Faculty of Business and Economics

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Management


Dr Aaron Wijeratne and Dr Susan Mayson (First semester); Dr Susan Mayson (Second semester)



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit is an introduction to human resource management, theory, context and practices. It focuses on the contribution of HRM to organisational competitive advantage and meeting the needs of employees and other stakeholders.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. define the scope and purpose of HRM as an academic discipline and activities associated with HRM as a management practice
  2. identify major changes in the global business environment that impact on organisations and HRM
  3. critically evaluate competing models of HRM that underpin perceived good practices
  4. critically apply knowledge about HR activities to identify solutions to HRM issues
  5. enhance students' research capabilities to work individually and in groups.


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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