice Interpersonal and relational skills Planning and organisation Occupational awareneness

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 42.00
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 110.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 20.00 35% Student Poster Presentation Event (Gp presentation, peer assessed) (Trimester A, wk 5))
Coursework 2 n/a 80.00 35% 2,500 Individual Reflective Report (2 parts) plus AppendicesPart 1: Ethnographic Report on Workplace Culture (1000 words)Part 2: Reflective Report (1500 words)(Trimester A, Wk 14)