• Class Number 1614
  • Term Code 2920
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Gretchen Gagel
    • Gretchen Gagel
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 07/01/2019
  • Class End Date 29/01/2019
  • Census Date 11/01/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 07/01/2019
SELT Survey Results

Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) explores the relationship between the management of people and pursuit of an organisations strategic goals and objectives.  Specific topics covered include human resource planning and strategy, job analysis and job design, equipment and selection, performance appraisal and performance-related pay, learning and career management, employment relations, diversity management and international human resource management.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Identify the key HRM functions and operations;
  2. Define, explain, illustrate and reason with the key human resource management concepts;
  3. Identify the linkages between HRM functions and operations and organisational strategies, structures and culture;
  4. Reflect and comment in a way that demonstrates awareness of the different contexts that impact on the operation of HRM; and
  5. Exhibit behaviour and performance that demonstrates enhanced competence in decision-making, group leadership, oral and written communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, planning and team work.

Research-Led Teaching

Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) is based on text readings and research articles that describe the foundations of SHRM, explore the links between strategy and HR and analyze the relationship between SHRM and organisational performance. Students consider these text readings and articles before and during the seminars to develop reflections as part of their assessment. Students also complete a significant academic assessment piece to demonstrate applied learning and their confidence with key research articles relating SHRM.

Field Trips

not relevant

Additional Course Costs

There are no additional course costs.

Examination Material or equipment

This course has no formal examinations.

Required Resources

Prescribed text:

Hartel, C. and Fujimoto, Y. (2014). Human Resource Management. 3rd edition, Pearson, Sydney.

Available at campus book store (and elsewhere). 

Please check course Wattle site for details about any recommended resources.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Seminar 1 - Week 1: Course Introduction and Overview of Strategic Human Resource Management Required reading: Chapter 1 + any articles on Wattle
2 Seminar 2 - Week 1: Strategic HR Planning Required reading: Chapter 12 + any articles on Wattle
3 Seminar 3 - Week 1: Employee Recruitment, Selection and Diversity Required reading: Chapter 8 + any articles on Wattle
4 Seminar 4 - Week 2: On-boarding, Training, Learning and Development Required reading: Chapter 9 + any articles on Wattle
5 Seminar 5 - Week 2: Employee Engagement, Motivation and Organisation Culture Required reading: Chapter 2 + any articles on Wattle
6 Seminar 6 - Week 3: Organisation Change Required reading: Chapter 4 + any articles on Wattle
7 Seminar 7 - Week 3: Performance and Reward Management Required reading: Chapter 10 and 11 + any articles on Wattle
8 Seminar 8 - Week 3: Ethics and the Law Required reading: Chapter 3 + any articles on Wattle
9 Seminar 9 - Week 4: Succession Planning, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Required reading: Chapter 6 + any articles on Wattle
10 Seminar 10 - Week 4: Final Topics and Leveraging Strategic HRM as Business Leaders Required reading: Chapter 5 and 7 + any articles on Wattle

Tutorial Registration

Instructions on Wattle course site (if relevant)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Seminar participation 10 % 07/01/2019 29/01/2019 1,2,3,4,5
Critical Assessment 1 25 % 14/01/2019 21/01/2019 1,2,3
Learning Journal 20 % 21/01/2019 24/01/2019 4
Major Essay 45 % 29/01/2019 15/02/2019 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Attendance at and participation in all classes is expected. All assessment tasks should be attempted.


This course has no formal examinations.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 07/01/2019
Return of Assessment: 29/01/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Seminar participation

Students are required to contribute to seminar discussions, individual and group activities and demonstrate an ability to discuss SHRM issues and apply SHRM concepts and theory. The following criteria will be used to assess participation:

  • Contribution to seminar discussions throughout the semester;
  • Active participation in seminar activities, including group activities;
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply SHRM concepts and theories in class discussion;
  • behaviour and performance that demonstrates enhanced competence in decision-making, group leadership, oral and written communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, planning and team work.

Feedback for seminar participation will be given on an ongoing basis throughout the course, including in the first three seminars.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 14/01/2019
Return of Assessment: 21/01/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Critical Assessment 1

Students will consider all the material presented in Week 1 and critically analyse it in relation to their own workplace (or an organisation known to them). Students will submit a 1250 word paper that demonstrates understanding of the major or strategic HR issues and suggests how they may be applied by the student in his or her capacity as a manager or prospective manager. Further details of the the Critical Assessment 1 question will be made available on Wattle.

Due date: 12 noon, Monday 14 January

Form of submission: Turnitin

Return of assessment date: 12 noon, Monday 21 January

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 21/01/2019
Return of Assessment: 24/01/2019
Learning Outcomes: 4

Learning Journal

Students must submit a learning journal, no more than 6 pages, that documents reflections on at least five topics covered in weeks 1 and 2. This should include both an understanding of topic and its relation to other topics and business context. The journal must demonstrate both comprehension of theory and ability to apply new learning.

Due date: 12 noon, Monday 21 January

Form of submission: Turnitin

Return of assessment date: 12 noon, Thursday 24 January

Assessment Task 4

Value: 45 %
Due Date: 29/01/2019
Return of Assessment: 15/02/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Major Essay

Students are required to write a 3,000 word academic essay and are expected to draw upon research evidence and theory from scholarly journal articles. Details of the three options for this assignment are below.

Due date: 12 noon, Tuesday 29 January

Form of submission: Turnitin

Return of Assessment: After release of final grades

Format: Double-spaced, 12 pt font, Time New Roman/Arial, 2.5 cm margins.

Harvard in-text referencing is required.

Please see the ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre (https://academicskills.anu.edu.au/) for guidance on essay writing and referencing or go to http://www.anu.edu.au/students/learning-development/writing-assessment/essay-writing

You are expected to research and report individually on:

A) How to manage the implementation of a significant Organisational Change*

* (the organisation is relocating from Sydney to Geelong and needs to shed 25% of its existing workforce of 120 staff)


B) How to implement a new strategic HR initiative to improve employee motivation in a newly acquired organization where employees are fearful of losing their jobs but the organization is expected to grow by 10% annually for the next five years


C) A topic or scenario of your choices that is approved by the instructor by Seminar 3, Week 1

Your essay must demonstrate both:

1) comprehension of strategic HR topic research or theories demonstrating that you have confidence with the academic material, knowledge and skills at a post-graduate level; and

2) ability to apply your new learning in an applied and relevant way in the workplace.

Your report may need to cover the roles of generalist operational managers, any specialist HR managers as well as having regard to any legal, strategic and operational issues. You can demonstrate who takes on various roles to ensure that the strategic HR issues are managed effectively and efficiently, although your responsibility is that of an operational manager (i.e. not an HR specialist).

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Please see relevant assessment task details above.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Unless specified otherwise in the assignment requirements, resubmissions are permitted up until the due date and time, but not allowed afterwards.

Privacy Notice

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Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
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