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.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

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
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 MGMT1135 Organisational Behaviour
Incompatibility:
MGMT2235 Organisational Behaviour
S1, S2 MGMT1136 Management and Organisations
Incompatibility:
MGMT2236 Management and Organisations

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
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
or
EMPL1101 Introduction to Employment Relations
or
EMPL2202 Australian Employment Relations

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 EMPL3241 International Employment Relations
Prerequisites:
EMPL2202 Australian Employment Relations
Incompatibility:
EMPL2241 International Employment Relations
S1 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

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course. (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.)

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not require you to choose a degree-specific major.

General degrees

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

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 Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. and Bachelor of Science courses, 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

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