Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Professional Practice in HRM&ER provides students with the opportunity to apply foundation learning in human resource management and employment relations to manage organisational and workplace issues. Following the principles of problem-based learning, students consider, research, and propose solutions to challenges which are commonly the responsibility of HRM and ER professionals either directly, in an internal advisory role to line managers, or as external consultants or advisors. Combining theoretical considerations and practice, students engage in a selected range of HRM and ER cases and activities. The course provides students with essential experience in professional practice to support the effective conduct of HRM and ER functions in organisations.



  • Trimester 1 - 2022
  • Trimester 2 - 2022

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Trimester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply theoretical knowledge of specific HRM and ER methods to 'real-world' examples and situations.

2. Demonstrate the development of advanced skills in issue definition, research, critical thinking and problem solving in the HRM and ER domain.

3. Reflect on the experience of participating in the management of people in order to better understand some of the common errors and challenges in HRM and ER practice.

4. Gain experience in designing or improving HRM and ER policy, practices and methods for the mutual gain of employees and the organisation.


In this course students will develop their skills and knowledge about effective and professional practice of human resource management (HRM and employment relations (ER). To achieve this, the course will examine four or five of the following topics in depth:

  1. HRM and ER architecture
  2. Recruitment and selection
  3. Managing Pay and Rewards
  4. Performance management
  5. Separation and termination
  6. Employee voice
  7. Health and safety
  8. Managing organisational change


Students must have successfully completed GSBS6040 and GSBS6006.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Commentaries

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Problem Based Learning exercise/written assignment 1

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Problem Based Learning Exercise/written assignment 2

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct and Online


Face to Face On Campus 36 hour(s) per Term Full Term

or equivalent in online, blended or intensive modes of delivery. The course may be offered on-line or use blended learning.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.