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Undergraduate | UAD-COM3502OUA-2023

Human Resource Management

Study method

100% online


100% online

Entry requirements

Part of a degree


13 weeks

Start dates

  • 04 Sept 2023

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About this subject

What you'll learn

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Recognise and discuss the critical role that effective people management plays in building and maintaining competitive advantage in contemporary organisations.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of basic HR functions, and the theories, concepts, models, and methods that inform HR practice.
  3. Apply HRM concepts and technical knowledge to the analysis of HRM problems, cases, and issues.
  4. Write a research report that demonstrates an effective synthesis of research findings with the relevant research literature.
  5. Recognise and demonstrate the behaviours and attitudes required for effective teamwork.
    • Introducing HRM/Strategic HR
    • Employee relations, HR and the legal context of work
    • Health, safety, and employee wellbeings
    • Equity and diversity
    • Job analysis and design
    • Human resource planning
    • Recruitment and selection
    • HRD and career development
    • Performance management
    • Remuneration
    • International HRM
    • The future of HRM
  • The aim of this course is to introduce students to the principles and practices of contemporary human resource management with a specific focus on the strategic role that it plays in helping organisations build and maintain competitive advantage. The course will explore the theory and practice of human resource management across the following areas: workforce planning; ethical and legal frameworks for HRM; employee selection; training and development; performance management; compensation; employee relations; diversity management; health, safety, and wellbeing; employee separation; and HRM in a global environment.

  • All assessment is assignment based.

    • Participation and Engagement (10%)
    • Individual Report (20%)
    • Group Project Report (20%)
    • Final assignment (40%)
    • Group Project, Peer Assessment (10%)
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Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • UAD-HSM-DEG-2023 - Bachelor of Health Service Management
  • UAD-INB-DEG-2023 - Bachelor of International Business


Successful completion and passing of four core open access courses and admission into an award program. Level 2 and 3 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units.

Additional requirements

  • Equipment requirements - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media). Headset, including microphone (highly recommended). Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or presentations).
  • Software requirements - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units. MyUni is the University of Adelaide's online learning environment. MyUni provides access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards and assessments.

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees

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Bachelor of Health Service Management

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Bachelor of International Business