Teaching, learning and assessment methods
The overall teaching across the qualification will offer an integrated student experience using a wide range of teaching and learning resources and assessment approaches. The learning design for each module will be informed by the learning outcomes for the qualification. The module content, student activities and support and guidance will be planned to achieve the learning outcomes.
The four dimensions of learning design will include study of materials supplied by OU, online tuition provided by a tutor, student activities including reflective exercise, practical exercises, literature review, critiquing and collaboration with other students and finally, continuous and end of module assessments.
The materials will include a range of specially written module materials, case studies, original texts, study guides assignments and multi-media material.
An Associate Lecturer will be appointed to each module who will communicate via a tutor group forum. They are the first point of contact for students, to answer questions on materials, mark assignments and run online tutorials.
Students will be expected to engage in range of activities including reading texts, and scenarios, researching and using relevant literature on contemporary issues in HR and applying theories to practical situations. Cognitive and practical skills are developed through a range of activities within the modules including prompted and guided search and retrieval of information, literature and databases
The materials and Associate Lecturer support will help students to develop their skills in managing workload. Students will spend a large percentage of time working under their own direction and initiative.
Student progress and learning is measured by tutor marked assignments and examinations. The two compulsory modules (B863 and B864) 30 credit modules will have two tutor marked assignments (TMAs) and one end of module examination. The three option modules (B865, B866 and B867) 30 credits each, will have two tutor marked assignments (TMAs) and one end of module assignment (EMA).
HR management residential school (BXR868)
This is a residential school only module if you are seeking Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) accreditation of this qualification. This residential school will give you the opportunity to practise and receive feedback on the skills introduced in the human resource management (HRM) modules: The role of the human resource professional (B863), Human resource management in context (B864), Managing research in the workplace (B865), Employment relations and employee engagement (B866) and Workplace learning with coaching and mentoring (B867).
The residential school is available to register on when you have successfully completed B863 and B864. The residential school is offered in two formats; a three day face-to-face residential school or as an online alternative residential school where there is daily contact time over an extended time period. The learning objectives and outcomes are related to professional skill development and are complementary to the learning outcomes of the five HRM modules.