Foundations of Human Resource Management - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Case Study - (2500 words) (50%) , Invigilated Exam - 2 hrs (50%)

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 1,324.00
HECS 1,324.00
International 1,575.00

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

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.
  • Case Study — (2500 words) (50%)
  • Invigilated Exam — 2 hrs (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

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.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.

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

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

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

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 Co-Op textbook list.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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