Course Title: Human Resource Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human Resource Management

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017


Singapore Inst of Management


630H Management


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


Hong Kong Management Associatn


630H Management


Offsh 1 11,
Offsh4 12


RMIT University Vietnam


630H Management


Viet2 2011,
Viet3 2011,
Viet1 2012,
Viet2 2012,
Viet3 2012,
Viet1 2013,
Viet2 2013,
Viet3 2013,
Viet1 2014,
Viet3 2014,
Viet1 2015,
Viet2 2015,
Viet1 2016,
Viet2 2016,
Viet3 2016


Universitas Pelita Harapan


630H Management


Offsh3 15,
Offsh3 16

Course Coordinator: Dr Michael Muchiri

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1603

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 80, Level 9, Room 31

Course Coordinator Availability: by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides you with an overview of Human Resource Management (HRM) principles and strategies in the management of organisations. You will be introduced to various HR functions that will provide you with an understanding of the various roles, particularly the strategic role of HRM in organisations. The course introduces you to various HRM theories and models that explain the nature and significance of key HRM practices and HRM outcomes in organisations. This course explores the importance of managing human resources effectively in both increasingly competitive environments and in the international context.
Key topics covered include: Strategic Human Resource Management; Organisational Culture and Human Resource Management; Human Resource Planning in a Changing Environment; Work Design Challenges; Talent Attraction and Selection; Talent Retention and Development; Management of Performance; Strategic Reward Management; Industrial Relations and Employee Involvement and Participation; Managing Workplace Health and Safety; and, International HRM.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  1. Critically evaluate and apply theories and models of HRM that explain the nature and significance of key HRM practices and HRM outcomes as they relate to diverse organisational contexts.
  2. Critically analyse and apply the emerging strategic role that HRM plays in a changing business environment and workplace to maintain current policies and procedures
  3. Analyse and align HR systems and processes to leadership strategies and objectives in contemporary organisations to promote best practice in HR performance.
  4. Identify and evaluate key organisational approaches to improving HR outcomes for both the organisation and its employees
  5. Critically analyse employee-employer issues using relevant ethical and legal processes and approaches to solve problems.

Overview of Learning Activities

You are expected to attend classes, read assigned material and participate in class activities. Writing assignments will give you an opportunity to develop critical thinking skills. Learning is an active process. To achieve success in this course you should undertake reading and study outside of class time.
In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

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 tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 10%
Linked CLOs: 1, 4, 5

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

Final Examination: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 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.