2014 Unit of Study
The session(s) below are for 2014. For Summer School 2014 unit of study availability please visit the Summer School website (main Summer session January/February 2014).
The University of Sydney session calendar shows exact dates for sessions.
|Offered||Semester 1a - 1st half and Semester 2a - 1st half|
|Prerequisites||minimum of 36 credit points|
|Additional Information||Capstone unit for the Master of HRM&IR.|
|Lectures||Semester 1a: Intensive - 6 days Saturday & Sunday in Weeks 1, 2 & 4 ; Semester 2a: Intensive - Saturdays in Weeks 3, 6, & 7; Sundays in Weeks 3, 5, & 6.|
|Assessment||class participation (10%), group film (10%), exam (15%), poster and pitch (20%), and essay (45%)|
|Description||This unit examines the theories, practices and debates associated with contemporary human resource development (HRD). The unit begins with an exploration of different conceptions of learning and skill. The process of HRD is examined, with a focus on needs assessment and the delivery and evaluation of learning. The relationship between HRD and other areas of HRM is explored, particularly work organisation, performance management, remuneration and enterprise governance. The role of organisational learning and knowledge management are examined in terms of changing conceptions of organisational structure and performance. A second section of the unit places HRD in the context of the wider environment. Australian policy debates are examined and HRD systems in other countries are introduced and comparisons drawn. The likely success of skills-led models of societal, industry and enterprise development in the context of globalisation and the knowledge economy are discussed. A third section of the unit explores the relationship between HRD and careers. The causes and consequences of changing career structures, the breakdown of internal labour markets and the development of new forms of organisation are examined. Particular attention is given to the issues of executive development and succession planning.|