Examine the role of the Human Resource Development (HRD) function in an organisation, analysing contemporary developments, links to other HR functions and the integration of HRD into broader management and organisational strategy.

This course will provide the underlying concepts and principles upon which HRD is based. It will develop the knowledge and skills to evaluate HRD needs, recommend appropriate interventions, and evaluate the outcomes.


Course coordinator

Dr Alan Montague, Senior Lecturer - School of Management

Learning outcomes

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

  • Discuss the concepts, principles and theories of HRD;
  • Relate HRD to broader organisational issues and strategies;
  • Evaluate HRD needs in a practical workplace context and design appropriate interventions;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of HRD interventions;
  • Discuss the contemporary HRD challenges in the workplace; and
  • Synthesise concepts and theories covered in the course to aid in developing and applying HRD interventions for practical workplace contexts.


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.