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MGT3005 Workforce Design

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Workforce Design
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 4
ASCED code : 080303 - Human Resource Management
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Kim Southey

Requisites

Enrolment is not permitted in MGT3005 if MGT2000 has been previously completed.

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 http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

Rationale

One of the key challenges facing modern-day organisations is to ensure that the organisation is staffed with competent, committed and appropriately talented people. That challenge exists because the talent required by the organisation must meet continually evolving strategic and operational business needs. A finely assembled employee resource can provide a unique contribution to a firm's competitive advantage. A contribution to the firm's competitive advantage can be achieved when a quality workforce planning system is put in place that provides the blueprint for the ongoing talent management of the firm's human resource. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, select and procure the people who will provide the talent for the organisation, whilst balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders and legislative obligations.

Synopsis

Talent management is a broad concept that refers to the processes that organisations use to attract, motivate and develop its people, for now and for the future. In this course, students examine how the success of any business rests upon an alliance between talent management, organisational strategy and workforce planning in the contemporary and unpredictable business and social environment. Students will learn initially about HR's responsibility to advise, lead and create a workforce that can meet organisational needs while also offering psychologically rewarding work to the employees. Flowing on from these imperatives, the remainder of the course examines talent acquisition principles, processes and lawful obligations.

Objectives

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

  1. critically examine the challenges and benefits associated with workforce planning, designing jobs and valuing jobs;
  2. explain the benefits of assembling a diverse workforce;
  3. analyse the principles and processes associated with talent management initiatives related to attracting and procuring the best people to do the work of the organisation;
  4. develop an article (such as a policy, report, account, portfolio or written advice) for a human resource management stakeholder that showcases the effective application of aspects of talent management theory and/or practice;
  5. work independently to research, examine and evaluate ideas from a variety of scholarly and credible sources for the purposes of creating a professional-standard script, to fulfil the requirements of the written assessment.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Workforce design and diversity 30.00
2. Valuing jobs within the organisation 10.00
3. Talent management initiatives of recruitment, selection and on-boarding 60.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=01&subject1=MGT3005)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

A text book is not prescribed for this course. Weekly readings will be available to students to download from the MGT3005 StudyDesk.

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.
Kinley, N & Ben-Hur, S 2013, Talent intelligence: what you need to know to identify and measure talent, Wiley, Hoboken, New Jersey.
Phillips, JM & Gully, SM 2015, Strategic staffing, 3rd edn, Pearson, Boston, Massachusetts.
Stone, RJ 2013, Managing human resources, 4th edn, Wiley, Milton, Queensland.
AHRI, 'HR Monthly' publication available through membership of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 50.00
Directed Study 60.00
Private Study 29.00
Workshops 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 10 5 18 Mar 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 45 06 May 2021
OPEN EXAM - TAKE HOME 50 50 End S1 (see note 1)

Notes
  1. This will be a take home exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility 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.

    On-campus: 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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1, 2021
    This is a restricted examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the examination for this course are:
    1. writing materials. These must be non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination.
    2. an unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary). A student whose first language is not English may take a translation dictionary into the examination room. A translation dictionary with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.


  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at https://cmsauth.usq.edu.au/current-students/academic/exams/supplementary-and-deferred-assessment.

  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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. 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 http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.

Date printed 18 June 2021