Review and apply theoretical perspectives to strategic human resource management. This course provides you with the intellectual and practical tools to evaluate various approaches to the conception, planning, implementation and evaluation of strategic policy and practice in key functional areas of HRM.

This course provides you with a capstone experience, which will give you the opportunity to integrate, critically reflect on and consolidate what you have learnt in your program.


Course coordinator

Dr Michael Muchiri, Senior Lecturer - School of Management

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills in analysing theoretical and applied perspectives of strategic HRM;
  • Evaluate the relationship between strategic human resource management and strategic business planning processes, and their implications on organisational success;
  • Apply strategic human resource principles and models to assess people management problems, and suggest possible solutions;
  • Research the issues underpinning emerging HR strategies, their implementation and the outcomes experienced within the organisation and the wider environment;
  • Recognise the legal, social and humane elements of managing employees; and
  • Communicate knowledge of HRM in both written and verbal formats to range of audiences.


Assessment for this course will occur at various times across the seven-week teaching period. In most cases, assessment should follow a similar structure to the below:

  • A short assessment may occur in the first couple of weeks, driven mostly by peer-assessment or objective feedback as is the case of a survey quiz or contribution to discussion.
  • Assessments that occur mid-study period (approximately week 2 to 5) will have a highly formative purpose, like an extended case study or a scenario role play. These are intended to provide an indication of performance and occur at this time to enable positive changes to future performance.
  • Final assessments are usually summative, and generally draw the course's threshold concepts together. Your previous assessments will have directly prepared you for a summative-style assessment.

Rich, online feedback will be provided to you throughout the teaching period on practical exercises and by individual consultation, ideally within five business days.

Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your RMIT Student Enrolment Advisor on 1300 701 171 for more information based on your particular circumstances.