HRMT20026 - Strategic Human Resource Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2023

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50.86% response rate.

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.

Source: Student evaluation survey
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.
Retain case studies for use in assessment tasks and class activities.
Action Taken
Case studies were retained for class activities and assessment tasks.
Source: Student evaluation survey and personal reflections
Online quizzes are not effective for assessment.
Change the assessment structure of the unit to remove the online quizzes, and replace them with more authentic assessment techniques.
Action Taken
The online quizzes were replaced with in-class tests, however, the in-class tests had to be reverted back to online quizzes when face-to-face delivery was suspended due to COVID-19.
Source: Personal reflections
Game-based learning techniques are an effective way of engaging students in teaching the content of this unit.
Incorporate more game-based learning activities in tutorial activities.
Action Taken
Game-based learning activities were modified for online delivery and used across all campuses. Student feedback indicated that these activities were useful in keeping students engaged in the online classroom environment.
Source: Student feedback
Online game-based learning activities were effective at maintaining student engagement
Implement such activities across other units (as this unit will no longer be offered).
Action Taken
Source: Personal reflection
Online tests are not effective at accurately assessing student learning and knowledge
Establish alternative forms of assessment suitable for online delivery in other units.
Action Taken
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Group Work
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
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
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Group Work
3 - Written Assessment