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Unit 3 Human Resource Management HND Business

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Unit 3 Human Resource Management

Unit code                        Y/508/0487

Unit type                         Core

Unit level                        4

Credit value                    15

Introduction

The aim of this unit is to enable students to appreciate and apply principles of effective Human Resource Management (HRM). People are the lifeblood of any organisation and being able to attract, recruit and retain talented staff is at the core of all HRM activity. This unit will explore the tools and techniques used in HRM to maximise the employee contribution and how to use HR methods to gain competitive advantage. Students will explore the importance of training and development in building and extending the skills base of the organisation and ensuring it is relevant to the ever-changing business environment. Students will also consider the growing importance of becoming a flexible organisation with an equally flexible labour force, and become familiar with techniques of job design and with different reward systems.

The unit investigates the importance of good employee relations and the ways in which employers engage with their staff and possibly with trade unions. Students will gain an understanding of the law governing HRM processes as well as the best practices which enable an employer to become an ‘employer of choice’ in their labour market.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  1. Explain the purpose and scope of Human Resource Management in terms of resourcing an organisation with talent and skills appropriate to fulfil business objectives.
  2. Evaluate the effectiveness of the key elements of Human Resource Management in an organisation.
  3. Analyse internal and external factors that affect Human Resource Management decision-making, including employment legislation.
  4. Apply Human Resource Management practices in a work-related context.

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Essential Content

LO1 Explain the purpose and scope of Human Resource Management in terms of resourcing an organisation with talent and skills appropriate to fulfil business objectives

The nature and scope of HRM:

Definitions of HRM.

What are the main functions and activities of HRM. The ‘Best Fit’ approach vs ‘Best Practice’.

The hard and soft models of HRM. Workforce planning.

Types of labour market, labour market trends and PESTLE. The internal labour market.

Analysing turnover, stability and retention.

The impact of legal and regulatory frameworks.

The impact that advances in technology have had upon improving the efficiency of HR practices.

Recruitment:

Sources of recruitment: internal vs external recruitment.

Job analysis, job descriptions, personal specifications and competency frameworks.

Selection:

Main methods of selection: strengths and weaknesses of each. Reliability and validity as key criteria.

On-boarding and induction:

The issues affecting successful induction and socialisation of employees.

LO2 Evaluate the effectiveness of the key elements of Human Resource Management in an organisation

Learning, development and training: Differentiating development and training. Identifying training needs — the training gap. Types of training.

Evaluation of training.

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Job and workplace design:

Reward management: extrinsic and intrinsic rewards from work. The link between motivational theory and reward.

Series of job design-job extension techniques.

The flexible organisation:

Types of flexibility: numerical, structural and functional flexibility. Models of flexible organisations (e.g. Handy, Atkinson).

Flexible working options in modern organisations.

Benefits to employers and benefits to employees of flexible working practices.

Performance and reward:

Performance management and methods used to monitor employee performance.

Types of payment and reward system. Methods of a determination.

LO3 Analyse internal and external factors that affect Human Resource Management decision-making, including employment legislation

Employee relations:

Maintaining good employee relations.

Strategies for building and improving employee relations and engagement.

Employee relations and the law:

The purpose of employment law.

Key legal issues and constraints (e.g. equality, data protection, health and safety, redundancy, dismissal, employment contracts).

Ethical and social responsibilities.

Trade unions and workplace representation:

The role of trade unions — local/national.

Collective agreements.

Discipline, grievances and redundancy — best practice.

LO4 Apply Human Resource Management practices in a work-related context

Job and person specifications:

Preparing job specifications and person specifications applicable to the recruitment context and needs of the organisations, taking into account legislation and company policies.

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Recruitment and selection in practice:

The impact of technology on improving the recruitment and selection process; the use of online resources, digital platforms and social networking.

Designing and placing job advertisements. Shortlisting and processing applications.

Interviewing preparation and best practice. Selection best practice.

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Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

Pass Merit Distinction
LO1 Explain the purpose and scope of Human Resource Management in terms of resourcing an organisation with talent and skills appropriate to fulfil business objectives         D1 Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to recruitment and selection, supported by specific examples.
P1 Explain the purpose and the functions of HRM, applicable to workforce planning and resourcing an organisation. P2 Explain the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to recruitment and selection. M1 Assess how the functions of HRM can provide talent and skills appropriate to fulfil business objectives M2 Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to recruitment and selection.
LO2 Evaluate the effectiveness of the key elements of Human Resource Management in an organisation     D2 Critically evaluate HRM practices and application within an organisational context, using a range of specific examples.
P3 Explain the benefits of different HRM practices within an organisation for both the employer and employee. P4 Evaluate the effectiveness of different HRM practices in terms of raising organisational profit and productivity. M3 Explore the different methods used in HRM practices, providing specific examples to support evaluation within an organisational context.
LO3 Analyse internal and external factors that affect Human Resource Management decision-making, including employment legislation       LO3 & 4 D3 Critically evaluate employee relations and the application of HRM practices that inform and influence decision-making in an organisational context.
P5 Analyse the importance of employee relations in respect to influencing HRM decision- making. P6 Identify the key elements of employment legislation and the impact it has upon HRM decision- making. M4 Evaluate the key aspects of employee relations management and employment legislation that affect HRM decision-making in an organisational context.

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Pass Merit Distinction
LO4 Apply Human Resource Management practices in  
a work-related context
P7 Illustrate the M5 Provide a rationale for
application of HRM the application of specific
practices in a work-related HRM practices in a work-
context, using specific related context.
examples.  

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