Classes, Teaching and Learning Activities
- Number and length of classes: 3 hours face-to-face teaching per week, consisting of 1 x 3 hour lecture combined with group case study presentation and class discussions.
- Delivery of classes will be performed in the interactive workshop format to maximise learning opportunities. Lectures will consist of substantial discussion, question and answers, brainstorming and group focus activities.
Students’ Responsibility for Learning
- Students are expected to take responsibility for their learning by reading the relevant chapter in the textbook or other compulsory readings where indicated.
- Students are expected to read and research each topic in advance, participate in class and tutorial discussions and maintain a strong interest in current issues and changes in HRM.
- Please note that while there is no mark for attendance, students are expected to attend all weekly classes, unless excused. Given the nature of this course, attendance should be considered mandatory.
- Attendance will be taken in the weekly classes. Medical certificates must be provided if you are not able to attend a class.
Warning: Failure to do so may affect your learning outcomes and performance in this Unit.
- Students are expected to arrive on time, and not to leave until the class ends.
- Students must be quiet during classes, unless of course when class participation is required.
- Mobile phone must be turned OFF. Students who disturb or disrupt in class will be asked to leave.
Late Submission of Assessment Tasks
No extensions will be granted. Late tasks will be accepted up to 72 hours after the submission deadline. There will be a deduction of 20% of the total available marks made from the total awarded mark for each 24 hour period or part thereof that the submission is late (for example, 25 hours late in submission – 40% penalty). This penalty does not apply for cases in which an application for special consideration is made and approved
Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials
Recommended textbook for this subject (available from Co-Op Bookshop) is:
Stone,R.J., (2013) Managing Human Resources, 4th Edition. Wiley & Sons, Milton QLD.
Journals recommended for HRM study include:
- Academy of Management Journal
- Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources
- Human Resource Management Journal
- Journal of Industrial Relations
- Work, Employment and Society
- International Journal of Human Resource Management
Strongly recommended books which cover a number of topics in the course include:
- Armstrong, M. (2011) Armstrong's Handbook of Strategic Human Resource Management, Kogan Page Publishers.
- Boselie, P. (2010) Strategic Human Resource Management: A Balanced Approach, McGraw Hill, Berkshire.
- Boxall, P and Purcell, J., (2011) Strategy and Human Resource Management, 3rd ed., Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.
- Bratton, J. and Gold, J. (2007) Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.
- Legge, K. (1995) Human Resource Management: Rhetorics and Realities, Macmillan, Basingstoke.
- Marchington, M. and Wilkinson, A., (2002) People Management and Development: Human Resource Management at Work, 2nd ed, CIPD, London.
- Mello, J. (2010) Strategic Human Resource Management, Cengage Learning.
- Salaman, G. Storey, J., and Billsbery, J., (2005) Strategic Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice, Sage, London.
- Schuler, R. and Jackson, S., (2007) Strategic Human Resource Management, 2nd ed, Blackwell.
- Storey, J., Wright, P., and Ulrich, D., (2009) The Routledge Companion to Strategic Human Resource Management, Routledge, Abingdon.
- Taylor, S. (2011) Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management, CIPD, London
Technology Used and Required
Key research databases for your study of human resource management include Ebscohost: Academic Search Elite and Business Source Premier. Also search the websites of well-known consulting organisations such as Watson Wyatt, PWC, Deloitte, DDI, Hewitt Associates etc.
Students are required to use word processing, Power Point, Turnitin and iLearn.
Unit Web Page
Macquarie uses iLearn as a software tool to manage teaching and learning practices: https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/. To log on, you must first obtain a logon password from IT services or the library then click through to BUS850. Please check this site each week for possible lecture slides. Other announcements and material will be posted on the site during the course. Readings and cases for the course can be either found through the iLearn website and/or accessed online via the library website (BUS850 online readings). In addition to the required textbook for this unit, students should familiarise themselves with the relevant sections of the library.
Changes From Last Offering
There is a change to the early term quiz based on MCQs to an early-term in class test which asks students to critically evaluate a journal article and answer a number of short answer questions. This change was made as a result of the unit moderator’s recommendation and subsequent discussion with MQ lecturing staff.
A change has been made to the textbook in consultation with previous and current moderator.