People & Organisations: Understanding and applying the science BUS5057

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The course introduces students to the fundamentals of HR Managements and Organisational Behaviour by using the science regarding people and organisations. It exposes students to practical tools as well as to cutting edge trends that will facilitate them to successfully lead and manage teams and organisations.


The course will be delivered on a blended mode that includes a series of seminars, workshops and active learning experiences over 35 hours in Semester 1. Sessions and activities will help students building their understanding and skills related to people and organisations.

Requirements of Entry

Please refer to the current postgraduate prospectus at:

Excluded Courses

BUS5001 Managing Resources




Completion of a reflective portfolio for practical sessions including, but not limited to, self-reflection and action plan based on core topics (100%).





1, 2, 3, 4

Evidence-based reflective course portfolio and action plan drawing on self-reflection. Max 2,500 words - excluding appendices.



Course Aims

This course aims to develop critical understanding and skills regarding emotions, cognitions and behaviours of individuals, groups and organisations important to leading successful teams and organisations, as well as the rationale behind human resources management processes and decisions.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Apply fundamental concepts from psychology, organisational behaviour and human resource management to critically analyse and identify business and management issues.

2. Critically utilise tools, frameworks and evidence (data) to evaluate issues, their potential solutions, merits and drawbacks concerning the strategy and management of people in organisations.

3. Critically assess challenges pose by geopolitical, ecological, technological and other megatrends retaining to HRM and its ethical implications.

4. Self-reflect on their learning process and formulate a plan to enhance their own leadership competencies.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.