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Study Human Resource Management at Otago

People are the life-blood of every organisation, without people organisations cannot function.

Human Resource Management (HRM) gives you the skills, knowledge and practice to motivate employees to excel.

HRM teaches you the underlying principles of managing people in organisations from how to ensure the right talent is in the right place at the right time, to dealing with poor performance and conflict.

Not only does a HRM major provide you with practical tools, it also explores the strategic role of HRM in the organisation and how HRM practice can support and influence the strategic direction of an organisation.

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Why study Human Resource Management (HRM)?

People management skills are integral to the workplace of today, and Otago’s HRM major will prepare you for the connected and collaborative workplace of tomorrow. The skill set you will develop while studying HRM as either a major or minor subject, are important in any role that involves working with and leading people.

HRM at Otago will equip you with skills and knowledge that will kick-start your career and give you great potential to play an important role in making sure organisations manage their most valuable resource, their people, as best they can.

HRM is perfect as both a stand-alone degree or to complement other areas of interest. During your studies at Otago you’ll gain both knowledge and practical skills associated with HRM principles to enable you to acquire the right talent, in the right place and at the right time.

Teaching style

Each paper is taught in a lecture format and most papers include weekly tutorials where you’ll have the opportunity to discuss the lecture topics in more detail. Just like at secondary school, assessment will include assignments, tests, essays, and exams.

Background required

There are no formal prerequisite subjects to study HRM at 100-Level – you don’t even have to have studied business subjects before. However, because all Business students complete a set of compulsory ‘core papers’, and because of the importance of communication to organisational life, it is recommended that you study English, Mathematics or Statistics at high school.

Career opportunities

The HRM major and minor will give you the skill set to apply for HRM roles in large or small, public or private organisations. These usually begin with HR administrator roles, with progress through to advisors and managers. Alternatively you can specialise in areas such as employment relations, talent management, learning and development or recruiting. The skill set gained in the HRM major will also enable you to enter graduate recruitment schemes.

Qualifications

Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in Human Resource Management

Level Papers Points
100-level

MANT 101  Managing for Performance

BSNS 111 Business and Society

BSNS 112 Interpreting Business Data, BSNS 113 Economic Principles and Policy, BSNS 114 Financial Decision Making, BSNS 115 Accounting and Information Systems – must normally be taken in first year of study

18

18

72

200-level

MANT 250  Managing People

MANT 251  Managing Organisations

One of
MANT 217  International Management
MANT 222  Interpersonal/International Business Communication
MANT 252  Developing Responsible Leadership

18

18

 

18

300-level

MANT 345  Strategic Human Resource Management

MANT 346  Employment Relations

Two of
MANT 330  Leadership
MANT 339  Human Resource Development
MANT 343  Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
MANT 347  Occupational Psychology

18

18

 

36

Plus

126 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Commerce.

126
 

Every programme must include BSNS 111-115. At least three of these papers must be passed before enrolling in any 200-level Commerce paper, and all must be passed before enrolling in any 300-level Commerce paper. For single-degree BCom students, all five must be attempted in the first year of study or equivalent.

STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 112 as a required paper or as part of the major subject requirements or as a prerequisite when:
(a) the paper has been passed before the student has enrolled for a BCom degree; or
(b) a student is enrolling for both a BCom and another degree for which STAT 110 or STAT 115 is required.

Total   360

Minor subject requirements

Human Resource Management as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

MANT 101  Managing for Performance

18

200-level

MANT 250  Managing People

18

300-level

MANT 345  Strategic Human Resource Management

MANT 346  Employment Relations

36

Plus

One of
MANT 217  International Management
MANT 222  Interpersonal/International Business Communication
MANT 251  Managing Organisations
MANT 252  Developing Responsible Leadership
MANT 330  Leadership
MANT 339  Human Resource Development
MANT 343  Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
MANT 347  Occupational Psychology

18

Total   90

Key information for future students

Contact us

Email
paula.okane@otago.ac.nz(MCom)
dipgrad@otago.ac.nz(DipGrad)
Websites otago.ac.nz/business/index.html
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