Human Resource Management

Subject MGMT20004 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2014:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 X 2-hour lecture and 1 X 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

3 hours per week plus a minimum of 6 hours per week in self directed study


At least one of the following:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2

(all can be taken concurrently)



Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Please refer to Prerequisites and Corequisites.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Dr Andi Pekarek, Prof Michelle Brown


Semester 1

Professor Michelle Brown

Dr Andreas Pekarek

Semester 2

Dr Andreas Pekarek

Professor Michelle Brown

Subject Overview:

As businesses seek to utilise all resources to improve their competitive advantage, the importance of fully utilising human resources becomes more pronounced. The effective management of human resources can assist an organisation to realise its strategic objectives and satisfy individual needs. This subject provides an overview of the primary concerns associated with Human Resource Management (HRM). Topics covered include: the importance of HRM in organisations; external factors influencing HRM; planning and forecasting human resource requirements; recruitment and selection; performance management; reward systems; careers and mentoring; HRM outcomes and current issues in HRM. This subject incorporates up-to-date issues and explains the key functions involved in successful management of an organisation's human resources.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Develop a basic understanding of the interplay between organizational goals and objectives and human resource management
  • Analyse, discuss, and make recommendations about typical HR issues
  • Apply the course material in organizational settings.
  • A 2-hour end-of-semester examination (50%)
  • Two individual assignments totalling not more than 4000 words, one due in week 6 of the semester and one due in week 12 of the semester (50%)
Prescribed Texts:

You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • High level of development: written communication; application of theory to practice; critical thinking; synthesis of data and other information; receptiveness to alternative ideas.

  • Moderate level of development: oral communication; collaborative learning; problem solving; team work; interpretation and analysis; evaluation of data and other information; use of computer software; accessing data and other information from a range of sources.

Related Breadth Track(s): Managing People

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