MGW2430 - Human resource management - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Management

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Patricia Lau


Dr Patricia Lau

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


MGW1010 or equivalent.


MGB2430, MGC2430, MGF2661.


In a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) environment, the changes in the external environment can affect the workplace and its employees. The impacts can have numerous influences on human resource management (HRM) that plays an important role in attaining and sustaining firms in the competitive market. This unit introduces the fundamentals of HRM, its strategic role in organisations, HRM activities, and challenges faced by HRM in contemporary contexts. Topics such as HRM models and perspectives, current challenges of HRM, human resource planning, job design, staffing, performance management, training and development, and reward management.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. explain the roles and functions of human resource management (HRM)
  2. critically examine key HRM models including the strategic HRM model and HRM perspectives by identifying the various outcomes for employees and organisations implied by the key models
  3. analyse the range of HR practices to acquire, develop, motivate and reward employees
  4. critically evaluate the contemporary issues in managing human resources.


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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