HRMT20030 - Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Students will identify and explore the contemporary issues effecting human resource management practice and the impact they are having, and potentially could have, on an organisation's ability to effectively and strategically attract, recruit, retain and manage its human resources in an increasingly dynamic and global environment. The unit critically links human resource management theory and its practical application to contemporary HRM issues. If you have previously successfully completed the unit HRMT20023 Contemporary Studies in Human Resource Management you are not required to undertake this unit.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile

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. Written Assessment 35%
2. In-class Test(s) 15%
3. Presentation 15%
4. Group Work 35%

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

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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 survey
Studying the recent issues related to human resources was very interesting and helpful.
Continue the incorporate contemporary themes and real-world examples in assessments and class discussions.
Action Taken
Source: Student survey
Class assessments and presentation marking should be carried out by the lecturer, not the unit coordinator.
Continue to allocate presentation marking to on-campus lecturers. Whenever possible, allocate marking of other assessments also to respective lecturers. However, due to low enrollments in this unit, this may not be feasible always.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. identify key contemporary issues throughout the employment cycle and evaluate those which could affect HRM effectiveness;
  2. evaluate the implications of the main contemporary HR issues for their potential to impact on the effective strategic management of an organisation;
  3. reference and critically assess current theory and practice and use this research to propose ways to address issues of contemporary relevance to HRM;
  4. compare and evaluate approaches which could be used to innovatively and effectively address contemporary HR issues; and
  5. prepare professional reports and make presentations to initiate and support the implementation of initiatives dealing with contemporary HR issues.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - Presentation
4 - Group Work
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - Presentation
4 - Group Work