Human Resource Management


Course Description

  • Course Name

    Human Resource Management

  • Host University


  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Business, Business Administration, Business Management, Human Resources, International Business, International Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    This unit of study is designed for accounting, engineering, biotechnology, business, information technology and management fields of study

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This subject introduces students to the theory and practices utilised to manage an organisation's human resources. It establishes the nature and function of the various components of typical human resource management (HRM) practices, and exposes students to the skills of HRM through the use of structured exercises. It also considers the future direction and strategic application of HRM within Australia and overseas.
    Subject objectives
    Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
    1. discuss the purpose, scope and development of HRM in Australia and the strategic role played by HRM in contemporary organisations
    2. explain how factors in the external and internal environments influence the development of HRM theories and functions
    3. discuss the relationship between human resource practice and organisational strategy
    4. competently apply theoretical and conceptual knowledge of HRM through a series of decisional exercises.
    This subject also contributes specifically to the following program learning objectives:
    Demonstrate work-ready disciplinary knowledge (5.1)
    Apply technical skills necessary for professional practice in business (5.2)
    Contribution to the development of graduate attributes
    This unit contributes to the Bachelor of Business by examining the structures and processes of human resource management (HRM) from the points of view of the employer, employee, government and other stakeholders. It examines the relationship between human resources practices and organisational strategy, and utilises the flow model concept to introduce some of the key processes of people management, which are treated at a theoretical and skill level. The subject aims to provide an introduction to the formal employment relationship, the relevant legislation and practical application of competencies in order to establish a fundamental basis of HRM.
    This subject will develop students' competencies in relation to the following Faculty Graduate Attributes:
    Business knowledge and concepts
    Critical thinking, creativity and analytical skills
    Communication and interpersonal skills
    Develop work-ready knowledge, technical competencies and values in disciplinary specialisation.
    Teaching and learning strategies
    The subject comprises one 90-minute lecture and one 90-minute tutorial on a weekly basis. The lecture generally involves presentation of theoretical material as a basis for more general discussion in the tutorial. The tutorial focuses on practical application of the various HR functional areas in the 'Living Case' Workbook Modules. It involves students working in small groups on a semester-long project in the form of a case study. After setting up a simulated organisation complete with identification of strategies, structure and culture, students are required to make and defend a series of human resource (HR) decisions in which they apply theory and classroom learning about HRM to their 'living case' organisation.
    Students are expected to have read any prescribed reading articles (including the relevant text chapter) prior to class sessions and engage in necessary group discussions during tutorials.
    The evolution and context of human resource management
    Analysing and designing jobs
    Attracting and retaining talent
    Effective employee selection and development
    Performance and reward management
    Perspectives of occupational health and safety, understanding the law and managing occupational health and safety programs
    The evaluation of human resource management and the future workplace, and social challenges for human resource management
    Assessment task 1: Tutorial Quiz (Individual)
    This addresses subject learning objective(s):
    1, 2, 3 and 4
    This addresses program learning objectives(s):
    Weight: 25%
    Assessment task 2: Workbook Modules (Group)
    This addresses subject learning objective(s):
    1, 2, 3 and 4
    This addresses program learning objectives(s):
    Weight: 25%
    Assessment task 3: Final Examination (Individual)
    This addresses subject learning objective(s):
    1, 2, 3 and 4
    Weight: 50%
    Minimum requirements
    To pass the subject, students must achieve at least 50% of the subject?s total marks and complete all items of assessment. A minimum of 80% tutorial attendance is also necessary to fulfil the subject requirements.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.