MBUS603-20T2 (C) Term Two 2020

Managing People and Performance

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 May 2020
End Date: Sunday, 9 August 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 17 July 2020


To provide an in-depth understanding of managing people and performance that is academically sound and professionally relevant.

The effective management of an organisation’s human capital and the sustainability of that human capital are major management responsibilities. This course promotes an in-depth understanding of human resource management systems organisations can utilise to effectively manage their human capital, and in so doing enhance organisational performance.

The course focuses on the application of human resource management strategies and practices in real organisational settings. As such the course aims to provide students with both in-depth knowledge of human resource management principles and theory, as well as the skills to apply this knowledge in a practical manner.  An applied and case-based teaching approach is adopted, and lectures will include examples of human resource management practices used in successful New Zealand, Australian and other international businesses. Regular case study discussions will contribute significantly to your learning in MBUS603.

Topics include:

• Introduction to HRM and HR strategy
• Strategic Human Resource Planning
• The analysis and design of work
• Attracting talent - Contemporary employee recruitment
• Selecting talent - The science of employee selection
• Developing and retaining talent
• Managing and motivating performance
• Rewarding performance
• International Human Resource Management
• Employee engagement (not covered specifically but addressed across the other topics)
• Essential New Zealand employment legislation (not covered specifically but addressed across the other topics)

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

Goal 1: Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of current theoretical concepts, frameworks and industry practice within the fields of business and management;

Goal 2: Think logically, analytically and critically with respect to the academic and professional literature with the field of business and management;

Goal 3: Plan and carry out independent research that demonstrates critical awareness of academic and professional issues in the fields of business and management;

Goal 4: Synthesise academic and professional literature and effectively communicate this information and research findings, both orally and in written form, to a range of audiences.

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 situations in organisational settings and determine what problems exist, which HRM systems may have bearing on the problem, and what interventions (e.g., changes to HRM systems) are appropriate responses.

2. Discuss how responses to individual employee and HRM system issues must be aligned with and can contribute to the overall strategic direction of the organisation.

3. Apply knowledge of HRM systems in proposing solutions to organisational problems, and as a means to enhance individual and organisational performance.

4. Critically examine contemporary HRM practices, both from a scholarly and an applied perspective.


Subject to the approval of the Programme Director


MBAD605, MBUS625, MBUS615

Timetable Note


Tuesdays 5 – 8pm.

There will be ten lectures in total. Lectures will consist of a combination of formal lectures, case study discussions, occasional industry guest speaker presentations and in-class exercises. Lecture outlines for each lecture will be available on LEARN prior to the lecture.


MBUS603 requires you to be actively involved in class discussions and regular case study discussions. This means that you will need to come to class prepared to discuss the case or topic for the week. Following submission of the group case analysis we will have an in-depth discussion of the cases in class. I will lead the discussion, however, all students are expected to contribute their ideas and interpretation of the case. There is also a significant individual assignment that requires you write a critical essay on a contested topic in the field of HRM. While the individual essay is only 2,500 words long, getting to the point of writing the essay will involve quite a bit of reading so you are encouraged to start work on the assignment early.
The estimated workload breakdown for MBUS603 is provided below:

• Lectures 30 hours
• Lecture preparation 30 hours
• Individual essay 40 hours
• Individual test preparation 25 hours
• Case study analyses 25 hours
Total 150 hours

Course Coordinator

Fleur Pawsey

Fleur Pawsey
Telephone: X90496
Office Hour: By appointment.


Group case analysis  --  30 July, 20 Aug, 10 Sep 2019  --  60%

Final Test  --  21 September 2019  --  40%

In order to pass MBUS603 you must achieve an average mark of 50% over all the pieces of assessment. Additionally there is a 45% rule for the final test. This means that you must obtain a minimum mark of 45% in the final test in order to pass MBUS603, regardless of your overall course average.

Marks:  The marks for assessment work can be scaled before a final grade is determined. You should not regard a raw score of 50% as a pass mark.

Textbooks / Resources

There is no required textbook for MBUS603. Most of the lecture material for MBUS603 will be drawn from two recommended readings. Both of these texts are available in the University library and you do not need to purchase these books.

• Stone, R.J. (2017) Human Resource Management, 9th Edition. Wiley Direct. Please note that this textbook is only available via digital copy through Wiley Direct. While you are welcome to purchase a copy, this should not be necessary as the material is available electronically through the UC library.

• Macky, K (2008). Managing Human Resources: Contemporary perspectives in New Zealand. Australia: McGraw-Hill.

Additional readings in the will also be made available via LEARN for most lectures and your essay assignment. These will comprise scholarly articles as well as consultant and industry reports.

Course links


Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,218.00

* 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.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Business Taught Masters Programmes on the department and colleges page.

All MBUS603 Occurrences

  • MBUS603-20T2 (C) Term Two 2020