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BCS - Human Resource Management as a major

Get the up-to-date industry skills you need to become a Public Relations, Marketing or Communications specialist. This degree will teach you how to satisfy customer needs, influence people’s attitudes and behaviour, and drive strategic change within organisations.

Human Resource Management prepares you to play a pivotal role in company needs – the person who recruits, develops and trains employees to achieve success.


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Key information

Years: 3.0
Points: 360
Study Locations: Hamilton
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,462 (approx) per year
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Fees (International): $27,165 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
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*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Human resource manager
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Health and safety manager
  • Industrial relations mediator
  • Employment court official
  • Human capital development strategist
  • Payroll manager
  • Mediation specialist

Tahl Lawrence With a background in civil engineering, Tahl Lawrence signed up for the Waikato MBA to broaden his outlook and extend his professional skillset. ""It gives you the tools to make some great choices in your career,"" he says.

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Human Resource Management (HRM) is concerned with activities and decisions that form the employment relationship. Consideration is given to the impact HRM practices have upon the services of an organisation through the recruitment, selection and training of employees who will be successful in performing their job.

Human Resource Management is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours. Human Resource Management may also be included as a second major or as a minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to the approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Human Resource Management as a single major for the BBus and BMS(Hons) students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Human Resource Management, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete STMGT101, one paper from ACCTN101, DIGIB101, ECONS101, FINAN101, LCOMM101, LCOMM102, MGSYS101, MGSYS201, MRKTG101; either HRMGT202 or HRMGT306; HRMGT203, LCOMM202, HRMGT302, HRMGT303; either HRMGT304 or HRMGT305; and LCOMM302. BBus students may count one of MNMGT495, MNMGT496 or MNMGT499 in place of LCOMM302.

To complete Human Resource Management as part of a double major for the BBus and BMS(Hons) or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Human Resource Management, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete STMGT101 or one of ACCTN101, ECONS101, FINAN101, either MGSYS101 or MGSYS201, or MRKTG101 if STMGT101 has already been included as part of another major; one of ACCTN101, DIGIB101, ECONS101, FINAN101, LCOMM101, LCOMM102, MGSYS101, MGSYS201, MRKTG101; either HRMGT202 or HRMGT306; HRMGT203, LCOMM202; HRMGT302, HRMGT303 and either HRMGT304 or HRMGT305.

To complete a minor in Human Resource Management, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Human Resource Management major, including at least 30 points above 100 level, and including STMGT101.

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ACCTN101Accounting for Management18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online), 18B (Hamilton) & 18C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper explains that accounting is an important social practice; an integral aspect of organisational management and covers both the technical aspects of the provision and use of accounting information.
DIGIB101The World of Digital Business18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Online)
Information and communications technologies are fundamentally changing business operations. This paper introduces all aspects associated with the ever-evolving field of digital business.
ECONS101Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper offers insights into the behaviour of consumers, firms and the government within the economy, giving students skills in analysing and predicting the actions of individuals and businesses.
FINAN101Introduction to Finance18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces the three core areas of finance -- financial management, investments, and capital markets and institutions. The paper also examines applications of corporate finance concepts to personal finance.
LCOMM101Introduction to Leadership Communication18A (Hamilton)
By showing how to lead through improving communication, understanding who we are, and collaborating for problem-solving, this course provides a repertoire of skills relevant to personal, family, and organisational success.
LCOMM102Communication in an Online Society18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to communication practices, concepts, and issues that they are likely to encounter as citizens, communicating professionals, community members, and participants in a highly mediated online world.
MGSYS101Integrated Thinking - Digital Business and Supply Chain Management18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper explores the dual concepts of digital business and supply chain management. The interactive lectures help in developing critical thinking skills and highlight many topical case studies.
MRKTG101Fundamentals of Successful Marketing18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper focuses on the role of Marketing in business, introducing students to marketing research, consumer behaviour, and analysis, as essential tools for developing brand positioning strategies that create value.
STMGT101Introduction to Management18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
Explores the world of management in organisations, the roles of managers and how they strategise, plan, organise, and motivate staff to achieve goals.

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HRMGT202Human Resource Management18A (Hamilton)
Employees can be challenging. This paper uses latest HRM research and practice to examine how employees are acquired, managed, accommodated, trained and developed to improve individual and organisational performance.
HRMGT203Remuneration and Reward18B (Hamilton)
This paper provides students an understanding of a range of pay practices and how and when each of these can influence employee behaviour and human capital to affect organisational performance.
LCOMM202Leadership and Facilitation18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers the core concepts of interpersonal communication and equips students with skills to lead and facilitate effective communication in face-to-face and online professional contexts.

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ECON313Economics of Human Resources and Public PolicyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
HRMG301Managing Employees in the New Zealand Legal Environment18A (Hamilton)
This paper is designed to address the increasingly important role of employment law in human resource management. Students are encouraged to apply their newly acquired knowledge of law to real life employment issues as diverse as health and safety, discrimination, harassment, strikes, individual agreements, collective agreements, a...
HRMG341Managerial BehaviourThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
HRMG342Human Resource Management18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper studies the management of organisations' most valuable asset, their people. It uses latest research to examine how employees are acquired, managed, accommodated, trained and developed to improve individual and organisational performance, within ever changing economic and social contexts. Together we will explore the huma...
HRMG343Business Research MethodsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
HRMG374Women and Management18T (Hamilton)
A study of issues relating to women and management: language, the law, work, equal employment opportunity, women as managers, and career development.
MCOM331Managing Conflict and ConsensusThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MCOM336Negotiation and Persuasion18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the theory and practice of persuasion and negotiation in a range of professional contexts.
STMG325Self Actualising Leadership18B (Hamilton) & 18T (Hamilton)
This paper explores self-actualising leadership. Students will be involved in aligning their inner and outer worlds in a journey of discovering what energises and guides their purpose.

400 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ECON413Economics of Human Resources and Public PolicyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
HRMG401Managing Employees in the New Zealand Legal Environment18A (Hamilton)
This paper is designed to address the increasingly important role of employment law in human resource management. Students are encouraged to apply their newly acquired knowledge of law to real life employment issues as diverse as health and safety, discrimination, harassment, strikes, individual agreements, collective agreements, a...
HRMG402Human Resource Management and PracticeThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
HRMG444Organisational Development and ChangeThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
HRMG445Career Management and Development18B (Hamilton)
This paper explores career within the competitive and dynamic environment of today's organisations. The paper aims to enhance students' ability to analyse the latest research about careers and to recognise the implications both for their own career management and for the design of organisational career paths. Topics include analysi...
HRMG474Women and Management18T (Hamilton)
A study of issues relating to women and management: language, the law, work, equal employment opportunity, women as managers, and career development.
HRMG488International Human Resource ManagementThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
HRMG490Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
This paper is available only to Waikato Management School students with the approval of the Chairperson of Department.
HRMG495Industry Experience 418C (Online)
A period of four to thirteen weeks internship is spent in a host organisation with relevance to the student's major, located in New Zealand or overseas. Students find their own host organisation, which is then approved by the departmental co-ordinator. In addition to the time spent in the host organisation, Weekly small group elect...
HRMG499Report of an Investigation18D (Hamilton), 18E (Hamilton), 18F (Hamilton), 18G (Hamilton), 18H (Hamilton), 18I (Hamilton), 18J (Hamilton), 18K (Hamilton), 18L (Hamilton) & 18M (Hamilton)
Directed investigation of an approved topic, available only to students enrolled in the BMS degree.
MCOM431Negotiation and Persuasion18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the theory and practice of persuasion and negotiation in a range of professional contexts.
STMG425Self-Actualising Leadership18B (Hamilton) & 18T (Hamilton)
This paper allows students the opportunity to explore inspiration, passion and purpose in organisations.

Human Resource Management as a single major for the BBus or BMS(Hons)

If you wish to take Human Resource Management as a single major for the BBus or BMS(Hons), you'll need to pass 135 points (9 papers) in this subject area, including at least 105 points above 100-level and 60 points above 200-level.

As all papers are 15 points, you will need to complete 2 x 100-level, 3 x 200-level and 4 x 300-level papers for your major. No more than three 200-level papers may be included in this major.

The specific requirements for a single major in Human Resource Management are that you must take the following 9 papers:

  • STMGT101 Introduction to Management
  • OR if STMGT101 has already been included as part of another major, one of the following papers: ACCTN101 Accounting for Management; ECONS101 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy; FINAN101 Introduction to Finance; MGSYS101/201 Integrated Thinking – Digital Business and Supply Chain Management; MGSYS201 Advanced Integrated Thinking – Digital Business and Supply Chain Management; or MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
  • HRMGT202/306 Human Resource Management
  • HRMGT203 Remuneration and Reward
  • LCOMM202 Leadership and Facilitation
  • HRMGT302 Human Resource Management in Legal Context
  • HRMGT303 Strategic Human Resource Management
  • One of:
    • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
    • DIGIB101 The World of Digital Business
    • ECONS101 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy
    • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
    • LCOMM101 Introduction to Leadership Communication
    • LCOMM102 Communication in an Online Society
    • MGSYS101/201 Integrated Thinking – Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
    • MGSYS201 Advanced Integrated Thinking – Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
    • MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
  • One of:
    • HRMGT304 Human Resource Management of Diversity and Inclusion
    • HRMGT305 Human Resource Management in Practice
  • And when required: LCOMM302 Conflict and Negotiation
  • No more than three 200-level papers may be included in this major.

Bachelor of Business:

For the Bachelor of Business, you must include MNMGT495/6/9 Industry Experience/Internship/Report of an Investigation as part of your major.

Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours:

The BMS(Hons) honours stream (Year 4) requires you to include a further 60 points at 500-level in papers that are relevant for your first major (see the degree planner for details).

Human Resource Management as a 2nd Major for any bachelor's degree

If Human Resource Management is your second major then you must pass 120 points including at least 90 points above 100-level, of which at least 45 points must be above 200-level.

Human Resource Management as a Minor

To complete a minor in Human Resource Management you must complete 60 points, including at least 30 points above 100-level from HRMGT papers.

The specific requirements for the Human Resource Management minor are that you must include:

  • STMGT101 Introduction to Management

Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Certificate, you must pass 60 points at 100-level or above, including at least 45 points at 300-level or above. At least 45 points must be from the subject of Human Resource Management.

The specific requirements for Human Resource Management are that you must include at least 40 points in HRMG-coded papers.

Remaining papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table. For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.

Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Diploma, you must pass 120 points at 100-level or above, including at least 75 points at 300-level or above. At least 90 points must be from the subject area of Human Resource Management.

The specific requirements for Human Resource Management are that you must include:

  • HRMG342 Human Resource Management
  • At least 80 points in HRMG-coded papers
  • Remaining papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table.
    For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.

Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Certificate, you must pass 60 points at 500-level from the subject area of Human Resource Management.

Papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table. For details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.

Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma, you must pass 120 points at 500-level, including at least 90 points from the subject area of Human Resource Management.

You will also need to submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see the Postgraduate Diploma qualification information for further details).

The specific requirements for Human Resource Management are that you must include:

  • HRMG544 Human Resource Management Strategy
  • A further 60 points in HRMG-coded papers.
    For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.

Master of Management Studies (MMS) in Human Resource Management

The completion requirements for the MMS depend on your admission criteria; please see the MMS qualification information for further details.

However all students must:

  • Take MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies (unless passed previously)
  • Take a dissertation (591/592) or thesis (593/594) in your subject area
  • Submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see MMS information for further details)
  • Meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

The specific requirements for Human Resource Management are that you must include:

  • HRMG544 Human Resource Management Strategy (unless previously passed)

Remaining papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table. For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.


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Human Resource Management as a single major for the BBus or BMS(Hons)

If you wish to take Human Resource Management as a single major for the BBus or BMS(Hons), you'll need to pass 135 points (9 papers) in this subject area, including at least 105 points above 100-level and 60 points above 200-level.

As all papers are 15 points, you will need to complete 2 x 100-level, 3 x 200-level and 4 x 300-level papers for your major. No more than three 200-level papers may be included in this major.

The specific requirements for a single major in Human Resource Management are that you must take the following 9 papers:

  • STMGT101 Introduction to Management; OR if STMGT101 has already been included as part of another major, one of:
    • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
    • ECONS101 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy
    • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
    • MGSYS101/201 Integrated Thinking – Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
    • MGSYS201 Advanced Integrated Thinking – Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
    • MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
  • HRMGT202/306 Human Resource Management
  • HRMGT203 Remuneration and Reward
  • LCOMM202 Leadership and Facilitation
  • HRMGT302 Human Resource Management in Legal Context
  • HRMGT303 Strategic Human Resource Management
  • One of:
    • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
    • DIGIB101 The World of Digital Business
    • ECONS101 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy
    • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
    • LCOMM101 Introduction to Leadership Communication
    • LCOMM102 Communication in an Online Society
    • MGSYS101/201 Integrated Thinking – Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
    • MGSYS201 Advanced Integrated Thinking – Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
    • MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
  • One of:
    • HRMGT304 Human Resource Management of Diversity and Inclusion
    • HRMGT305 Human Resource Management in Practice
  • And when required: LCOMM302 Conflict and Negotiation
  • No more than three 200-level papers may be included in this major.

Bachelor of Business:

For the Bachelor of Business, you must include MNMGT495/6/9 Industry Experience/Internship/Report of an Investigation as part of your major.

Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours:

The BMS(Hons) honours stream (Year 4) requires you to include a further 60 points at 500-level in papers that are relevant for your first major (see the degree planner for details).

Human Resource Management as a 2nd Major for any bachelor's degree

If Human Resource Management is your second major then you must pass 120 points including at least 90 points above 100-level, of which at least 45 points must be above 200-level.

Human Resource Management as a Minor

To complete a minor in Human Resource Management you must complete 60 points, including at least 30 points above 100-level from HRMGT papers.

The specific requirements for the Human Resource Management minor are that you must include:

  • STMGT101 Introduction to Management

Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Certificate, you must pass 60 points at 100-level or above, including at least 45 points at 300-level or above. At least 45 points must be from the subject of Human Resource Management.

The specific requirements for Human Resource Management are that you must include at least 40 points in HRMG-coded papers.

Remaining papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table. For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.

Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Diploma, you must pass 120 points at 100-level or above, including at least 75 points at 300-level or above. At least 90 points must be from the subject area of Human Resource Management.

The specific requirements for Human Resource Management are that you must include:

  • HRMG342 Human Resource Management
  • At least 80 points in HRMG-coded papers
  • Remaining papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table.
    For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.

Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Certificate, you must pass 60 points at 500-level from the subject area of Human Resource Management.

Papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table. For details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.

Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma, you must pass 120 points at 500-level, including at least 90 points from the subject area of Human Resource Management.

You will also need to submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see the Postgraduate Diploma qualification information for further details).

The specific requirements for Human Resource Management are that you must include:

  • HRMG544 Human Resource Management Strategy
  • A further 60 points in HRMG-coded papers.
    For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.

Master of Management Studies (MMS) in Human Resource Management

The completion requirements for the MMS depend on your admission criteria; please see the MMS qualification information for further details.

However all students must:

  • Take MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies (unless passed previously)
  • Take a dissertation (591/592) or thesis (593/594) in your subject area
  • Submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see MMS information for further details)
  • Meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

The specific requirements for Human Resource Management are that you must include:

  • HRMG544 Human Resource Management Strategy (unless previously passed)

Remaining papers can be chosen from those ticked for this qualification in the tick-chart table. For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending on your programme of study.


Documents

Waikato Management School Student Handbook


Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)
Phone
: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton
One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.

Human Resource Management subject conveners:

Professor Mark Harcourt
Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor
Email: mark@waikato.ac.nz

Suzette Dyer
Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor
Email: syder@waikato.ac.nz