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MPM722 - 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
Previously coded as:MMM722
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 3: Bruce Mackinnon
Incompatible with: MPR722, MPT722
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 3 hour seminar per week. Students will be also be provided with recorded classes and e-live sessions

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:Learning resources are via CloudDeakin. Students will be also be provided with recorded classes and e-live session
In-person attendance requirements:


Burwood (Melbourne):

There are no weekly classes.  Students will be required to attend the following seminars:

Week 3: Thursday 26th November and Friday 27th November 2020 9.00am - 5.00pm

Week 8: Thursday 14th January and Friday 15th January 2021 9.00am – 5.00pm

Week 11: Thursday 4th February 2021 - morning session only - session time to be confirmed


  • Cloud (online) enrolled students are also welcome to attend Intensive offering sessions.


The unit content focuses on the strategic management of people in the workplace.  It is designed for managers or aspiring managers to be able to understand the potential of strategic HRM in the macro context to build a strategic competitive advantage for organisations.  It uses a mix of local and global examples to illustrate these points.  Specific attention is given to issues of strategic alignment and developing a HR strategy, talent management, human resources planning, talent development, and managing for performance.  Students will also develop practical skills in HRM topics that they will be able to utilise in their workplaces.


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

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Critique the principal elements of human resource management and assess their relationships to the strategic and operational management of organisations.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Evaluate the application of human resource management principles and theories to domestic and global organisations.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO8: Global citizenship


Develop strategies to improve human resource management practices within organisations which meet stakeholder needs.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem solving
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 
Written Assignment (Individual) 3000 words plus 500 words from a related blog discussion on the theory associated with the research question on Cloud Deakin

Written assignment 3000 words

Blog: 500 words


Week 6


Examination 2 hours 50% 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.

Hurdle requirement

Hurdle requirement: achieve 50% of the marks available on the examination.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MPM722 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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