HRMT20024 - Managing Human Resources
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Organisations are facing a crisis in productivity and global business competition which is threatening their very existence in the market. Coupled with this challenge is the demand that organisations deliver an increased quality of work life to employees and comply with an intricate and complex set of laws, regulations and court decisions. This unit provides an introduction to human resource management (HRM), and to frameworks explaining the core functions of HRM such as planning, recruitment, development, reward and motivating employees . You will examine how human resources functions or techniques help an organisation to perform efficiently and effectively and assist organisations to achieve competitive advantage, organisational objectives, strategies and long-term economic survival. Finally, the unit encourages you to think about what HRM means based on different natures of work, organisation sizes, industry sectors and in different cultural contexts and to consider what constitutes ethical human resource management. If you have successfully completed the unit HRMT20007 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

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
Detailed feedback for written assessments Students course survey, in person communciation Detailed feedback will be provided for written assessments.
More examples/ case studies in each topics for better understanding of the application of the theories Students course survey Due dates for online quizzes and Assignment 2/ 3 will be scheduled in separate weeks.
Online Quizzes and Assignment 2/ 3 due dates should not be in the same week. Students course survey, in person communciation Learning materials will include practical examples, industry specific HR management information, video case studies and other learning materials generated from the professional associations.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. critically assess the role of HRM in achieving organisational objectives
  2. analyse and describe the management of HRM functions for strategic integration to maximise organisational effectiveness
  3. apply contemporary issues in managing human resources within the context of current professional and academic literature
  4. identify and interpret key activities and techniques of human resource management to plan, attract, recruit, develop, motivate and reward employees and respond to changes from the industrial relations framework and employment law
  5. develop critical understanding of contemporary human resources issues and evaluate future trends in HRM.

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

Human Resource Management: Strategy, People, Performance
Author/s: Robin Kramar, Timothy Bartram , Helen De Cieri, Raymond Noe, John Hollenbeck, Barry Gerhart, Patrick Wright Year: 2014
Edition: 5th Publisher: McGraw Hill Education
City: North Ryde State: NSW
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

Students: How to purchase and download your McGraw-Hill eBook

1.) Download Vitalsource Bookshelf ON YOUR LAPTOP OR DESKTOP FIRST from https://support.vitalsource.com/hc/en-us if you don’t already have it on your computer.

You may access your eBook on a tablet or your smartphone but only AFTER you have downloaded bookshelf and the eBook onto your desktop or laptop.

2.) To purchase your eBook open the link given to you by your lecturer: https://create.mheducation.com/shop/#/catalog/details/?isbn=9781308447520

Click on the orange box ‘Add to cart’

- If you don’t have a McGraw-Hill account under ‘Do you have an Account?’ click ‘Register Now’

- Under Create Account enter your details including your email address and create your own password (make a note of this) and fill in all other fields.

*NOTE: Please ensure that you use the same username (email address) and password in both Vitalsource AND eBookstore accounts! If they are not exactly the same you will not be able to download the eBook.

2.a.) Check Out Once you have selected your eBook and are now at the Shopping Cart click on ‘check out’.

Please note that the price WILL BE IN US DOLLARS. This is because the site is American (just like Amazon.com), however, you are simply being charged the Australian price given to you by your lecturer that has been converted.

- Enter Billing Info to purchase with a Credit Card

3.) Downloading your eBook:

Click download to your computer (you can view online as soon as you have downloaded)

Click ‘Download’, if “You do not have a license” appears in a box, click ‘Update’

Wait for your eBook to download (this may take some time)

4.) Your eBook list appears - Once book has downloaded it is available for viewing!

For instructions on how to view online, share notes, highlight text, install the app on your iPhone or tablet, and go to: http://support.vitalsource.com/

If you have any problems, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Care Centre at www.mhhe.com/support

****Paper copies are still available, if preferred, and can be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop here.****

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 CoordinatorLinda Colley (l.colley@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

What is Human Resource Management?

Chapter 1

Week 2 13-03-2017

Strategic Human Resource Management

Chapter 2

Week 3 20-03-2017

HR Planning

Chapter 7

Week 4 27-03-2017

Ethical and Legal contexts of HRM

Chapters 3, 4 and 15

Quiz 1

Week 5 03-04-2017

Industrial challenges for HRM

Chapter 5

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

Diversity and Work-Life Balance

Chapter 9

Quiz 2

Assessment Task 2: Report on Employment Relations Due Monday (17 Apr 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Analysis and Design of Work

Chapter 6

Week 8 01-05-2017

Employee Recruitment and Selection

Chapter 8

Quiz 3

Week 9 08-05-2017

Performance Management

Chapter 10

Week 10 15-05-2017

Human Resource Development

Chapters 11 and 12

Quiz 4

Week 11 22-05-2017

Motivation, rewards and compensation

Chapters 13 & 14

Week 12 29-05-2017

Contemporary Issues in HRM

Chapter 18

Assessment Task 3: Report on recruitment in an industry/organisation Due Monday (29 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

No exam for this course

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz(zes)
Task Description
  • There will be 4 online quizzes
  • Each quiz will have 20 MCQs worth .25 marks for each question.
  • Students will have only one attempt to submit answers
  • There will be only one correct answer to each question. Only the correct answer will attract marks.
  • There is no time limit on quizzes. Online quizzes will close on Sunday evening at 5.00 pm AEST of the quiz week.
  • Students must complete the quizzes by the above quiz closing time. The system prevents attempts to complete the quiz after the closing time. Failure to complete the quiz by the closing time will result in a zero (0) score. There are no extensions to quizzes. There are no alternatives to quizzes.
  • Students are advised not to flag any MCQs while attempting quizzes as flagged MCQs cannot be retrieved to submit.

Quiz questions will be drawn from book chapters and learning materials only. A distinct quiz button is placed in Moodle site

  • Week 4 quiz will cover Module 2 & 3 learning materials, and textbook chapters.
  • Week 6 quiz will cover Module 4 & 5 learning materials, textbook chapters
  • Week 8 quiz will cover Module 6 & 7 learning materials, textbook chapters
  • Week 10 quiz will cover Module 8 & 9 learning materials, textbook chapters
Number of Quizzes 4
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date This assessment requires four submissions during the term. Submissions must be made via Moodle in weeks 4, 6, 8 and 10.
Return Date to Students Marks and answers to Quiz questions will be made available after the last day of participation.
Weighting 20%
Submission Online

via the online submission system in Moodle

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

1. critically assess the role of HRM in achieving organisational objectives

4. identify and interpret key activities and techniques of human resource management to plan, attract, recruit, develop, motivate and reward employees and respond to changes from the industrial relations framework and employment law

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 Assessment Task 2: Report on Employment Relations
Task Description

Case Study: The assessment item is based on the case study titled Constructive Relations at Top Trucking Company (Pages 169-170 of the textbook):

Based on this case study, write a business report that answers all the three questions:

1. How do the new workplace practices introduced by the new yard manager complement one another?

2. What are the risks to sustaining these changes if George or the yard manager moves on?

3. Do you think tough blue collar unions like the Transport Workers Union are more of less likely to engage in workplace changes like these than public or service sector unions? Why? How would you find out if you are right?

All answers must be written with supporting academic references, including at least 10 peer reviewed journal articles. Please see the Moodle unit website for more details.

Length: 1750 words ± 10% (including executive summary, introduction, heading and subheadings, recommendations and conclusion but excluding title page and reference list)

Weighting: 35%

Reference Style: APA Style https://www.cqu.edu.au/?a=14033

Document type: MS Word document (doc and docx only). Other types are not acceptable. Documents that cannot go through Turnitin or cannot be opened will not be marked.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Monday (17-Apr-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Monday (08-May-2017)
This is an estimated date only. Assignments will be returned after the marking and moderation processes are completed. Sometimes there might be a delay pending contingencies. Also, late submissions will result in significant delays in returning your assignments.
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria

Your report will be assessed on the extent to which it meets each of the following criteria:
  • Research and use of critical academic resources (10 Marks)
  • Analysis of the case and response to questions/task (10 Marks)
  • Integration of research with the case (10 Marks)
  • Presentation: referencing, organisation, structure, communication (5 Marks)

Penalty for late submission without approval if applicable [(-5%× 35)/day = -1.75 marks/day]

Important: Plagiarism will result in a “zero” score and will be reported to the Academic Services Centre of the University.

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 assess the role of HRM in achieving organisational objectives

2. analyse and describe the management of HRM functions for strategic integration to maximise organisational effectiveness

3. apply contemporary issues in managing human resources within the context of current professional and academic literature

4. identify and interpret key activities and techniques of human resource management to plan, attract, recruit, develop, motivate and reward employees and respond to changes from the industrial relations framework and employment law

5. develop critical understanding of contemporary human resources issues and evaluate future trends in HRM.

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 Assessment Task 3: Report on recruitment in an industry/organisation
Task Description

Due Date: Week 12, Monday 29 May 2017, 5pm

Length: 2000 words ± 10% (excluding title page and reference list)

Weighting: 45%

Reference Style: APA Style https://www.cqu.edu.au/?a=14033

Document type: MS Word document (doc and docx only).

Description:

Select an organisation or industry as the case study for your report. Identify some of the key challenges for recruiting the workforce for this organisation/industry, and recommend strategies to address these challenges. Your report should make reference to factors such as labour supply/demand, organisational image, demographic issues (such as an ageing workforce, generations, diversity etc), as well as recruitment strategies such as employer branding and types of advertising.

Please see the Moodle site for more details.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Monday (29-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Assignments will be returned after the marking and moderation processes are completed.
Weighting 45%
Assessment Criteria

Your report will be assessed on the extent to which it meets each of the following criteria:

  • Research and use of critical academic resources (10 Marks)
  • Analysis of the case and response to questions/task (15 Marks)
  • Integration of research with the case (10 Marks)
  • Presentation: referencing, organisation, structure, communication (10 Marks)

Penalty for late submission without approval if applicable [(-5%× 45)/day = -2.25 marks/day]

Important: Plagiarism will result in a “zero” score and will be reported to the Academic Services Centre of the University.

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 assess the role of HRM in achieving organisational objectives

2. analyse and describe the management of HRM functions for strategic integration to maximise organisational effectiveness

3. apply contemporary issues in managing human resources within the context of current professional and academic literature

4. identify and interpret key activities and techniques of human resource management to plan, attract, recruit, develop, motivate and reward employees and respond to changes from the industrial relations framework and employment law

5. develop critical understanding of contemporary human resources issues and evaluate future trends in HRM.

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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