Course Title: Human Resource Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human Resource Development

Credit Points: 12.00


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,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019


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,
Offsh1 16,
Offsh2 16,
Offsh3 16,
Offsh1 17,
Offsh3 17,
Offsh1 18,
Offsh3 18,
Offsh1 19

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.  You will learn about contemporary adult learning and HRD theories.  You will learn how to integrate this knowledge when undertaking the analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of effective HRD interventions in organisations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

CLO1: Differentiate between human resource development (HRD) and other human resource management functions.

CLO2: Explain and apply significant concepts and theories underpinning HRD.

CLO3: Develop skills in identifying HRD needs and in designing, implementing and evaluating HRD programs.

CLO4: Explain the strategic importance of HRD in the success of organisations within the context of social and environmental pressure.

CLO5: Critically analyse and evaluate contemporary HRD practices.

CLO6:  Effectively communicate practical and innovative strategies in relation to career development and professional practice

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will provide a lecture / tutor - facilitated learning environment. Learning activities are designed to assist you to understand the key topics that will be covered in the course, as outlined in the course learning objectives and outcomes. For example, case studies which provide practical examples of application of theory will be analysed by small groups with the aim of providing for transfer of theoretical learning to the workplace context, as well as giving you the chance to compare and learn from each other’s workplace-based experiences. Video, audio and media resources as well as experiences from industry experts will also be utilised throughout the course to provide you diverse learning experiences. You are expected to undertake independent research and apply information gained through that independent reading both during in-class discussions and throughout assessment tasks. You are also expected to work effectively in teams through various in-class discussions, exercises and assessments tasks. 

Overview of Learning Resources

There is no prescribed text for this course.

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT / Canvas.The learning resources include: lecture slides; essential reading and additional reading materials that are drawn from a wide range of sources (journal articles, books, industry reports, professional magazines, among others). Relevant video (e.g. from Youtube) and audio resources (e.g. podcast) are also provided whenever appropriate. 

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.


Overview of Assessment

The course uses a range of assessment tasks to comprehensively assess  your knowledge and skills in understanding and applying HRD theories and practices. The assessment tasks include both individual task that is aimed at assessing your ability to independently research, conceptualize and formulate critical issues in HRD, as well as group task that assesses students’ ability to work effectively with others in designing HRD practices and in communicating it to the wide audience. The final exam is intended to assess your ability in integrating the concepts acquired throughout the course and applying them in real life. 


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

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