MSc in Productivity & Industrial Human Capital Management

MSc in Productivity & Industrial Human Capital Management

Location:  Ghana and Online
Start Date:  Contact Centre
Courses Info
Course Information
A programme to equip practitioners with practical knowledge-based proficiencies in productivity improvement techniques as well as solution-oriented skills that tackle contemporary challenges in industrial relations.
Contact
Strabsnet Group
P.O. Box CT1757
Cantonments, Accra
Ghana
Tel: 233 2036 4362
E-mail: info@strabsnetgroup.com
Contact: George Smith-Graham
Course Objectives

The issue of productivity has become an integral issue for firms and governments over the years. This concern has been necessitated due to the positive spillover effect productivity has on economic and social development as well as its significance in raising incomes and ensuring enterprise competitiveness.Available research has shown that productivity is the engine of sustained long run economic growth. It is evident that the most productive firms and government policies that are productivity-oriented are geared towards the enhancement of working conditions, principles of market economy as well as human-oriented management styles in a harmonious industrial environment.

Productivity is a multifaceted concept which involves the improved efficiency and effectiveness of an activity. The concept is essentially associated with the task of “doing more with same or fewer quantum of available resources.

Productivity and human capital management objectives, when knitted in the socio-economic spheres and wholly accepted by all parties concerned, becomes the bedrock of equitable wealth distribution, harmonious industrial relations as well as democratic participation of employees.

Productivity is also a fulcrum for ensuring equilibrium efforts towards different economic, social and environmental objectives of economies. Moreover, there is strong empirical evidence to suggest that improvement in productivity results in the alleviation of poverty, creation of employment opportunities, quality of working life as well as human resource development and tripartism.

The Master of Science in Productivity and Industrial Human Capital Management programme is partitioned into two (2) categories. It consists of ten (10) core modules which are mandatory as well as a requirement to complete a dissertation on a chosen topic in the various fields studied.

Core Modules

1. Principles of Productivity Management

No. of Credits: 3 credits (7.5 ECTS) Pre-requisite: None

Module Objectives

On completion of this module, students will be equipped with the required information and skillsets to enable them to:

  1. Understand and explain the concept of productivity and its role in socio-economic development.
  2. Understand and exploit the concept of competitiveness and its dependence upon productivity.
  3. Understand and explain the meaning of organizational excellence, its main criteria and associated factors
  4. Develop student’s understanding of the true nature of productivity problems.
  5. Demonstrate the use of tools for the identification of productivity problems.
  6. Provide a basis for improving the productivity of organizations.

Module Content

  • Historical background of productivity.
  • Concept and principles of productivity.
  • Organizational excellence.
  • Customer orientation: A key to excellence.
  • Overview to diagnosing productivity problems.
  • Making diagnostic proposals.
  • Problem identification.
  • Analysis of data and production of reports.

2. Productivity Measurement and Analysis

No. of Credits: 3 credits (7.5 ECTS)
Pre-requisite: Principles of Productivity Management

Module Objectives

On completion of this module, students will be equipped with the required information and skillsets to enable them to:

  1. Understand and explain how performance improvement and performance measurement are correlated.
  2. Understand and explain the principal reasons for the measurement of productivity.
  3. Identification of sources of information for measuring productivity.
  4. Understand the Added Value concept and its uses.
  5. Develop and operationalize a performance measuring system for enterprises.

Module Content

  • Rationale for productivity measurement.
  • Developing a measuring system.
  • Added Value concept.
  • Productivity indicators and ratio analysis.
  • An integrated approach to productivity measurement.
  • Alternative approaches to performance assessment.

3. Productivity Improvement Factors and Techniques

No. of Credits: 3 credits (7.5 ECTS)
Pre-requisite: None

Module Objectives

On completion of this module, students will be equipped with the required information and skillsets to enable them to:

  1. List the various phases of productivity management.
  2. Mention and understand the internal and external factors that affect productivity at the enterprise level.
  3. Elaborate the roles played by major stakeholders of the productivity improvement programme.
  4. Understand the activities associated with productivity improvement programme.

Module Content

  • Internal factors for productivity improvement.
  • External factors for productivity improvement.
  • Parties to the productivity improvement agenda.
  • 5S (Housekeeping) Techniques for productivity improvement.
  • Kaizen Technique.
  • Success factors for productivity improvement.
  • Implementing a company productivity improvement programme.

4. Productivity Motivation and Gainsharing

No. of Credits: 3 credits (7.5 ECTS)
Pre-requisite: None

Module Objectives

On completion of this module, students will be equipped with the required information and skillsets to enable them to:

  1. Have a good understanding of the concept of Gainsharing.
  2. Identify and analyze the principal factors of a Gainsharing plan.
  3. Assist with design and implementation of a Gainsharing plan.
  4. Relate various Gainsharing schemes to company productivity strategies.
  5. Make a Gainsharing presentation to management of enterprises.

Module Content

  • Introduction to Gainsharing: Definition, features and benefits.
  • Individual-oriented Gainsharing systems.
  • Group-oriented Gainsharing systems.
  • Involvement and calculation of Gainsharing.
  • Installing the Gainsharing system.

5. Green Productivity

No. of Credits: 3 credits (7.5 ECTS)
Pre-requisite: Principles of Productivity Management

Module Objectives

On completion of this module, students will be equipped with the required information and skillsets to enable them to:

  1. Equip students and practitioners with knowledge-based approach and practical competencies in the concept, tools and techniques of green productivity to enhance local economic development and sustainable environmental performance.
  2. Introduce students to various management systems in relation to green productivity for firm growth and competitiveness.
  3. To apply and operationalize the principles and strategies the principles and strategies of green productivity in diverse business settings.
  4. Efficiently manage and sustain green productivity.

Module Content

  • Introduction to green productivity.
  • Green productivity strategies.
  • Green productivity tools and techniques.
  • Green productivity methodology.
  • Management systems and programs.
  • Sustainability of green productivity strategy

6. Industrial Relations for Productivity Improvement

No. of Credits: 3 credits (7.5 ECTS)
Pre-requisite: None

Module Objectives

On completion of this module, students will be equipped with the required information and skillsets to enable them to:

  1. Understand the different dimensions of industrial relations that have a bearing on productivity.
  2. Appreciate the changing environment that affects both industrial relations and productivity.
  3. Understand the essence of collective bargaining and its impact on productivity improvement.
  4. Understand the different forms of employee participation in promoting productivity.
  5. Understand the roles and responsibilities of trade unions in productivity and know how to develop positive responses from trade unions

Module Content

  • The concept of industrial relations and productivity.
  • Employee relations issues related to productivity.
  • Collective bargaining for productivity.
  • Joint consultation and employee participation.
  • Developing the union’s cooperation in productivity improvement.

7. Efficiency Management

No. of Credits: 3 credits (7.5 ECTS)
Pre-requisite: None

Module Objectives

On completion of this module, students will be equipped with the required information and skillsets to enable them to:

  1. Apply general guidelines for task and job design and take all the relevant factors into consideration.
  2. Recognize the major methods of decoupling operators from machines.
  3. Understand the role of production as part of the total value chain.
  4. Understand material productivity as life cycle of materials and associated costs.
  5. Appreciate the possible benefits of an energy-efficiency programme.
  6. Assess energy productivity.
  7. Know the potential and importance of Information Technology in an organization’s strategy.

Module Content

  • Work organization and design.
  • Production management.
  • Materials management.
  • Using energy efficiently.
  • Information management.

8. Industrial Engineering Techniques

No. of Credits: 3 credits (7.5 ECTS)
Pre-requisite: None

Module Objectives

On completion of this module, students will be equipped with the required information and skillsets to enable them to:

  1. Describe the main analytical tools of Industrial Engineering.
  2. Explain the essence of Industrial Engineering tools and major areas of their application.
  3. Understand the tools used for problem identification, analyses, workplace/system design and development, evaluation and implementation.
  4. Participate in the practical application of the main tools of Industrial Engineering for productivity improvement.

Module Content

  • Introduction to Industrial Engineering.
  • Systems thinking and the sociotechnical approach.
  • The right tools for the job.
  • Overview of Industrial Engineering tools.
  • Problem identification and selection.
  • Analysis of Industrial Engineering methodology.
  • Design and development of Industrial Engineering.
  • Evaluation and implementation of Industrial Engineering techniques.

9. Strategic Human Resource Management

No. of Credits: 3 credits (7.5 ECTS)
Pre-requisite: None

Module Objectives

On completion of this module, students will be equipped with the required information and skillsets to enable them to:

  1. Apply the theories of individual and group behaviour in the design of employee salary, welfare and motivational programmes .
  2. Design and Implement HRM policies for the organization.
  3. Evaluate the different forms of Employee Recruitment and Selection.
  4. Develop effective Job Designs.
  5. Anticipate the influence of technology on organizations and the HRM function.

Module Content

  • Human Resource Management and its Organizational Context.
  • Human Resource Development.
  • The Employment Relationship.
  • New Technology and HRM Practices.

10. Consultancy Management

No. of Credits: 3 credits (7.5 ECTS)
Pre-requisite: None

Module Objectives

On completion of this module, students will be equipped with the required information and skillsets to enable them to:

  1. Attain proficiency in the techniques of consultancy practice to solve practical problems in an increasingly dynamic business environment.
  2. Assess and visualize client’s business problems and challenges from the spectrum of the consultant and address them holistically by careful analyses and proactive recommendations.
  3. Develop expertise to become professional consultants in the area of productivity improvement in diverse organizational structures.

Module Content

  • Consultancy Practice and People Skills.
  • Consulting Service and Consultant’s Career Development.
  • Fundamentals of Consulting Approach.
  • The Process of Research.