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Start date
February
August

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
DBBH

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2020: AUD$ 32,600 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
080603K

Degree overview

  • Study at the No.1 Business School in South Australia for graduate careers1.
  • Learn about the latest discoveries in human resources.
  • Focus on people management including recruitment, training, performance and retention.
  • Use advanced electives in your final year to develop research skills, work through a business simulation or undertake an industry placement.
  • Develop an understanding of effective management systems and leadership skills in a global context.
  • This degree is recognised by the world’s largest HRM body, based in the United States – the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
  • Explore how you can expand your expertise in two fields and add a second qualification to your studies with a combined degree.
  • Study a curriculum informed by above world-class research in Human Resource Management2
  • The University of South Australia Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide3 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2019.

1QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate and Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 22018 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA). 3UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in Australia and 183 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, August 2019.

Snapshot

Catherine Macleod HRM - Copy.jpgSuccess in a modern business environment is often talked of in terms of leadership, workplace culture and the health and wellbeing of employees. Human Resource Management (HRM) plays a leading role in all of these.

As part of this degree, you will develop the skills and knowledge to manage people in order to achieve positive outcomes. You’ll understand recruitment, staff performance appraisal, training and development, and staff retention. 

Employers look for graduates who can apply theory to real industry challenges. During your degree you will access career-focused electives and internships in industry, building your confidence and gaining valuable industry experience. 

What you'll learn

P7240096-2.jpgThe degree starts with core courses in business. These will give you a solid grasp of business fundamentals such as economics, accounting and business intelligence. You can also gain valuable insight and career skills while you study with advanced career-focused electives and internships in industry.

In your human resource management specialisation you’ll focus on people management, studying areas such as:

  • training and development
  • performance and compensation management
  • industrial relations
  • employment law

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Marketing Principles: Trading and Exchange MARK 1010 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
Foundations of Human Resource Management BUSS 2043 4.5
Business and Society BUSS 1057 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
OR
International Study Tour 4.5 Note(s): 4
OR
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
Accounting for Business ACCT 1008 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
OR
Quantitative Methods for Business MATH 1053 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Principles of Economics ECON 1008 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
Work Health and Safety Management Principles BUSS 1053 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3
Career Development for Professionals BUSS 1060 4.5 Note(s): 3
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
Business Intelligence INFS 2036 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
Training and Development BUSS 2036 4.5
Business Law LAWS 1018 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Performance and Compensation Management BUSS 2048 4.5
Entrepreneurship for Social and Market Impact BUSS 2085 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,3
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,3
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Management of Industrial Relations BUSS 3037 4.5
Strategic Management BUSS 3023 4.5
Recruitment and Selection of Organisational Talent BUSS 3082 4.5
International Business Environments BUSS 3103 4.5
OR
International Elective 4.5 Note(s): 5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Employment Law COML 2007 4.5
Strategic Human Resource Management BUSS 3038 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,3 Rule(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Marketing_Clinic-15 copy.jpgYour studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports, project documentation, case studies and presentations
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • industry-relevant, research-based projects
  • practicals and team-based projects
  • participation in the workplace and in class

Global opportunities

16.jpgInternational exchanges and intensive study-tours open doors to new possibilities and experiences, and our Business School has strong connections with prestigious universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Travelling and studying with leading academic staff and your peers is a wonderful opportunity to develop first-hand knowledge of the international business environment. You’ll find the experience invaluable for your personal and professional development, giving you a global perspective.

UniSA has links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests. Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Once you are a current student, you will be able to explore various study tours and exchanges and take advantage of Student Mobility Grants to make going on an overseas exchange or study tour achievable.

Why Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)

0155_Michael.Mullan_12.11.13.jpgRecognised by the world’s largest HR industry body1, this degree will prepare you for a professional career in a global environment. You will develop an understanding of management systems and leadership skills in an international context.

As part of this degree, you will study areas such as staffing, training and development, industrial relations, employment law, and strategic HR management.

More ways to study

Our flexible delivery and extra-curricular opportunities are designed to suit your lifestyle, preferred way of learning and career interests. You can benefit from online and on-campus study, part-time or full-time learning, Summer and Winter School intensive courses, mentoring and networking opportunities with industry, and accelerated learning pathways. Plus, you can make the most of professional development courses endorsed by industry, build leadership skills employers value through UniSA+ and seek support at our on-campus Business Student Hub.

1Recognised by the world’s largest HRM body, based in the United States, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Real-world connections

In addition to learning from teachers with professional experience as part of your studies, we offer opportunities for you to connect with industry outside the classroom:

  • Complete an internship or industry project
  • Become a global citizen with our overseas exchange program – we have more than 60 partner universities worldwide, and study options that range from two weeks to one year
  • Build your network and career by participating in our Business Career Mentor Program which pairs you with an experienced business professional

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

This could be you

At the UniSA Business School, you'll learn invaluable transferrable employability skills to future-proof your career - see where a degree in Human Resource Management could take you.

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Career outcomes

Your career

As the No.1 Business School in South Australia for graduate careers1, our quality teaching and experiences beyond the classroom will ensure you graduate career-ready.

Between now and 2020, employment in human resources in Australia is expected to grow. The availability of roles is expected to increase by: 

  • 3,200 jobs for human resource and training professionals (or 3.7 per cent)
  • 3,200 jobs for human resource professionals (or 5.4 per cent)
  • 6,000 jobs for human resource managers (or 12.6 per cent)2

Careers to consider: 

  • Human resources adviser: recruiting, training and developing staff; approving job descriptions and advertisements; advising on employment law and organisational policies and procedures; negotiating salaries, contracts, working conditions or redundancy packages
  • Human resources manager: designing, organising and implementing human resources strategies, policies and programs; overseeing recruitment, performance management, and learning and development
  • Learning and development officer: liaising with managers and interviewing employees to identify and assess training and development needs; delivering and overseeing training; monitoring progress made through training programs; designing training programs
  • Organisational change consultant: working with key executives develop strategies and frameworks; planning, communicating and executing process improvements; facilitating a smooth transition through the change process
  • People and culture manager: overseeing day to day people and culture activities; talent acquisition; employee relations and training and development; implementing and executing strategic employee engagement initiatives
  • Recruitment consultant: working on behalf of companies to source candidates for job vacancies; analysing and understanding job specifications; conducting keyword searches on internal recruitment databases, assessing CVs online using various job websites, or actively ‘headhunting’ senior professionals through independent research
  • Work, health and safety officer: supporting the development of OHS policies and programs; advising and instructing on various safety-related topics; conducting risk assessment and enforcing preventative measures; reviewing existing policies and updating according to legislation; organising WHS training

1QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate and Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 2Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015.

Professional accreditation and recognition

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. UniSA 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 competences required to work in a global environment.

Industry facts

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Employment for human resource and training professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 3,200 by November 20201.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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By 2020 employment for human resource managers in Australia is predicted to increase by 6,000 (12.6 per cent)1.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

The Business Student Hub is a convenient, central support service for Business School students, from first year through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties. It also helps with referrals to support services across the University. The Business Student Hub is there to facilitate your life at university, so you get the most out of your UniSA experience.

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include: 

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language.

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

This degree is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in virtual classrooms
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use forums and discussion boards for team work and communication

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Please note some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

With over 30 years of industry experience within the business and academic sectors, I bring this knowledge to the role of Program Director for the suite of Business degrees. Having worked both nationally and internationally, I am committed to empowering all students to achieve effective business literacy, and to help them understand business from a global perspective. At UniSA we provide students with industry-based knowledge within the curriculum and through opportunities like internships, mentoring and overseas study experiences, to create business leaders of the future.

Mr Stan Astachnowicz

Program Director

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What others are saying

The range of activities I have been able to participate in outside of lectures is invaluable. I not only have the knowledge of a HR graduate, but I have experience in and understanding of the employability skills and characteristics a successful HR professional should have.

Catherine McLeod

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)
Employment: Human Resources Coordinator, Relationships Australia (SA)

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Catherine McLeod

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)
<br />Employment: Human Resources Coordinator, Relationships Australia (SA)

I am motivated by conducting research in responding to the present Human Resources and leadership challenges experienced in workplaces. This passion drives my teaching in human resource management and organisational leadership.

Dr Chia-Yen (Chad) Chiu


Employment: Senior Lecturer, UniSA Business School

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Dr Chia-Yen (Chad) Chiu


<br />Employment: Senior Lecturer, UniSA Business School

When hiring staff, I look for a suite of five skills. I look for their ability to communicate and engage in meaningful conversations, their commitment to learning, team orientation, personal leadership, as well as their professional skill set. My advice for HR professionals is to invest in your own development - whether that be through studying, reading, attending presentations or being great at asking questions!

Samantha Wilkinson


Employment: Owner and Principal Consultant, Samantha Wilkinson Human Resource Consulting

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Samantha Wilkinson


<br />Employment: Owner and Principal Consultant, Samantha Wilkinson Human Resource Consulting

I love speaking with others and leading teams, so I chose to study human resource management. Being able to connect with and learn from industry professionals was definitely a highlight of my degree.

Nicholas Parrella

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)
Employment: Senior Human Resources Officer, Jobs Statewide

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Nicholas Parrella

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)
<br />Employment: Senior Human Resources Officer, Jobs Statewide