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Managing Human Capital (11191.2)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 3 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Business School


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This is an introductory unit for students doing a Major in Human Resource Management and for students seeking an in-depth exploration of issues relating to the management of human capital in contemporary organisations.

The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the theory and practice of managing an organisation's human capital and to situate this field of study in relation to the study of strategic management and strategic human resource management.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Explain the theory and concepts of human capital management and human resource management (HRM) including developments in these fields of study;

2. Apply dimensions of the competencies and behaviours of an HR professional and commence development of a learning-portfolio, reflect on and discuss the learning and development relevant to the student's professional life;

3. Explain the characteristics of effective HRM practice in one or more practice areas and identify how they relate to employee wellbeing and effective individual performance;

4. Discuss elements of sound ethical principles and use basic HR metrics in evidence-based decision-making associated with an aspect of workforce management;

5. Explain the factors driving organisational change, changes in the future of work and the workforce (such as inclusion, ICT and internationalisation) that have implications for workforce management;

6. Explain industry research in one or more areas of traditional and contemporary HRM practice in a selected organisational context that enhances employee wellbeing and job performance; and

7. Demonstrate clearly in writing the results of research and analysis of organisational HRM capability in a dynamic organisational content.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Three hours of an on-campus interactive workshop and an online lecture per week.





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