• Class Number 2387
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Paul Stewart
    • Paul Stewart
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
    • Alexander Tietge
    • Chao Ma
    • Jihye Yeo
    • Ning Xiao
    • Paul Stewart
SELT Survey Results

This course provides an overview of the principles, theories and practices of human resource management (HRM) and the linkage between HRM and business strategy.  Specific topics include the strategic role of HRM, recruitment and selection, learning and career development, employee motivation and reward management, performance appraisal, diversity management, workplace health and safety, and employment relations.  Please note that the material is designed with an Australian focus and it will not cover International HRM issues and concepts except as they manifest in domestic HR management.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand and identify the key issues and challenges relating to HRM processes and practices (e.g recruitment and selection, learning and development, performance management, and reward management);
  2. Acquire a solid theoretical and practical perspective on the key human resource management concepts;
  3. Identify the linkages between HRM processes and practices and business strategies, structures and culture;
  4. Develop an awareness of the different internal and external factors that impact the effectiveness of HR processes and practices; and
  5. Strengthen key management competencies in decision-making, group leadership, oral and written communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, planning and team work.

Research-Led Teaching

This Course accords with the principles of evidence-based management and practice, and in so doing aligns with the ANU's objectives of research-led and evidence-based education. This Course teaches students evidence-based principles for effective HR practice. Evidence-based Management involves the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of best-available evidence about and within business organisations for effective decision-making. The Centre for Evidence-based Management (CEBMa) (http://www.cebma.org) recognises the value of HR practitioners (i.e. including supervisors and managers) being more evidence-based in making decisions about practice and solving HR problems. Those HR practitioners that rely on their personal experience and discretion alone are susceptible to making errors in judgement and causal inference which contaminate rational problem solving and decision-making. HR practitioners that have an understanding of researched concepts and who are able to utilise academic evidence in HR practice, will be more adept at making decisions that add value to work organisations and have meaning and impact upon individuals.

The CEBMa has several resources available to students. Students in this Course are invited to read Evidence-Based Management: The Basic Principles on Wattle

Field Trips

Not applicable

Additional Course Costs

There are no additional costs for this Course

Examination Material or equipment

Examination papers are to be completed in black or blue ink - NO pencil.

Required Resources

Nankervis, A., Baird, M., Coffey, J., Shields, J. Human Resource Management: Strategy and Practice, 10th Edition, 2020, Cengage Learning Australia

The textbook is available as a hard copy from the bookshop or as an e-book from the publisher - a copy is also available from the Library on two hour reserve

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 Lecture 1 - Course Introduction, Overview of HR Management and Organisational Context Week commencing 24 February Required reading: Textbook Chapters 1 & 2 and articles on Wattle Tutorial's begin Week 1.
2 Lecture 2 - Employment Relationship, negotiation and formal frameworks Week commencing 2 March Required reading: Textbook Chapters 3 & 11 as well as articles on Wattle Wattle-based Multiple Choice Quiz 6 March
3 Lecture 3 - Organisational Structure and Work Design Week commencing 9 March Required reading: Textbook Chapters 4 & 5 and articles on Wattle
4 Lecture 4 - Recruitment and Selection Week commencing 16 March Required reading: Textbook Chapter 6 and articles on Wattle Wattle-based Multiple Choice Quiz 20 March
5 Lecture 5 - Leadership and Ethics in HRM Week commencing 23 March Required reading: Articles on Wattle.
6 Lecture 6 - Training, Learning and Development Week commencing 30 March Required reading: Textbook Chapter 7, and articles on Wattle Census date is 31 March Wattle-based Multiple Choice Quiz 3 April Teaching Break: 6 April - 19 April
7 Lecture 7 - Performance and Reward Management Week commencing 20 April Required reading: Textbook Chapter 8 & 9 and articles on Wattle
8 Lecture 8 - Workplace Counselling, Discipline and Separations Week commencing 27 April Required reading: Various articles on Wattle Wattle-based Multiple Choice Quiz 1 May
9 Lecture 9 - Managing Workplace Health, Safety and Well-being Week commencing 4 May Required reading: Textbook Chapter 10 and articles on Wattle
10 Lecture 10 - Culture, Managing Changing and Diverse Workplaces Week commencing 11 May Required reading: Textbook Chapter 2, 4 and articles on Wattle Wattle-based Multiple Choice Quiz 15 May
11 Lecture 11 - HR issues: now and the future Week commencing 18 May Required reading: Textbook Chapter 12 Various articles on Wattle
12 Lecture 12 - Conclusion of Course and Revision Week commencing 25 May Revision for final examination Teaching session ends 29 May

Tutorial Registration

On Wattle

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
5 x Multiple Choice Quizzes worth 5% each quiz = total of 25% 25 % * * 1,2,3,4
Analytical Reflection on an HR topic - worth 10% of Course total 10 % 03/04/2020 20/04/2020 1,2,3,4,5
Major Essay - worth 35% of Course total 35 % 20/04/2020 06/05/2020 1,2,3,4,5
Final Examination - worth 30% 30 % 06/06/2020 02/07/2020 1,2,3,4,5

* 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 the tutorials is not mandated. It is expected, however, that active tutorial participation will enhance the students' learning and assist in preparation for individual assessment tasks.


Only one examination will be held for this Course during the formal examination period. The exam will assess the students' abilities to analyse HRM issues and problem solve across multiple topics - i.e. answers will need to integrate more than one topic. The final exam is likely to include two parts i.e. a choice of more than one short answer questions from a small selection AND one choice from two topics for an essay style response.

The ANU Examinations Office will communicate all exam information directly to students.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

5 x Multiple Choice Quizzes worth 5% each quiz = total of 25%

Each assessment quiz will assess the students' knowledge of the Course Material covered in the textbook in two week segments. 10 questions worth 5% of the Course total will be administered via Wattle (i.e. on-line) and results provided to students immediately. One attempt only will be permitted and the assessment will be time limited to thirty (30) minutes. The quiz window will open at 5.05 PM on Friday afternoon and close by 9.00 AM Monday, according to the Class Schedule.

Two quizzes (i.e. 10% of assessment) will be held BEFORE the 31 March census date.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 03/04/2020
Return of Assessment: 20/04/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Analytical Reflection on an HR topic - worth 10% of Course total

Each student will prepare a critical analysis and individual reflection (i.e NOT a summary) of a topic covered (or portion of a topic) in a week's Lecture (up to and including Week 6). This submission must be no more than 500 words and explain how the theoretical issues or concepts from the chosen Lecture topic could improve the student's HR practice as an employee, i.e. speculate the work role the student may undertake after graduating . Students may provide examples or suggestions to demonstrate applied learning.

To be submitted by 9 AM, 3 April and is worth 10% of Course total

Submission via Turnitin must be in double spacing. Harvard in-text referencing is to be used, but students should focus their efforts on their synthesis, integration and understanding of the topic area chosen, rather than providing extensive referencing. Further guidance (Rubric, Bloom's taxonomy explanation & more details) on the Analytic Reflection will be published on Wattle and discussed in Week 1.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 20/04/2020
Return of Assessment: 06/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Major Essay - worth 35% of Course total

By Monday, 20 April, 9 AM, each student will submit via Turnitin a major essay immediately AFTER the mid-semester break that demonstrates academic understanding of HR Management. Specifically, students will choose one from a small selection of topics that will be advised on Wattle. The essay task will be 2500 words (+/- 10%) using Harvard in-text referencing and DOUBLE spacing.

Importantly, this essay is an assignment where the student is expected to demonstrate skills in researching a significant HR management issue and showcase their abilities in marshalling an academic argument that explores a topic well and consistent with the reasonable expectations for a second year student. Accordingly and as this is the major theoretical assessment task, students must reveal their familiarity with the textbook, wattle articles, and their own research of relevant journals to create and sustain a compelling narrative that states the position they take in relation to the essay question and demonstrates clearly why and how that position is well reasoned. Please note that Wikipedia and other popular on-line similar sources are not peer-reviewed academic material and should NOT be relied upon as they often contain factual errors as well as simplistic or problematic interpretation of many concepts.

Further guidance on the Essay will be published on Wattle from the beginning of the semester.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 06/06/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Final Examination - worth 30%

A final examination comprising a choice of short answer questions (from a selection) and an of essay (from a choice of two or more issues) will be conducted during the formal final examination period. The examination will be designed to assess the students' understanding of the Course material from the comprehensive perspectives of the employee, supervisor, manager and/or HR professional.

Examination papers are to be completed in black or blue ink - NO pencil.

The Examination will be administered centrally through Student Administrative Services - and as with other Courses, students are responsible for ascertaining and confirming arrangements for the exam.

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 Association Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.

It is important to note that Multiple Choice Quizzes will be administered in class and late submission is not possible.

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

Multiple Choice Quiz results will be available immediately upon completion of the assessment task.

Any other assessment items (excluding the final examination) will be returned with feedback and/or comments after a fortnight.

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, resubmission is permitted up until the due date and time, but not allowed afterwards.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

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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