HRMT11011 - Human Resources in Organisations
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit introduces you to the study of Human Resources Management and its importance in the management of people within organisations. Throughout the unit, the importance of managing human resources effectively in both increasingly competitive environments and in the international context will be stressed. Areas of study to be covered include: the environment for HRM; Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action; Job Analysis; Human Resources Planning; Recruitment, Selection and Induction; Performance Appraisal; Human Resources Development; Compensation Management; Occupational Health and Safety; Termination of the Employment Relationship; Human Resources Research and International HRM. Contemporary issues in HRM will be briefly discussed during the term, as will other environmental forces likely to impact the field of HRM in the foreseeable future.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
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 2 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Bundaberg
  • Cairns
  • Distance
  • Gladstone
  • Mackay
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney
  • Townsville

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 Undergraduate 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
In Term 2, some students indicated a desire for more written feedback on their assessment items to explain the grade received. student evaluations The level of feedback was discussed with markers part-way through the term, and students seemed more satisfied with the level of feedback on assessment 2.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. provide a critical overview of the field of human resource management
  2. explain how the primary functions of HRM relate to each other and to the broader organisational strategy
  3. describe the roles and responsibilities of HR professionals
  4. discuss the emerging strategic role that HRM plays in 21st century organisations
  5. apply the concepts of HRM to problems confronting managers and organisations through practice exercises and case analysis
  6. analyse employee-employer problems using ethical and the relevant legal HRM concepts.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Online Quiz(zes)      
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice  

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment

Prescribed Textbooks

Managing Human Resources (e-book)
Author/s: Raymond J Stone Year: 2013
Edition: 4th Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Australia
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

The textbook will be essential for passing the assessment items. Students are strongly advised to purchase the e-book. E-Text with iStudy: 9781118689882

However, if paper books are preferred, they can be purchased at the Bookshop: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Zoom.us (client)
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 CoordinatorMaree Franettovich (M.Franettovich@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 10-07-2017

Strategic human resource management (HRM)

Chapter 1

Week 2 17-07-2017

HR Planning and Information Systems

Chapters 2 and 3

Week 3 24-07-2017

Human resource management and the law

Chapter 4

Quiz Week 3 closes Sunday 30 July 2017 11:45PM AEST

Week 4 31-07-2017

Job analysis, job design and quality of work life

Chapter 5

Quiz Week 4 closes Sunday 6 August 2017 11:45PM AEST

Week 5 07-08-2017

Recruiting human resources

Chapter 6

Academic Essay - Individual Due Monday (07 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Employee Selection

Chapter 7

Week 7 28-08-2017

Performance Management and Employee Remuneration

Chapters 8 and 11

Week 8 04-09-2017

Industrial Relations

Chapter 12

Week 9 11-09-2017

Human Resource Development and Managing Diversity

Chapters 9 and 14

Quiz Week 9 closes Sunday 17 September 2017 11:45PM AEST

Week 10 18-09-2017

Employee Health and Safety

Chapter 13

Quiz Week 10 closes Sunday 24 September 2017 11:45PM AEST

Week 11 25-09-2017

International HRM

Chapter 15
Week 12 02-10-2017

Assessing human resource management effectiveness

Chapter 16

Business Report - Individual Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

No exam for this Unit.

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quizzes
Task Description

Students are to complete four online quizzes. These will be conducted during Weeks 3, 4, 9 and 10 and are accessible through the Assessment Block in Moodle.

Online quizzes will close on Sunday evening at 11:45PM AEST in the respective weeks.

You may attempt each quiz once only. You must complete the 10 questions in the quiz in a single 20 minutes period. There is no alternative test to the quizzes. Extensions will not be available for quizzes.

Quizzes will cover learning materials and textbook chapters from selected weeks.

  • Week 3 quiz = Chapter 4 HRM and the Law
  • Week 4 quiz = Chapter 5 Job Analysis, Job Design and quality of work life
  • Week 9 quiz = Chapter 9 Human Resource Development
  • Week 10 quiz = Chapter 13 Employee Health and Safety
Number of Quizzes 4
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Submission of quizzes through Moodle only
Return Date to Students Result is shown in Moodle.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria
Each quiz will be marked based on correct and incorrect answers. A correct answer will receive full marks and incorrect answers will not attract negative marks.
Submission Online

Follow the instruction set provided in the assessment block in Moodle.

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

2. explain how the primary functions of HRM relate to each other and to the broader organisational strategy

5. apply the concepts of HRM to problems confronting managers and organisations through practice exercises and case analysis

6. analyse employee-employer problems using ethical and the relevant legal HRM concepts.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Academic Essay - Individual
Task Description

This is an individual assessment. The essay should be 1500 words +/- 10% (excluding the list of references).

This written assessment is designed to assist students to develop skills in the analysis of human resource issues based on relevant HR theories and models.

The task provides students with the opportunity to enhance their research, analysis, critical thinking and written communication skills; particularly in the areas of developing argument in the context of academic essay writing. Students are expected to engage in extensive research of the academic literature, and use a minimum of six (6) scholarly references, one of which must be the prescribed text, plus five (5) academic peer reviewed journal articles.

Please do not commence this Assessment without referring to the Assessment Task information provided in Moodle.
Assessment Due Date Week 5 Monday (07-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
All submissions are to be uploaded in assessment link in Moodle
Return Date to Students Assessments will be returned after the marking and moderation processes are completed.
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria
Each individual submission will be assessed on the extent to which it meets the following criteria:
  • Research (25%) The essay demonstrates extensive research and understanding of the relevant material. Students should have a minimum of six (6) scholarly references, which must include the prescribed textbook, and five (5) academic peer-reviewed journals (to be eligible for a pass [13/25] on this criterion), and research is used in an integrated manner.
  • Analysis (30%) The essay demonstrates critical analysis and a clearly integrated and well-developed argument throughout.
  • Application of theory/literature (20%) The essay demonstrates application of the relevant theory, concepts and frameworks.
  • Presentation (20%) The essay is appropriately structured with no headings,has relevant information order and flow, paragraphs are used effectively, and includes an well formulated introduction and conclusion
  • Communication (5%) The essay uses clear and concise communication, appropriate language, grammar, spelling (Australian English), and punctuation.
Penalties for late submissions are applied according to policy.
Please do not commence this Assessment without referring to the Assessment Task information provided in Moodle.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Online via the online submission system in Moodle

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

1. provide a critical overview of the field of human resource management

2. explain how the primary functions of HRM relate to each other and to the broader organisational strategy

3. describe the roles and responsibilities of HR professionals

4. discuss the emerging strategic role that HRM plays in 21st century organisations

5. apply the concepts of HRM to problems confronting managers and organisations through practice exercises and case analysis

6. analyse employee-employer problems using ethical and the relevant legal HRM concepts.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Business Report - Individual
Task Description

The task is to write a business report on a contemporary news story about an organisation. You will write a business report (1) describing the news story, (2) identifying the human resource issues raised, and discussing them in relation to theories and models from the Unit, and (3) making recommendations for the future. You will draw on at least two chapters of the prescribed text and a minimum of seven (7) academic peer reviewed journal articles. (The minimum requirement for research establishes your eligibility for a passing grade.)

The assessment task gives students the opportunity to enhance their research, analysis, critical thinking and written communication skills, particularly in the areas of developing argument in the context of business report writing. Your report should be a minimum of 1500 words, with a + 10% variance allowed, (excluding the list of references and the Executive Summary and Appendices). Students are expected to engage in extensive research of the academic literature.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
All submissions must be uploaded through the assessment link in Moodle.
Return Date to Students Assessments will be returned and marks released after grade certification.
Weighting 45%
Assessment Criteria
Each individual submission will be assessed to the extent to which it meets each of the following criteria:
  • Research (25%) The report demonstrates extensive research and understanding of the relevant material. Students should have a minimum of eight (8) references, which must include the prescribed textbook, and seven (7) academic peer-reviewed journal articles (to be eligible for a pass [13/25] on this criterion), and research is used in an integrated manner.
  • Application (20%) The report demonstrates application of the relevant theories and concepts to the topic.
  • Analysis (30%) The report demonstrates critical analysis, and provides clearly supported recommendations.
  • Presentation (20%) The report is appropriately structured, includes a well-formulated introduction and conclusion, uses relevant topic headings in the body, recommendations are stated, and correct referencing of sources throughout the report and in the list of References.
  • Communication (5%) The report uses clear and concise communication, appropriate language, grammar, spelling (Australian English), and punctuation.
Penalties for late submissions are applied according to policy.
Please do not commence this Assessment without referring to the Assessment Task information provided in Moodle.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Online via the online submission system in Moodle

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

1. provide a critical overview of the field of human resource management

2. explain how the primary functions of HRM relate to each other and to the broader organisational strategy

3. describe the roles and responsibilities of HR professionals

4. discuss the emerging strategic role that HRM plays in 21st century organisations

5. apply the concepts of HRM to problems confronting managers and organisations through practice exercises and case analysis

6. analyse employee-employer problems using ethical and the relevant legal HRM concepts.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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