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  • Objectives
    The main aims and objectives of the programme are to enable the student to: - Obtain a critical understanding of past and present concepts and practices of organisation, learning, collaboration, and human resource management in the context of todays global economy and knowledge society. - Establish ways in which a renewed ethics, effective leadership, organisational processes, and human resource management can contribute to individual and group well-being in organisations, to business growth, and to the enhancement of social responsibility of organisations in the private, public, and non-for-profit sectors. - Acquire key skills and learning tools with which to lead and manage effectively human resources internationally, to support the diversity of organisational cultures, the various networks of collaboration and international business endeavours; - Obtain a critical understanding of the complexity of the global and local contexts of organisational activities and to how technology, management techniques, power issues as well as the regulatory environments affect organising and organisational identities, human resource management, ethical practices and our notion of corporate citizenship. - To advance the development of capabilities for reflective practice in (senior) leadership and management roles. - Develop personal development plans for starting and/or managing projects of organisational innovation and improvement of exisiting organisational processes or procedures as well as to start their own enterprises. - Being part of a wider learning community to advance approaches that sustain ethical practice in organisations, learning and collaboration at a local and international level within firms, communities, partnerships and inter-organisational networks.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Qualifications 2.1 or equivalent; IELTS 6.5; TOEFL 240/580
  • Academic Title
    MSc Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management
  • Course description

    Course Description
    The MSc in Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management enables students to acquire a thorough understanding of the nature and role of organisations and the management of people at work. It places emphasis on an international perspective of leadership and the management of human resources, and on social and ethical criteria that foster the sustainability of entrepreneurship, organisational structures and processes, collaboration, learning, and innovation.

    Teaching and Assessment Methods
    A: Knowledge and Understanding
        Learning Outcomes
        A1 : Ideas, theory and practice of social and community enterprises, and their application in various regional scenarios
        A2 : The value of entrepreneurship and economic development policy with specific reference to social and community enterprise issues in different social and economic contexts
        A3 : In-depth and critical understanding of key issues in the regional economic development, including regulatory framework issues, the role of institutions, social capital, political, legal, technological and socio-cultural factors, and how they affect social and community ventures
        A4 : Epistemological issues and in-depth and critical understanding of types and processes of social entrepreneurship and economic development
        A5 : In-depth and critical understanding of the leadership, governance, stakeholding and related issues of regional social and community enterprise management
        A6 : In-depth and critical understanding of the research process and the application of a range of research techniques.
        A7 : Development of critical theoretical appreciation of 'how', 'why' and 'where' social entrepreneurship contributes to and supports regional economic development, and the development of these issues into a dissertation

        Teaching Methods
        Directed pre-reading and writing tasks on different aspects of enterprise; lectures;

        Discussions with tutors and supervisors on the values, principles and applications of organisation theory and human resource management practice as they apply in organisations of the private and public sectors.

        Directed self-study, observation and reflection of organisational and human resource management practice; comparative case work in workshops and the classroom; consultation with library materials, projects with private and public organisations and agencies; presentations of findings related to models, strategies and good practice; examination of critical topics

        Informal assessment will be made through oral presentations. Related feedback, coupled with peer group interaction should enable students to explore and augment their understanding of the topics, and develop their presentation skills.

        Re: Learning Outcome A7
        Self directed study with dedicated supervision.

        Assessment Methods
        Assessment methods
        Learning outcomes (1) - (6) are formally assessed by course work assignments and written examinations. Learning outcomes (2), (6) and (7) are assessed by the dissertation or comprehensive business plan.

    B: Intellectual/Cognitive Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        B1 : Identify, design, develop, create, codify, synthesise, and critically review/analyse theoretical and practical arguments on entrepreneurial opportunities, strategies from a social and community angle, and tools for new ventures and public policy for economic development in particular contexts and for different purposes
        B2 : Identify, develop and critically review theories of regional economic and entrepreneurship development; with particular reference to social and community enterprises
        B3 : Construction and use of appropriate methodologies and problem-centred/solution focused learning methods in the creation and development of social and community enterprises
        B4 : Assimilation and acquisition of skills in preparation for developing a dissertation
        B5 : B1 -B4, plus: Carrying out independent research and formulating coherent and cogent arguments

        Teaching Methods
        Applies to (B) 1 - 4 inclusive
        Lectures; workshop exercises, preparation of individual and team-based assignments, presentations of assignments to academic and practitioner panels; peer group work; final examination.

        Recommended directed reading, networking with external communities of practice, peer groups, practitioners; reference to public and private fora.

        Development of learning logs from the beginning of the course.

        Lectures and directed self-study for the identification of different research paradigms, techniques and methods used in traditional dissertation, and those which can be used to inform and support practical scenarios.

        Formative assessment will consist of individual assignments, group work and oral presentations. Related feedback, coupled with peer group interaction, should enable students to explore and augment their understanding of the topics, and develop their presentation skills.

        Applies to (B) 5 only
        Self-directed study with supervision.

        Assessment Methods
        Learning outcomes (1) and (4) are formally assessed by course work assignments and written examinations. The dissertation or comprehensive business plan provides a further opportunity to assess (3) and (5). The presentation will conform to the University's policy on oral assessment.

        20% of the marks for the dissertation/comprehensive business plan will be awarded for a presentation on the dissertation thesis/business plan. This will be presented to the MSc group and the panel of external advisers.

        The assessment of the traditional dissertation will encompass examination and evaluation of the student's knowledge of research philosophy and methods in exploring a specific topic. The comprehensive business plan will seek to examine a similar range of research skills as they apply to the organisational and huma resource management issues.

    C: Practical Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        C1 : Compare and contrast different theoretical and practical approaches to social and community entrepreneurship and economic development in different regions
        C2 : Understand and appreciate features of the regional economic context, and describe and critique these features in relation to the study of social and community entrepreneurship
        C3 : Lay the detailed, analytical ground work for the development of a dissertation
        C4 : C1 - C3, plus: Development of practical plans for independent research in the form of a dissertation

        Teaching Methods
        Applies to (C) 1- 3 inclusive
        Direct reading, lectures; review with practitioner/policy making advisory group; networking with peers; reference to public and private fora, the International Entrepreneurship Forum; on-line discussions; formation of teams linked to organisations, enterprises, and economic development agencies; national and international visits to organisations to learn about activities; workshops; discussions with tutors and supervisors; projects; maintenance of learning logs.

        Routine classwork, management of self-learning, group work and interactions with experts will provide an informal means for assessment of the practical skills acquired by the students.

        Applies to (C) 3 only

        Self-directed study with supervision.

        Assessment Methods
        Learning Outcomes (1) - (3) are formally assessed by course work assignments, written examinations, and the presentation of individual and group work. Learning outcome (4) is assessed by the completion of a dissertation or a comprehensive business plan in relation to organisational and/or human resource management themes.

    D: Key Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        D1 : Oral and written communication to different audiences in a coherent, cogent and effective manner.
        D2 : Use of information technologies including word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, statistical and web-based packages to read, download, analyse, and evaluate different types of data and information
        D3 : Use and manipulate different types of numerical data, solve mathematically based problems, apply and interpret statistical data
        D4 : Use and application of analytical, morphological and other creative problem skills
        D5 : Understanding and appreciation of different communities of interest, good spoken and written communication skills, empathy and resolution of conflict.
        D6 : Developing ability to create individual learning logs; developing time management and critical task prioritisation skills, meeting deadlines, evaluating self-learning

        Teaching Methods
        Development of organisational strategy and leadership, with respect to effective implementation of organisational and management processes, transparent governance and ethical issues; critical understanding of people, organisations and the wider environment; application in international contexts.

        Communication in the classroom, written assignments, group work, interactions with external and internal providers and experts, and use of information should provide for the means of assessing the range of key skills.

        Assessment Methods
        Learning outcomes (1), (3) and (4) will be assessed by presentations of individual and group work.
        A variety of written coursework assignments and written examinations will assess (2).

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