Foundations of Human Resource Management


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Level of study: What does Undergraduate Level 2 mean?

Undergraduate Level 2

EFTSL: What does EFTSL mean?


Delivery Method: What does delivery method mean?

Web Dependent

Prerequisites: What are the prerequisites?


Availability: What is a Study period?



13 weeks

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Domestic student fee:

$1,289.00 (AUD)

HECS student fee:

$1,260.00 (AUD)

International student fee:

$1,539.00 (AUD)


The effects of sociological, legal, economic, ethical, political, strategic and environmental changes, issues and developments on human resource management processes, practices, programs and policies.


There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

Special Requirements

  • Broadband access


  • Annotated Bibliography — (1000 words) (10%)
  • Case Study — (2500 words) (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam — 2 hrs (60%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe the main technical activities and responsibilities of human resource managers
  2. identify the implications of current and recent economic and sociological pressures on human resource management
  3. develop effective organisational responses to legal, political and ethical issues and developments which impinge on human resource practices and policies
  4. determine the changing roles and competencies of human resource practitioners in response to strategic and environmental modifications
  5. provide constructive feedback in a team setting.


This unit addresses the following topics.

1Strategic HRM
2HR Planning
3Job Analysis, Job Design and Quality of Work
4Recruiting HR and Employee Selection
5Appraising and Managing Performance
6HR Development, Career Planning and Development
7Assessing HRM Effectiveness Resources
8Rewarding HR, Industrial Relations
9HRIMS, HRM and the Law
10Employee Health & Safety
11Managing Diversity, International HRM

Study Resources

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

Relevant Courses

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Unibooks textbook list.
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