Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)


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Program Description

  • Discover how to strategically align human capital with business objectives.
  • Focus on core HR areas including recruitment, learning and development, workforce planning, work health and safety, employee performance management and motivation.
  • Develop analytical data skills using a variety of business tools and technologies that assist decision making in all facets of HR.
  • Explore current and emerging workplace challenges through curriculum informed by the Centre for Workplace Excellence (CWeX).
  • This degree is accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). It is also recognised by the world’s largest HRM body, based in the United States – the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
  • UniSA Business is in the top 1% worldwide1 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2019.
  • Ranked in the Top 10 nationally for Business and Economics2

1UniSA Business is one of just ten institutions in Australia and 189 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2020.

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Study a 100% online HR degree designed specifically for online learning. Take full control over your study - access support seven days a week, plan your study to fit around your life, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

Successful HR professionals are business strategists, coaches and mentors who have exceptional people skills and a passion for working with others. As part of this degree, you'll develop the skills and knowledge to manage people in order to achieve positive outcomes. From recruitment, training and development, and workforce planning to work health and safety, and employee performance management, you'll explore all facets of HR.

While it’s important to have a broad understanding of core HR areas, employers look for people who can think of the bigger picture too. In this degree, you'll learn strategic HR management where you'll explore the importance of aligning HR plans with organisational objectives - a priority for organisations who wish to gain an advantage in today's competitive business landscape.

What you'll learn

The degree starts with core courses in business theory. These will give you a solid grasp of business fundamentals such as international business, economics and accounting and intelligence.

In your Human Resource Management specialisation, you’ll focus on people management – recruitment, training, performance and retention. You’ll develop technical, analytical and practical skills in areas such as:

  • recruitment and selection
  • performance management
  • employee compensation
  • job design and analysis
  • workplace health and safety
  • industrial relations

Degree structure

Please note, courses may not be displayed in order of study.

First year

  • Critical Approaches to Online Learning
  • Business and Society
  • Accounting for Business
  • Business Law
  • Quantitative Methods for Business
  • Career Development for Professionals OR Elective
  • Marketing Principles: Trading and Exchange
  • Principles of Economics

Second year

  • Foundations of Human Resource Management
  • Work Health and Safety Management Principles
  • Business Operations
  • Training and Development
  • Performance and Compensation Management
  • Business Intelligence
  • Management and Organisation
  • Employment Law

Third year

  • Staffing Organisations
  • Strategic Management
  • Management of Industrial Relations
  • International Business Environments
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Elective X3

Study Human Resource Management 100% online

Dr Gerry Treuren, Senior Lecturer: School of Management and Josh Cramp, Online Educational Designer: University of South Australia Online give an insight into what the HR Management degree is about, and how the degree has been designed to suit busy adults on the go.

Why a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)

Recognised by the world’s largest HR industry body*, this degree will prepare you for a professional career in a global environment. You'll develop an understanding of management systems and leadership skills in an international context.

Course content is informed by the Centre for Workplace Excellence (CWeX), a world-class research centre at the forefront of current and future workplace challenges. With extensive industry connections and partnerships right around the world, you’ll be learning the latest in HR research and practice and will explore emerging trends in areas like work-life balance, diversity or performance appraisal.

Employers look for graduates who can apply theory to real industry challenges. While you're studying, you'll be able to harness and apply what you've learned immediately into your workplace. University of South Australia HR graduates have gone on to roles in Australian and international companies including BHP Billiton, Coca-Cola Amatil, BAE, Santos, Ernst and Young and Qantas.

*Recognised by the world’s largest HRM body, based in the United States, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Your career

It’s an exciting time to join the HR industry. As an HR professional, you’ll play a crucial role in bringing innovation and achieving business objectives. HR is an extremely rewarding career for people who enjoy seeing the impact they’ve made on the success of the business, and on the lives of the people within it.

There is a diverse range of opportunities found across all sectors, mainly in medium-to-large companies including banks, retail, construction to not-for-profits and government departments. Many organisations also choose to outsource their HR processes, making recruitment consultancies another source of employment.

A University of South Australia Online Business degree can help you pursue the following careers:

  • Human resources adviser: recruit, train and develop staff; approve job descriptions and advertisements; advise on employment law and organisational policies and procedures; negotiate salaries, contracts, working conditions or redundancy packages.
  • Human resources manager: plan, administer and review activities concerned with staff selection, training and development, conditions of employment and other staffing issues within an organisation.
  • Recruitment consultant: work on behalf of companies to source candidates for job vacancies; analyse and understand job specifications; conduct keyword searches on internal recruitment databases, assess CVs online using various job websites, or actively ‘headhunt’ senior professionals through independent research.
  • Learning and development adviser: liaise with managers and interview employees to identify and assess training and development needs; deliver and oversee training; monitor progress made through training programs; design training programs.
  • Change management adviser: develop and execute organisation-wide change management strategies; create change impact assessments and workforce transition action plans; develop internal change communication plans.
  • Industrial relations consultant: provide advice and support on a range of employment and industrial relations issues including legislative interpretation, dispute resolution, policy development, union relationships and enterprise agreement matters.
  • Workforce planning adviser: provide strategic advice on workforce issues including staffing plans and staffing budgets, work schedules, recruitment, job fulfilment and employee training programs; collect and analyse data to assess future needs and improve business operations.
  • Work health and safety consultant: support the development of WHS policies and programs; advise and instruct on various safety-related topics; conduct a risk assessment and enforce preventative measures; review existing policies and update according to legislation; organise WHS training.

Professional accreditation

The program has been evaluated and accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute. Recognition from this HR professional body signifies to employers that the contents of the program equips our graduates with the AHRI Model of Excellence capabilities to deal with the full range and complexity of tasks inherent in the profession of HRM.

This program has been acknowledged by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) as being aligned with its recommended requirements for HR degrees as outlined in the SHRM HR Curriculum Guidebook and templates. The University of South Australia is one of 323 educational institutions throughout the world that have been acknowledged by SHRM to define HR education standards taught in university business schools. Recognition from this internationally acclaimed HRM professional body signifies to employers that the contents of the program equip our graduates with the HRM competencies required to work in a global environment.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
  • IELTS speaking [6.0]
  • IELTS listening [6.0]

IT Requirements

As a general rule of thumb, any desktop or laptop computer purchased in the past three years should be capable of meeting your online learning needs. While mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones will be able to access most of your online course content, there are likely to be elements of most courses where we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer. Your computer should be able to:

  • run a modern browser (Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions)
  • run Java and in some cases Flash (devices running on Apple's iOS operating system, such as iPads, iPhones, do not run Flash)
  • run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone)
  • Some University of South Australia Online degrees require an online exam. The online exam software – Remote Proctor Now – has specific capability requirements. Please refer to the system requirements prior to conducting your exam to ensure your computer is compatible.

Access free IT software and resources

As a University of South Australia Online student, you'll:

  • Get free access to the full Office 365 ProPlus suite, which includes full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access and Lync software. Install the full suite on up to five different devices (PC and Mac compatible).
  • Get 1Tb of personal storage that syncs with your PC or mobile device through OneDrive - it's like an extra hard drive that allows you to open any of your files from any of your devices, whenever you need them.
  • Get free access to - Access more than 5000 video courses on a broad range of topics such as the Microsoft Office suite, time management and study skills, health and wellbeing, communication and presentation skills, photography, film making and designing your own games or mobile apps.
  • Be able to connect with others using Skype for Business, Yammer and the Outlook Web App.

There are some degrees that have specialised software requirements. We've made this software available to students to access for free - you'll be able to download and install any of the required programs on your own device anywhere and anytime.

How to apply

The application process is easy – just follow these simple steps:

1. Submit an online enquiry

If you're ready to apply, the first step is to fill out and submit our online enquiry form. Here you'll be asked a series of questions to see if you're eligible. Following your online enquiry, one of our Degree Advisers will contact you at your preferred time to discuss the application process.

2. Speak to a Degree Adviser and start your application

If you're eligible, you'll receive an email outlining the entry requirements and the relevant documentation you need in order to be considered.

In order to verify your academic qualifications, you'll need to upload relevant documents like your official parchment, certificates or transcripts. If you have work experience, you will need to upload your CV as well as any other documents like work references, professional recognition or accreditation or your training certification.

Your email will contain information on the specific documents you need to provide as well as a link to begin your application. You'll be asked to create an account and set your own password.

3. Complete your application and send through your documents

In order to proceed with your conditional offer, you’ll need to complete your application and provide the required evidence of your previous study or work experience.

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Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

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