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Workforce Planning (7998.3)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced 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: School of Management



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    This unit will examine the theoretical frameworks and rationale behind workforce planning, then individually study the different elements that contribute to the process and implementation of an effective plan. The roles of staff selection and engagement, turnover, succession planning, assessment and strategic management initiatives will all be covered in detail, and a number of cases will be presented for analysis during the semester. Both the positive and negative aspects of workforce planning will be discussed and debated, and the contribution of an effective plan (economic, financial, ethical, industrial and strategic) debated. The place of workforce planning in the over-all Human Resource and organisational framework will be analysed and its contribution to work-life balance assessed.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of why workforce planning is important for organisations;

    2. Identify the elements of a workforce plan;

    3. Demonstrate an understanding of how workforce planning underpins effective succession planning and talent management;

    4. Demonstrate an understanding of how workforce planning underpins effective diversity management; and

    5. Demonstrate an understanding of how workforce planning underpins the effective implementation of flexible work practices.

    Assessment Items

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    Contact Hours

    3 hours per week.


    Completion of any two of the following:
    6354 Managing Human Resources,
    7878 Organisational Behaviour,
    7075 Leadership, Innovation & Change,
    6384 Industrial Relations,
    6403 Developing Human Resources,
    6370 Managing Pay & Performance,
    9529 Principles of HRM,
    9526 Principles of Organisational Behaviour,
    9533 Management Leadership

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