MGMT308-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Advanced Human Resource Management

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


This course focuses on the application of human resource management strategies and practices in organisational settings. Attention is also given to the role of human resource planning and strategic approaches to human resource management

Creating capability and performance through people is a key issue for all organisations. This course examines some of the specific ways that organisations can achieve this.

The course draws on principles covered in foundation courses such as MGMT207, and other MGMT papers. The content is an advanced exploration of how human resource management strategies and practices are applied in organisational settings. This aims to provide students with both in-depth knowledge of human resource management principles and theory as well as and understanding of how to apply these.  A case- based approach is used, including examples of human resource management practices used in successful businesses.

Topics include:

• Strategic Human Resource Management
• Career Planning and Development in HRM
• International Human Resource Management
• Contemporary Recruitment
• Change and HRM
• Ethical Issues in HRM
• Ethical Leadership in HRM
• Managing Knowledge and Learning in HRM
• Managing Problem Behaviour in the Workplace
• Managing Diversity through HRM
• Virtual Human Resource Management Practices

Relationship to Other Courses
This course complements other 300-level Human Resources and Employment courses. It   is   also   relevant   for   students   aiming   to   undertake   post-graduate   study   in Management and HRM.

Course Workload
The estimated workload breakdown for MGMT308 is :

• Lectures 24 hours

• Lecture Preparation - 36 hours

• Test Preparation - 54 hours

• Assignment  - 36 hours

Total 150 hours

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students should be able to demonstrate knowledge, comprehension, analysis, and application related to HRM. In particular students will be able to:

1.   Analyse organisational settings and identify HRM issues that are present, as well as appropriate HRM approaches and interventions.
2.   Show how employee and HRM system issues can be aligned with the overall HRM
strategy of the organisation.
3.   Apply knowledge of HRM systems in developing an organisation's Strategic HR Plan.
4.   Appreciate the human resource implications of internationalising an organisation’s operations.
5.   Discuss global challenges in managing organisation’s Strategic HR, as  well  as  the  potential future role of HRM, in the 21st century.
6.   Understand the approaches to managing employee performance and engagement, as well as ways to boost these aspects.
7.   Discuss and demonstrate the impact of virtual HRM at both the individual and organisational level.
8.   Understand and develop a plan of what career in HRM entails and what factors   are necessary to succeed.

MGMT308 addresses the BCom learning goals in the following manner:

LO1.1.1 Students can demonstrate an understanding of theory, concepts, models or reasoning from their selected subject major to a problem/issue/context.
LO1.1.2 Students can critique concepts, models or reasoning from their selected subject major.
LO1.2.4 Explain the impact of technology on organisations.
LO1.2.8 Apply management concepts to analyse and deal with key organisational
and management issues.
LO2.1.1 Students can apply subject specific knowledge and tools to analyse, propose a solution to and/or address a given problem or issue. Innovative approaches and solutions are encouraged.
LO2.1.4 Students can write a report/essay on a problem/issue/situation/scenario that:
a.    incorporates content at an appropriate level of detail b.   is logically structured
c. is presented professionally using correct English, referencing and appropriate resources

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.




Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 16:00 - 18:00 E7 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 16:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 248 Computer Lab
12 Aug - 18 Aug
23 Sep - 29 Sep
02 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 248 Computer Lab
12 Aug - 18 Aug
23 Sep - 29 Sep

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Anna Earl

Guest Lecturers

Hataya Sibunruang and Yehuda Baruch


Students repeating MGMT308 are requested to get in touch with the course coordinator within the first two weeks of the semester to discuss their assessment for the course.

The marks for tests and exams may be scaled before a final grade is determined.  You should not automatically regard 50% as a pass mark.

Late Submission
Late submission of assignments will be NOT be accepted without the approval of the lecturers. Typically this means that it requires reasons similar to those needed for Special Consideration.

If an assignment is submitted in the first three days after the close-off time, then it will have 10% of the maximum possible grade deducted, for every 24 hours after the due date.  No assignments will be accepted beyond 72 hours after the close-off time.

The only exception to the above is where formal special consideration conditions are satisfied; (for details on these requirements, see the university website.  Please note that a special consideration application must be submitted within seven days of the due date for the assessment.

Textbooks / Resources

Text and readings to be advised in class. There is no set textbook for this class; rather, we will use journal articles and other materials. The readings and other materials will be made available via LEARN. Please note that this textbook from MGMT207: Stone, R.J. (2017) Human Resource Management, 9th Edition. Wiley Direct, is a good reference to go back to.


Class Representative
A class representative may be asked to volunteer in the first few weeks of class. Any problems with the course can be raised with the class rep. Their email can be found at UCSA. The class representative will take up any issues raised by class members with the lecturer concerned as they occur.

Departmental Academic Policies
The Department assumes that you have read this document.

You should also read the General Course and Examination Regulations

Dishonest Practice
The University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty.  All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.

IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $893.00

International fee $4,200.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

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