HRMT20026 - Strategic Human Resource Management
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Strategic Human Resource Management seeks to ensure that HRM activity is clearly linked to business goals and that it is accountable for its services. This unit also intends to bridge theory and practice in HRM to create a vehicle for adding value to an organisation. The need for sustained competitive advantage has made the strategic management of HRM increasingly important for business success as it focuses on linking all HRM activities with an organisation's business objectives. Topics to be covered include linking strategy and HRM, managing HRM activity to meet business goals and managing people in both global and domestic business contexts. The unit also examines the role of the human resource management professional in the strategy development and implementation process. A range of concepts, theories and models which aim to integrate the various functional areas of human resource management with business strategy are examined. If you have successfully completed the unit HRMT20008 you should not enrol in this unit.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: HRMT20024 Managing Human Resources

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Distance
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Written Assessment 35%
3. Written Assessment 45%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Discussion is always the best time, because it shows you the difference between those who are paying attention and those who are not. Student evaluation Ensure that all students, whether they are on campus or enrolled in flex mode, have the opportunity to engage in discussion focused on the course content.
The resources which are provided didn't assist students in online quizzes that much Student evaluation Review online quiz questions to ensure that the material provided is relevant to the questions asked.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. critically analyse the role of strategy and human resource management within a contemporary organisational framework;
  2. assess an organisation's current business strategies and objectives and identify strategic HRM issues;
  3. develop and incorporate appropriate individual and organisational human resource management strategies within an organisational context;
  4. interpret and construct detailed, practical recommendations supported by relevant academic literature on HRM in response to changing business strategy in organisations; and
  5. interpret the role of human resources in developing an organisation's competitive advantage and sustainable performance.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)      
2 - Written Assessment  
3 - Written Assessment  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Knowledge
2. Communication  
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4. Research  
5. Self-management  
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility      
7. Leadership      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Quiz(zes)      
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment

Prescribed Textbooks

Strategic Human Resource Management
Author/s: Mello, Jeffrey A Year: 2015
Edition: 4th Edition Publisher: Cengage Learning
City: Melbourne State: VIC
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
Strategy and Human Resource Management
Author/s: Boxall, P and Purcell, J Year: 2011
Edition: 3rd Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
City: Basingstoke
Country: UK
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorGeoffrey Chapman (g.chapman@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction to HRM Strategy

Week 2 13-03-2017

Human Resource Management and Business Performance

Week 3 20-03-2017

Strategy and Process of Strategic Management

Online Quiz for Week 3 closes Friday 11.45pm AEST

Week 4 27-03-2017

Strategic HRM: 'Best Fit' or 'Best Practice'?

Week 5 03-04-2017

Strategic HRM and Sustained Competitive Advantage

Online Quiz for Week 5 closes Friday 11.45pm AEST

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Work Systems and the Changing Economics of Production

Week 7 24-04-2017

Managing Employee Voice

Written Assessment - Essay Due Monday (24 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017

Managing Individual Employment Relationships, Performance and Development

Week 9 08-05-2017

Linking HR Systems to Organisational Performance

Online Quiz for Week 9 closes Friday 11.45pm AEST

Week 10 15-05-2017

Humanh Resource Strategy and the Dynamics of Industry-Based Competition

Week 11 22-05-2017

Corporate Human Resource Strategy in the Global Economy

Online Quiz for Week 11 closes Friday 11.45pm AEST

Week 12 29-05-2017

Implications for the Strategic Management Process

Written Assessment - Report Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quizzes
Task Description

Assessment 1 - Online Quizzes

This assessment comprises of four (4) online quizzes, each worth five (5) marks, to comprise 20% of the total assessment.
Each test is based on chapters from the textbook. The quizzes can be accessed from the "Assessment block" or from the weekly schedule. Please click the FAQ link in Moodle to understand the quiz details, or contact your course co-ordinator, Geoff Chapman (g.chapman@cqu.edu.au).

The tests are available from 9am (AEST) on the first day of Week 3, and are available 24 hours a day. Please note that each test closes at 11.45pm (AEST) on the Friday of the week that the text is due.

Information relevant to the quizzes (such as which chapters are covered in each Quiz) will be provided on the Moodle website.

Number of Quizzes 4
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date On-line quizzes will be conducted in Weeks 3, 5, 9 and 11
Return Date to Students Result is shown on completion of the test
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Each test has 10 questions and each correct answer earns you 0.5 marks.

The test must be completed and the answer registered on the system within 20 minutes. Please time yourself carefully because going over time may result in a zero score.

While technological issues with these quizzes are rare, they can happen occasionally. Accordingly, please contact me if the test 'freezes', or doesn't record your answers. I will check to see what the system has recorded, and if warranted, I will reset the quiz for you so that you can attempt it again. Please note that running out of time and not submitting your answers before the time limit expires is not a valid reason for your quiz attempt to be reset. The system will register attempts that have exceeded the time limit.

It is impossible to reopen the quiz for you once the quiz has closed, so it's best to complete your attempt well before the cut-off time for the quiz. That way, if something genuinely does go wrong, I will be able to fix it for you. If you leave it until the Friday night, and there is an issue, I won't be able to reopen the quiz for you to attempt the quiz again.

Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. critically analyse the role of strategy and human resource management within a contemporary organisational framework;

2. assess an organisation's current business strategies and objectives and identify strategic HRM issues;

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment - Essay
Task Description

Assessment item 2 - Essay on Work Design Challenges

Length: 1500 words ±10% (excluding title page, reference list, appendices), presented in essay format

Reference Style: Author-Date Style (APA Referencing Style) only

Objectives

This assessment item relates to course learning outcomes numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5.

Purpose

The primary purpose of this assessment is to assist students develop skills in the use of HRM strategies, theories and models in the analysis of a typical business situation that has human resource consequences (e.g. work life balance, flexible working arrangements). The assignment requires you to analyse the current situation, identify and specify the business issues, and suggest a practical and probable HR solution. The secondary purpose of this assignment is to give students the opportunity to enhance their research, analysis, critical thinking and written communication skills; particularly in the areas of argument development and essay writing.

Description

Assessment task 2 requires the writing of an academic essay (1500 words). This essay should be an ‘argumentative/ academic essay’, and must therefore contain an argument that is used as the structuring element of the paper. The assignment is based on a case study that describes the impact of business scenario on managing human resources in organisational context. The purpose of the essay is to identify the roles of strategic HRM and other HRM challenges in managing human resources. Students are expected to engage in extensive research within the academic literature relating to strategic human resource management and other relevant areas (work life/ family balance, flexible work arrangements etc.).

Details

The assessment item is based on the case study provided on the Moodle site. Both the case study and the assignment requirements can be accessed through the course website (Moodle) under the Assessments tab. You should read, and carefully analyse, the case and respond to the issues presented in the case study within the context of an argumentative/academic essay. You are required to support your argument with appropriate theoretical discussion and references. The assignment should be a properly constructed academic essay. It should contain an effective introduction, discussion body and conclusion. The introduction should introduce the essay, thesis statement (main objective of the assignment) and include your argument. The main body of the assignment should present the evidence you have collected to support your arguments, and the conclusion should restate your arguments, summarise the evidence and make a conclusion regarding your arguments. The assignment should contain a coherent, but necessarily restricted review of the academic literature on the Strategic Human Resource Management topics in question. The literature review should be integrated into the assignment. A reference list formatted in the prescribed APA style is compulsory.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Monday (24-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
All assignments must be submitted through Moodle site.
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017)
Assignments will be returned after the marking and moderation processes are completed.
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria

Marking criteria for Essay on Work Design Challenges

Your essay will be assessed on the extent to which it meets the following criteria (detailed main and sub criteria are provided on the Moodle site):

  • A thorough knowledge and critical analysis of the HRM topics/ strategies expressed in a coherent format. Appropriateness of responses to the task requirements (20%)
  • Persuades the reader that the point of views developed in the answers are well supported by ideas and information drawn from academic literature and reflection. (20%)
  • Overall application of relevant theories, models and concepts to address the topics. An in-depth knowledge, application of the linkages to different approaches to Strategic HRM (20%)
  • Demonstrates an understanding, application of HR challenges, issues and practices associated with various directional strategies. (20%)
  • Demonstration of additional research beyond the course material and textbook including use of recent and relevant peer reviewed academic journal articles, academic references (minimum of eight (8)). (10%)
  • Presentation, including referencing, formatting, layout and grammar. (10%)
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Through Moodle site

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. critically analyse the role of strategy and human resource management within a contemporary organisational framework;

3. develop and incorporate appropriate individual and organisational human resource management strategies within an organisational context;

4. interpret and construct detailed, practical recommendations supported by relevant academic literature on HRM in response to changing business strategy in organisations; and

5. interpret the role of human resources in developing an organisation's competitive advantage and sustainable performance.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment - Report
Task Description

Assessment item 3 - Report on Performance Management

Length: 2000 words ±10% (excluding title page, executive summary, table of contents, reference list, appendices), presented in report format

Reference Style: Author-Date Style (APA Referencing Style) only

Objectives. This assessment item relates to course learning outcomes numbers 1 to 5.

Purpose. The primary purpose of this assessment task is to help students develop skills to apply HRM strategies within a contemporary organisational framework. The assignment also develops insights into implementation of performance management strategies and helps to understand the importance of those insights for the HR professionals, incorporate appropriate individual and organisational HRM strategies within an organisational context by way of analytical report and finally critically and analytically evaluate the relevance of new theories, design methods, HR laws and concepts within human resource management. The secondary purpose of this assignment is to give students the opportunity to develop research, analysis, self-management and problem identification skills, as well as skills in presenting an argument for performance management within the framework of a business report.

Description. Assessment task 3 requires the writing of a business report (2000 words). The report should be designed as a management document that can be used to implement recommended changes. It should include a comprehensive analysis of the current situation using HRM theory, performance management models, strategies and frameworks. The report should clearly explain the various options available and analyse the consequences of these. Students are expected to engage in extensive research within the academic literature relating to strategic human resource management, performance management, employee performances, employee feedback and other relevant theories, models and frameworks.

Details. The assessment item is based on the case study provided on the Moodle site for the course. Both the case study and the assignment requirements can be accessed through the course website (Moodle) under the assessments tab. You should read and carefully analyse the case and respond to the issues presented in the case study within the context of a professionally presented business report. You are required to support your argument with appropriate theoretical discussion and references. This assessment item involves researching your assigned topic to enhance your understanding of Human Resource Management (HRM) concepts, strategies and utilisation of academic literature. Whilst you should avoid using only textbooks, the prescribed textbook for the course should be cited in regard to broad human resource management principles. You will be expected to present information and evidence from, and cite, at least fifteen (15) relevant peer-reviewed, academic journal articles, academic references (minimum requirement). The quality and number of citations will demonstrate the breadth and depth of the literature used to answer the questions.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
All assignments must be submitted through Moodle site.
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
As this assessment task takes the place of an exam, assignments will be returned after the certification of grades.
Weighting 45%
Assessment Criteria

Your report will be assessed on the extent to which it meets the following criteria (detaiedl main and sub criteria are provided on the Moodle site):

  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of the problem(s) identified in the case study. Report demonstrates an understanding of HR strategies, performance management strategies and Management concepts. (20%)
  • Appropriateness of responses to the case study problem. Solving the problem, development of a convincing report, using supporting evidence; recommending practical and creative solutions to the HR problems. (20%)
  • Report demonstrates the application of strategic HR or Management concepts to solve the HR problems in the case. Implementation steps of recommended strategies mentioned in the report. (20%)
  • Demonstrates an understanding, application of HR challenges, issues and practices associated with various directional strategies. (20%)
  • Demonstration of additional research beyond the course material and textbook including use of recent and relevant peer reviewed academic journal articles, academic references (minimum of fifteen (15)). (10%)
  • Presentation, including referencing, formatting, layout and grammar. (10%)
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Through Moodle site

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. critically analyse the role of strategy and human resource management within a contemporary organisational framework;

3. develop and incorporate appropriate individual and organisational human resource management strategies within an organisational context;

4. interpret and construct detailed, practical recommendations supported by relevant academic literature on HRM in response to changing business strategy in organisations; and

5. interpret the role of human resources in developing an organisation's competitive advantage and sustainable performance.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership




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