HRM534 Contemporary Issues in HRM (8)

HRM534 is the capstone subject for the Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and Master in Human Resource Management. It provides students with opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills developed during their degree. The subject reflects on the inconsistencies and ambiguities of HRM policies, the aspiration to measure outcomes, ethics in HRM and its relationship to sustainability. It also features a number of topics common to the modern, dynamic workplace including international and national factors, globalisation, uncertainty, and terrorist threats.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HRM534. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Management and Marketing

Enrolment Restrictions

Post graduate students only.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically analyse and research a range of contemporary HRM issues facing today's organisations and evaluate their relative impact on business performance;
  • be able to demonstrate critical problem solving skills by identifying emerging HR trends and discuss how they could effectively be managed;
  • be able to apply industry specific best-practice frameworks and processes in developing HR policies, procedures and recommendations in response to emergent issues;
  • be able to work autonomously and in teams, and use a variety of tools including peer and self-assessment to synthesise information for stakeholders; and
  • be able to develop business case/reports by appraising, evaluating, and prioritising HR issues and their possible implications.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction e.g. Evolution HRM, theoretical approaches
  • Researching organisations
  • Sustainable HRM
  • Contemporary aspects of job design in the 21st century e.g. stress management
  • A successful human capital campaign
  • Performance: meso level effectiveness
  • Performance: micro workplace dynamics
  • Contemporary issues in diversity management e.g. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender assignments
  • Outsourcing, project management and temporary workers
  • Building firm capabilities
  • Future direction-uncertainty - the reflective practitioner
  • Terrorism and HRM
  • Review of outline


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.