This course will provide a conceptual foundation of the key issues in human resource management (HRM), from which you may progress to more specific areas of interest in the HRM field. Specifically, it provides you with a solid theoretical, practical and holistic understanding of human resource management (HRM) strategies, processes and practices in contemporary organisations.

You'll analyse HR problems in the workplace and generate potential solutions, and also further develop research, conceptual, communication and interpersonal skills.


Course coordinator

Dr Alan Montague, Senior Lecturer - School of Management

Course objectives

  • Discuss and apply theories, practices and issues using a wide range of innovative learning approaches;
  • Analyse HR case studies and generate potential solutions; and
  • Develop your research, conceptual, communication and interpersonal skills.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Discuss the conceptual foundations of human resource management;
  • Examine the strategic significance and purpose of HRM activities and roles within an organisation;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of different HRM models and frameworks; and
  • Identify and discuss the ethical and governance implications of emerging issues in HRM.


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.