Participants are required to take a
total of ten courses (i.e. 30 units) for the MHRM programme. In addition
to the eight core courses, participant selects two elective courses.
Resources Planning and Staffing
The major purpose
of this course is to provide students with a) an appreciation of the
major theoretical perspectives relating to strategic human resources
management, b) an understanding of HRM strategies and environmental
factors affecting these strategies, and c) issues and activities
associated with the effective and socially responsible staffing of
This course covers
a full spectrum of training management and administration. It aims to
provide a comprehensive overview of the research, theory and techniques
of training and development within an organisation.
provides an overview of the philosophy and principles of performance
management and the design of effective performance management systems.
Specifically, it examines major concepts, techniques, and practices in
designing and implementing performance appraisal and other key
performance management practices.
This course takes a
pragmatic look at one of the most controversial and critical issues
facing all kinds of organisation, that is, how to compensate employees.
It focuses on the design and administering of a compensation system that
rewards employees fairly while motivating outstanding performance.
Relations and Practices
introduces various concepts on employment practices, industrial
relations as well as work-family interface and the dynamic relationships
among the different actors constituting the employment relations scene.
In addition, it covers employment and related legislation that is
commonly used by HR professionals in an everyday situation. A practical
and contemporary approach is taken, exposing the students to the full
gambit of employee-management relations in the workplace.
Human Resources Management
This course aims to enhance students’ understanding and awareness of
ethical issues in the area of HRM. It examines various ethics concepts
and moral decision frameworks, as well as their applications on HR
practices and employment issues. Special emphasis is placed on creating
and maintaining an ethical work environment.
Resources Research Methods
introduces the fundamental concepts of research design and the
collection and analysis of data in the context of Human Resources
Management. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches are covered.
Students acquire the necessary technical knowledge and skills to conduct
valid research. In addition, they acquire the knowledge and skills
needed to evaluate research conducted by others. The course demonstrates
how rigorous research can provide a basis for effective managerial
[Effective from 2018-19AY, the course is
renamed with the updated course description.]
Human Resources Research Methods and Analytics
This course introduces the fundamental concepts of research design and
the collection and analysis of data in the context of Human Resources
Management. Students acquire the necessary technical knowledge and
skills to conduct valid research and data analytics. In addition, they
acquire the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate research conducted
by others. The course demonstrates how rigorous research can provide a
basis for effective managerial decision making.
The Degree Project
provides students with an opportunity to apply their HRM and research
methods skills and knowledge in an investigation of a problem or issue
of practical significance. Specifically, the Project will develop
students’ skills in problem identification, consolidate their
understanding of HRM issues and research methods, and deepen their
understanding of the role of HRM in contributing to organisational
Students will work in teams on a client-based project or an applied
research topic. The client-bases project involves the identification of
an HRM-related organisational problem, a thorough investigation of the
problem with appropriate data collection and analysis, and the
development of well-founded, justified and implementable recommendations
to the organisation’s management. This is essentially a “consulting”-
type assignment, which must take place in a real organisation, either
students’ own or another.
An applied research topic involves a multi-organisation or industry-wide
investigation (rather than focusing on one organisation) of an HRM-
related issue and a thorough investigation of the issue with appropriate
data collection and analysis and development of implications for
practices. Such projects should also identify in principle who would be
the client for such a report.
Elective Courses (select 2 courses)
Resources Management in the PRC
This course focuses
on the human resources issues and problems encountered by international
companies in Mainland China today. It introduces to the students current
and practical issues regarding employment and HRM in Mainland China.
This course prepares participants to make decisions on various HR
policies and practices such as recruitment of local employees and
management of expatriates, performance and rewards, management
development and localisation, and the complexities of PRC labour law. In
addition, we will cover HR and Human Capital Management strategies to be
more value creating and adding to the delivery of HRM.
International and Comparative HRM
This course aims to
enhance students understanding of the role of HRM in global
organisations. It examines major HR concepts, techniques, and practices
in developing and managing a global workforce. Special emphasis is
placed on examining the key convergence and divergence of HRM practices
in a global context.
Engagement and Well-being
(Elective course from 2017-18AY)
The major purpose of this course is to enhance students understanding of
the importance of building an engaged workforce and a healthy workplace.
It covers major concepts, techniques, and practices in a) developing
and executing an engagement campaign, b) promoting workplace wellness,
and c) delivering services associated with building a healthy and
Academic Writing and Analytical Techniques Workshop
All new participants of MHRM Programme
are required to attend an 8-hour Academic Writing Workshop and an 2-hour
Analytical Techniques Workshop in August before the commencement of