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MGT1001 Foundations of Human Resource Management

Semester 1, 2012 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Management and Marketing
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Renee Malan
Moderator: Shalene Werth

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


This course focuses on how human resource management (HRM) can create sustainable value for organisations and society. Human well-being is given a central place in the strategy and implementation of human resource management in organisations and this approach emphasizes the importance of nurturing the cognitive, affective and behavioural qualities of people. This course presents the continuous-improvement HRM decision-making framework as a tool to develop critical and innovative thinking necessary to make HR-related decisions within the unique circumstances of any organisation - small, medium and large businesses and in private and public enterprises. The course concentrates on the process of effective strategic human resource management (SHRM) guiding students in how the HR practitioner turns theory into practice.

This course provides the foundation for the HRM majors and is therefore essential for students likely to work in the HRM profession. It will, however, also be useful for anyone likely to be involved in managing people within an organisation.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the concept of SHRM and the process of effective SHRM
  2. explain how employees can be motivated and employee behaviours can be strategically aligned to the organisation’s goals
  3. discuss and apply issues related to HR planning, job analysis and job design
  4. explain and apply issues associated with recruitment and selection
  5. explain how training and development enables the strategic achievement of organisational goals
  6. demonstrate an understanding of how SHRM affects all aspects of HRM in organisations
  7. describe and apply principles and practices related to performance management and compensation of employees
  8. explain and apply issues related to diversity management and quality of worklife
  9. demonstrate an understanding of how ethics and the law impacts on HRM
  10. explain principles associated with knowledge management, information systems and organisational learning and their application to HRM
  11. analyse and discuss international HRM, the evaluation of the HR function and other contemporary challenges in the HRM field
  12. demonstrate ethical research, enquiry skills and written communication skills by preparing and submitting a written assignment that adheres to the norms of academic integrity
  13. demonstrate problem-solving skills by comprehending and analysing case studies for potential problems and solutions.


Description Weighting(%)
1. All topics have equal weighting:
  1. The process of SHRM
  2. Engaging and motivating employees and managing organisational change
  3. HR planning, job design, recruitment and selection
  4. HR training and developing human resources
  5. Strategic performance management
  6. Strategic reward management
  7. Diversity management and quality of worklife
  8. Ethics and the law: employee rights and employer responsibilities
  9. Managing knowledge and learning in organisations
  10. Technology and SHRM
  11. Strategic international HRM
  12. HR climate, benchmarking HRM, HR metrics and HRM in the future

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Härtel, CEJ & Fujimoto, Y 2010, Human resource management, 2nd edn, Pearson, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Analoui, F 2007, Strategic human resource management, Thomson, Australia.
  • Beardwell, J & Claydon, T (eds) 2010, Human resource management: a contemporary approach, 6th edn, Prentice Hall, New York.
  • Lepak, D & Gowan, M 2010, Human resource management: managing employees for competitive advantage, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
  • Nankervis, A, Cormpton, R, Baird, M & Coffey, J 2011, Human resource management: strategy and practice, 7th edn, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Stone, RJ 2010, Managing human resources, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.
  • Internet sites and readings, as well as other relevant sources will be specified.
  • Newspaper and other articles that relate to any of the themes or topics covered by the course.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 27.00
Directed Study 70.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 65.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
QUIZ 1 10 5 11 Mar 2012
ASST (CASE STUDY AND REPORT) 100 40 20 Apr 2012
QUIZ 2 10 5 20 May 2012
2-HOUR EXAMINATION 50 50 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date after the timetable has been finalised.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This is a closed examination. Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination. Students are not permitted to take dictionaries, mobile telephones, pagers or other electronic means of communication into the examination room.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Assignments: (i) All assignments must be submitted electronically via EASE assignment submission system on the USQ Study Desk. No hard copy assignments will be accepted without prior arrangement. (ii) Students must retain an electronic copy of the assignment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner. (iii) The examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. Students who require an extension to the due date of an assignment, must apply for the extension prior to the due date. The application should normally be a written request to the examiner requesting the extension with appropriate supporting documentation. The authority for granting extensions rests with the relevant examiner. (iv) In the event that the due date for the assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience. (v) Quizzes 1 and 2 are available on Study Desk and must be completed online.

  2. Referencing in assignments: Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at

  3. Course weightings: Course weightings of topics should not be interpreted as applying to the number of marks allocated to questions testing those topics in an examination paper. The examination may test material already tested in assignments.

  4. Deferred work: Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination); IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access: Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at