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Human Resource Management

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

Kym Hambly

Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours
Human Resources hadn’t really crossed Kym Hambly's mind as a potential career option until she took a paper on organisational behaviour in the second year of her Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours degree.


Ruan Nunes

Bachelor of Management Studies
Ruan Nunes loves being able to work outdoors all summer as the manager of several kiwifruit orchards. He says his Bachelor of Management Studies degree from Waikato gave him the confidence to believe in himself and the decisions he makes.


Gain the essential skills to recruit, develop and manage an organisation's most valuable asset - its people.

Studying Human Resource Management at Waikato turns you into a strategic player who knows how to position employees for the long-term success of a company.

A career in human resources is all about selecting the right people for the right jobs; then knowing how to train, develop and motivate staff to improve their individual performance. It means you'll be involved in all areas of staff recruitment, salaries, employee benefits, training programmes, managerial behaviour and staff productivity.

We'll teach you how to achieve the best results from employees through practical workshops, where you'll apply human resource management practices to address real situations in the workplace.

You’ll also learn about employment relations laws, health and safety, work-life balance, organisational culture, and managing conflict, negotiation and diversity in the workplace.

In the paper HRMG242/342, you'll take part in workshops designed to apply human resource management practices to real situations in the workplace, such as carrying out a health and safety audit of an organisation to assess whether the building complies with New Zealand legislation.

To learn more about studying Human Resource Mangement, visit the department's website.

If you're organised, enjoy problem-solving, meeting new people and work well in teams, then Human Resource Management may be the right career for you.

Internationally recognised

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 150 universities for Accounting, Finance, Business & Management Studies, and Communication & Media Studies by the prestigious QS Subject Rankings.

You'll study at our internationally recognised Waikato Management School, which has Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, placing it in the top 1% of all business schools worldwide.

Qualifications

If you wish to take Human Resource Management as your 1st Major subject, you'll need to enrol for either the Bachelor of Business or the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours.

Otherwise you can normally take HRM as a 2nd Major (8 papers) or Minor subject (4 papers) for any other bachelor's degree offered at the University of Waikato.

If you'd like to gain specialist expertise at postgraduate level, take a look at our Master of Management Studies in Human Resource Management.

 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

Qualifications

Study Human Resource Management in any of these qualifications

Human Resource Management as a 1st Major (Bachelor's degree)

Human Resource Management as a 2nd Major or Minor (Bachelor's degree)

Postgraduate qualifications

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ACCTN101Accounting for Management18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online) & 18B (Hamilton)
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)
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.
HRMGT302Organisational BehaviourThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
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.

Prescriptions for the GradCert(HRM) and GradDip(HRM)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Human Resource Management at an advanced level in their first degree. The requirements for the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are prescribed in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook.

Prescriptions for the BBus(Hons), BMS(Hons), PGCert(HRM), PGDip(HRM) and MMS

Human Resource Management may be taken as a major for the BMS(Hons) and as a subject for the BBus(Hons) and MMS. A Postgraduate Certificate and a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management are also available. The requirements for the major and subject are prescribed in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook.

Students enrolling in 500 level Human Resource Management papers should normally have a minimum of a B average in undergraduate Human Resource Management papers, with no less than that in 300 and 400 level Human Resource Management papers. All students should discuss their programme with the Management Student Centre before enrolling.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HRMG541Issues for Managerial Behaviour in 21st Century OrganisationsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
HRMG543Pay and Performance ManagementThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
HRMG544Human Resource Management Strategy18A (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with the opportunity to evaluate and discuss the latest research in human resource management strategy. This focus is on examining theories of internal fit, which address how and why human resource practices link together to increase business performance, and external fit, which address how and why huma...
HRMG545Employment RelationsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
HRMG566Getting Into Human Resource ManagementThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
HRMG574Women and Organisations18B (Hamilton)
In this paper we examine the contribution of feminist research to our understanding of women and management. Two themes pervade the paper. We examine the management of women (by women or men). This entails a critical analysis of the experiences of women both in and out of employment. We also examine the experiences of women who asp...
HRMG590Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
HRMG591Human Resource Management Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
HRMG592Human Resource Management Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
HRMG593Human Resource Management Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
HRMG594Human Resource Management Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
HRMG599Report 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(Hons) degree.
MNGT501Research Methods in Management Studies18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18B (Online) & 18T (Hamilton)
This paper aims to introduce students to the assumptions underlying the different methodologies and methods for performing research in the social sciences.The focus is on interpretive, positivist, critical, and mixed methods. The paper attempts to give students the conceptual and methodological resources needed to think and convers...
PSYC571Psychology of Careers18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to vocational psychology including the theory and practice of psychology applied to the analysis, assessment and practice of career development and management. Students will apply career development theory and practice to the development of their own career portfolio.
PSYC572Personnel Selection18A (Hamilton)
This paper blends personnel selection theory, research and practice, including job analysis and the most prevalent selection methods: interviews, references, application blanks, paper and pencil tests, assessment centres and work samples. This course is particularly relevant for students interested in organisational psychology, and...
PSYC573Training and Development18A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of training programmes. This paper is particularly relevant for student interested in organisational psychology, as well as those interested in developing training or workshop-based interventions to improve professionals' knowledge, skills or work behaviour.
PSYC579Advances in Organisational Psychology18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines theoretical and empirical issues concerning the psychology of work behaviour in organisations. Students evaluate the application of psychological theory and research to behaviour in organizations and develop a critical awareness of psychological contributions to the study of organisations.
PSYC585Leading Organisation Development18B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on the processes and outcomes of organisational change management, and the knowledge and skills required of organisational psychologists who function as organisational consultants.

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HRMG800Human Resource Management MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HRMG900Human Resource Management PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton) & 18C (Online)
No description available.

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.

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