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Managing People for Competitive Advantage JNB324



This unit will introduce you to the general theories and practices of competitively managing people in the workplace.

More specifically, we explore the employment relationship and the importance of managing people within this relationship from their initial selection through to their retirement or termination. In working through this unit, it should become evident that effective management of people is an important means of creating value, developing and creating a competitive advantage for organisations in the 21st century.

As you commence your studies you will notice that title of this unit is about Managing People for Competitive Advantage (MPCA). This unit concentrates on the contemporary approach to the management of human resources by focusing on the management of people to build and sustain competitive advantage. Note: Your textbook focuses on the strategy and practice of Human Resource Management (HRM) and introduces a strategic approach in Chapter 1, which is continued throughout the subsequent chapters. Student feedback has been extremely positive towards this textbook as it covers contemporary issues, the fundamentals and has numerous ‘real’ examples to clarify the concepts. Your assessment will reflect contemporary competitive and strategic issues along with the fundamentals of HRM.

Gaining an understanding of this unit will require the diversity in learning that is achieved by reading much wider than just the prescribed textbook. Whilst your textbook will be one focal point of your study, there is an expectation that, as a minimum, you will study the readings, participate in and complete the module activities (distance students) and the class activities (on-campus students). The readings specifically address issues in your assessment (excellent news).


Unit name Managing People for Competitive Advantage
Unit code JNB324
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Australian Maritime College
Discipline Maritime and Logistics Management
Coordinator Ms Allison James
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and discuss the major functions, activities, tasks, concepts and policies of strategic HRM to the competitive management of people.
  • Identify and discuss how strategic HRM can establish and maintain competitive advantage.
  • Analyse and solve business challenges through the application of strategic HRM principles.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$1,892.00 $888.00 $1,037.00 $2,213.00

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3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
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Teaching Pattern
  • On-Campus/Off-Campus: Flipped Teaching Strategy: Weekly lecture recording and readings for each Module and a weekly 2-hour workshop incorporating readings.
AssessmentExamination (40%)|Engagement Activity|Online Facilitated Discussion 1 (10%)|Essay (30%)|Online Facilitated Discussion 2 (20%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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