BM7509: Postgraduate Study Skills & Global HR Community


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BM7509: Postgraduate Study Skills & Global HR Community

Module Title Postgraduate Study Skills & Global HR Community
Module Code BM7509
Module Tutor John Hepworth
School Business School
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

This module incorporates CIPD LO1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 & 8 of 7SBL.

The module is primarily concerned with the development of study and research skills for the global community   The module asks students to consider  how the development of skills that may also be required across a  range of other study modules are pivotal to successful management practice and to effective leadership

The module specifically seeks to develop and improve a range of definable skills that are pivotal to enable students to make the most of their formal programmes of study through the inclusion of key postgraduate study skills.  Students are then asked to develop a strong sense of self-awareness and of their own strengths and weaknesses as managers and colleagues through reflection on practice and lectures, whilst embracing wider professional body networks to broaden horizons. The module also provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development, and requires critical reflection on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint.  

Indicative Syllabus
  1. Self-awareness, dimensions of personality and individual differences, time management, personal organising skills, stress management; principles of continuous professional development; professional and ethical approaches to self-management at work.          


  1. Characteristics of effective teams and team-building, assertiveness, interpersonal communication, effective negotiation, handling emotion and conflict, written, verbal and non-verbal communication, networking, negotiating; organisational politics and the need to act in a politically astute and ethical manner to secure HR objectives; liaising with customers.


  1. Systematic and evidence-based decision-making, testing ideas, creative and team-based decision-making, evaluating evidence and options, ethical decision-making; communicating and justifying decisions; proactive approaches to problem-solving; consulting skills.


  1. Effective supervision and team leadership, coaching and mentoring, effective delegation, resolving conflict between team members, positively motivating others to raise their level of performance; chairing meetings and co-ordinating discussions; leading and facilitating change; providing direction; influencing thinking and decision-making on the part of others.


  1. Information-handling skills, commonly used IT applications and software packages, statistical techniques and the presentation of statistical data.


  1. Selection interviewing, appraisal interviewing, disciplinary interviewing; delivering training, making presentations; project management; managing poor performance (including absence, lateness and incompetence).


  1. Accessing and evaluating published research evidence, critical thinking, developing and justifying original arguments, referencing the work of others, effective essay and report-writing; effective revision and examination preparation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:


  1. Manage themselves more effectively at work or in another professional context. (7SBL 1)


  1. Manage interpersonal relationships at work more effectively. (7SBL 2)


  1. Make sound and justifiable decisions and solve problems more effectively. (7SBL 3)


  1. Lead and influence others more effectively. (7SBL 4)


  1. Demonstrate enhanced IT proficiency. (7SBL 6)


  1. Demonstrate an essential people management skill-set. (7SBL 7)


  1. Demonstrate competence in postgraduate study skills. (7SBL 8)

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 30
Independent Learning Hours: 120
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 15% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 500 words or equivalent
002: 85% Coursework: Individual, portfolio: 2500 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements

All elements of assessment must be passed in order to pass the module.

This statement must be included if any element of assessment is marked on a Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory basis.

Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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