Subject Code: AHRM100


This subject provides an introduction to human resource management (HRM).

The subject emphasises HRM practices and draws on case studies and related research to illustrate these practices: it has been designed to help you explore the way an organisation manages its human resources.

The way in which people are managed is vital for the sustainability of any organisation. Organisational sustainability relies not only on financial outcomes but also wellbeing, customer satisfaction and social environmental responsibility.

The course will challenge you to think analytically and explain how HR concepts are applied in an organisational setting. The subject relies on reflection and higher order thinking skills, so that you are more confident when it comes to HRM matters.


This subject aims to provide you with fundamental knowledge about Human Resource Management Practices
such as strategy and its relationship to people management and processes. In addition to the discipline-based
learning objectives, all academic programs at ICMS seek to develop students’ generic skills in a range of areas.
You will also develop skills in the following:

  • Communication Skills
  • Critical Analysis
  • Creative Thinking
  • Report Writing Skills

Teaching and Learning Strategy

The course will consist of lectures and tutorials. These will include relevant case studies: group discussions and readings that touch on key concepts. These strategies will allow students to acquire the skills necessary to develop integrated HR strategies and to make key business decisions for the future benefit of all stakeholders in their organisations.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand contemporary Human Resource Management (HRM) theories and concepts and apply them to the modern workplace.

  2. Define the role and objectives of HRM and its link to organisational objectives and success.

  3. Identify the phases of the Employee Life Cycle and how they contribute a competitive advantage to an

  4. Assess the challenges facing HRM to ensure that policies, procedures and activities are consistent with the
    principles of ethics, good corporate governance and sustainability.


Exams will take place in weeks 12 & 13. Please refer to the official Exam Timetable for further information.

You are required to prepare for assessments by reading the subject matter in subject notes, handouts and readings. Class work and practical application of theory will assist in reinforcing the importance of the subject topics. You are required to participate in class discussions and activities.

Assignment 1 DUE Week 5 – Individual Assignment

Design a one page poster and a supporting one page fact sheet (1,000 words) related to a specific HR topic as outlined in the assessment brief.

Assignment 2 DUE Week 9 – Individual Assignment

Apply each stage of the Employee Life Cycle to your chosen company, submitted in the form of a 1,500 word report.

NoTypeWeightingLearning Outcomes
1Individual Assignment30.00%1,3,4
2Individual Assignment30.00%1,2,4
3Final Exam40.00%1,2,3,4