Start Date
February
August

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
DBBH

SATAC Code
424351 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Entry Scores
2022 Guaranteed Entry
Year 12 (ATAR-based): 68.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): B,B,B
TAFE/RTO: DIP
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2021 Cut-Offs
Year 12 (ATAR-based):
- Internal: 66.35
TAFE/RTO: Cert IV
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Degree overview

  • Learn about the latest discoveries in human resources from experienced business professionals including guest speakers from industry.
  • Focus on people management including recruitment and selection, staff rewards and remuneration, human resource analytics, employment relations and employment law.
  • 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 human resource professional society1 , and fully accredited by the leading Australian human resource management professional body2.
  • Ranked No. 1 in SA and Top 10 in Australia for Business and Management3.
  • Gain real-world experience as part of your studies through an internship, student exchange or mentorship opportunity.
  • Add a second qualification to your studies with a business combined degree, and explore how you can expand your expertise in two fields.
  • Study a curriculum informed by above world-class research in Human Resource Management4
  • UniSA Business is in the top one per cent worldwide5 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2020.
  • UniSA Business is accredited by both AACSB International and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies.
  • Benefit from flexible study options to suit your needs.

1Recognised by the world’s largest HRM body, based in the United States – the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). 2The Australian Human Resources Institute. 32021 QS Subject Rankings. 42018 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA). 5UniSA Business is one of just 11 institutions in Australia and 191 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2021.

Snapshot

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Success 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 gain an understanding of people management including recruitment and selection, staff rewards and remuneration, human resource analytics, employment relations and employment law.

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
  • employment relations
  • employment law

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

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
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3
Career Development in Business BUSS 1060 4.5 Note(s): 3
Business Law LAWS 1018 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
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
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,3
Training and Development BUSS 2036 4.5
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
Organisational Behaviour BUSS 2046 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,3
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Managing the Employment Relationship BUSS 3037 4.5
Strategic Management BUSS 3023 4.5
Recruitment and Selection 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)
Strategic Human Resource Management BUSS 3038 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,3
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
HR Analytics BUSS 3110 4.5

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, as well as to 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

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)

UniSA_Portraits Joel Beauchesne HRM 2 - Copy.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.

UniSA Business is the only business school in South Australia accredited by both AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies recognising excellence in business education and research at a global level. These dual accreditations demonstrate the high standards we hold across all areas such as teaching, student learning and research, as well as our commitment to continually improving the quality of our programs.

Combined degrees

We offer a wide range of combined degrees so you can specialise in two fields and expand your career prospects. Pair this degree with another degree in business, or from another discipline, and tailor your qualification to your interests.

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 industry project.
  • Undertake a Business Internship and apply the skills and knowledge gained from your studies in a real workplace setting. 
  • 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.
  • Meet one-to-one with a senior business executive and industry leader through our Executive in Residence program. This initiative enables you to seek expert guidance for your career development and support to advance your career.

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

This could be you

At UniSA, you'll learn invaluable transferable employability skills to future-proof your career - see where our human resource management degree could take you.

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Career outcomes

Your career

Our quality teaching and experiences beyond the classroom will ensure you graduate career ready.

Careers to consider: 

  • Human resources adviser: recruiting and selecting, 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, health and safety specialist, industrial relations practitioner
  • Human resources manager: designing, organising and implementing human resources strategies, policies and programs; overseeing recruitment, performance management, and learning and development
  • Employment relations consultant: providing a consultancy service and representation on industrial and workplace relations matters; actively contributing to the development and implementation of industrial relations strategies.
  • 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

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program has met the criteria for course accreditation and is currently accredited by the Australian HR Institute (AHRI). Accreditation is reviewed every three years by the AHRI National Accreditation Committee. Students applying for this course can be assured that the quality of core units map onto the AHRI Model of Excellence for HR Practitioners and Academics, a recognised benchmark of HR best practice and standards.

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 11,900 by May 20241.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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By 2024 employment for human resource managers in Australia is predicted to increase by 8,800 (15.5 per cent)1.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

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Deferment

This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.

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

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 dedicated convenient, support service for business students, from first year right through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties, and can help 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.

You can also access a range of other student services including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

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

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 ID cards, fees and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

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 and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I am a Senior Lecturer at UniSA Business and a researcher within the Centre for Workplace Excellence (CWeX). My research focuses on demographic diversity with a special focus on age and gender.  I teach human resource management and organisational behaviour related courses. Prior to embarking on my academic career, I worked for several years as a Human Resource practitioner in both service and manufacturing sectors.

I am passionate about sharing my research with students through my teaching and industry engagements and believe this program will enable graduates to become well-equipped, successful business leaders of tomorrow.

Dr Sanjee Perera

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 Macleod

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)
Recruitment Officer, Cara Inc.

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Catherine Macleod

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)
Recruitment Officer, Cara Inc.

"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

Owner and Principal Consultant, Samantha Wilkinson Human Resource Consulting

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Samantha Wilkinson

Owner and Principal Consultant, Samantha Wilkinson Human Resource Consulting

“Being able to connect with and learn from industry professionals was definitely a highlight of my degree. I aspire to be a human resources manager where I can be involved in the areas I enjoy most, including training and development, industrial relations and recruitment.”

Nicholas Parrella

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

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Nicholas Parrella

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

"UniSA has provided me with many unique opportunities like networking at various events, and international study tours. I know that my studies will allow me to become an inspirational leader, as I will be equipped with the best knowledge and tools possible. In addition to having the amazing opportunity of being the Vice President of the UniSA Human Resource Management Club, I have also seen significant improvements in my teamwork and communication skills, as well as my ability to research subjects and topics. I believe these are all part of continuous learning and imperative to remaining current with business issues."

Emily Cicconi

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)

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Emily Cicconi

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)