Human Resource Management

Course code GSBS6040Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

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.

Available in 2015

Newcastle City PrecinctTrimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3
Sydney Bathurst StreetTrimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3
UoN SingaporeTrimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3
WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn 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.
ContentThis 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
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeThere is no assumed knowledge for this course.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments1500-2500words
Examination: Formal
Case Scenario/PBL exercises
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for GSBS6040