HRM502 Human Resource Management (8)


This subject provides an introduction to, and an examination of, the roles and functions of human resource management in organisations. The examination is undertaken from the perspective of how human resource management can contribute to organisational performance. The subject examines how HR functions or techniques help an organisation to perform efficiently and effectively and assist organisations to achieve a competitive advantage. In addition, the subject investigates the ethical and moral implications of these functions and techniques.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalCSU Study Centre Melbourne
InternalCSU Study Centre Sydney
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
InternalCSU Study Centre Sydney
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 3
InternalCSU Study Centre Sydney
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HRM502
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

Enrolment restrictions

Postgraduate students only.

Not available to students who have completed HRM571 or HRM515.
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
HRM515 HRM515 Paired Subject
HRM571 Significant Overlap

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply specialised knowledge of the various roles and functions of human resource management to resolve complex issues associated with an organisation's effective utilisation of its human resources;
  • be able to critically analyse and assess recent literature on human resource management, and debate the issues raised;
  • be able to critically evaluate the role of human resource management in effective organisational performance;
  • be able to evaluate current human resource management practices and draw up well supported recommendations for improvement where necessary;
  • be able to explain how human resource management initiatives assist stakeholders within organisations to respond to the changing workplace environment; and
  • be able to discuss, explain and analyse the relationship between organisational strategy and human resource strategies.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • HRM - Definition, History and Purpose
  • Strategic Human Resource Management and Human Resource Planning
  • Managing Diversity, Job Design and Quality of Work Life Strategically
  • Recruitment, Selection and Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Performance Management and Reward Management
  • Training and Development, Career Management
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Emerging Trends and Challenges in HR
  • Research skills for HRM


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.