CQUniversity Unit Profile
HRMT20024 Term 3 - 2020
Managing Human Resources
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General Information

Overview

Organisations are facing a crisis in productivity and global business competition which is threatening their very existence in the market. Coupled with this challenge is the demand that organisations deliver an increased quality of work life to employees and comply with an intricate and complex set of laws, regulations and court decisions. This unit provides you with an introduction to human resource management (HRM), and to frameworks and models that explain the core functions of HRM such as planning, recruitment, development, reward and motivating employees. In this unit, you will examine how human resources functions, strategies, and practices help an organisation to perform efficiently and effectively, and assist organisations to achieve a sustained competitive advantage. You will also examine the role of HRM in diverse organisations and different cultural contexts to understand what constitutes ethical human resource management.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 8
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 3 - 2020

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Presentation
Weighting: 25%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 45%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Emails and zoom sessions/meetings

Feedback

Self reflection and staff feedback

Recommendation

Despite the unprecedented situation of COVID-19 pandemic, the students have shown an excellent effort. Perhaps, more time at home helped students to study online and put more effort into their assignments. During this 2020 pandemic, we worked together as a team. We tried our best to ensure all the possible support to our students through the HRMT20024 Moodle platform and additional online and recorded class/tutorial interactions. We were more concerned about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic issues and provided all our best help and support to our students. Moreover, we emphasised on the online presentation sessions (Assessment 1) to get maximum students as an audience to not only follow the presentations also help them to comprehend the presented journal articles linked to their weekly lecture topics (over the 4-12 weeks). Therefore, it is recommended to continue the team effort to ensure maximum support and engagement for HRMT20024 in future terms as well.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Critically assess the role and functions of HRM for strategic integration and achieving organisational objectives
  2. Analyse contemporary issues in managing human resources within the context of current professional and academic literature
  3. Identify and evaluate human resource management strategies and practices to plan, attract, recruit, develop, motivate and reward employees and respond to internal and external changes
  4. Develop a critical understanding of contemporary human resources issues including ethical issues.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation - 25%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 45%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation - 25%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 45%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Human Resource Management: Strategy and Practice 10th edn (2019)

Authors: Alan Nankervis, Marian Baird, Jane Coffey, John Shields
Cengage Learning
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9780170369862
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

You will need access to the textbook, but the eBook is a good option for a lower price, and can be sourced through the Cengage site. 

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Linda Colley Unit Coordinator
l.colley@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

Evolution of strategic human resource management

Chapter

Chapter 1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

The context of human resource management

Chapter

Chapter 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2 practice test (no marks)

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

Industrial Relations: Frameworks and practices

Chapter

Chapter 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2 - In-class test 1

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

Human resource planning in a changing environment

Chapter

Chapter 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Presentations

Assessment 2 - In-class test 2

Vacation Week Begin Date: 07 Dec 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 14 Dec 2020

Module/Topic

Work design challenges in a global environment

Chapter

Chapter 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Presentations

Assessment 2 - In-class test 3

Week 6 Begin Date: 21 Dec 2020

Module/Topic

Talent attraction and selection

Chapter

Chapter 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Presentations

Assessment 2 - In-class test 4

Vacation Week Begin Date: 28 Dec 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 04 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

Talent retention, and development

Chapter

Chapter 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Presentations

Assessment 2 - In-class test 5

Week 8 Begin Date: 11 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

Management of performance

Chapter

Chapter 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Presentations

Week 9 Begin Date: 18 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

Strategic reward management

Chapter

Chapter 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Presentations

Week 10 Begin Date: 25 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

Managing work health and safety

Chapter

Chapter 10

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Presentations

Week 11 Begin Date: 01 Feb 2021

Module/Topic

Workplace negotiation processes

Chapter

Chapter 11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Presentations


Week 12 Begin Date: 08 Feb 2021

Module/Topic

Evaluating HRM: towards the future

Chapter

Chapter 12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 - Presentations


Assessment 3: Report Due: Week 12 Wednesday (10 Feb 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Feb 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Presentation

Assessment Title
Assessment 1: Presentation

Task Description

Duration: 7 minutes

Weight: 25%

Due: During tutorial session from Weeks 4 to 12. The presentation week depends on the topic chosen. 

Task: You are expected to make a presentation on one (1) article from a peer-reviewed journal or high quality business publication (e.g. Harvard Business Review), published in the last five (5) years, on one of the following topics,

  • Week 4  - Human resource planning in a changing environment
  • Week 5 -  Work design challenges in a global environment
  • Week 6  - Talent attraction and selection
  • Week 7  - Talent retention, and development
  • Week 8 -  Management of performance
  • Week 9  - Strategic reward management
  • Week 10 - Managing work health and safety
  • Week 11 - Workplace negotiation processes
  • Week 12 - Evaluating HRM: towards the future

Your presentation file should be uploaded to the unit Moodle site, prior to live delivery of your presentation.


Note: Refer to the Assessment Task Description and Marking Rubric available in the unit Moodle site prior to commencing this task.


Assessment Due Date

During workshops from weeks 4-12 inclusive.


Return Date to Students

Presentations will be graded and feedback will be given in one working week.


Weighting
25%

Assessment Criteria

Your presentation will be assessed on the extent to which it meets each of the following criteria:

  • Correct referencing  - 5%
  • Research aim and question - 10%
  • Method  - 10%
  • Findings - 10%
  • Article conclusion - 10%
  • Contribution to topic - 10%
  • Quality of presentation - 25%
  • Visual Aids - 20%

Further details on each assessment criteria are outlined in the assessment rubric. 


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
The presentation file must be submitted as one file, prior to the live presentation. PDF documents are not acceptable.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse contemporary issues in managing human resources within the context of current professional and academic literature
  • Develop a critical understanding of contemporary human resources issues including ethical issues.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 2: Annotated bibliography in-class tests

Task Description

Length: 5 in class tests

Weight: 30% (6% for each test)

Due: Weeks 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7

The Unit Coordinator has selected 5 readings, which are all relevant to the unit and to Assessment 3.

Step 1 - read the article prior to that week's in-class test.

Step 2 - prepare for the test, by making notes from the article, along the lines of the requirements for an annotated bibliography (including full reference, research objective, literature and theory used, research question, method, findings and conclusions).

Step 3 - complete the test in-class during the lecture timeslot.

Refer to the assessment task for more details.


Assessment Due Date

in class tests in Week 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7


Return Date to Students

Grades will be available on the day after the test is completed.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

see Moodle


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
in-class test

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Critically assess the role and functions of HRM for strategic integration and achieving organisational objectives
  • Analyse contemporary issues in managing human resources within the context of current professional and academic literature
  • Identify and evaluate human resource management strategies and practices to plan, attract, recruit, develop, motivate and reward employees and respond to internal and external changes
  • Develop a critical understanding of contemporary human resources issues including ethical issues.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 3: Report

Task Description

Length: 2500 words

Weight: 45%

Due: Wednesday 10 February 2021 @ 11.45 p.m. AEST (Week 12)

Task: This assessment requires you to write a report on "Managing human resources in the post-COVID-19 context" in one of the sectors given below..

  • health sector
  • retail sector
  • hospitality sector

Your report should refer to at least ten (10) relevant peer reviewed journal articles and the textbook (i.e. Nankervis et al., 2019). You may include the five articles used in Assessment 2.

You can cite other academic references such as books, conference papers, and book chapters, however these will NOT be counted as part of the 10 peer-reviewed journal articles mentioned above.

Note: Refer to the Assessment Task Description and Marking Rubric available in the unit Moodle site prior to commencing this task.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Wednesday (10 Feb 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Assessments will be returned following certification of grades.


Weighting
45%

Assessment Criteria

Your report will be assessed on the extent to which it meets each of the following criteria:

  • Knowledge of HRM literature and concepts  - 35%,
  • Argument applying literature to your chosen sector - 35%,
  • Organisation, structure and referencing -  15%,
  • Presentation and writing quality - 15%

Penalty for late submission without approval if applicable [(-5% per day × 45 marks = -2.25 marks/day].

Important: Plagiarism will be reported to the Academic Services Centre of the University and may result in a “zero” mark.



Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Critically assess the role and functions of HRM for strategic integration and achieving organisational objectives
  • Analyse contemporary issues in managing human resources within the context of current professional and academic literature
  • Identify and evaluate human resource management strategies and practices to plan, attract, recruit, develop, motivate and reward employees and respond to internal and external changes
  • Develop a critical understanding of contemporary human resources issues including ethical issues.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

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