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WORK2205: Strategic Human Resource Management

Semester 1, 2022 [Normal day] - Remote

This unit examines the strategic nature of human resource management (HRM) within organisations, building on the foundational coverage of HRM issues and concepts introduced in WORK1003. A central theme explored in this unit is how organisations can best and strategically manage their human resources for the mutual, long-term benefit of both employers and employees. The unit highlights the interplay between strategic focus of HRM and day-to-day processes and practices, including attraction and selection; retention and development; managing performance and rewards; diversity and inclusion; workplace health and well-being; and conflict management. Students in this unit are asked to consider and evaluate many of the ‘big’ people management challenges facing organisations in a rapidly changing economic and social context.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Work and Organisational Studies
Credit points 6
Completion of 24 credit points of 1000-level units of study
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator James Anderson,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Final exam
Written exam
40% Formal exam period 3 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Small continuous assessment Quiz 1
In-class assessment
5% Week 06
Due date: 22 Mar 2022 at 10:30
30 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO3
Assignment Research essay
Written essay
30% Week 08
Due date: 11 Apr 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 25 Apr 2022
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Small continuous assessment Quiz 2
In-class assessment
5% Week 12
Due date: 17 May 2022 at 10:30
30 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO3
Participation group assignment Tutorial activities
Presentation and participation
20% Weekly n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?

Assessment summary

  • Quiz 1 and 2: Students will be required to complete two multiple-choice assessments consisting of 10 questions each, which will be conducted during the weekly lecture (workshop) period.
  • Tutorial activities: Each student is expected to make both a formal and informal contribution to tutorial discussion and debate. As such, tutorial activities are composed of two parts. The first includes on-going weekly attendance and participation (10%) and the second includes participation in a tutorial presentation (10%). 
  • Research essay: This assessment provides students with the opportunity to critically engage with the HR literature and apply the concepts that have been learnt about HR to contemporary business practice. This assessment helps to develop important skills including the ability to research, critically analyse, and write a formal essay addressing a central question relating to HR strategy and processes. The case study brief for the research essay will be posted in Modules in Week 3.
  • Final exam: This is a take-home exam comprised of several essay responses to HR scenarios and challenges raised in the lectures, tutorials, and readings. Students will be expected to draw extensively on course readings in their responses. 

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Any assessment submitted after the due time and date (or extended due time and date) will incur a late penalty of 5% of the total marks per 24 hour period, or part thereof, late (this penalty is applied to the mark gained after the submitted work is marked). Assessments submitted after the 'Closing date' noted in the unit of study outline will not be marked or assessed.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to SHRM Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 02 SHRM in Context Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 03 Diversity and Inclusion Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 04 Strategic HR Planning and Job Design Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 05 Strategic Talent Attraction and Selection Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 06 Strategic Talent Retention and Development Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 07 Digital Disruption, Social Media and SHRM Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 08 Managing Employee Performance Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 09 Base Pay, Benefits and Pay Equity Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 10 Performance - Motivation, Recognition & Reward Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 11 Workplace Health & Safety and Employee Well-being Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2
Week 12 Workplace Negotiation and Intercultural Communication Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 13 SHRM: Future Impacts and Prospects Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2

Attendance and class requirements

Lecture recordings: Lectures (Thursdays 9am-11am AEST) are live, recorded and interactive. These sessions comprise a mix of lecturer-delivered core content, quizzes (two of which are assessable), analysis of case studies and current media stories, and Q&A. Students are encouraged to attend ALL lectures - and to participate freely and constructively during the interactive components. Each lecture audio visual recording will be posted in Modules on Thursday afternoon.

Tutorial attendance and participation: Attendance and participation in tutorials is mandatory and will be assessed. Students should ensure they attend and actively participate in all tutorials. Tutorials are not recorded.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Required Text: Nankervis A, Baird M, Coffey J, and Shields J (2020) Human Resource Management: Strategy and Practice. Melbourne: Cengage Learning Australia, 10 th edition.

All other readings for this unit can be accessed on the Library eReserve link available on Canvas.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. design and implement policies and practices appropriate to enhancing employee capability, well-being and contribution in particular organisational contexts
  • LO2. analyse business priorities and problems in particular organisational contexts by recommending and justifying appropriate human resource strategies and practices
  • LO3. understand and answer questions that test core definitions of human resource management learnt in this unit through a quiz that assesses HR terms and their application in real world situations.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Given its complexity, the module on reward management has been expanded to two weeks: (1) base pay and pay equity; (2) performance recognition and reward.

More information can be found on Canvas.


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