Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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.

Availability2022 Course Timetables

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Singapore)

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Trimester 1 - 2022
  • Trimester 3 - 2022


  • Trimester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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

  1. Human resource planning, job analysis and work design
  2. Recruitment & Selection
  3. Learning and development
  4. Performance management
  5. Pay and rewards
  6. Health, safety, equal opportunity and diversity
  7. Employee representation and consultation

HRM in a societal context

  1. Evaluating HRM performance
  2. An integrated picture of HRM at work

Assessment items

In Term Test: Mid Trimester Test

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Problem Based Learning Exercise 1

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Problem-Based Learning Exercise 2

Contact hours

Online, Newcastle City Precinct and PSB Singapore


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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