CQUniversity Unit Profile
HRMT20026 Strategic Human Resource Management
Strategic Human Resource Management
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General Information

Overview

Strategic Human Resource Management seeks to ensure that HRM activity is clearly linked to business goals and that it is accountable for its services. This unit also intends to bridge theory and practice in HRM to create a vehicle for adding value to an organisation. The need for sustained competitive advantage has made the strategic management of HRM increasingly important for business success as it focuses on linking all HRM activities with an organisation's business objectives. In this unit you will cover topics such as linking strategy and HRM, managing HRM activity to meet business goals and managing people in both global and domestic business contexts. You will also examine the role of the human resource management professional in the strategy development and implementation process. You will explore a range of concepts, theories and models which aim to integrate the various functional areas of human resource management with business strategy are examined. If you have successfully completed the unit HRMT20008 you should not enrol in this unit.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: HRMT20024 Managing Human Resources

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 1 - 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. In-class Test(s)
Weighting: 25%
2. Group Work
Weighting: 35%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%

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 Student evaluation survey

Feedback

The case study enhances practical knowledge of which HR strategies should be implemented in organisations and how. The case study exposes students to real world challenges and problems in organisations.

Recommendation

Retain case studies for use in assessment tasks and class activities.

Feedback from Student evaluation survey and personal reflections

Feedback

Online quizzes are not effective for assessment.

Recommendation

Change the assessment structure of the unit to remove the online quizzes, and replace them with more authentic assessment techniques.

Feedback from Personal reflections

Feedback

Game-based learning techniques are an effective way of engaging students in teaching the content of this unit.

Recommendation

Incorporate more game-based learning activities in tutorial activities.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse the role of strategy and human resource management within a contemporary organisational framework
  2. Assess an organisation's current business strategies and objectives and identify strategic HRM issues
  3. Develop and incorporate appropriate individual and organisational human resource management strategies within an organisational context
  4. Interpret and construct detailed, practical recommendations supported by relevant academic literature on HRM in response to changing business strategy in organisations
  5. Interpret the role of human resources in developing an organisation's competitive advantage and sustainable performance.
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 5
1 - In-class Test(s) - 25%
2 - Group Work - 35%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 - In-class Test(s) - 25%
2 - Group Work - 35%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Strategic Human Resource Management Second (2018)

Authors: Catherine Bailey, David Mankin, Clare Kelliher, and Thomas Garavan
Oxford University Press
Oxford Oxford , United Kingdom
ISBN: 9780198705406
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

Copies are available for purchase at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Zoom capacity (webcam and microphone) will be required for online students
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA 6th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Geoffrey Chapman Unit Coordinator
g.chapman@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

The global context of strategic human resource management

Chapter

Chapter 1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

The changing context for strategic human resource management

Chapter

Chapter 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

The strategic role of the human resource function

Chapter

Chapter 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

In-class Test 1 for on campus students

Online Quiz 1 for online students Closes on Sunday 29/03/20 at 11:55pm (AEST).

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Human resource strategy

Chapter

Chapter 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

The foundations of strategic human resource management

Chapter

Chapter 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

In-class Test 2 for on campus students

Online Quiz 2 for online students Closes on Sunday 12/04/20 at 11:55pm (AEST).

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Resource-based and institutional perspectives on strategic human resource management

Chapter

Chapter 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2 Presentations due in class for on campus students.

Assessment 2 Presentations due via Zoom for online students.

Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Strategic human resource management and performance

Chapter

Chapter 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

In-class Test 3 for on campus students

Online Quiz 3 for online students Closes on Sunday 03/05/20 at 11:55pm (AEST).

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

Strategic  human resource development

Chapter

Chapter 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

Strategic human resource management and employment relations

Chapter

Chapter 11

Events and Submissions/Topic

In-class Test 4 for on campus students

Online Quiz 4 for online students Closes on Sunday 17/05/20 at 11:55pm (AEST).

Week 10 Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

Strategic human resource management and employee engagement

Chapter

Chapter 12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

Strategic human resource management and change management

Chapter

Chapter 15

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

New forms of strategic human resource management

Chapter

Chapter 16

Events and Submissions/Topic

In-class Test 5 for on campus students

Online Quiz 5 for online students Closes on Sunday 07/06/20 at 11:55pm (AEST).


Individual Case Study Report Due: Week 12 Friday (5 June 2020) 11:55 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 In-class Test(s)

Assessment Title
In-Class Tests

Task Description

Throughout the term, you will complete 5 in-class tests that will assess your understanding of the concepts and theories discussed in the unit.

Each test will last for 20 minutes, and will be comprised of 4 short-answer questions (you should spend about 5 minutes answering each question). Your answers typically will only need to be 2-3 sentences long. All questions will be based on information in the lecture slides and prescribed textbook.

Each test will be marked out of 20 (5 marks per question). Your four highest scores in the five tests will be added together and converted to a mark out of 25.

Online students will complete the tests via Moodle.


Assessment Due Date

Tests will be completed in class (via Moodle for Online students) in weeks 3, 5, 7, 9, and 12.


Return Date to Students

Results for each test will be available in the following week.


Weighting
25%

Assessment Criteria

Students will be assessed on the accuracy and relevance of their answers.

Each short-answer question will be marked out of 5, with high quality, accurate answers scoring 4-5, partial answers with some inconsistencies scoring 2-3, and answers that are largely irrelevant or incorrect scoring 0-1.

Relevance and accuracy will be determined on the basis of information provided in the prescribed textbook and lecture slides.


Referencing Style

Submission

No submission method provided.


Submission Instructions
Tests will be completed in class (via Moodle for Online students) in weeks 3, 5, 7, 9, and 12.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Critically analyse the role of strategy and human resource management within a contemporary organisational framework
  • Assess an organisation's current business strategies and objectives and identify strategic HRM issues


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management

2 Group Work

Assessment Title
Group Presentation and Report

Task Description

Early in the term, your group will be assigned an organisation to research. Some information about the organisation will be provided to you, but you will also be required to conduct your own independent research into the organisation. Your group will take on the role of a team of Human Resource Management (HRM) consultants, and will be tasked with delivering a ‘pitch’ to the executive board of the company in an effort to convince them to hire your firm to assist with developing their HRM strategy.

Your pitch should be concise (a maximum of 10 minutes) but needs to demonstrate a good awareness of the company’s background and their current situation. In addition, your pitch will need to make some well-justified recommendations for specific HRM strategies that your firm will implement should they hire you.

Following the delivery of your pitch, your group will need to submit a short executive report (1000 words) that provides the rationale and justification of your proposed strategies. This document needs to demonstrate the in-depth understanding of the company that your group has developed, as well as clear support from a variety of scholarly sources.


Assessment Due Date

Presentation: Week 6, In class (via Zoom for Online students) Executive Report: Monday 27 April, 11:55PM AEST (Week 7)


Return Date to Students

Week 9 Monday (11 May 2020)

Marks and feedback will be returned within 2 university weeks from the date of submission.


Weighting
35%

Assessment Criteria

PRESENTATION:

1. Professionalism - Demonstrates an appropriate level of professionalism throughout the presentation - 20%

2. Content - Provides an accurate account of company details, and suggests effective and appropriate strategic HRM strategies - 20%

EXECUTIVE REPORT:

3. Analysis - Demonstrates the ability to engage in critical analysis in the context of contemporary strategic HR practices - 20%

4. Recommendations - Provides effective strategies and demonstrates justification for the recommended strategies - 20%

5. Research - Demonstration of additional research beyond the course material and textbook, including use of recent and relevant peer reviewed academic journal articles (minimum of 10) - 10%

6. Presentation - Overall presentation of the document, including referencing style, formatting, layout and grammar - 10%


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline Online Group

Submission Instructions
Presentation: Week 6, In class (via Zoom for Online students) Executive Report: Submit via Moodle - Monday 27 April, 11:55PM AEST (Week 7)

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Critically analyse the role of strategy and human resource management within a contemporary organisational framework
  • Develop and incorporate appropriate individual and organisational human resource management strategies within an organisational context
  • Interpret and construct detailed, practical recommendations supported by relevant academic literature on HRM in response to changing business strategy in organisations
  • Interpret the role of human resources in developing an organisation's competitive advantage and sustainable performance.


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

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Individual Case Study Report

Task Description

You will review the specified case study provided in the prescribed textbook. The case will outline how a specific HR strategies have been adopted by the company, and what the outcome has been. Your report will address the points shown in the assessment instructions on the Moodle site. You will be expected to demonstrate significant independent research in the preparation of your case study report.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (5 June 2020) 11:55 pm AEST

Submit via Moodle


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (19 June 2020)

Results will be returned to students on the confirmation of grades date as per university policy.


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

1. Knowledge - Demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of HR strategies and management concepts - 20%

2. Application - Demonstrates the application of strategic HR concepts to the case, and develops a convincing argument through the use of supporting evidence - 20%

3. Analysis - Demonstrates the ability to critically analyse the case in the context of contemporary strategic HR practices - 20%

4. Recommendations - Demonstrates consideration of the implementation steps required for the recommended strategies - 20%

5. Research - Demonstration of additional research beyond the course material and textbook, including use of recent and relevant peer reviewed academic journal articles (minimum of 15) - 10%

6. Presentation - Overall presentation of the document, including referencing style, formatting, layout and grammar - 10%


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit via Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Assess an organisation's current business strategies and objectives and identify strategic HRM issues
  • Develop and incorporate appropriate individual and organisational human resource management strategies within an organisational context
  • Interpret and construct detailed, practical recommendations supported by relevant academic literature on HRM in response to changing business strategy in organisations
  • Interpret the role of human resources in developing an organisation's competitive advantage and sustainable performance.


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

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.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?