HRM534 Contemporary Issues in HRM (8)

As human resource management (HRM) is an evolving field this subject seeks to explore a variety of contemporary issues and challenges. The topics covered will reflect the changing organisational and societal expectations of HRM and its contribution to organisations and their sustainable operations. This subject is the capstone unit for the Graduate Diploma/Masters of HRM


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.

Assumed Knowledge

HRM502, HRM550, HRM528

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to research and critically analyse contemporary and emergent HRM issues and evaluate their impact on business performance;
  • be able to apply industry specific good practice frameworks and processes in developing HR policies, procedures and recommendations in response to emergent and contemporary issues;
  • be able to appraise, evaluate, and prioritise HR issues and consider implications including those impacting on a productive, sustainable and engaging workplace; and
  • be able to develop skills to foster collaboration and communication, transfer knowledge and ideas, build teams and influence stakeholders on issues relevant to HR operations and organisational sustainability.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • HRM state of play
  • Organisational culture and diversity
  • Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) and People Analytics
  • Employee Value Proposition
  • Workforce wellbeing
  • Future of work (aging, virtual work, gig economy, generations, contracting, portfolio career)

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HRM534 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Contemporary hrm context (part a)
Contemporary hrm context (part b)
Managing current and emerging hrm issues (part a)
Managing current and emerging hrm issues (part b)

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.