Course Title: Professional Practice in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Practice in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Professor Joanna Macneil

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7270

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B080 F09 R061

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

A professional or manager working in human resource management (HRM) and related areas must understand how theory can help to explain and predict complex ‘real-world’ phenomena. Only with this understanding is it possible to propose a strong, evidence-based argument for a particular initiative or solution to people and organisation challenges, particularly in the face of plural, often conflicting interests. Drawing on foundation knowledge and skills acquired in earlier courses in the People and Organisation major, this capstone course will further develop your capabilities, and prepare you for professional employment.

Course Description

This course provides you with a capstone experience, which will give you the opportunity to integrate, critically reflect on and consolidate the learning from your Human Resource Management program. The purpose of the course is to incorporate human resource and employment relation theory and practice. It adopts a holistic approach to integrating theory and practice in an innovative method of hypothesising about what the future of human resource management will look like. The development of research, critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills are accentuated to examine and discuss future trends in managing people. You will have the opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills acquired from other HRM courses throughout the program and to review and evaluate current issues facing organisations, management and labour. This course will help shape an appreciation of the complexities and contemporary challenges employees and managers face as they strive to function in the changing environment and the interrelationships between work and society. The course maximises peer to peer collaborative learning, reflecting the increased importance of team approaches to managing and resolving real people management challenges.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

CLO1: Identify, evaluate and discuss critical aspects and characteristics of the changing nature of work in ever-changing local and global contexts.

CLO2: analyse past and present work patterns and their relevance to contemporary organisations of work, employment and the implications for management and labour.

CLO3: identify, evaluate and develop ethical, inclusive, socially and culturally responsible solutions to emerging employment relations and human resource challenges.

CLO4: apply management theories and practices that foster adaptability and intellectual agility within organisations and human resource management practices.

CLO5: effectively communicate practical and innovative solutions whilst being accountable, responsible and reflective concerning individual and team learning and professionally appropriate practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this program you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various learning activities. 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 Studies/Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. You have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.

Computers and printers are available at every Library. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. 

Contact: Ask the Library for assistance and information on Library resources and services: Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills.  Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and 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: 30%

Linked CLOs 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 2: 40%

Linked CLOs 3,4, 5

Assessment Task 3: 30%

Linked CLOs 1, 4, 5