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
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Peter Holland


This unit offers a broad perspective on the development of human resources within organisations by examining the role of training and development and career development within the Human Resource Management function of a business enterprise. It examines major theories relevant to human resource development and career development, including human capital theory, the theory of the psychological contract and the theory of the learning organisation.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. explain the strategic importance of human resource development (HRD) in the success of organisations
  2. assess this importance within the context of environmental pressures and government policy
  3. integrate an understanding of the nature and importance of theories of learning into the development of HRD programs
  4. critically assess the methods of identifying HRD needs from formulation through to evaluation
  5. explain and apply models of career management
  6. integrate emerging HRD themes into HRD strategies for achieving organisational objectives.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Examination: 40%

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)


MGX5985, MGX9850, MGF5921 or MGX9221