Evidence-based Practice in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,125.00
International 3,375.00

The evidence base for HR research and practice is embedded in a wide range of research in sociology, psychology, labour economics and other fields. This unit introduces evidence-based practice and traces the intellectual foundations of HRM. It develops foundational skills in integration of research in solving problems.

After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

  1. describe evidence based practice in general and specifically in HRM and ER
  2. trace the intellectual foundations of HRM
  3. find, evaluate and integrate research to form the basis for practice and problem solving
  4. formulate management recommendations, using research and analysis.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 (50%)


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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction and overview
2From HRM to Strategic HRM
3Perspectives on evidence
4Accessing and evaluating research
5Using research to solve problems
6Strategy and EBP
7Human capital and EBP
8Developing organisational support for EBP

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  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 Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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