HRMT5530 Developing a Professional HR Career

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit develops personal, interpersonal and team skills that distinguish outstanding human resource management (HRM) and other professionals. Being a successful HRM professional requires more than content knowledge and technical skill. The unit provides the opportunity to refine and build skills essential to building a successful career and operating effectively within an organisation. Underpinned by career planning principles and the six key capabilities identified by the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI), this unit gives students the opportunity to identify and develop the key interpersonal and intrapersonal skills and attributes of a contemporary, strategically aligned HRM professional.

Recent literature has identified the need for professionals to acquire knowledge in the areas of self-management and the management of others to contribute to organisational performance. To achieve this, the unit is most effectively undertaken toward the end of the course to build upon concepts learned across all units with a strong focus on the application of theory to practice. On completion of this unit, students develop the knowledge and skills needed for successful career planning and prepare their own personal career action plan.
Students are able to (1) explain and apply career development theories and frameworks into practical HRM strategies; (2) demonstrate the capacity for self-reflection as a tool for career development; (3) apply a career planning model to their own development; and (4) explain the link between career development and its relationship to being a contributing member of the HR profession.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) two assignments and (2) project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jacquie Hutchinson
Unit rules
EMPL5412 Employment Relations
HRMT5504 Introduction to Human Resource Management
Contact hours
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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