Managing diversity and EEO

21720 Human Resource Management
Subject coordinator
Name: Dr Martijn Boersma
Email: [email protected]
Teaching staff
Dr Martijn Boersma
Subject description
This subject presents an introduction to the field of human resource management (HRM). Topics covered include
historical steps in the development of the human resource function and the forces that have shaped its development;
the role and importance of strategic HRM; ethical considerations in HRM and contribution to good corporate
governance; implications of HRM policies and procedures for human and other forms of sustainability; the importance
of effective HR information systems; the contribution of various HR functions such as job analysis and design,
recruitment, selection, remuneration management, performance management and appraisal as well as training and
development; the role of key stakeholders including government, industrial tribunals and associations; forms of
regulation and entitlements including legislation, awards and agreements; handling workplace grievances and
performance problems; managing diversity and EEO.
Subject learning objectives (SLOs)
Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. evaluate the various roles of HRM in an organisation, as well as the processes associated with those roles and
their contribution to the organisation
2. apply the insights from relevant literature to the development and assessment of HRM policies and practices
3. operationalise knowledge concerning the legal aspects of HRM both domestically and internationally
4. assess the challenges facing HRM to ensure that policies, procedures and activities are consistent with the
principles of ethics, good corporate governance and sustainability
Contribution to the development of graduate attributes
This subject focuses on the foundations and development of the human resource management function in the
organisational context. The subject provides managers with functional-related competencies needed for the effective
management of people in a work context and for problem solving and critical analysis of the challenges facing
organisations concerning their human resources. The emphasis of this unit is given to the operational aspects of
human resource management.
This subject contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:
Critical thinking, creativity and analytical skills
Communication and interpersonal skills
This subject also contributes specifically to develop the following Program Learning Objectives for the Master of
Human Resource Management:
2.1: Use relevant information and data to critically analyse complex issues in human resource management practice
2.2: Formulate creative and innovative solutions to complex human resource management issues
Course area UTS: Business
Delivery Autumn 2021; standard mode; City
Credit points 6cp
Result type Grade and marks
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3.3: Interact effectively with others in order to work towards a common outcome
Teaching and learning strategies
The principal focus of the lectures is to develop an understanding of the key issues and to comprehend current issues
and debates. The material will be presented through lectures, class discussion, case studies (short videos and/or
readings) and active learning. Our emphasis on active application is reflected in a major focus on experiential learning.
This occurs through the use of a computer-based Human Resource Simulation in the tutorials.
Content (topics)
Job analysis and Job design
Recruitment, Selection and Retention
Rewards management
OHS, HRIS, legal obligations national and international
Managing diversity and HRM in MNCs
Ethics and HR processes
Additional information
1. This subject outline should be read in conjunction with the Lecture and Simulation Program available on Canvas
2. Students need to register for the simulation prior to the first week of classes. Details of the registration process will
be emailed to students during the orientation and preparation weeks.
Additional subject costs
Students will need to register and pay for the simulation. Any student experiencing financial hardship should speak
confidentially to the subject coordinator.
The Management Department has the following policy regarding the late submission of assessments WITHOUT an
approved extension:
Late assignments submitted without an extension will accrue a penalty of 10% per day, based on the total value of the
assignment. For example, if an assignment is worth 40%, the late penalty will result in a deduction of 4 marks per day
the assignment is late. Marks will be deducted as full points off the awarded mark. Late penalties are applied up to a
maximum of five (5) days after the due date. Assignments submitted more than 5 days late will receive a mark of zero
Assessment task 1: Reflective Essay (Individual)
Objective(s): This addresses subject learning objective(s):
1 and 2
Weight: 30%
Task: Question:
Choose one of the special incidents that you have been required to address during the simulation.
With reference to appropriate literature explain how you handled the issue and why. Also,
considering the feedback you received in the simulation newsletter, do you think you made the right
decision (make sure you justify this with appropriate academic research and literature)?
Length: 1500 words
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Due: 11.59pm Friday 7 May 2021
Electronic copies of assignments must be submitted to the university’s plagiarism checking software.
They will be marked through this system. Assignments not submitted to Turnitin will not be marked.
Assignments not received by the due date will be penalised at a rate of 10% of the base mark given
per day, unless an extension has been approved and supporting documentation has been provided.
Assessment task 2: Human Resource Management Portfolio (based on HRM simulation) (Group)
Objective(s): This addresses subject learning objective(s):
3 and 4
Weight: 20%
Task: The task consist of 3 components:
A: Development of HR strategy. No weighting. To be emailed to tutor in Week 3.
Given the simulation scenario, and the brief given by the CEO, you are required to develop a plan to
overcome the HR issues described and improve the performance of the hotel. You will use the
‘Strategy and Planning Form on Canvas and email this to the lecturer before the simulation decisions
that are made in week 3.
B: Simulation Results. Weighting 5%. Due: End of the Simulation
The mark for each individual is determined by the group’s Balanced Scorecard value at the end of the
final round of the simulation. Marks are allocated out of a maximum of five, on the basis of scores at
the end of round eight.
You do not have to submit anything.
C: Simulation portfolio. Weighting 15% Due: 21 May
Portfolios consist of a report on the success of your HR strategy, and supporting documents. The
report should specifically explain how you met your initial goals or consider the reasons these were
not achieved. It should not be an account of all of your quarterly decisions but should focus on
highlights and key learnings. It should be accompanied by planning logs completed over the course
of the simulation. The report should be no longer than 1500 words. The portfolio should be submitted
on 21 May.

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