Course Title: Human Resource Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human Resource Development

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017


Singapore Inst of Management


630H Management


Offsh 3 08,
Offsh 1 09,
Offsh 3 09,
Offsh 1 10,
Offsh 3 10,
Offsh 1 11,
Offsh 3 11,
Offsh1 12,
Offsh1 13,
Offsh3 13,
Offsh1 14,
Offsh3 14,
Offsh1 15,
Offsh3 15,
Offsh1 16,
Offsh2 16,
Offsh3 16,
Offsh1 17,
Offsh3 17,
Offsh1 18

Course Coordinator: Dr Lena Wang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1345

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: School of Management

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The aim of this course is to facilitate the learning of concepts and practices related to human resource development (HRD). The course will emphasise the role of HRD in operationalising corporate strategy and in the creation and management of organisational knowledge. Participants will learn about contemporary adult learning and HRD theories. Participants will learn how to integrate this knowledge when undertaking the analysis, design and development of effective HRD interventions in organisations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between human resource development and other human resource management functions.
  2. Critically analyse significant concepts and theories underpinning strategic Human Resource Development.
  3. Identify issues that should be considered during the design, delivery, implementation and evaluation of HRD programs.
  4. Explain the strategic importance of Human Resource Development and its contribution to organisational effectiveness, productivity and quality of work-life.
  5. Analyse and evaluate contemporary HRD policies and practices.
  6. Work collaboratively in teams

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will provide a lecturer-facilitated learning environment. A range of learning modes and activities will be utilised, with the aim of replicating as well as teaching about a broad range of adult learning preferences. Assessment tasks are designed to offer participants the opportunity to expand their knowledge and to consider the application of concepts and practices in the context of organisations they have experienced.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT /Blackboard. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task 1: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
Assessment Task 2: 30%
Linked CLOs: 4, 6
Assessment Task 3: 30%
Linked CLOs: 5, 6

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.