Unit description

This unit aims to give HR practitioners and line managers the knowledge and skills to engage in strategic human resource planning in the context of the major human resource functions, to develop and apply appropriate HRM metrics and to advocate strategic approaches to organisational stakeholders. HRM operational processes and practices will be described and the role of the HRM professional in building the human capital of the organisation will be explored.

Unit content

  1. Introduction to Human Resource Management
  2. Strategic HRM
  3. HRM activities
  4. HRM professionals
  5. HR metrics
  6. Current issues in HRM

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Study Period 4

  • Boxall, P and Purcell, J, 2016, Strategy and Human Resource Management, 4th edn, Macmillan Education-Palgrave, London, UK. ISBN: 978-1-137-40763-4.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

SCU Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Online Activities20%

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Fee information


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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

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