MSc in Industrial Relations and Human Resources

Module 1
Managing Human Resources
Aims: The module aims to provide an understanding of the organisational context within which HRM and training operate and the constraints that act on those responsible for implementing it, to explore the body of organisational theory that has emerged and explore the implications for the trainer and those in management development and to consider the contribution that HRM makes to an organisation.
Learning outcomes: to develop core knowledge and critical evaluation of theories, to answer set questions clearly and cogently, develop an independent perspective, and to present a well reasoned argument showing depth of understanding.


Module 2
The Global Context of HRD And HRM
Aims: The module aims to provide an overview of changes in the world economy brought about by globalisation. To consider the ways in which these changes have impacted on the organisation of production and employment in different societies and identify the issues for HRM and HRD.


Learning outcomes: to develop core knowledge and critical evaluation of theories, to answer set questions clearly and cogently, develop an independent perspective, and to present a well reasoned argument showing depth of understanding.

Module 3
Industrial Relations
Aims: To provide an understanding of the industrial relations and the changing nature of the employment relationship; to provide an introduction to theoretical models used for understanding industrial relations and trade unionism; and to cover issues such as governance, conflict and consent, and industrial relations and the multinational organisation.

Learning Outcomes: To develop core knowledge and critical evaluation of theories; to answer set questions clearly and cogently; to develop an independent perspective; and to present a well-reasoned argument showing depth of understanding

Module 4
Research Methods
Aims: This module aims to introduce researchers to process of social science research and to the fundamental debates pertaining to the philosophy of social science. The module also aims to provide research methods training in a range of qualitative and quantitative techniques and data analysis.

Learning outcomes: To develop core knowledge of research techniques, to answer set questions clearly and cogently, develop an independent research perspective and methodology, and to present a well reasoned argument.

Research/Workbased Project/Dissertation
Aims: Completion of a well-researched, well-written and properly referenced dissertation to a publishable standard.

Learning outcomes: Students should be able to: formulate a research problem, design a research study, identify and use appropriate research methods, manipulate and summarise data, report research results and present conclusions.

Assessment: 16,000 – 20,000 word dissertation.

Course Dates
From To
1 May 2007 July 2009
2 July 2007 October 2009
3 October 2007 December 2009
4 January 2008 March 2010

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Email Link: Sally.gatward@le.ac.uk

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