Human Resource Management
Human Resource Management (HRM) is the science of people and organisations. It is about attracting, developing, and managing staff, to create high-performing workplaces where people want to give their best.
The HRM programme aims to create leaders who shape the way people act in organisations. It covers topics such as team leadership, communication, leading change, sustainability, and learning and development.
- HRM is taught by staff from around the world, who bring their experience into classes.
- The learning is innovative, using new, engaging ways to equip you with leading knowledge and skills.
- The courses involve applied assignments and activities that address real-world business issues.
- Our close links with the local business allow you to learn from experienced leaders.
- Students can work on consulting projects dealing with current challenges in a variety of industries.
- Our programme links with the competencies required for becoming a professional HR practitioner in the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ).
There are no formal requirements for those wishing to study Human Resource Management. An interest in human behaviour and social sciences (such as psychology, sociology, and management) as well as a general interest in business, is advantageous.
Good communication skills, both written and interpersonal, are important. An understanding of statistics can also be useful.
The first-year, 100-level courses required to complete a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Human Resource Management are as follows:
- ACCT 102 Accounting and Financial Information
- ECON 104 Introduction to Microeconomics or ECON 105 Introduction to Macroeconomics (or ECON 199, a STAR course for secondary school students)
- INFO 123 Information Systems and Technology
- MGMT 100 Fundamentals of Management
- STAT 101 Statistics 1
- Plus another 45 points: 15 points must be 100-level Commerce, the remaining 30 points may be 100-level Commerce or any other UC courses.
The compulsory second year courses for the Human Resource Management major are:
- MGMT 206 Organisational Behaviour
- MGMT 207 Human Resources Management
- MGMT 230 Business, Society and the Environment
For the complete, three-year HRM major degree plan and minor courses, see the UC Business School | Te Kura Umanga website.
UC graduates are found in every kind of organisation.
As a human resources practitioner, you may work primarily in human resources teams and consulting companies, both in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas. HR professionals can choose a generalist career, or specialise in areas such as recruitment and retention, performance or talent management, staff pay and rewards, learning and development, performance, coaching, and organisational change.
Careers as management consultants are also possible and graduates, particularly those with postgraduate degrees, may find this path very rewarding.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Human Resource Management.
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