HRMT19016 - Contemporary Organisational & H R M Studies
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

The objectives of this unit are far-reaching and intended to introduce students to the emerging issues in future organisations and the management of the Human Resources of these future organisations. Emphasis will be placed on strengthening good verbal and written communication skills; locating and delineating future issues; and, the development of strategic responses to best utilise the opportunities presented by the emerging future organisational issues. Models for analysing and making predictions about future issues, social change and the role, structure and nature of future organisations will be rigorously examined in this unit. Development of a strategic mindset will be sought from this unit.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Corequisite: HRMT 11011

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
  • Rockhampton
  • 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 50%
3. Written Assessment 30%

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
Video and group components of this course continue to trouble a minority of students. There remains some confusion about the complexity of the first assignment Have Your Say feedback Recommend that students are offered greater guidance in preparing videos (particularly technical guidance) and create easier upload options. Group work should continue, despite challenges, as this is an important part of accreditation for this course. Clearer, simpler structure for the first assignment in particular is recommended.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of the role of HRM in contemporary organisations
  2. understand the internal and external organisational environments to which strategic HRM should be directed
  3. evaluate the magnitude of multi-directional influences on strategic HRM, and how HR professionals can use these influences to effectively manage contemporary issues within organisations
  4. enhance analytical skills appropriate to support the development of strategic HRM plans and policies
  5. demonstrate appropriate research skills required for HRM practices.

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

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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

Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership
Author/s: Lee G. Bolman, Terrence E. Deal Year: 2013
Edition: Fifth Publisher: Jossey-Bass
City: Hoboken State: New Jersey
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

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

The power of reframing

Chs. 1 (pp. 3-22)

Nominate and confirm placement in a team as soon as practicable (team forming and norming)

Week 2 13-03-2017

Simple ideas, complex organisations as well as getting organised

Ch. 2 (pp. 23-40) and 3 (pp. 43-67)

Nominate and confirm placement in a team as soon as practicable (team forming, norming and storming).
Week 4 exemplar teams to nominate for first peer workshop.

Week 3 20-03-2017 Structure and restructuring

Ch. 4 (pp. 69-93)

Teams declared, peer workshop topic selection and planning. Week 4 exemplar team(s) confirmed for peer workshop.
What is self and peer assessment?

Week 4 27-03-2017

Organising groups and teams as well as people and organisations

Ch. 5 (pp. 95-112) and 6 (pp. 115-135)

Peer workshops 1 and 2
Self and peer assessment (SPA-PW 1 and 2)

Week 5 03-04-2017

Improving human resource management

Ch. 7 (pp. 137-160)

Peer workshop 3
Self and peer assessment (SPA-PW 3)

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

Interpersonal and group dynamics

Ch. 8 (pp. 161-182)

Peer workshop 4
Self and peer assessment (SPA-PW 4)

Week 7 24-04-2017

Power, conflict, and coalition

Ch. 9 (pp. 185-204)

Peer workshop 5
Self and peer assessment (SPA-PW 5)

Week 8 01-05-2017

The manager as politician as well as organisations as political arenas and political agents

Chs. 10 (pp. 205-223) and 11 (pp. 225-242)

Peer workshops 6 and 7
Self and peer assessment (SPA-PW 6 and 7)

Week 9 08-05-2017 Organizational culture and symbols as well as culture in action

Chs. 12 (pp. 245-270) and 13 (pp. 271-284)

Peer workshops 8 and 9
Self and peer assessment (SPA-PW 8 and 9)

Week 10 15-05-2017

Integrating frames for effective practice as well as reframing in action opportunities and perils

Chs. 15 (pp. 305-321) and 16 (pp. 323-335)

Peer workshops 10 and 11
Self and peer assessment (SPA-PW 10 and 11)

Week 11 22-05-2017

Reframing leadership, or reframing change in organisations, or reframing ethics and spirit

Ch. 17 (pp. 337-369) and 18 (pp. 371-392)

Peer workshop 12a, 12b, or 12c
Self and peer assessment (SPA-PW 12a, 12b, or 12c)

Week 12 29-05-2017

Bringing it all together change and leadership in action

Ch. 20 (pp. 407-429)

Course Review and Sign-Off

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

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quizzes
Task Description

Attempt and complete an online quiz in week 3 and week 5. The aim is to confirm uptake of foundation concepts and theory.
Each online quiz is accessible through the assessment block. Both quizzes open at 9:00 am AEST on Monday of the week each is scheduled and close on Friday at 8:00 pm AEST. Each online quiz comprises 20 questions that must be undertaken in one sitting (45 minutes). No alternative quizzes are provided and no extensions are permissible.

Quiz items are randomised and cover aspects of the learning content specified below:

  • Week 3 quiz => The power of reframing, simple ideas, complex organisations, as well as getting organised (Chs. 1-3)
  • Week 5 quiz => Structure & restructuring, organising groups & teams as well as people & organisations (Chs. 4-6)

Number of Quizzes 2
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Quizzes 1 & 2 open at 9:00 AM AEST Monday and close at 5:00 PM AEST Friday during weeks 3 & 5 respectively
Return Date to Students Refer to the grade book entry for the week 3 and/or week 5 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., 10). 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 1 mark 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

1. demonstrate an understanding of the role of HRM in contemporary organisations

2. understand the internal and external organisational environments to which strategic HRM should be directed

3. evaluate the magnitude of multi-directional influences on strategic HRM, and how HR professionals can use these influences to effectively manage contemporary issues within organisations

4. enhance analytical skills appropriate to support the development of strategic HRM plans and policies

5. demonstrate appropriate research skills required for HRM practices.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Peer Workshop
Task Description

Peer Workshop

Assessment 2 comprises peer collaboration where teams produce an in-class or on-line workshop. Each workshop comprises 3 components (i) topic pitch (ii) in-class/online activity or focus exercise, and (iii) a report write up. The topic focus for each workshop is listed, but the learning design must student-centred, peer-appropriate, and negotiated with your lecturer.

Peer Workshop submission pointers

Topic pitch links (YouTube) are emailed to the unit coordinator for placement in the schedule (no later than Friday before the designated week of the peer workshop).
Workshop instructions or worksheets are uploaded on Sunday before the designated week of the peer workshop. Upload into the PEER WORKSHOP block.
A workshop report is to be uploaded on or before Thursday 5:00 pm AEST of the designated week for the peer workshop. Upload into the Assignment Submission block.

Report structure: 1500 words +/- 10% excluding title page, executive summary, and references). Refer to the assessment block for further details.

Peer Workshop grades and feedback

  • Formative assessment: The unit co-ordinator nominates peer workshop assessors who who provide feedback in the form of grades and comments. The feedback and marks are peer level forms of review or evaluation and do not contribute to the final grade.
  • Summative Assessment: Members of the teaching team grade and moderate peer workshop reports during the week each item is submitted. The feedback and marks count towards your final grade.

Peer workshop development starts with initial discussion, direction, and guidance from your lecturer. Workshops are never a solo undertaking, as each is the result of team collaboration from the outset. Each team is expected to be represented when the workshop takes place (in-class or on-line). Peer Workshops are directed by the teaching team and the rest of the class participates in the learning activity.
Refer to the assessment block in Moodle for the topic schedule, topic focus, and other details. Teams must select and nominate topics before the close of business in week 3. No duplication of topic is to occur without clearance from the unit coordinator.

Team Roles:

Individuals within the team are required to fulfil key roles aligned to their respective expertise, skills & interest. The determination and allocation of team roles is negotiated by a team convenor (self-determined by each team). The team convenor co-ordinates collaboration and ensures the team stays on task to achieve the required outcomes. Only convenors need submit the team’s product. Each team members is accountable to the team and must participate in self and peer assessment - failure to do so results in zero marks for the relevant criteria (see below).

Assessment Due Date Your team convenor submits the peer workshop content on or before 5:00 pm Friday preceding the week your team is scheduled.
Return Date to Students Workshops are graded and feedback is registered within the week of submission.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria
The peer workshop report is assessed on its merits. As an exercise in collaboration, the following criteria apply:
  • Research (9 marks) The report involves research that successfully integrates the use of secondary data to advance understanding.
  • Application (9 marks) The report demonstrates application (not description) of relevant theories, concepts, frameworks, or models with respect to the topic focus, issue or problem.
    The degree to which the reframing template is used in response to organisational complexity and ambiguity.
  • Analysis (9 marks) The report applies critical analysis, explicates the relevant organisational context, and clearly supports a set of conclusions or informed judgement.
  • Evaluation (9 marks) The report uses evaluation to drive decisions and actionable outcomes.
  • Mechanics (9 marks) The report is competently formatted and written (clean copy).
  • SPA (5 marks) The rated coefficient regarding peer collaboration (partnership), managed expectations, and contribution to outcomes. SPA ratings vary according to an individual's performance rating. Failure to complete SPA, for example, means that the individual team member concerned receives zero marks.
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
Group submission

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

1. demonstrate an understanding of the role of HRM in contemporary organisations

2. understand the internal and external organisational environments to which strategic HRM should be directed

3. evaluate the magnitude of multi-directional influences on strategic HRM, and how HR professionals can use these influences to effectively manage contemporary issues within organisations

4. enhance analytical skills appropriate to support the development of strategic HRM plans and policies

5. demonstrate appropriate research skills required for HRM practices.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Reflective Essay
Task Description

Review the learning you found most relevant to your ability to reframe organisational experience(s) during the term.You may elect to use an experience you had at work.

Apply these steps:

  • Provide a brief of your experience(s) and relate the details to no fewer than 3 scholarly references. The brief must be no more than 200 words
  • Critically comment on how the theory/literature matched or did not match your personal experience.
  • Detail how the findings or perspectives from the scholarly literature has or has not altered your thinking.
  • Indicate what learning you have gained from the experience(s), and how you expect you will respond in future, given your reframed perspective(s) or otherwise going forward.

Essay length: 1250 (+/- 10%) words (excluding title page and references)

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Thursday (01-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Follow the instruction set provided in the assessment block 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 30%
Assessment Criteria
Each essay is assessed according to the extent the submission conforms to the following criteria:
  • Research (4 marks) The essay demonstrates advanced understanding of the topic and issues.
  • Application of theory/literature (4 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 (6 marks) The essay applies critical analysis and a clearly advances an argument coherently and logically.
  • Evaluation (6 marks) The essay uses evaluation or judgement to drive a decision that advocates action.
  • Mechanics (5 marks) The essay 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

The Reflective Essay is to be individually submitted in Moodle as assessment 3

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

1. demonstrate an understanding of the role of HRM in contemporary organisations

2. understand the internal and external organisational environments to which strategic HRM should be directed

3. evaluate the magnitude of multi-directional influences on strategic HRM, and how HR professionals can use these influences to effectively manage contemporary issues within organisations

4. enhance analytical skills appropriate to support the development of strategic HRM plans and policies

5. demonstrate appropriate research skills required for HRM practices.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

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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