HRM320 Issues in Human Resource Management (8)


This subject examines issues in the practice of human resource management (HRM) within the dynamics of organisational change, emergent trends, and external pressures in an Australian and global context. The subject will also explore the interrelated nature of these factors by comparing various human resource (HR) practices with theory.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalCSU Study Centre Melbourne
InternalCanberra Inst. of Technology
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HRM320
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Management and Marketing

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify contemporary issues in the field of human resource management (HRM) and determine the implications for organisations;
  • be able to compare best-practice approaches to contemporary HRM issues within the Australian and international organisational context;
  • be able to justify the responses of Australian organisations to contemporary HRM issues in their search for continued competitive advantage; and
  • be able to critically analyse how the effects of contemporary human resource issues influence HRM academic theory.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Attraction and retention in the war for talent
  • The role of technology in enabling HRM
  • Managing diversity and equity
  • The scourge of bullying and harassment
  • Contemporary realignment and restructuring
  • The search for work-life balance
  • The necessity of competitive advantage
  • Australian HR issues within a global context


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.