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MMH331 - Strategic 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 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Kerrie Saville
Trimester 3: Bruce Hearn Mackinnon

Must have passed five units in MMH230, MMH231, MMH232, MMH250, MMH349, MMH352, MMH356,

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 1 hour online class + 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 1 hour online class + 1 x 2 hour online seminar per week


Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) encapsulates human resource management (HRM) knowledge and skills from within the major. SHRM considers the fundamental dimensions of HRM within various strategic HRM frameworks. The unit provides opportunity for the application of the collective HRM skills and knowledge in a real life business case, and as applied to contemporary HRM issues. The decision making of HR practitioners is considered in all aspects of the unit, especially as lens for critical thought and analysis of issues. Students will begin to understand how their accumulative experience in HRM has shaped their professional HRM identity as they move into the job market. SHRM brings together the HRM major in such a way that students will have clearly defined and evidenced job ready skills and knowledge.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Evidence their professional identity in Human Resource Management through the reflection on their HRM experiences and preparation for the HRM job market.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO6: Self-management


Analyse contemporary HRM issues and reflect on the issues in light of cumulative HRM theory.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO6: Self-management


Critically analyse an issue/scenario in a business and based on the application of HRM theories and frameworks make informed HRM recommendations for the business and its success.

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


Analyse ethical, social and regulatory considerations and professional conduct requirements in addressing human resource challenges.

GLO8: Global citizenship

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 Professional Identity Assessment

Part A: Recording

Part B: Written work



5 mins

800 words




Week 4
Assessment 2: Individual Critical Reflection 2000 words 20% Week 10

Assessment 3: Workplace Case Study

Part A: Group of 3

Part B: Individual


4000 words

2000 words







Week 7

Week 11

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.

Hurdle requirement

Hurdle Requirement: Successfully complete the professional literacy module to gain access to the assignment dropbox for assessment 1

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MMH331 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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