COMMGMT3502 human resource management is a course taught at The University of Adelaide, located in the cultural heart of Adelaide. The University has 4 campuses, of which the North Terrace campus is the main campus, whereas 3 others are located in Waite, Roseworthy in South Australia, and one in Melbourne, Victoria. The course is a coordinating unit of a business school and aims to offer students an understanding of contemporary human resource management and also the role it plays in building an organization and helping it to maintain a competitive advantage. The course covers policies related to human resources and associated practices. It covers systems involved in areas of recruitment and planning and legal and ethical frameworks for human resources. The course also includes topics such as employee selection, training process and development along with performance management and associated strategies, ideas about compensation, employee relations and its maintenance, management of diversity at the workplace, employee separation, OH&S, and human resource management (HRM) in a global environment.
Unit details of this course include the following:
Location: The main campus is located in North Terrace, another campus of the university is at Waite, Roseworthy in South Australia, and in Melbourne, Victoria.
Study level: Under-graduate course
Unit code: COMMGMT3502
This course COMMGMT3502 human resource management offers students an understanding of HRM (human resource management) and the role of HRM in an organization. It links people-related activities to business strategies and develops a critical understanding among students about the role and function of the various activities related to human resources which occur in an organization. This course will also offer students a comprehensive review of the key concepts related to human resource management, the associated issue and challenges, and the techniques.
The unit will cover an introduction to HRM and strategic HR, HRM and laws, Human Resource Planning, job analysis, and job design, recruitment and diversity management, selection, appraising and managing performance, employee rewards, HR development, and career planning, maintaining industrial relations, maintaining health and safety of employees and evaluation of HRM/ review. Students who will take 12 units per semester are expected to devote about 48 hours per week of self-study which includes reading relevant chapters and preparing for tutorials.
This course, COMMGMT3502 human resource management has three units and is taught for about three hours per week. To enroll in COMMGMT3502 human resource management it is necessary and a pre-requisite for students to have passed the COMMGMT 2500 course unit. The assessment for this course is based on four principles: assessment must be such that students are encouraged and learning is reinforced in a positive manner, assessment must enable fair and robust judgments about the performance of students, the assessment practices must be equitable and fair to students and they must offer the students an opportunity to be able to demonstrate their learnings from the course and lastly, the assessment should adhere to and ensure that the academic standards are met.
Assessment of this course involves tutorial participation, submission of individual essays, group projects and presentations,s and a final examination. The tutorial participation weighs 10% of the total, and the individual essay weighs 20% of 100. The group project and presentation weighs 30% followed by a final examination weighing 40% of the total.
It is required for all students to attend all the tutorials. This is because marks have been allocated for the preparation and participation of students in lectures. The course does not mark students on attendance, however, an attendance record is also maintained by tutors. Students are required to obtain at least 45% of the mark to be able to pass the course. It is essential for students to obtain at least 45% marks in examination and a total of at least 50% marks overall. If students are unable to achieve the minimum marks in an examination then they will be awarded no more than 49%.
Obtaining a mark between 50- 64 is classified as a pass (P), a mark between 65- 74 is classified as a credit (C), a mark between 75- 88 is classified as distinction (D), whereas a mark between 85- 100 is classified as high distinction (HD). Students obtaining a mark between 1- 49 is classified as failing.
This course COMMGMT3502 human resource management is of high weightage in their semester. It is expected that after the completion of the course, students will be able to identify and also discuss the critical role that human resource management plays in building and maintenance of competitive advantage in contemporary organizations. Students will be able to demonstrate the basic functions of HR, the associated concepts, theories, methods, and models of human resource management that inform human resource practices. Students/ learners will be able to display an understanding of the regulatory frameworks, including the legal and ethical issues in HRM practice, and also demonstrate an understanding of how the legal structures impact employee relations. Students will be able to apply concepts of HRM and technical knowledge to the analysis of HRM problems, issues, and cases. The course will also ensure that students are capable of writing a report which can demonstrate their understanding of HRM issues, preparing and delivering a professional, informative, and engaging oral presentation, and also recognizing and demonstrating the attitudes and behaviors that are required for effective teamwork.
It is also expected of students to have access to, read, and critically analyze relevant literature. The required learning resource recommended for students for this course is R. J. Stone’s ‘Managing Human Resources, 4th Edition, John Wiley and Sons Australia, Milton Qld. Some journals that students can refer to, to further clarify their concepts related to HRM (human resource management) include the following: Asia Pacific Journal of Human resources, Human Relations, Harvard Business Review, Human Resource Planning, Journal of Human Resources, Personnel Journal, Journal of Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management Review and Training and Development all of which are available online.
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