Introduction to Human Resource Management

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Human Resource Management

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Human Resources

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The focus of this course is on people, the lifeblood of organizations. Without them, there is no need for computer systems, compensation plans, mission statements, programs or even strategic planning. With this in mind MG 106 introduces students to the basic concepts of human resource management, employment relations, and the emerging challenges in managing human resource management. In particular, this course focuses on effective use of innovative HRM practices in order for organizations to become competitive in the context of international business.
    Common themes running through the course include the: introduction to concepts of HRM; manpower planning; recruitment and selection; equal employment opportunity; rewarding employees, performance management system, pay systems and compensation, human resource training and development; employment relations strategies and policy; employee participation; bargaining process; OHS; employment flexibility; personal selling and sales promotion and emerging trends in the public sector human resource management and employment relations. All of these issues will be examined in the context of current and emerging issues in the field of human resource management and employment relations and the implications of such changes on the public and private sectors of countries in the South Pacific Region
    Learning Outcomes
    - Explain the environment forces PIC organizations face in using HRM effectively;
    - Assess professional policies and practices on employees types needed in various organizations in the Pacific Region
    - Differentiate employee and group performance in public and private sector organizations
    - Interpret PIC approaches of rewarding employees through pay structure designs and performance-related pay systems
    - Express ethical resolutions to a contemporary HRM issues in the Pacific Region, individually and in groups
    Course Content
    - Discussion of course outline and Introduction to Managing HRM
    - Trends in HRM
    - Legal Environment of HRM
    - Human Resource Planning
    - Recruiting and Retaining Employees in Organization
    - Training and Developing Employees
    - Selecting Employees and Placing them in Jobs
    - Managing Employee Performance
    - Compensating Human resources
    - Collective Bargaining and Labour Relations
    - Managing Public sector HRM
    Noe, R., Hollenbeck, J., Gerhart, B., Wright, P. (2011), Fundamentals of Human Resource Management, 4th ed., McGraw Hill, New York
    Mid-semester Test: 20%
    Group Assessment: 20%
    Case study Presentations: 10%
    Final Exam: 50%

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