Managing Human Resources

Subject MGMT20004 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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


Please refer to Recommended Background Knowledge.


Please refer to Recommended Background Knowledge.

Recommended Background Knowledge:

Please note that this is a second-year level subject. Students must have completed at least 50 points of study at first-year level to take this subject.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Andi Pekarek, Prof Michelle Brown


Semester 1
Michelle Brown:

Semester 2
Andreas Pekarek:

Subject Overview:

The subject explores the operational and strategic issues of managing staff in the workplace. We examine the strategic role of HRM and the contributions HRM can make to organisational success. We examine a range of HR functions (job design, HR planning; recruitment and selection; performance management; reward systems; training and development; career management; employment relations and international HRM) and evaluate the impact of these functions for employees and organisational performance.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Develop an understanding of HRM’s operational, managerial, and strategic responsibilities
  • Analyse the responsibilities of HR professionals and of line managers/supervisors for effective human resource management in organisations
  • Utilise theories and models to determine and assess effective HRM policies and practices
  • Understand the nature and importance of HRM policies and processes
  • Identify the HR functions and linkages between the functions
  • Critically analyse and make recommendations for improvement of human resource management practices.
  • A 2-hour end-of-semester examination (50%)
  • Written work totalling no more than 4000 words:
    • One individual assignment due in Week 6 (20%)
    • One group assignment due in week 11 (20%)
  • Tutorial participation throughout the semester (10%)
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 Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering)
Related Breadth Track(s): Managing People

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