20 credits at level HE5
In this module you will learn about the efficient and effective management of human, financial, and physical/infrastructural resources in offender settings. You will maintain a journal and identify incidents which highlight negatives and positives of resource management. Following this you will analyse your incidents and, with reference to appropriate literature, make plausible suggestions of ways to improve the management of resources in your work area. You will analyse human, financial and physical/infrastructural resource implications for an agreed project and finally, you will consider the influence the new learning gained from undertaking the work for this module has had/will have on your work practice.
Introduction to the management of resources: Human resources (e.g., staffing levels, recruitment and selection of staff, effects of staff absence; diversity and inclusiveness); financial resources (e.g., budgets, types of costs (fixed costs, variable costs, semi-variable costs); revenue; profit; costing models (e.g., full cost approach, marginal costing); break-even analysis; reading and understanding financial data); physical/ infrastructural resources (e.g., managing stock, tracking of physical resources, facilities, technology).
Study / academic skills and reflective practice: Assessment requirements of the module; effective study and academic work at Level 5; report writing (e.g., use an appropriate structure, style, presentation, correct grammar and punctuation); Harvard referencing and compiling a bibliography; plagiarism (e.g., what is plagiarism and how to avoid it); reflecting on experiences in the workplace; learning from reflection.
Ethical practice: maintaining confidentiality and anonymity; sensitivity; integrity; seeking permission for project work from appropriate personnel in the workplace; working within relevant legislation (e.g., the Data Protection Act) and your organisations policies, procedures and practices.
Transferable skills: Communication; problem solving; ICT (e.g., spreadsheets and eProject applications such as MS Project); self-management; working with others; planning.
Student determined content: Some of the content will be determined by you when preparing for, and undertaking, your assessed work for the module.
Some of the content relating to study / academic skills, ethical practice, and transferable skills are developed early in the Foundation Degree programme and referred to / refreshed in this and other subsequent modules as necessary. In the case of CPD stand-alone provision, they are explicitly developed in the teaching of this module.
A blended learning approach will be used to deliver the module. Face-to-face sessions will be provided in which you will undertake activities, discussions, and case studies. You will also have access to online activities and discussions.
For your assessment, you will develop a portfolio of work. The portfolio evidence must meet the learning outcomes for the module. You will agree how you will meet the learning outcomes with your tutor and how you will present the portfolio evidence. Examples of evidence are:
Identification of work place incident that highlights negatives and positives of resource management ;
justification of selection;
analysis of incidents;
an analysis of human, physical and financial resource implications in response to real /realistic scenario(s);
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Understand the need to manage resources efficiently and effectively||1.1 Explain the need to manage resources efficiently and effectively.|
|2.||Have identified negatives and positives in resource management and shown an understanding of how to improve the management of resources.||
2.1 Select workplace incidents that highlight negatives and positives in human, financial, and physical/infrastructural resource management and justify your selection with reference to appropriate literature. You should maintain appropriate ethical and professional standards in reporting.
2.2 Critically analyse your incidents and, with reference to appropriate literature, make plausible suggestions of ways to improve the management of human, financial, physical/infrastructural resource management in your work area.
|3.||Have investigated, analysed and reported on resource implications for an agreed project.||
3.1 Investigate and analyse human, financial, and physical / infrastructural resource implications for one project as agreed with relevant personnel in your workplace and your tutor. The project must allow the scope for investigation and analysis at level 5 to be undertaken.
3.2 Report on your investigation in an ethical and professional manner.
|4.||Have explored the implications for your work practice of your learning about resource management.||4.1 Describe how your work practice in relation to the management of resources may change as a result of your learning.|
|5.||Have demonstrated study and academic skills appropriate to level 5.||
5.1 Demonstrate the following in your assessed work:
(i) appropriate structure and good presentation;
(ii) correct use of English (e.g., grammar, punctuation, spelling, style);
(iii) correct use of Harvard referencing;
(iv) theoretical knowledge appropriate to level 5.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||The portfolio evidence will be equivalent to 3,000 3,500 words and must meet the assessment criteria for the module. You will agree the following with your tutor: how you will meet the assessment criteria in terms of the process and the work you will undertake; the type of evidence you will provide; how the evidence will be presented.|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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Lewis, J. P. (2001) Project planning, scheduling, and control: a hands-on guide to bringing projects in on time and on budget 3rd ed. New York, N.Y.: McGraw-Hill. NetLibrary. http://www.netLibrary.com/urlapi.asp?action=summary&v=1&bookid=70576 [22 April 2009]
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Moon, J. (2006) Learning Journals: A Handbook for Reflective Practice and Professional Development. London: Routledge. Myilibray. http://www.myilibrary.com?id=54938 [2 May 2009]
Sims, R. R. (2002) Organizational success through effective human resources management. Westport, Conn.: Quorum Books. NetLibrary.
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Watson, G. and Gallagher, K. (2005) Managing for Results 2nd Ed. London: CIPD
Human Resource Management Journal
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Bolton Interactive Study Skills Tutorials Online http://data.bolton.ac.uk/bissto/
Criminal Justice System for England and Wales http://www.cjsonline.gov.uk
Offenders' Learning and Skills Service http://olass.lsc.gov.uk
Prison Reform Trust http://www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk
The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) www.niace.org.uk
University of Bolton Online Resources http://www.bolton.ac.uk/Students/StudyResources/ElectronicResources/Home.aspx
University of Bolton Study skills booklets http://www.bolton.ac.uk/Students/StudyResources/Library/HelpGuides/StudySkills/Home.aspx
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