BB212 - Human Resource Development

Credit Points: 15

Prerequisite: BB103 Management Principles

Co-requisite: N/A

Workload: 36 contact hours

Campus: Melbourne, Sydney

Aims & Objectives

This is a second-year core unit in the Bachelor of Business, major in Management and offered as an elective unit in the Bachelor of Business majors in accounting and marketing.

Knowledge of human resource strategies that add value to an organisation through appropriate development practices and talent management is required to effectively manage the human resource development function in organisations. Students will investigate the theory and practice of human resource development by critically assessing the effectiveness of employee learning experiences and the techniques used to facilitate that experience.  The aim of this Unit is to facilitate the learning of concepts and practices related to human resource development (HRD).  The Unit emphasises the role of HRD in operationalising corporate strategy and in the creation and management of organisational knowledge.  Students will learn about contemporary adult learning and HRD theories.  Students will learn how to integrate this knowledge when undertaking the analysis, design and development of effective HRD programs in organisations.

Unit topics include:

  • Introduction to human resource development
  • The Human resource development training program
  • Human resource development and organisational development

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Analyse a range of organisational needs analysis approaches and recommend a suitable method to identify human resource development needs for specific contexts;
  2. Investigate a range of human resource development design approaches available, and recommend their use to address specific learning needs;
  3. Interpret theories of adult learning to the workplace, to diagnose, design and implement a human resource development program;
  4. Discuss human resource development applications for effectiveness and efficiency; and
  5. Demonstrate appropriate communication skills in individual and group work and written and oral presentations.

Teaching Method

Lecture: 2 hours
Tutorial/Workshop: 1 hour
Face to Face


Assessment Task
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Contribution in classd-e*10%
In-Class Testc*10%
Part A: Training Needs Assessment (TNA) and Training Plan (TP) (Group)a,b,c*10%
Part B: Learning Program and Training Delivery (Group)c,d,e*30%
Final Examination (3 hours)a-e*40%
Total 100%

*refer to learning outcomes above.


Prescribed Text Book:

Students are advised to check the unit outline for prescribed Textbooks.

Reference Reading

Students are advised to check the unit outline for additional reference materials.

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicateIndependent and Lifelong LearningEthicsAnalytical and Problem Solving Cultural and Global AwarenessTeam workSpecialist knowledge of a field of study


Colour coding    

Extent covered

                               The standard  is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations
 The standard is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations
 The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations 
 The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by  activities such as lectures or tutorials
 The standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard