Course Title: Contemporary Issues in Strategic Human Resource Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contemporary Issues in Strategic Human Resource Management

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr. Alan Montague

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5653

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 80.08.46

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course reviews and applies theoretical perspectives on strategic human resource management (SHRM) and provides the intellectual and practical tools for students to evaluate various approaches to the conception, planning, implementation, and evaluation of strategic policy and practice in the key functional areas of HRM. 
This course provides you with a capstone experience, which will give you the opportunity to integrate, critically reflect on and consolidate what you have learnt in your program.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in analysing theoretical and applied perspectives of strategic HRM
  2. Evaluate the relationship between strategic human resource management and strategic business planning processes and their implications organisational success
  3. Apply strategic human resource principles and models to assess people management problems and suggest possible solutions
  4. Research the issues underpinning emerging HR strategies, their implementation and the outcomes experienced within the organisation and the wider environment.
  5. Recognise the legal, social and humane elements of managing employees
  6. Communicate knowledge of HRM in both written and verbal formats to a range of audiences

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be required to engage with a range of relevant topics by actively participating in lectures, tutorials, seminars and class discussions. You will be expected to apply the theories and frameworks introduced in class to cases and situations discussed in class. You are also encouraged to undertake these learning activities in order to help you achieve the learning outcomes as specified above.

Overview of Learning Resources

In addition to the recommended texts you will be expected to access the academic and professional journals available through the RMIT library. A list of recommended journals and texts will be provided.

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 listed below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task 1: 30%

Assessment Task 2: 30%

Assessment Task 3: 40%

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.