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Structure

We want to give you the best chance of applying what you learn with Roehampton Online towards your career. That is why we’ve structured your online learning experience to give you regular opportunities to learn from your peers and receive faculty feedback.

All our online masters programmes consist of seven modules and a dissertation, called the Research Project. Each module is 10 weeks long and composed of five learning units. Your first module will include a comprehensive introduction to our online learning platform. Each learning unit is two weeks long. This means you’ll spend two weeks debating, researching and learning about one subject before moving on to the next.

Module outlines

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Leading and Learning in a Dynamic Era (10 Weeks)

This module is designed to equip you with a range of learning and skills for leading and learning in a contemporary organisational context. The module employs an experiential learning pedagogy focused on the integration of practice and theory.

In the first week you will focus on getting to know the online classroom through guided activities designed to help you develop essential study skills that you will need throughout your programme.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Confidently navigate the online classroom and perform a range of tasks including submitting assignments, contributing to discussions and viewing your grades
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in critical self-reflection by applying feedback and knowledge gained from this practice
  • Identify and develop your leadership competencies relative to your current and future career requirements
  • Apply varied perspectives on leading and learning to practice
  • Discern and articulate personal values, principles and goals and the implications for effective leadership in different contexts
  • Synthesise elements of personal and professional development into a comprehensive plan for growth
  • Critically assess alternative conceptual models of leadership and the implications for personal, team and organisational effectiveness

Human Resource Management and the New World of Work (10 Weeks)

In this module, you will study conceptual frameworks and tools to analyse and consider strategic responses to the changing nature of work. The module focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to apply various models for organising work, and the implications for organisation life, stakeholder relationships and strategic positioning.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Analyse the implications of contextual changes and trends on management of people in organisations
  • Apply conceptual models and tools to foster understanding of organisational design and human behaviour
  • Examine the implications of varying organisational design approaches
  • Analyse strategies for stewarding shared values among managers and employees, and the effect on organisational culture

Managing Global Organisations (10 Weeks)

This module is designed to give you the tools to analyse the HR manager’s role in operating effectively in global organisations, and for evaluating and managing the implications of contextual change on the HR function.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of HR management operations
  • Articulate the benefits of building a diverse workforce and global sourcing within a global organisation
  • Analyse strategic approaches for planning, resourcing and building a diverse workforce
  • Assess the influence of national cultures on HR management

HR as a Strategic Business Partner (10 Weeks)

This module seeks to equip you with the knowledge and tools to become ethical strategic partners with other managers and employees, leading and aiding in effective business decision-making.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate the strategic importance of an ethical approach to HR management
  • Assess the relationship between strategic HR management and an organisation’s business objectives
  • Evaluate personal and professional development as it relates to the role of the HR manager as transformational change agent
  • Assess the importance of data in decision-making and effective partnerships

Creating High-Performance Work Environments (10 Weeks)

In this module, you’ll explore the essential knowledge and skills to implement HR strategies focused on creating high-performance work environments in changing organisational contexts.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate strategies for, and the implications of, developing talent within organisations
  • Assess organisational design principles and the implications for performance
  • Select appropriate approaches to learning and development to facilitate transformational organisational change
  • Diagnose performance issues and analyse appropriate performance-monitoring and evaluation techniques

Leading the HR function (10 Weeks)

What makes an effective HR leader? In this module, you’ll analyse the strategies HR leaders use to lead, communicate and innovate successfully. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to reflect on your own personal growth and future areas for development.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate approaches to strategic communication
  • Analyse the role of the HR function in managing change
  • Evaluate the strategic use of technology in HR
  • Apply strategies for demonstrating authentic, credible HR leadership
  • Critically reflect on personal development as an HR professional

Research Methods (10 Weeks)

The module will prepare you to critically evaluate a range of research approaches and formulate an appropriate research strategy to investigate relevant issues. It forms the basis of a research proposal that you will take forward into the Management Research Project.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Understand and appraise the various approaches to management research
  • Critically evaluate published research in a relevant field of management literature
  • Identify and assess appropriate research methods for your management research project
  • Conceptualise a management-related or organisational issue and formulate an appropriate research question
  • Design an appropriate research strategy to address a specific management research question

Management Research Project (26 Weeks)

The Management Research Project will provide you with the opportunity to integrate the prior learning from the programme. You’ll apply the analytical and conceptual tools and personal skills gained from the previous modules to an in-depth investigation of a specific management problem. The result will be the presentation of a research report.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Refine and finalise a relevant and feasible topic and research question
  • Design and plan an appropriate research strategy to address a relevant management research question
  • Undertake systematic search and review of relevant published theoretical and research-based literature
  • Collect, analyse and synthesise relevant data
  • Present research results in a critical fashion
  • Present and justify conclusions, implications and, where appropriate, recommendations

At the end of each module you’ll submit a final project, which is a written piece of work (such as an essay or case study). While your final project for each module will be the primary factor in determining your grade, your contributions to shared activities will also be taken into consideration.

Your research project is the largest – and final – piece of work you’ll undertake during your online masters programme. You’ll undertake an in-depth investigation of a specific problem and present your research topic, methodologies, results and conclusions as a report of 10,000 to 12,000 words.

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