Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Management
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Susan Mayson


Introduction to the field of human resource management for students without managerial or supervisory experience or work experience. Topics include the purpose of HRM and its contribution to meeting organisational and employee needs; the strategic role of human resource management and the contribution of HRM to competitive advantage; HRM challenges faced by organisations in a global and competitive environment including attracting and retaining skilled staff, issues relating to diverse workforces, safety and wellbeing, performance and reward management in developing employee capabilities.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. define HRM and understand the purpose and the range of activities associated with the area of Human Resource Management (HRM)
  2. understand and differentiate between basic models of HRM
  3. understand and analyse the strategic contribution of the HR function and HR managers
  4. understand the global context and its effects on HRM
  5. examine a range of HR challenges faced by organisations and explain how the activities normally associated with HRM can address such issues
  6. critically engage with and apply HRM theory and empirical research published in current academic literature individually and in groups.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


MGX9850, MGX5985, MGX9221