HRMT11011 - Human Resources in Organisations
Term 1 - 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 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 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 45%
3. Written Assessment 35%

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.

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 CoordinatorJames Callan (J.Callan@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

Strategic human resource management as well as human resource planning

Chs. 1 (pp. 2-70) and 2 (pp. 71-109)

Nominate and confirm placement in a partnership or collaborative arrangement with one other peer (fellow student) as soon as practicable in Moodle.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Human resource information systems

Ch. 3 (pp. 110-140)

Nominate and confirm placement in a partnership or collaborative arrangement with one other peer (fellow student) as soon as practicable In Moodle.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Human resource management and the law

Ch. 4 (pp. 141-179)

Partnership or collaborative arrangements declared or finalised in Moodle.
Partner workshops #1

Week 4 27-03-2017

Job analysis, job design and quality of work life

Ch. 5 (pp.181-226)

Partner workshops #2

Week 5 03-04-2017

Recruiting human resources as well as employee selection

Chs. 6 (pp. 227-273) and 7 (pp. 274-326)

Partner workshops #3

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

Appraising and managing performance as well as human resource development

Chs. 8 (pp. 328-385) and 9 (pp. 386-436)

What is self and peer assessment?
Self and peer assessment trial (SPA-trial)
Partner workshops #4

Week 7 24-04-2017

Employee motivation

Ch. 11 (pp. 484-513)

Partner workshops #5

Week 8 01-05-2017

Employee remuneration as well as employee benefits

Chs. 12 (pp. 514-560) and 13 (pp. 561-594)

Partner workshops #6

Week 9 08-05-2017

Industrial relations as well as negotiation

Chs. 14 (pp. 596-660) and 16 (pp. 695-728)

Partner workshops #7

Business Report Due Thursday (11 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Managing change as weel as employee health and safety

Chs. 15 (pp. 661-698) and 17 (pp. 729-780)

Partner workshops #8

Week 11 22-05-2017

Managing diversity as well as International human resource management

Ch. 18 (pp. 781-821) and 19 (pp. 823-863)

Self and peer assessment formal (SPA-formal)
Partner workshops #9

Week 12 29-05-2017

Assessing human resource management effectiveness

Ch. 21 (pp. 895-923)

Partner workshops #10

Academic Essay Due Thursday (01 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

No unit exam

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quizzes
Task Description

The purpose of the 4 online quizzes you are required to undertake during weeks 3, 4, 6 and 7 is to ensure satisfactory involvement with the foundation conceptual and theoretical material. Each online quiz is accessible through the assessment block. Each quiz opens at 9:00 am Monday and closes on Friday at 5:00 pm AEST of the scheduled week shown below .

Each quiz comprising 10 questions must be undertaken in one sitting of 20 minutes. No alternative quizzes and no extensions are permissible. Quiz items are randomised and cover learning content from the textbook as specified below:

  • Week 3 quiz => Strategic human resource management & Human resource planning & (Chs. 1 & 2)
  • Week 4 quiz => Human resource information systems & Human resource management and the law (Chs. 3 & 4)
  • Week 6 quiz => Job analysis, job design and quality of work life & Recruiting Human Resources as well as Employee Selection (Chs. 5, 6, & 7)
  • Week 7 quiz => Appraising and managing performance as well as Human resource development (Chs 8 & 9)
Number of Quizzes 4
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Submission of quizzes through Moodle only
Return Date to Students Refer to the grade book entry for the on-line quiz in the Moodle gradebook once the quiz module closes.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria
A passing grade for each quiz comprises 50% of the available marks (i.e., 2.5). A fail grade for any on-line quiz does not limit your scope to pass the unit.
Marks for each quiz question are based on correct and incorrect multiple choice responses. Each correct response receives 0.5 marks and an incorrect answer receives zero 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 Business Report
Task Description

Objectives - The assessment gives you the opportunity to work collaboratively with a partner and utilise the AREA principles to develop an argument and combine your efforts to produce a business report on a pressing human resource issue or controversy.

Task Description - The assessment involves selecting one of five (5) news items available in Moodle. With your partner you identify the problem or controversy and set about developing a business report to the CEO of the organisation in question. The report must: (i) detail the circumstances of the problem (ii) specify the human resource issue(s) (iii) apply relevant human resource theory, concepts, frameworks, or models covered in the unit, and (iv) offer recommendations based on an interpretation of hard data (figures) and provide a pertinent assessment or analysis. Successfully completed reports feature evidence of desktop research, the use of human resource concepts from at least two (2) chapters of the textbook and include a minimum of eight (8) academic refereed journal articles.

Report Length - 1500 (+/- 10% ) words (excluding title page, executive summary, references, and appendices)

NB: In-class activities up to and including the week of submission are to feature partner workshops to do with research literature; the application of Analysis, Research, Evaluation, and Answer or AREA principles to support applied desktop research, and report preparation skills.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Thursday (11-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
All submissions must be uploaded through the assessment link in Moodle.
Return Date to Students Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017)
Assignments are returned and marks released in Moodle through Feedback Studio
Weighting 45%
Assessment Criteria
Each submission is assessed on its merit. As an exercise in collaboration, the partners must satisfy the following criteria and complete the self & peer assessment (SPA) performance rating process within a week of submitting the report:
  • Research (8 marks) The report registers research and the successful integration of secondary data, analysis, and understanding.
  • Application (8 marks) The report demonstrates application (not description) of relevant theories, concepts, frameworks, or models with respect to the problem.
  • Analysis (8 marks) The report applies critical analysis, explicates relevant industry data, and clearly supports a set recommendations to resolve or eliminate the problem.
  • Evaluation (8 marks) The report use evaluation to drive a decision that advocates action.
  • Mechanics (8 marks) The report comprises a competently formatted and written (clean copy) business report.
  • SPA (5 marks) The rated coefficient regarding peer collaboration (partnership), managed expectations, and contribution to outcomes. SPA ratings vary according to an individuals performance rating. Failure to complete SPA, for example, means that the individual team member concerned receives zero marks here.
Penalties for late submissions are applied according to policy.
The grade form or criteria sheet for the submission is replicated in Feedback Studio.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Group submission

The online submission proces is highlighted in the Moodle Assessment area

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 Academic Essay
Task Description
Objectives - Apply AREA principles and develop an essay based on 1 of the 5 assertions below.
Task - The assertions prompt you to fashion an argument for or against the claim.
Review the study materials you have compiled through the term, and begin to identify scholarly or primary sources (refereed journal articles) to (i) expand your line of argument and (ii) present a convincing case.
Conduct an online search and establish an argument for or against for one of the following:
  1. Globalisation changes the workplace in Australia. (ch. 5)
  2. A company's website provides an effective way to recruit employees. (ch. 6)
  3. Use social media to conduct performance appraisals. (ch. 8)
  4. _________ is an Australian company that is great to work for, or is a great employer! (ch. 11)
  5. Discrimination or personal harassment in Australian organisations is a myth. (ch. 18)
Ensure you do not fall into the trap of resorting to mere description, rather emphasise the application of theory to guide practice (i.e., Incorporate the Big E Metaphor, KASVal, PAToP, Core Values or similar frameworks from the text or refer to in-class or online workshops conducted through the term for source material).
Essay Length - 1250 (+/- 10 %) words (excluding the title page and references)
NB: In-class activities up to and including the week of submission feature exercises in the use of AREA principles, desktop research, and essay preparation.
Assessment Due Date Week 12 Thursday (01-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
All submissions are to be uploaded in assessment area in Moodle
Return Date to Students As per university's policy for equivalent exam assessments feedback and grades are released as grades are certified on July 7, 2017.
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria
Each essay is assessed according to the extent the submission conforms to the following criteria:
  • Research (6 marks) The essay demonstrates advanced understanding of the topic and issues.
  • Application of theory/literature (8 marks) The essay applies relevant theory, concepts and frameworks and refers to at least five (5) refereed sources as well as content from the prescribed text.
  • Analysis (8 marks) The essay applies critical analysis and a clearly advances an argument coherently and logically.
  • Evaluation (8 marks) The essay uses evaluation or judgement to drive a decision that advocates action
  • Mechanics (5 marks) The report is competently formatted and written (clean copy) business report.
Penalties for late submissions are applied according to policy.
The grade form (criteria sheet) for the submission is replicated in Feedback Studio.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

via the online submission system through the Moodle unit website

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



Engagement

One of the university’s key strategic goals focuses on engagement as a core value. The value specifically addresses a requirement for staff and students to regularly interact in conversation and discursive practice to ensure understanding and knowledge development.

Graduate Attributes

The unit provides opportunities to integrate knowledge you have acquired elsewhere within your degree. Your ability to analyse, evaluate and reflect are integral to the graduate attributes that appear under such headings as: (i) Communication (ii) Problem solving (iii) Critical thinking (iv) Information literacy (v) Team work (vi) Information technology competency (vii) Cross-cultural competency, and (viii) Ethical practice

Indigenisation of Curriculum

In all aspects of university life, support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (First Nation peoples) extends to providing equal access and participation. Recognition in terms of acknowledging the traditional owners of the land (upon which all campuses are located) is as important as the respect that must be extended, given the land's spiritual significance to our nation's Indigenous communities.

Internationalisation of Curriculum

The university's academic focus is on learning, teaching, research and scholarship in a pluralist or multicultural society. The teaching and learning components emphasise evidence of, and advocacy for, cross-cultural competence in all aspects of scholarship

Sustainability

The university recognises the key premise associated with sustainability and implications for the institution's ecological footprint. Matters of environmental integrity, economic viability, and social justice remain pressing concerns to which we are encouraged to gather evidence, explore, and evaluate contested and emerging issues.

Work Related Learning

Work submitted for assessment has a purpose beyond demonstrating academic or scholarly intent. Take the opportunity to connect with staff and identify inclusions for your portfolio.


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