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BX3054 - Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: School of Business

This subject encourages students to examine a range of current Australian and global developments in contemporary human resource (HR) theory and practice, such as managing careers, diversity, work-life balance, organisational learning, and the global context. It fosters awareness and critical analysis of human resource issues and promotes awareness of human resources as a source of competitive advantage for the firm. The subject can be considered as a capstone subject in the HR stream as it provides opportunities for students to reflect on, integrate, and extend their learning from other subjects. Further, through in-depth exploration of contemporary issues, concerns, and controversies in the human resource management (HRM) area, students will develop their skills in identifying and analysing problems in HRM.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify, analyse and evaluate current issues in HRM;
  • Utilise theoretical and empirical literature in analysis and evaluation of current HRM;
  • Develop an awareness of the role of HR professionals and the ability to become a reflective practitioner;
  • Engage with a HR professional association and/or members of the profession;
  • Develop skills, knowledge, understanding and aptitude commensurate with the role of a HR professional.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.
Prerequisites: 12 credit points of level 1 BU BX EC CO MG TO subjects
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
MG3792

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Dr Paul Lynch
Lecturer: Mr Dwight Lemke.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: end of semester exam (40% - 50%); presentations (20% - 30%); essay (20% - 30%); reflective practitioner activity (10% - 20%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Dr Paul Lynch
Lecturer: Assoc. Professor Anna Blackman.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: end of semester exam (40% - 50%); presentations (20% - 30%); essay (20% - 30%); reflective practitioner activity (10% - 20%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.