Human Resource Management

10 Units

This course provides an introduction to human resource management (HRM), and to frameworks explaining the core functions of HRM i.e. planning, recruitment, development, reward, voice and exit. In particular, students will consider how responsibility for people management is distributed inside and outside the organisation. The course takes a very practical view of HRM, using many examples, exercises, and cases. Students are encouraged to think about what HRM means – how it differs according to the nature of work, by organisation, by industry sector, and in different regions and countries – and to consider what constitutes ethical human resource management.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Business School
Availability Trimester 1 - 2014 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2014 (Sydney Bathurst Street)
Trimester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Sydney Bathurst Street)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore) (UoN Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Sydney Bathurst Street)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst Street)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst Street)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Sydney Bathurst Street)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define and examine fundamental HRM concepts;
  2. Critically evaluate various HRM theories and frameworks to assess their fundamental assumptions, intellectual rigour, and practical value;
  3. Develop skills in framing, researching and presenting solutions to workplace problems;
  4. Communicate how and why HRM policy and practice differs according to context;
  5. Consider the range of competencies and roles required of HRM practitioners and other managers of people within various organisational settings;
  6. Develop an appreciation of the ethical challenges inherent in managing people in an equitable way.

This course will include but is not limited to the following topics:

Defining Human Resource Management (HRM) 1. Definitions, Frameworks and Values 2. HRM Models and the link to strategy and the environment 3. Rules, roles and functions – who does what?

HRM policies and practices 4. Human resource planning, job analysis and work design 5. Recruitment & Selection 6. Learning and development 7. Performance management 8. Pay and rewards 9. Health, safety, equal opportunity and diversity 10. Employee representation and consultation

HRM in a societal context 11. Evaluating HRM performance 12. An integrated picture of HRM at work

Replacing Course(s) NA
Transition NA
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge There is no assumed knowledge for this course.
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : Paper Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - 1500-2500words
  • Examination: Formal -
  • Case Scenario/PBL exercises -
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials
  • Human Resource Management
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for GSBS6040

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