Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Contemporary human resource management defines a holistic approach to employment relations. The concepts and theories of HRM and ER and their subsequent application to the current cooperation of HRM and ER are examined. Through experiencing relevant case studies of selected industries and enterprises, and responsiveness with local practitioners, students apply and enhance their independent and collaborative work processes and problem solving & decision making skills.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Critically analyse selected key concepts in HRM and ER

2. Apply HRM and ER concepts in the study of selected industries and enterprises, both unionised and non-unionised

3. Collectively engage in prolonged group assignments that encourage diverse collaborative outcomes

4. Utilise these research methods to gather publicly-available data about HRM and ER practices in selected industries and enterprises

5. Access, evaluate and apply current data and information sources to inform HRM and ER problem solving.

6. Communicate in oral and written formats employing subject specific terminology and context.

7. Demonstrate an integrative awareness of contemporary professional standards, practice and effective implementation.

8. Individually and collectively engage in independent projects that encourage reflection on personal knowledge, skill and ability.


Lectures may include, but are not restricted to, the following topics:

  1. the practice of HRM and ER at industry and enterprise levels
  2. research methods in HRM and ER
  3. the organisation of the HRM and ER functions within enterprises
  4. union and non-union structures of employee representation within industries and enterprises
  5. strategic recruitment and selection of employees
  6. the management of employee performance
  7. negotiating change at work
  8. the structure of bargaining within industries and enterprises
  9. the processes of downsizing within industries and enterprises
  10. remuneration and rewards management


Students must have successfully completed IRHR2010 and IRHR2270.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Workshop papers

Presentation: Presentation & Peer review (Group)

Report: Group Report

Contact hours

Ourimbah and Newcastle City Precinct

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students are expected to complete 4 hours of guided learning via online preparation, lectures, interactive workshops, tutorials, discussion groups or self-directed learning and an additional 6 hours of independent study per week.

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.