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    Bachelor of Human
    Resource Management
    Five-year programme 374 credits
    FEES PER CREDIT - 2018: R 220
    MODULE FEES ARE REVISED ANNUALLY


Bachelor of Human Resource Management

The purpose of the Bachelor of Human Resource Management is to equip graduates with an in-depth grounding in human resource management (HRM) knowledge, theory, principles and skills so that they can contribute to the multifunctional, multinational public and business sectors, confidently executing analytical, interpretive, strategic and integrative skills.

The exit learning outcomes of the programme are aligned with the requirements of NQF Level 7 and students are required to apply theoretical knowledge to complex problems and to present such application as a well-structured argument using academic discourse.

The Bachelor of Human Resource Management will empower students with a set of skills, values, attitudes and knowledge to enable them to:

  • contribute to the development, growth, competitiveness and sustainability of organisational assets: employees, teams and associated communities;
  • formulate, plan, strategise, execute, measure and improve HRM and business processes, practices, systems and solutions;
  • partner, learn from and collaborate with national, regional and global HRM and business stakeholders to improve the performance of human capital via talent development;
  • apply innovation and technology to implement and improve HRM and business systems, policy, procedure and best practices; and
  • comply with good governance, strong ethics and quality performance standards when implementing, managing and improving HRM and business practices.

Admission requirements: 

A Senior Certificate or a National Senior Certificate that meets the specific admission criteria or a SAQA equivalence certificate for international school leaving certificates is required.

A minimum Academic Performance Score (APS) of 28 is required for admission into this degree with Mathematics and 30 with Mathematical Literacy, with the following specifications: 

• English with a D symbol (APS=4); 
• Mathematics with a D symbol (APS=4); 
Mathematical Literacy with a D symbol (APS=4)

Students with a relevant HRM or related national Certificate or Diploma may also gain access to this degree.

Have a question? Email enquiries@online.uj.ac.za or phone 0800 980 364 (toll-free).

Reasons to Enrol in a UJ Online Programme



Our online programmes are carefully designed to make earning an accredited university qualification possible for students from all walks of life.

Students benefit from the rigour and faculty instruction of a traditional programme, made accessible online.



No travel required

6 start dates per year

Pay per module

Fully supported

Work and learn


COMPULSORY MODULES - 374 CREDITS

The purpose of this module is to introduce the student to the field, profession and practices of the Human Resources Practitioner within the context of the HR value chain: HR planning, recruitment, selection, appointment, performance management, performance development, organisational development, remuneration, employee relations, wellness, information systems and retention strategy. Explore people management best practices to align the HR value chain to the Line Manager functions ensuring fairness, accountability, responsibility and transparency. Students focus on the HR arena in the business, private and public sectors within the local, national and international marketplace.
The purpose of this module is to allow for a basic awareness and understanding of the contributions of Industrial Psychology in the establishment of effective human-machine system interactions. The student will be able to define ergonomics, describe the historical development of ergonomics as well as the focus and objectives of ergonomics, discuss the role of the ergonomist, apply the advantages of ergonomics and apply ergonomics to specific user populations. The student will know the basics regarding human abilities and limitations that can influence human reliability in systems operations.
The purpose of this module is to provide students with basic knowledge and understanding of the scientific literature regarding consumer psychology. Students need to identify, describe and contextualise theoretical knowledge and concepts related to consumer psychology in order to understand its basic nature and practical implications. The students will be able to explain consumer psychology within the framework of industrial psychology, to explain and criticise the intra-psychic domain of consumer behaviour used by marketers to influence and stimulate consumers’ behaviour into buying products/services, and to illustrate its practical implications so as to contextualise the contemporary consumer.
The main focus for this module is to provide the student with an overview and an introduction to Industrial Psychology. The module will focus on the traditions of basic psychology (Psychology schools of thought). The module will examine the relationship between basic psychology and Industrial psychology. The student will be provided with a basic knowledge and understanding of industrial psychology concepts as related to the biological basis of behaviour, research methodology, human development and personality and values.
The purpose of this module is to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of management as a science and study objective, the business environment and its interactive sub-environment. Furthermore students will be provided with a global overview of General Management as a management function and prepare them for challenges in the South African business environment in a multicultural context. The purpose of this module is to provide the student with intellectual competencies, practical skills and an understanding of General Management based on historical and modern approaches as well as the management tasks, namely planning, organizing, leading and controlling.
The purpose of this module is to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of data and information as a science and a study field. This module will cover data and information science and management, the different phases in the information life cycle, the different types of information sources, and explore personal databases.
The purpose of this module is to give students a proper foundation in important Mathematical skills needed to pursue studies in Accounting, Business, Finance and Economics. Students are taught various topics in fundamental Algebra and Graphs with direct applications in the relevant fields.
The purpose of this module is to understand and specify the topics covered in the field of Industrial psychology. The main topics to be covered include diversity, attitude and job satisfaction, emotions and moods, perceptions and individual decision making and social processes for development perception, and motivation. Students need to identify, describe and distinguish concepts and theories applicable to the scientific field of Industrial Psychology, acquiring a basic understanding of the nature of problems experienced in organisations.
The purpose of this module is to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of online information resources. This module will cover South African information Acts, the Internet and Web as information infrastructure, natural search strategies and how to evaluate content found in the online environment.
The purpose of this module is to empower students to practice fair, valid and reliable recruitment, selection, remuneration, rewards, appointments and orientation processes when engaging with line managers to contract the right people for the right jobs to achieve the organisational strategic goals. Students will also learn to ensure that legislation, policy and procedures (Conditions of Service), processes, monitoring, evaluation, effective communication, quality and records are of high standards.
The purpose of this module is to develop the students’ fundamental theoretical academic knowledge on how to gather, integrate and disseminate information which can be used to provide them with a global overview of management functions and prepare them for challenges in the South African business environment in a multicultural context. Furthermore, this module will also develop the student with fundamental academic knowledge, intellectual competencies, and practical skills on how to apply and disseminate the functional areas of a business. Marketing Management, Logistics and Supply Management, Operational Management, Information Management, Financial Management, Human Resource Management and External Communications is covered in detail.
The purpose of this module is to give students a proper foundation in important Mathematical skills needed to pursue studies in Accounting, Business, Finance and Economics. Students are taught various topics in fundamental Algebra and Graphs with direct applications in the relevant fields.
Upon completion of this module, students will have the basic competence and the basic practical skills that will enable them to apply the substantive law formally in practical situations. A student who has successfully completed this module will have sufficient knowledge to be able to identify and classify basic labour law disputes. The student will gain a general insight into substantive law as contained in common law, individual service contracts and collective labour law as contained in legislation.
The purpose of this module is for students to gain skills and competencies to empower line managers to manage the performance and development of employees. Students will understand the HR business partner, HRD practitioner and line manager roles in employee performance development and improvement within the context of established performance management and HRD theories, systems, models and frameworks. Students will also learn to align employee performance and development to talent management, succession planning, career paths and promotions.
The purpose of this module is to enable students to promote effective and efficient employee relations, wellness and safety within the workplace as per legislative requirements (BCOE; LRA; EEA; OSHA; etc.). Students will use multiple case studies, actual workplace observations and investigations to understand the role of collective bargaining councils, unions, peer educator programmes and risk management in maintaining and sustaining employee engagement, diversity integration and improved individual and team performance.
This module aims to develop a basic ability to define terms commonly used in Statistics, to show how a set of data can be organised in a meaningful way and presented so as to reveal or enhance its fundamental properties. The student will also be able to measure and model the linear relationship between two variables. A student credited with this module will have developed a basic ability to analyse a time series, understand and implement the basic concepts of probability, probability distributions, sampling distributions and elementary matrix operations.
The purpose of this module is to provide students with an introduction to study the field of Organisation Behaviour. Students are equipped with the intellectual competencies for acquiring and understanding knowledge about behaviour on an individual, group and organisational level. Students need to identify, describe, distinguish, apply and analyse concepts and theories related to the scientific field of organisational psychology, allowing a thorough understanding of the nature of problems experienced within organisations and options for addressing these problems.
The purpose of this module is to introduce students to research methods and psychological assessment in industrial psychology.
The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the inter-relationship between the various value creating activities in an organisation through the learning, knowing, understanding and application of theory, standards and principles. The important departure point will be an introduction to the systems approach after which a thorough identification and interpretation will follow of operations and strategy. Project management in operations will also be discussed including the concepts, principles and standards.
The purpose of this module is to develop the students’ fundamental theoretical academic knowledge on how to gather, integrate and disseminate information which can be used to provide them with an insight into Contemporary Management Aspects. This will include a thorough understanding of Change Management and the effect thereof. Creativity and Innovation will prepare the student for an entrepreneurial impact and prepare them for challenges in the South African business environment in a multicultural context. Furthermore, this module will also develop the student with fundamental academic knowledge, intellectual competencies, and practical skills on how to apply and disseminate Risk Management and introduce Globalisation and the International Markets.
This module aims to develop a basic understanding of inferential statistics and the ability to apply the methodology to a variety of business oriented problems. This module is also intended to equip students with mathematical skills involving the differential and integral calculus and the optimisation of functions subject to constraints and to apply these to understand modern theories about the functioning of the economy.
The first part of the module will provide students with the ability to understand and describe the field of Personnel Psychology. Core aspects of the course include research methods in Personnel Psychology, the changing nature of work, standards of effective personnel decision-making, psychological assessments in recruitment and selection, and aspects of fairness in the South African labour and legislative context. The second part of the module will provide students with the ability to understand and describe the field of Career Psychology. Academic content related to individual career-planning processes, life and career phases, contemporary career issues, the integration of career management principles with HR systems, and industrial mental health is covered.
This module will provide students with the intellectual competencies required to identify, examine and apply ethical principles which will enable them to comprehend their professional ethical obligation as it applies to the field of Industrial Psychology. This module will also provide students with applied competencies in Industrial Psychology in order to examine, apply and analyse the relevance of the field within organisations. This module allows for a comprehensive understanding of ethical principles within organisations as well as the practical application of Industrial Psychology.
The purpose of this module is to provide the learner with knowledge, interpretation, analysis and an understanding of strategic management as a long-term management process focusing on the strategic management planning process considering the organisational vision and mission; all the internal and external inputs; the formulation, interpretation and application of the appropriate strategies, and the implementation and institutionalisation of the selected strategies.
The purpose of the module is to develop academic students who can demonstrate a focused knowledge base, theory, interpretation, and practical skills of international management by remembering, understanding, applying and analysing the unique concepts of international management in terms of a global business environment.
This module provides the learner with a wide range of theoretical and some practical knowledge in the field of project management.
The purpose of this module is to provide the student with the necessary knowledge to identify the characteristics of a knowledge economy. The student will have a comprehensive understanding of intellectual capital as a key commodity in a knowledge economy and will be able to describe the importance of knowledge-intensive activities in wealth creation; show cognisance of the problems, issues and opportunities of developing countries moving towards a knowledge economy; and differentiate between the specific characteristics and skills necessary to contribute to the workplace in the knowledge economy. Students are equipped with research skills through report writing regarding these aspects.
Graduates are equipped with technological skills and acumen to effectively and efficiently manage databases of employee records. Students use HR analytics and metrics to capture, store and report on a variety of datasets within the HR value chain thereby affirming HR as a professional, strategic player in organisational development. Specialised skills and strategies are used to improve the efficiency of HR information systems (HRIS).
The purpose of this modules is to expose students to observations, research, learning and data gathering during the simulated, integrated HR project. To graduate, students must gain “Competent” status for their team simulation + individual POE + individual presentation.
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