MM453 Workforce Planning and Talent Development

Updated: 09 October 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in GradCertBus or GradCertCom or GradCertHRM or GradCertMgt or GradDipCom or GradDipDisMgt or GradDipFinPlan or GradDipMgt or MAdminLead or MBA or MCom or MEdAdmin or MODSHRM or MStratOrgDev or MSODHRM or MTrngDev
Co-requisites None
Restrictions PDAS581 or GSB753 or PDAS313 OR MM333
Notes None
Combined Units None
Unit Description

This unit is divided into two modules: workforce planning and talent development. Workforce planning explores the key factors influencing the demand and supply of labour, the techniques used in demand and supply forecasting, and the links between strategic workforce planning and achieving organisational objectives. The second module explores the concept of talent development. Talent development describes the suite of HR processes designed to attract, develop, motivate, and retain productive and engaged employees. Students will explore the links between effective talent development and creating a high-performing and sustainable culture in organisations.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Strategic Workforce Planning: Developing Optimized Talent Strategies for Future Growth

ISBN: 9780749482015
Sparkman, R., KoganPage 1st ed. 2018

Note: An eBook is also available (ISBN: 9780749482022).

Text refers to: Trimester 3, Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory 1. Report 30% 1750
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3-5

Compulsory 2. Essay 1 30% 1750
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3-5

Compulsory 3. Essay 2 35% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2-5

Discussion Group 5% 500
Assessment Notes

Online participation.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a specialist understanding of the key concepts, theories and tools related to workforce planning, and the ability to apply these in solving workforce-related issues;
  2. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the key concepts, theories and tools used in designing, implementing and evaluating employee development programs/initiatives;
  3. use a range of cognitive and/or communication skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise relevant theories, concepts and information drawn from a range of sources in order to demonstrate critical thinking and judgement in solving complex human resource-related problems;
  4. work independently and/or collaboratively to plan and execute tasks to enhance professional knowledge and skills in the area of workforce planning and talent development; and
  5. demonstrate the ability to recognise, reflect on, and respond appropriately to a range of ethical, cultural or social issues influencing the practice of workforce planning and talent development.