UWA Handbook 2017

Major details

FURTHER INFORMATION

Zoe Langman

I remember feeling daunted about having no idea what career path I wanted to pursue after high school. UWA's flexible course structure allowed me to try out different subject areas until I discovered my passion for human resources. The skills I have learned during my studies have made me a strong leader and a respected co-worker, reinforced by vacation work undertaken while I studied.

Human Resource Management major

Human Resource Management explores how the proper management of employees contributes towards organisational effectiveness. This major provides you with thorough theoretical and practical grounding in the management of people and employment in Australia and overseas. You will complete study in areas including organisational behaviour, employment relations systems and processes, human resource planning, recruitment and selection, performance management, training and development, occupational health and safety, work organisation, negotiation and conflict resolution, giving you valuable skills as an employee in any given industry.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) evaluate and understand key concepts, theories and practices relevant to the effective management of people in the workplace; (2) understand the role and value of the human resource management function in supporting business strategies and generating competitive advantage; (3) analyse and comprehend national and international issues associated with industrial conflict and the management and regulation of employment relations; (4) understand principles of ethical behaviour and social responsibility as they apply to the management of people and employment relations in contemporary organisations; (5) use effective communication skills, both written and oral; and (6) engage in research-based enquiry into issues, topics and problems relating to the study and practice of human resource management and employment relations.

Degree-specific major

Degree-specific major

Human Resource Management can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP002 Bachelor of Commerce
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Human Resource Management is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
  • four Level 1 complementary units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; NS = non-standard teaching period

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1, S2 MGMT1135 Organisational Behaviour Incompatibility: MGMT2235 Organisational Behaviour
S1, S2 MGMT1136 Management and Organisations Incompatibility: MGMT2236 Management and Organisations
Take all complementary units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1, S2 ACCT1101 Financial Accounting None
S1, S2 ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets None
S1, S2 MKTG1203 Marketing Management Incompatibility: MKTG2203 Marketing Management
S1, S2 STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics Prerequisites: Mathematics Methods ATAR or WACE Mathematics 3A/3B or MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals or ECON1111 Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics or MATH0038 Mathematical Analysis or equivalent or higher
Incompatibility: STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1510 Statistics A; STAT1530 Statistics B; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; MATH1020 Calculus, Statistics and Probability; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis

Level 2

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 EMPL2202 Australian Employment Relations Prerequisites: EMPL1101 Introduction to Employment Relations; EMPL1206 Social Psychology of Work; MGMT1135 Organisational Behaviour; or MGMT1136 Management and Organisations; for pre-2012 courses: a Level 1 Management or Employment Relations unit
Incompatibility: EMPL1102 Australian Employment Relations
S1, SS HRMT2237 Human Resource Management Prerequisites: MGMT1135 Organisational Behaviour; or MGMT1136 Management and Organisations; for pre-2012 courses (pre- or co-requisite): [MGMT1135/MGMT2235 Organisational Behaviour; or MGMT1136/MGMT2236 Management and Organisations; or EMPL1101 Introduction to Employment Relations; or EMPL2201 Foundations of Employment Relations; or EMPL1102/EMPL2202 Australian Employment Relations

Level 3

Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 EMPL3241 International Employment Relations Prerequisites: EMPL2202 Australian Employment Relations
Incompatibility: EMPL2241 International Employment Relations
S1, NS EMPL3270 Negotiation: Theory and Practice Prerequisites: any two Level 2 units in the Human Resource Management major, Management major or Work and Employment Relations major
Incompatibility: EMPL2270 International Employment Relations
S1 HRMT3344 Staffing Organisations Prerequisites: HRMT2237 Human Resource Management
S2 HRMT3345 Managing Jobs, Performance and Wellbeing Prerequisites: HRMT2237 Human Resource Management

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Human Resource Management degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Commerce course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP002-HRSMT (opens in a new window)

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Human Resource Management degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Commerce course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP002-HRSMT-Generic (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Human Resource Management can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Second major

Human Resource Management can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BP002 Bachelor of Commerce
BP003 Bachelor of Design
BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

The Human Resource Management second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; NS = non-standard teaching period

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1, S2 MGMT1135 Organisational Behaviour Incompatibility: MGMT2235 Organisational Behaviour
S1, S2 MGMT1136 Management and Organisations Incompatibility: MGMT2236 Management and Organisations

Level 2

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 EMPL2202 Australian Employment Relations Prerequisites: EMPL1101 Introduction to Employment Relations; EMPL1206 Social Psychology of Work; MGMT1135 Organisational Behaviour; or MGMT1136 Management and Organisations; for pre-2012 courses: a Level 1 Management or Employment Relations unit
Incompatibility: EMPL1102 Australian Employment Relations
S1, SS HRMT2237 Human Resource Management Prerequisites: MGMT1135 Organisational Behaviour; or MGMT1136 Management and Organisations; for pre-2012 courses (pre- or co-requisite): [MGMT1135/MGMT2235 Organisational Behaviour; or MGMT1136/MGMT2236 Management and Organisations; or EMPL1101 Introduction to Employment Relations; or EMPL2201 Foundations of Employment Relations; or EMPL1102/EMPL2202 Australian Employment Relations

Level 3

Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 EMPL3241 International Employment Relations Prerequisites: EMPL2202 Australian Employment Relations
Incompatibility: EMPL2241 International Employment Relations
S1, NS EMPL3270 Negotiation: Theory and Practice Prerequisites: any two Level 2 units in the Human Resource Management major, Management major or Work and Employment Relations major
Incompatibility: EMPL2270 International Employment Relations
S1 HRMT3344 Staffing Organisations Prerequisites: HRMT2237 Human Resource Management
S2 HRMT3345 Managing Jobs, Performance and Wellbeing Prerequisites: HRMT2237 Human Resource Management

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Human Resource Management can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-HRSMT (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Human Resource Management can also be taken as a degree-specific major.