This unit is designed for the Bachelor of Business with a specialisation in Human Resource Management. Human Resource Development (HRD) addresses current issues, concepts and methods involved in managing and delivering successful Learning and Development activities within organisations. HRD adds value to an organisation through appropriate development practices and talent management that support organisations to meet their changing complex challenges. Accordingly, students will investigate the theory and practice of HRD by critically assessing the effectiveness of employee learning experiences and the techniques used to facilitate that experience. Students will critique the training cycle including the needs assessment, design and evaluation methods applied in the practice of HRD. By completing the subject, students will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of HRD practices and processes and recommend their application.

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Online Real Time
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BMO2000 - Human Resource Management

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify the major Human Resource Development (HRD) functions and the key influences impacting employee behaviour;  
  2. Identify the requirements and considerations to conduct an organisational needs analysis for various contexts;  
  3. Investigate a range of human resource development approaches, and evaluate the benefits of each their appropriate implementation;  
  4. Analyse a range of human resource development applications to understand their relevance in an organisational context; and  
  5. Exhibit individual responsibility and accountability for contribution to group outcomes.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online Test 15%
Presentation Group Presentation and Evaluation 30%
Report Training Analysis and Rationale 35%
Test In-class Test 20%

Required reading

Human Resource Development (7th ed.).
Werner, J. M., & DeSimone, R. L. (2018).
South-Western: Cengage Learning.

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