SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2N620076
Module Leader Charlotte Craig
School INTO
Subject INTO
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module builds upon introductory material contained in the core level 1 modules (Economies, Markets and Enterprise, Organisations and the Business Environment) in terms of the relationships between labour markets and the external environment. Its prime frame of reference is to explore the nature of work and the role of people at work. Deriving from this frame of reference the module first develops insights into the behaviour of individuals and groups at work, and second, analyses the nature and complexities of managing people at work within rapidly evolving contexts. These insights and analyses are examined from the perspectives of individuals, groups, organisations and society.


The changing nature of work. Factors which influence the nature of work. The individual at work: differences, perception and motivation. Groups at work: group dynamics, team working, managing teams. Managing the employment relationship - challenges and tensions. Contemporary approaches to people management including the key areas of resourcing, diversity, learning, managing change and leadership. People management and organisational performance. Linking effective people management to organisational and business strategies.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, a student should be able to:1. Explain the complexities of work organisations in rapidly changing social, political, technological and economic environments and the implications for people at work.2. Analyse the principal theories of individual and group behaviour at work and their practical applications.3. Identify different perspectives on the employment relationship and the conflicts and challenges that arise.4. Discuss and evaluate a range of approaches towards the management and development of people at work.5. Relate the management of people at work to broader organisational and business strategies.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The overall strategy is that of enabling student centred learning where students are actively encouraged to take responsibility for their own individual learning supported by appropriate Communication and Information Technologies (CIT). The module utilises lectures in order to equip students with the grounding in relevant concepts and their practical applications. The purpose of seminars is to reinforce and extend individual and group learning from the foundations provided by the lectures and to develop appropriate personal and transferable skills.

Indicative Reading

For a broad contextual perspective and critical insights into the processes of people management, the following text is recommended: Division of Human Resource Management and Development, Glasgow Caledonian University (2006), Understanding and Managing People at Work, An Introduction to Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, Pearson A number of competent organisational behaviour textbooks are available which explore both the theoretical and practical dimensions of workplace behaviour. Any of the following texts are recommended: Torrington, D, Hall, L, & Taylor S (2005) Human Resource Management, 6th ed., Prentice Hall Mullins, L.J., (2005) Management and Organisational Behaviour, 7th ed., Prentice Hall Buchanan, D. and Huczynski, A. (2003) Organisational Behaviour, 5th ed., Prentice Hall Thompson, P. and McHugh, D. (2002) Work Organisations, 3rd ed., Palgrave Human Resource Management perspective: Sisson, K. and Storey, J. (2000) The realities of Human Resource Management, Open University Press Armstrong, M. (2006) A Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice, Kogan Page Foot, M. and Hook, C. (2005) Introducing Human Resource Management 4th ed., Prentice Hall In addition there are numerous journals and websites to which students will be directed to as appropriate. These include: - Journals International Journal of Organisational Behaviour Human Resource Management Journal Organisation Studies Organisation and People Personnel Review Personnel Today

Transferrable Skills

On completion of this module students will have developed their awareness and understanding of the complexities of work and have the confidence to analyse and communicate these issues both orally and in writing. They will be able to apply conceptual and theoretical models to work place behaviour, helping in the development of problem solving skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 144.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Independent Learning (PT) 144.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Seminars (PT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 40.00 35% SEEN CASE STUDY
Exam (School) 0.00 20.00 35% 3 COMPLETED QUIZZES - MCQ
Coursework 0.00 40.00 35% 1500 WORD ESSAY