Course Title: Human Resource Development for Educators

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human Resource Development for Educators

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2008


City Campus


360H Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012

Course Coordinator: Josephine Ng

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 4633

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City Campus

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Bachelor degree

Course Description

Human Resource Development for Educators focuses on the development of knowledge and related practices, which will enable you to foster the more effective contribution of people to an organization. You will examine key concepts, functions and the relationships of human resource development, human resource management and the broader strategic directions of the organisation. After completing this course, you will have an understanding of current policy, organization patterns and management strategies to improve the level of participation and effectiveness of staff within the organization. The course aims to provide a perspective of critical awareness from which to build strategies for maximizing the potential for the development of human resource knowledge within organisations and the capacity of individual staff members.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will develop your capabilities in critically interrogating and interpreting practices of human resource development in terms of theory and evaluate critical factors in achieving effective human resource planning and development in educational and a variety of environmental settings. Additionally, you will enhance your understanding of knowledge management and different adult learning principles.

At the end of the course you will be able to:

1. Identify and understand the concepts and functions of human resource development and its different training needs
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between human resource development, human resource management and the broader strategic directions of the organization
3. Understand human development/human resource planning/ strategic human resource development and the knowledge that underpins these processes

Overview of Learning Activities

This subject uses a variety of learning activities including case analyses, lectures, classroom and online discussions of both theory and practical application. Active participation in class and online sessions is essential to your learning. Human Resource Development lends itself to discussion of relevant professional experience as well as theoretical studies, textbooks, and scholarly academic journals. 

This course aims to strike a balance between structured classes and facilitated online activities with the expectation that you will actively take responsibility for your own learning especially by independent research, wide reading, analysis and evaluation.
You will be expected to read widely and to critically analyse the literature and conceptual frameworks. Knowledge of human resource development will be gained through the use of lectures, relevant videos, activities, case studies and shared experiences from other students.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course materials will be available via myRMIT Studies and further resources will be available at the beginning of the course. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks include case study analysis and written essay designed for you to demonstrate your understanding of the key concepts and practices of human resource development.

An equivalent of 8,000 words to be submitted at the conclusion of the study. Assessment tasks may include participation in online discussion boards, case study analysis, reflective journal or a literature review.Assessments tasks will be detailed at the beginning of the course at the time of course delivery.