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  • Entry requirements
    The great news is that you don’t need any previous experience to take this course.
  • Academic Title
    OCN (Open College Network) Award with 2 learning credits.
  • Course description
    Course Overview

    What could a career in Personnel Management mean to you?

    The success of any organisation is due to its people, and in today’sfiercely competitive business world its those in the Human Rescourses department – the people behind the people – who make all the difference.

    If you’re keen to learn more about this exciting field and gain a qualification that will lead to a promotion or a new job in Personnel Management, then UK Open Learning can help you achieve your goals.

    The UK Open Learning Personnel Management Course will let you enter the industry with the confidence to really get on. You’ll learn all the general principals of the profession, and gain a through grounding in all the key subjects such as Recruitment and Selection, Training and Development, and Discipline and Grievance.


    As a UK Open Learning student you will have your very own personal tutor for the duration of the course helping you with your course work and with any questions you may have. This will last for 12 months from the day you receive the course. To complete this course it will take in the region of 100 study hours which can be spread over a 12 month period to suit the student.

    Key Jobs

    The courses in the UK Open Learning business range are the most flexible and cost-effective way of gaining a wide range of expertise you need to advance in virtually any career path. Depending on your longer terms goals.

    What is OCN?

    OCN’s work with the organisation providing your learning to ensure that the content of your course, and the way it is assessed is of the highest quality and is suitable for the people who wish to take it.

    As a learner on a OCN approved course you are entitled to earn credits for the work that you do. For each successful course you complete, you will be awarded a certificate detailing the number of credits you have achieved.

    You can then use your credits to move to a higher level or learning, or to prove to an employer or anyone else that you have obtained new skills and knowledge. OCN credits are generally accepted as a means of entry to further study by Further and Higher Education providers, and by a large number of employers and trainers.

    You can use your credits to demonstrate your achievements and prove that you have knowledge and skills in a wide range of subjects. Depending on which level of course you take, you can use the credits to progress onto other courses. Contact your local Colleges and other training providers to find out more about what opportunities are open to you.

    How does the course work?

    We send you the complete course by courier and you complete a series of assignments which you e-mail or post to a tutor for marking.

    Is there a word count for my assignments?

    No, there is no specific word count but you have to prove to the tutor that you have fully understood the question. One sentence answers will not be accepted, they will be sent back to you and your tutor will ask you to resubmit them.

    Is there an exam at the end of the course?

    No your qualification is awarded on successful completion of your assignments.

    Course Outline.

    Unit 1: The Personnel Function

        * Definition & development of the personnel function
        * Routine objectives
        * Problem solving objectives
        * Innovation objectives
        * The scope of personnel management
        * Organisational structure
        * Line authority
        * Job description

    Unit 2: Planning Staffing Levels

        * Staffing
        * Outside recruitment
        * Transfers
        * Promotions
        * Steps in manpower planning
        * Top down policy
        * Bottom up approach
        * Information for manpower planning

    Unit 3: Analysing the Job Function

        * The functional effectiveness of work
        * Human welfare in work
        * Job elements
        * Individual interviews
        * Technical conferences
        * Diary method
        * Critical incidents
        * Training to be given on job
        * Recruitment and selection
        * Training and development

    Unit 4: Recruiting Staff

        * Factors affecting recruitment
        * Employment conditions
        * Recruiting with the organisation
        * Procedure of recruiting
        * The selection
        * Applicant forms
        * Psychological testing
        * Diagnostic interview
        * Physical make-up
        * The final selection
        * The induction process

    Unit 5: Training Staff

        * Training
        * Development
        * Formal/ Informal development
        * Methods of training
        * Teaching ability
        * Patience
        * Speed
        * New employees
        * Executives
        * Salesmen
        * Office staff
        * Profit goals
        * Lack of communication

    Unit 6: Evaluating the Job

        * Organisation pay
        * Job evaluation
        * Job grading
        * Job ranking
        * Job classification
        * Pay structure

    Unit 7: Providing the Personnel Department Functions

        * Pensions funds
        * Leave provisions
        * Leaving grants
        * Leans
        * Legal Aid
        * Shopping Problems
        * Transport
        * Day nurseries
        * Personal Problems
        * Recreation activities
        * Social activities
        * Canteen facility
        * Accident prevention and safety
        * Security

    Unit 8: Sample Letters

        * Misconduct or unsatisfactory performance
        * Dismissal or termination
        * Redundancy
        * Disciplinary
        * Appeal hearing

    Unit 9: Business Ethics

        * What is business ethics?
        * Benefits of managing business ethics
        * Promote a strong public image
        * Guidelines for managing ethics in the workplace
        * Value forgiveness

    Unit 10: Case Studies in Personnel Management

        * Measuring the personnel function
        * Workforce violence
        * Discrimination
        * Watching you at work

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