Human Resource Planning and Development

This unit examines two main areas of Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM): Human Resource Planning (HRP) and Human Resource Development (HRD). HRP is important for management to understand the current and future HR needs in order to align with the strategic objectives of the organisation and to deal with changes in the external environment. In this unit, students will learn the processes involved in conducting HR planning: examining the factors influencing the demand and supply of labour, analysing the organisation's goals, strategies and policies in order to determine workforce requirements. HRD covers the theories and principles governing the design, implementation and evaluation of HR initiatives.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: HRM202
  • Credit points: 10


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Human Resource Planning and Development

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Critically assess the role of the HR manager using key theories and approaches. Consider the implications of this function for a Christian and/or NFP context;
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the theoretical relationship between effective Human Resource Planning (HRP) and Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM);
  3. Explain the role of Training and Development within HR Functions and Processes;
  4. Demonstrate an ability to analyse future needs. This includes Labour Demand Forecasting
  5. Describe the context for HR in organisations from a Christian perspective;
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the HR context for Services and Not-for-Profit Organisations, and the implications of this for HRP and SHRM.

Subject Content

  1. Strategic Human Resource Management
  2. Human Resource Planning: Importance and Approaches
  3. Human Resource Planning: Processes and Forecasting
  4. Organisational Objectives and Policies: Ethical Issues
  5. HR Planning: Balancing Demand and Supply
  6. Recruitment and Selection of Human Resources
  7. Appraising and Managing Performance
  8. Career Planning and Development

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face-to-Face
  • Distance / Global Online

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Minor Essay (25%)
  • Workforce Plan and Case Study (50%)
  • Minor Essay (25%)

Prescribed Text

Readings provided