The unit applies theoretical and conceptual knowledge to develop creative problem solving of everyday human resource management (HRM) related issues and challenges in the workplace.
Within the context of broad major current themes and debates in the field, students will critique and dispute concepts and theories which underpin contemporary HRM. Students will use case studies to debate the efficacy of practical techniques, and current models and frameworks used in relation to HRM in organisations.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically commentate upon the duality of staff and line management responsibility for the management of human resources;  
  2. Evaluate the strategic advantages attainable from effective human resources management planning and implementation techniques;  
  3. Evaluate the application of systems models to human resources management functions;  
  4. Critique relevant principles in the area of human resources practices in a legal, ethical and socially responsible manner to illustrate the role of culture, values and dispositions in affecting the attainment of goals;  
  5. Advocate and justify professional judgements to specialist and non-specialist audiences through critical analysis, interpretation and contextualisation of theoretical propositions and the provision of evidence-based corroboration; and  
  6. Exemplify creative and innovative problem solving of complex professional challenges.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online quiz 10%
Essay Literature review on contemporary HRM issues 40%
Case Study Group case study on industry organisation (40%) and Presentation of research findings (10%) 50%

Required reading

Human resource management: Strategy and practice, 10th edn.
Nankervis, A, Baird, M, Coffey, J & Shields, J 2019,
Cengage Learning, Melbourne, Australia

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