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MMH230 - Fundamentals of Human Resource Management


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 5 October 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Keith Abbott
Trimester 3: Jo Ingold

For students commencing courses M300, M307, D301, D313, D317, D321, D322, D325, D338, D366 or D388 from Trimester 1 2016: MMM132


For M335 students: MMM132

Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour class, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1x 2 hour class (recordings provided) + 1 hour online seminar (recordings provided) per week


This unit draws from contemporary theories and functions to provide students with a structured understanding of the strategic role of Human Resources in sustaining the performance of organisations. The unit takes a critical focus on the controversies and challenges involved in managing human resources.


At the completion of this Unit, successful students can: 

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Identify and explain SHRM frameworks, theories, concepts, and processes, and the broader legal context within which SHRM is performed.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Analyse problems and issues that may arise in an organisational context, and based on the application of relevant SHRM frameworks and theories make informed recommendations for the improvement of HRM processes in order to resolve the problems /issues identified.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem solving


Collect integrate and critically analyse theoretical and empirical information using standard research techniques and produce a clear and logically written discussion around specific SHRM issues/scenarios.

GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking


These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: (Individual) Written Analytical Essay 3000 words 40% Week 8
Examination 2 hours 60% Exam period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MMH230 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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