Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resource Management)

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If you are passionate to work in a dynamic business environment and working with people thrills you, Human Resources Management is where you are meant to be!

Programme Purpose

  • To impart specialized knowledge in human resource management, industrial psychology, and labour law

  • To make you competent in the area of recruitment, selection, induction, training and development, motivation, employee wellness, performance management and retaining the best employees

  • To educate you about employee productivity and industrial relations

  • To prepare you for advanced studies in the area of HR Management

Qualification Outcomes

  • The ability to manage human resources within an organization with an emphasis on workforce planning, labour relations, employee compensation, training and development, industrial psychology, employee assessment, strategic management, legislation, regulations and policies and diversity in the workplace
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Management of business operations relevant to a Human Resources Manager
  • The ability to identify problems in human resource management and practices, select appropriate methods of investigation enquiry and interventions, create and evaluate solutions and new knowledge
  • The ability to make ethical business decisions

Degree Details

3 YEARS NQF Level 7

Career opportunities

Successful graduates may be employed in public and private organizations with the potential to rise to middle to top management. This may lead you to become any of the following:

  • HR Manager
  • Industrial Relations Manager
  • Recruitment Officer
  • Training and Development Officer
  • HR Administrator 
  • Placement Consultant

FURTHER STUDIES

A BCom in Human Resource Management will set you up to do the following post-graduate degrees:

  • Honours or Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management
  • Master’s in Business Administration
CURRICULUM : CORE MODULES
ACC 130 Introduction to Accounts IA (12 credits) NQF 5

This is an introduction to basic accounting which is designed for students who are not majoring in an accounting or management degree. The module covers the accounting process from the generation of source documentation to the preparation of financial accounts. The module will cover the recording of transactions in general and subsidiary journals, including the cash book and trial balance. Finally, final accounts like Statement of Comprehensive Income, Statement of Financial Position and bank reconciliations will be covered. 

ACC 131 Introduction to Accounts IB (12 credits) NQF 5

This module builds on the theory of accounting principles and introduces the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as the point of reference for accounting. The module covers the preparation of financial statements after adjustments, depreciation, inventory valuation and introductory taxation, internal control and management accounting concepts 
Prerequisite: ACC 130 Introduction to Accounts IA

ACC 330 Information Management Systems for Business (12 Credits) NQF 7

Management Information Systems will provide a real-world understanding of Information systems (ISs) for business students, laying a firm foundation in business related information technology on
which students can build successful careers. MIS will assist the student in formulating strategic plans, optimizing operations in businesses, fine-tuning plans for entrepreneurial ventures, designing ISs to optimize an organization’s operations, working as consultants, augmenting business activities on the Web, creating valuable new information products in any number of industries. ISs are everywhere in business. MIS will provide students with the proper balance of technical information and real-world applications within an international setting. After completing this course, students will know how to get information to work for them and they will know enough about IT to work productively with IT specialists.
Prerequisite: CPT 125 End User Computing II

ACC 395 Work Integrated Learning: HRM (12 credits) NQF 7

This module provides the student with exposure to practical business situations and gives ‘handson’ experience in Human Resource Management (HRM). Furthermore, it provides the student with  an opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge to real work situations in an organization, thus preparing students to effectively perform job duties. Areas of exposure should include: Recruitment (procedures and policies); interview sessions; preparing job advertisements, creating job descriptions, reviewing job descriptions and key performance indicators; research on newly enacted employment and benefits legislation; employee relations issues; participate in performing exit interviews; staff leave regulations (providing support for leave); participate in designing training programmes, updating or working with employee service records and contracts, become familiar with a health surveillance programme; negotiations of labour disputes (if applicable).
Prerequisites: A minimum of 48 credits of core modules

ECN 221 Micro Economics (12 credits) NQF 6

This module is primarily concerned with the study of the economic principles, the specific market environments and it influences business activity. Furthermore, it explores how economic theories are used to explain how people produce and consume. Topics include: scarcity and choice, individual goods and markets and the price mechanism, production possibility curve, opportunity cost, price elasticity of demand and supply, consumer choice theory, production costs, market structures, pure competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, oligopoly, labour markets, income distribution, poverty and discrimination, and environmental economics.
Prerequisite: MGT 141 Principles of Management

ECN 222 Macro Economics (12 credits) NQF 6

This module is a study of the interface between external economic environment and business. It is also an analysis of national income and expenditure according to both neoclassical and Keynesian theories. Topics include: economic growth, business cycles, inflation, recession and the variables that influence these conditions, money supply, employment and unemployment, gross domestic products, fiscal policy, monetary policy, international trade and finance, economies transition and modern banking systems.
Prerequisite: ECN 221 Micro Economics

LAW 115 Business Law I (12 credits) NQF 6

This module provides an introduction to commercial law. It includes an outline of the nature and the source of business law and its administration, and a detailed study of the law relating to contracts, purchase and sale, credit agreements, commercial agency, contracts of lease, and employment and partnership.
Prerequisite: MGT 141 Principles of Management

LAW 216 Business Law II (8 credits) NQF 7

Business Law II provides in-depth knowledge of commercial law. It includes an outline of the process of administering an insolvent estate, composition, rehabilitation and offences, administering a deceased estate, and the rights and powers of executors, trustee and curators. It further includes a detailed study of the law of suretyship, law relating to property transactions, law of mortgage and pledge, law of trusts, insurance, arbitration, labour law, law of marketing, law of carriage of goods, and law relating to financial institutions.
Prerequisite: LAW 115 / LAW 215 Business Law I

LAW 326 Business Law III: Company Law (12 credits) NQF 7

This module is a detailed study of the formation, objects, powers, name, registration, and incorporation of companies; share capital; share transfers; the prospectus and the issuing of shares; administration of companies, appointment of directors; disqualification, dealings, indemnity, and offences of directors; remedies of members; auditors; accounting and disclosure; amalgamation and take-overs; external companies; winding-up of companies; judicial management; and Tables A and B.
Prerequisite: MGT 141 Principles of Management

MGT 105 Industrial Psychology (12 credits) NQF 6

This module provides the student with a broad introduction to the principal subject areas that make up the scientific study of human behaviour. This module is designed to lay a foundation of the structure and basic scope of psychology, helping the student to develop an understanding of psychological processes and how different fields encountered in subsequent modules are related. 

MGT 141 Principles of Management (12 credits) NQF 6

A study of the principles of business management, including an analysis of business policies viewed from the standpoint of management process and current issues in management. Topics covered include: the evolution of management thought, business environment, management functions, organization design, strategic planning, managing change, team building, and managing business functions: production, marketing, finance, human resources, and information management.

MGT 145 Human Resource Management I: Fundamentals of HRM (12 credits) NQF 6

This module focuses on the context and functions of personnel administration in the organization; administration and management practices in human resource planning, recruitment, selection, advertising, induction, training and development; administration and management practices of job evaluation, performance appraisal, incentive systems, remuneration systems and compensation policies; management of labour turnover and absenteeism; flexitime administration; administration of social responsibility projects; and personnel audits.
Prerequisite/Co-requisite: MGT 141 Principles of Management

MGT 221 Human Resource Management IIA: Personnel Administration & VIP (12 credits) NQF Level 6

This module equips students with practical system knowledge in Human Resource Management as well as the ability to use the VIP computerised package effectively. The VIP payroll system is one of the most widely used electronic payroll and Human Resource Management packages in South Africa which provides tools to assist with employee information management and employee transaction. Topics covered will include: how to record and maintain personnel information on the VIP system, performance management, performance review information, creating a personal development plan, job and position management, employee management, adding and terminating employees as well as all employee transactions, leave management, generating basic reports, i.e. list reports, grid reports and graphic reports, generating detailed reports, generating reports needed for statutory returns e.g. Skills Development and Employment Equity. Students will also gain an understanding of the Skills Development Act as well as Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs).
Prerequisite: MGT 145 Human Resource
Management I: Fundamentals of HRM

MGT 222 Human Resource Management IIB: Organizational Behaviour (12 credits) NQF 7

This module is a study of the application of behavioural sciences to management and an examination of contemporary theories and principles of human behaviour. Topics include personality, attitudes, motivations, perceptions, communication, team dynamics, decisionmaking, leadership, organisational change, conflict, negotiation and structure. The purpose of the module is the application of this knowledge towards improving an organisation’s effectiveness.
Prerequisite: MGT 141 Principles of Management

MGT 231 Industrial Psychology IIA: Labour History & Policy Studies (12 credits) NQF 7

This module provides an overview of the principles and practices of industrial relations; the historical development of labour unions in different countries; the impact of political, social and economic variables on industrial relations; the role of the state, employers and workers in industrial relations; the role of members and leadership in labour unions; theories and practice on collective bargaining; the role of employer, employee and state controls in collective bargaining; principles and practice in strike action by workers; relevant legislation on industrial relations in South Africa; and case studies on external industrial relations management.
Prerequisite: MGT 145 Human Resources Management I: Fundamentals of HRM

MGT 232 Industrial Psychology IIB: Diversity Management (12 credits) NQF 7

Globalisation and increasing cultural diversity in the workplace require culturally-aware managers in both domestic and international markets. This module analyses the environment which influence diversity management from both domestic and global perspective. Topics include: the challenges of managing diversity, strategy for meeting the challenges, understanding culture, education, the role of leadership in managing diversity, conflict management, problem solving, performance management, global diversity trend assessment, aligning organizational systems & practices to make diversity work, managing global teams, & leveraging diversity.
Prerequisite: MGT 141 Principles of Management

MGT 250 Business Ethics (12 credits) NQF 7

This module is a study of managerial approaches for operating business ethically. The module emphasizes business decision-making from an ethical standpoint. It covers ethical issues in business, corporate governance, philosophical approaches to ethics, corporate social responsibility, human rights, ethics in managing business, handling fraud, whistle blowing, code of ethics, ethics training, institutionalizing ethics, and global ethical issues.
Prerequisite: MGT 141 Principles of Management

MGT 311 Human Resource Management IIIA: Performance Management (12 credits) NQF 7

A survey of the objectives and issues associated with performance management in organizations. Topics include: studies in performance evaluation, goal setting to benchmark individual and team performance, managing individual performance, managing team performance, managing organizational performance, conducting performance reviews, job analysis and evaluation, personnel recruitment, selection and assessment, training and development, and compensation and benefits.
Prerequisites: MGT 141 Principles of Management; MGT 145 Human Resources Management I: Fundamentals of HRM / MGT 245 Human Resources Management

MGT 312 Human Resource Management IIIB: Human Resource Development (16 credits) NQF 7

This module seeks to evaluate, analyse and apply techniques which will promote the training and development of human resources within workplace and community. The module will examine the role of human resource development (HRD) in the organization to help people and organizations to effectively manage change. Emphasis will be given to strategies for assessing, designing, and implementing training and organizational development efforts that positively impact the performance of the individual and the work group. Topics covered will include: change interventions – including training and staff development; succession planning and performance management; factors that influence HRD; the consulting role and skills of the HRD professional – including facilitation and group dynamics; and the trends in HRD, such as human performance technology and the work out process model.
Prerequisites: MGT 141 Principles of Management; MGT 145 Human Resource Management I: Fundamentals of HRM

MGT 338 Industrial Psychology IIIA: Negotiation, Mediation, & Bargaining (12 credits) NQF 7

Industrial Psychology IIIA introduces students to fundamental theories surrounding the dynamics of disputes and the models of negotiations and mediation. It is designed to familiarize the student with the basic structures, strategies, tactics and techniques involved in collective bargaining and negotiations. Negotiation ability is an essential skill required for a Human Resource Manager. Topics include: the nature of negotiation; strategy and tactics of distributive bargaining and integrative negotiation planning; integrative negotiation; negotiation, planning, and strategy; perception, cognition, and emotion; communication and the negotiation process; power; and ethics.
Prerequisite: MGT 141 Principles of Management

MGT 339 Industrial Psychology IIIB: Psychometrics (12 credits) NQF 7

This module provides an overview of the theory and practice of psychometric testing of individuals and groups in the following domains: the assessment of young children, physically disabled individuals, the mentally challenged, and individuals with chronic conditions; measurement of cognitive functioning; measurement of affective behaviour, emotional adjustment and well-being; personality; career counselling and workplace assessment; values and spirituality; and computer-based testing. Particular emphasis is placed on the administration of tests, evaluation of the psychometric properties of tests, and strengths and limitations of available instruments, and issues relating to the adaptation of tests to the multi-lingual and multi-cultural context of South Africa.
Prerequisites: MGT 105 Industrial Psychology I; MGT 145 Human Resources Management I: Fundamentals of HRM; MTH 225 Business Statistics

MGT 345 Business Research Methods (12 credits) NQF 7

This module is a study of the principles of business research techniques and methods. The module affords an opportunity to begin with an idea, refine that idea into a research question or statement, and apply the principles of research. It focuses on fundamental philosophies, literature review, research methodologies, and data collection methods. The module also covers qualitative and quantitative data analysis, drawing conclusions, and writing a research proposal.
Prerequisites: A minimum of 48 credits of core modules

MGT 380 Business Research Project (8 credits) NQF 7

The module emphasizes the application of research techniques and using statistical methods for data analysis. A research project of 10,000 to 12,000 words will be undertaken after the final approval of the research proposal in the area of study. It focuses on data collection, data analysis, testing of hypotheses, drawing conclusions and making recommendations, and writing and presenting the project.
Prerequisites: MGT 141 Principles of Management; MTH 225 Business Statistics; MGT 345 Business Research Methods

MGT 393 Strategic Management (12 credits) NQF 7

This is a capstone module that integrates various functional business areas. It is designed to train students to look at a business organization from a top management perspective and provide leadership at the corporate level, and analyse and identify strategic issues in an organization and propose alternative solutions to address them. Attention is given to analysing the business environment, developing strategies, matching organizational resources to the strategy, achieving a strategic competitive advantage and successfully implementing a strategic plan.
Prerequisites: A minimum of 48 credits of core modules

MTH 106 Commercial & Financial Maths (12 credits) NQF 5

This module will provide an understanding of mathematical concepts and skills with an emphasis on commercial and financial mathematics. It provides a solid foundation for application in day-to-day business situations and for the further study of mathematics. Topics include: properties of whole and real numbers, basic operations, fractions, solving equations and inequalities, decimals, ratio and  proportion, operations of polynomials, factorization, percentages, measurements and basic geometry, time value of money, creating and interpreting graphs, and foundational statistical concepts. 

MTH 225 Business Statistics (12 credits) NQF 6

This module deals with descriptive and inferential statistics as well as probability concepts, normal, binomial, and Poisson distributions, and sampling distributions. It also includes confidence intervals and tests of hypotheses, basic quality control evaluation; time series analysis including trend, seasonal and cyclical computations; and index numbers, linear regression and correlation with an introductory approach to non-linear, multiple, partial and rank correlation. Tools include Chi-Square tests of statistical independence; analysis of variance; simple linear regression and correlation; multiple linear regression; and extrapolative techniques such as moving averages and exponential smoothing. Emphasis is placed on problem definition, construction of statistical models, analysis of data, and the interpretation of results.
Prerequisite: MTH 106 Commercial & Financial Maths or MTH 122 Business Mathematics

CURRICULUM : FOUNDATIONAL MODULES

BHS 151 Philosophy of Education & Service (8 credits)

This module explores the definition, nature and foundations of True Education and reflects upon issues that have deep significance for our lives as human beings. Traditional, modern and postmodern philosophies of education are examined and its influence and contribution to education at present are considered. The making of a world view is explored with regards to a Christian approach to philosophy and education. Included in this module is the rationale for community engagement, laying the foundation for students to actively participate in a service learning project in their local communities.

COM 102 Communication Theory (8 Credits) NQF 6

This module will study the human communication process, particularly as far as interpersonal, intercultural, group and mass communication is concerned. An understanding of a variety of key concepts will be developed and students will acquire practical knowledge to apply these principles to everyday interactions. It will also help students build communication skills, with particular emphasis on crossing cultural barriers.

CPT 118 End User Computing I (8 credits) NQF 5

This module develops mastery of both the alphabetic and numeric keyboarding on the computer by touch. Basic micro-computer skills will be presented. The emphasis is on accuracy and a minimum speed of 20 words a minute. Computerized diagnostic tests identify individual weaknesses and levels of proficiency. The module will introduce the basic functions of MS Word in typing simple documents.

CPT 125 End User Computing II (12 credits) NQF 5

This module provides an in-depth study of
Windows, the Internet, E-mail, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. In Word, students will learn; how to create Word documents, document concepts and terminology, how to modify documents, create letters, memorandums, newsletters, research papers, business cards, resumes, financial reports and a range of other documents that include multiple pages of text. In Excel, students will learn; how to create a professional-looking spreadsheet, enter data into spreadsheets and how to manipulate the data. In PowerPoint, the students will learn how to create a professional-looking electronic slide show, how to create speaker notes and print hand-out pages. In Access, the students will learn; how to create a database, add tables, fields and records to that database, and how to create queries, forms and reports using the tables in a database.
Prerequisite: CPT 118 End User Computing I

ENG 111 Principles of English I (16 credits) NQF 5

English 111 is designed to prepare students for the writing that will be done in all  College modules. The module focuses on, amongst others, vocabulary, grammar which involves understanding the communicative function of sentences, understanding relations between parts of texts, metaphorical expressions and other important grammatical concepts. It aims to equip you with the knowledge, experience and skills necessary for the rigour of academic writing. Therefore, the module includes exercises on structure, mechanics, and instruction in the principles of composition.

ENG 112 Principles of English II (16 credits) NQF 6

The module introduces the student to a broad spectrum of aspects in English study. It aims to develop and provide the student with practice in various writing skills, thereby enabling the student to write effectively in various academic disciplines. It promotes the use of critical thinking and serves to develop the skills of analysing, synthesizing, summarizing and reading from a critical perspective.
Prerequisite: ENG 111 Principles of English I

OR ENG 142 Academic Writing (16 credits) NQF 6 [Based on National Benchmark Test score]

The module introduces the student to a broad spectrum of aspects in English study. It aims to develop and provide the student with practice in various writing skills thereby enabling the student to write effectively in various academic disciplines. It promotes the use of critical thinking and serves to develop the skills of analysing, synthesizing, summarizing, using grammar correctly, and reading from a critical perspective.
Prerequisite: Passing grade in National Benchmark Test (NBT)

HLD 125 HIV/AIDS in the Workplace (4 credits) NQF 5

This module provides a study on the key components surrounding HIV infection, care and management. In a country where more than 1 in 5 people are HIV positive, this module shares skills training for prevention, information dissemination and basic counselling in HIV and AIDS. This pandemic touches the lives and workplaces of every African; this module aims to help prevent, manage and mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS both in the workplace and community.

HLD 226 Personal Health & Safety (8 credits) NQF 5

This module provides an introduction to health principles within the framework of the Scriptures, the Advent Health message and current medical practice. Principles of health will be examined in light of the learners understanding of healthy lifestyle practices and how these principles may be integrated into individual lifestyles and applied within the greater environmental and social contexts.

REB 117 Values, Character, & Personal Enrichment I (8 credits) NQF 5

This module focuses on the importance of
values and character as essential ingredients of successful career and personal enrichment. In line with the mission of the institution to provide values-based education this module covers the values necessary in citizenship, workplace and in personal life. It also covers the values as outlined in the United Nations Charter, and the Christian worldview. The module further explores inward disciplines such as prayer and personal devotions; outward disciplines such as community engagement; and corporate disciplines such as stewardship of environment and abilities, and moral philosophy.

REB 217 Values, Character, & Personal Enrichment II (8 credits) NQF 5

This module outlines the importance of values and how they are related to character and personal enrichment. These ideas are firstly examined as general concepts and secondly in relation to particular belief systems, specifically in the context of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The module therefore also highlights the distinctive beliefs of Seventh-day Adventism and their practical worth for character development and personal enrichment in both private and public life.
Prerequisite: REB 117 Values, Character, & Personal Enrichment I

REB 317 Values, Character, & Personal Enrichment III (8 credits) NQF 5

This module concerns itself with the values,
character development and personal enrichment acquired from studying the life of Jesus as revealed in the Gospels. It begins with a brief geographical and historical overview of the holy land. The module then focuses on the values, character development and personal enrichment enshrined in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. These include the concepts of forgiveness, work ethic and honesty, caring for others, stewardship – caring for the environment, how to deal with stress and discouragement, and servant leadership. Students will also learn from the ultimate sacrifice which Jesus made.
Prerequisite: REB 217 Values, Character, & Personal Enrichment II

Faculty & Staff

Lynda Injety
Dean, Faculty of Business

Mary Ndhlovu
Lecturer

Yenny Tito de Harris
Senior Lecturer

Sandra Tshabalala
Junior Lecturer

Maritu Wagaw
Professor

Ronelle Hamilton
Junior Lecturer

Mariè Heyns
Lecturer

Mitchell Masitise
Lecturer

Gelyn Musvosvi
Associate Professor

Contract Lecturers

Sophia Reuban
Contract Lecturer

Madelyn Smit
Contract Lecturer

Vincent Injety
Professor

Lebohang Pani
Contract Lecturer

Rico Plaatjies
Contract Lecturer

Jayaraj Reuban
Contract Lecturer

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