This unit introduces students to the theory and practice of Human Resource Management (HRM). Students will develop an understanding of a range of HR activities, including staff recruitment, training, employee relations, remuneration, performance management, and employee health and safety among others. Some key themes of the unit are the notion of Strategic HRM and the utility of employees as a key form of competitive advantage for organisations. This unit provides a strong overview of HRM and therefore provides an ideal platform for students to build both generalist and specialist HR knowledge.


Concurrent prerequisites
MGT10001 Introduction to Management
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Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Understand and apply Human Resources Management theory, practices and procedures
  • Develop an understanding of HRM Practices and their relationship(s) with strategy, structure and culture
  • Critique HRM Practices from the perspective of multiple stakeholders
  • Communicate effectively as a professional and function as an effective leader in team work or as a member of a team

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
2.00 12 weeks 24
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
1.00 12 weeks 12
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
9.50 12 weeks 114

Swinburne Online

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
12.50 12 weeks 150


Type Task Weighting ULO's
AssignmentIndividual 20 - 30% 1,3 
Major AssignmentIndividual 30 - 50% 1,2,3 
Online TestsIndividual 15 - 25% 1,2 
PresentationGroup 15 - 25% 1,2,3,4 


  • Introducing HRM's wider context
  • Strategic HRM
  • Job analysis
  • Attracting, selecting and socialising human resources
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Training and developing human resources
  • Rewarding, engaging and evaluating human resources, including theories of job evaluation, performance pay and benefits
  • Workplace health and safety
  • The link amongst strategy, structure, culture, and HR
  • HRM in a global context and multinational organisations

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Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.