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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.

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.

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Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Faculty:

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

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 qualification regulations define the subject requirements for the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma. There are no specified papers that must be included for these programmes.

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

The qualification regulations define the subject requirements for the BBus(Hons), PGCert(HRM), PGDip(HRM) and MMS. There are no specified subject papers that must be included for the BBus(Hons) and PGCert(HRM) programmes.

PGDip(HRM) students must complete HRMGT544.

MMS students must complete MNMGT581, HRMGT544, and one of HRMGT590, HRMGT591, HRMGT592, HRMGT593 or HRMGT594. Students taking the 120 point MMS are required to complete at least 60 points from the papers listed for the subject. Students taking the 180 point MMS are required to complete at least 120 points from the papers listed for the subject.

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.

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.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ACCTN101Accounting for Management20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga) & 20X (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.
ECONS101Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy20A (Hamilton), 20A (Secondary School - Unistart), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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 Finance20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20S (Hamilton) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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.
MGSYS101Integrated Thinking - Digital Business and Supply Chain Management20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga) & 20B (Hamilton)
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 Marketing20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20S (Hamilton) & 20X (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 Management20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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 Management20A (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 Reward20B (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 Facilitation20A (Hamilton) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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
HRMGT300Women and Management20G (Hamilton)
This paper analyses: 1) women's different employment experiences and career outcomes, 2) the implications of gendered employment outcomes, and 3) government and organisation initiatives designed to redress gendered employment outcomes.
HRMGT302Human Resource Management in Legal Context20A (Hamilton)
This paper addresses the role of employment law in human resource management. A case-oriented approach is taken to equip management practitioners with practical skills.
HRMGT303Strategic Human Resource Management20B (Hamilton)
This paper teaches students how HR practices can be combined to influence human capital and/or employee behaviour to improve an organisation's performance and implement its strategy.
HRMGT304Human Resource Management of Diversity and Inclusion20B (Hamilton)
New Zealand's workforce demographic profile has changed significantly due to an ageing workforce, women entering paid employment, and immigration. This paper analyses the HRM implications of this diversity.
LCOMM302Conflict and Negotiation20B (Hamilton)
This paper provides a foundation in conflict management in a variety of contexts and provides students with skills in leading negotiations in interpersonal, organisational, and multi-party settings.
WSOMM396Management Internship20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20C (Hamilton)
The Management Internship provides students with the opportunity to apply their management discipline-based knowledge to an authentic project within an organisation.
WSOMM399Report of an Investigation20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20C (Hamilton)
This paper offers students the opportunity to complete a directed investigation of an approved topic relevant to an organisation or industry and in an area related to their management discipline of study.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HRMGT500Career Management and Development20B (Hamilton)
Career management and development explores the government, organisation and individual issues embedded in the study and practice of career. Students will learn techniques to develop and manage their personal careers.
HRMGT501Human Resource Management Theory20A (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 how and why human resource practices link together to increase business performance. This paper provides students with a 'big picture' view of how HR practices, ...
HRMGT544Human Resource Management Strategy20A (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...
HRMGT546Sustainable Human Resource Management20A (Hamilton)
Environmental concerns, global warming most particularly, are increasingly pressing across the world. Organisations must consider new ways of managing staff to handle these challenges. New performance indicators must be devised and implemented. New skills must be identified and learned. The environmental problems we face are, at le...
HRMGT547Women and Organisations20B (Hamilton)
Women and Organisations explores women's employment outcomes, career patterns, and leadership styles. We review UN Conventions, anti-discrimination legislation, and organisational policies designed to redress disparate gendered employment outcomes.
HRMGT574Women and Organisations20B (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...
HRMGT590Directed Study20X (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
HRMGT591Human Resource Management Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
HRMGT592Human Resource Management Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
HRMGT593Human Resource Management Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
HRMGT594Human Resource Management Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
PSYCH573Training and Development20A (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.
PSYCH579Applying Psychology to Work20A (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.
PSYCH585Leadership and Change20X (Block)
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.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HRMGT800Human Resource Management MPhil Thesis20X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HRMGT900Human Resource Management PhD Thesis20I (Hamilton), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
No description available.

Human Resource Management as a Minor subject

To complete the requirements of Human Resource Management as a Minor subject, you must:

  • Pass a total of four papers (60 points) in Human Resource Management, including STMGT101 Introduction to Management
  • At least two HRMGT papers must be taken at 200 or 300 level.

For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

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

For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

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

For full details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

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

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

  • HRMGT544 Human Resource Management Strategy (30 points)
  • A further 30 points in HRMGT-coded papers

For details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

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 (30 points)
  • A further 60 points in HRMGT-coded papers.
  • For details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT

Master of Management Studies (MMS) in Human Resource Management

To complete the requirements for the Master of Management Studies, you must pass either 120 or 180 points at 500-level, depending on your admission qualification. Visit www.management.ac.nz/mms for more details.

However all students must:

  • Take MNMGT581 Research Methods in Management Studies (30 points)
  • Complete a Directed Study, Dissertation (591/592) or Thesis (593/594) in your chosen subject area (at least 30 points)
  • Meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

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

  • HRMGT544 Human Resource Management Strategy (30 points)

For details of available papers visit papers.waikato.ac.nz/subjects/HRMGT


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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: sdyer@waikato.ac.nz