This unit emphasises the practicalities and thinking required of HR Managers to ensure that the actions undertaken by the HR function both prepare and align the organisation’s strategic plans to meet future challenges. The unit will adopt a systemic view to examine how different HR practices align to make a strategic contribution to the organisation. The unit will also adopt a holistic approach to investigate linkages between firm performance, organisational strategy, and HR strategy.


Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Apply advanced and coherent knowledge of the key concepts and theoretical foundations of strategic human resource management
  • Critically analyse and address complex strategic HRM issues to support a change process
  • Critically evaluate and contrast theories of Strategic HRM and their application in organisations
  • Communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences, and function as an effective member or leader 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
Assignment 1Group 20 - 30% 1,2,3,4 
Assignment 2Individual 30 - 40% 1,3 
Assignment 3Individual 30 - 50% 1,2,3 


  • Theoretical foundations of Strategic HRM
  • HR strategy, structure, policy and organisational culture
  • Contingency, configurational and best practice approaches
  • Facilitating resource deployment through HR architectures
  • The global, virtual, and technological context of HR
  • HR as a conscience keeper, employee champion, and change agent

Study resources

Reading materials

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