No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2016

HRM539 Managing People in Small Business (8)


The successful performance of a business is closely linked to an efficient and effective staff, which can also be a source of  competitive advantage. This subject introduces students to the roles and functions of managing staff and provides tools on how to employ, manage, appraise and reward staff, within ethical, moral and legal obligations. Students will be required to link these key concepts with their own small business setting.   

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Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details prior to contacting their course coordinator: HRM539
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Subject information

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

Enrolment restrictions

For postgraduate students only.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply the processes required to employ, manage and terminate employees within the political, industrial and legal framework of Australian laws;
  • be able to identify the range of contracting modalities available, the decision criteria around their use, and determine the employment/legal ramifications of those choices;
  • be able to use relevant theory to develop an effective and targeted recruitment process, from job design through to the writing of contracts of employment;
  • be able to articulate the advantages and limitations of the various forms of rewards and recognition; and
  • be able to identify the obligations of a Person Conducting a Business Undertaking (PCBU) in the provision of a safe working environment.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Defining and evaluating effective staff management practices
  • The Australian legal framework, including award, industrial and employment obligations
  • Job design, recruitment and selection processes
  • Managing staff diversity
  • Appraising and rewarding staff
  • Training and development
  • Managing a safe work environment
  • Emerging themes and trends in staff management


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.