Human Resource Management (HRM) is a dynamic field that is constantly evolving to meet the needs of modern business. Human resource managers perform a range of valuable functions in the workplace such as attracting, retaining and motivating employees, skills development, managing diversity and developing labour policies.
Although our HR degree concentrates on the core areas of human resource management, it has a strong foundation in commerce. It provides you with both theoretical understanding and practical skills in, subjects such as Business Management, Human Resource Management, Economics, Employment Relations and Management of Training. You will also cover subject areas such as Business English, Computer Skills, an Introduction to Financial Accounting and Labour Law. Because of our degree’s unique emphasis on application, you will select, conduct and present a research project and complete Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programme in your final ear.
The success of our BCom (Human Resource Management) is due largely to our unique blend of lecture-led learning, the use of technology, Work Integrated Learning (WIL), as well as practical application. We have highly dedicated teaching staff with professional accreditations, and a curriculum that is relevant and ahead of trends. By introducing you to research, we are also preparing you for honours studies, a unique offering in undergraduate degrees. Our approach ensures that you acquire essential work skills such as critical thinking, effective problem solving, ethical decision-making, self-discipline, working in teams and communicating effectively.
Are you a born communicator and find it easy to interact with people? If you have integrity and you believe that all people should be treated fairly, our BCom (Human Resource Management) will put all these traits to good use.
Teaching methods and assessment
- We use a blend of lecture-led learning and Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and in your third year, Work Integrated Learning (WIL).
- Our teaching staff is a mix of full-time academics and working professionals to ensure you benefit from quality academic and industry-specific inputs.
- You have access to campus resource centres, computer labs and WiFi.
- Throughout the programme, you have to demonstrate theoretical and practical understanding via examinations, presentations, case studies, research projects and analysis of commercial issues. These application-based assessments ensure relevant industry experience and further prepare you for the world of work.
Students are introduced to the basic principles of human resource management. Computer literacy and various introductory business skills modules are included in the curriculum.
Business Management 1A
Business Management 1B
Human Resource Management 1
Employment Relations 1
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Management of Training 1
Year 1 module descriptions
Business English (SSBE111)
Business communication skills are essential to every successful business enterprise. The main focus of the module falls on the practical abilities that students will be able to utilise in the business environment.
Business Management 1A (COBM111)
All the business elements that relate to the business environment are dealt with in this module. These include planning, organising, leading and controlling.
Economics 1A (COEC111)
After students have completed Economics 1A, they will have a clear understanding of the economy from the microeconomic perspective. The students will also have a solid grasp of the economic problem; price system; market structures; and the labour market.
Human Resource Management 1 (COHR111)
This course explores the employee as an individual and the differences between employees from a psychological perspective. An introduction to current Human Resources in South Africa in terms of practices and general functions is also presented.
Quantitative Techniques (COQT111)
This module sets the statistical scene by presenting an introduction to statistical techniques and experimental design as applied to commercial problems. Emphasis is placed on exploratory data analysis - using various descriptive statistical techniques; on the foundation of statistical inference - using basic probability theory and sampling; on making statistical inferences - using confidence intervals, hypotheses tests and analysis of variance; and on statistical models for forecasting and planning - linear regression, correlation, index numbers and time series.
Business Management 1B (COBM121)
This module develops the students' understanding of marketing and public relations strategy. Students look at how the financial environment is analysed and at how to make financial decisions. Other areas of operations and purchasing management will be covered, and the current challenges in the management environment will be addressed.
Computer Skills (ITSK110)
This module is designed to enable the student to use the personal computer and peripherals functionally and to apply selected application programs, on an introductory level, independently and with confidence.
Economics 1B (COEC121)
After students have completed Economics 1B, they will have a clear understanding of the economy from the macroeconomic perspective. This module covers the South African management environment and enables students to systematically apply industrial relations principles in the workplace. It also includes a theoretical knowledge of South African labour legislation and the employment relationships. Practical skills acquired include the communication process to manage conflict, and the implementation of a grievance or disciplinary procedure.
Employment Relations 1 (COER121)
This module covers the South African management environment and enables students to systematically apply industrial relations principles in the work place. It also includes a theoretical knowledge of South African labour legislation and the employment relationships. Practical skills acquired include the communication process to manage conflict, and the implementation of a grievance or disciplinary procedure.
Introduction to Financial Accounting (COIF111)
The module introduces the student to the concepts, principles and procedures of accounting. It covers the recording of accounting entries in the subsidiary journals; posting to the general ledger; compiling a post-adjustment trail balance; the financial statements of a sole trader; the accounting procedures needed for reconciliation of the bank account; and debtors’ and creditors’ control.
Labour Law (LWLB121)
The module aims at introducing the student to South African Law with reference to its sources, classification and structure. It further aims to provide detailed knowledge of individual labour law in South Africa and cultivate an insightful approach to and thorough understanding of the law on unfair dismissals, unfair labour practices and employment equity.
Management of Training 1 (COMT121)
Students are introduced to the field of Training Management. They are exposed to basic legislation in this area; the distinction between training, education and development; factors affecting the formulation of training policy; and various approaches to, and models of training.
Students develop an intermediate level of knowledge and skills in human resource management.
Business Management 2A
Business Management 2B
Human Resource Information Systems
Human Resource Management 2A
Human Resource Management 2B
Employment Relations 2
Management of Training 2
Year 2 module descriptions
Business Management 2A (COBM211)
The role of entrepreneurship in an economic unit has been well documented and is of interest to business people, politicians, and university professors and students. Creating and growing a new venture inside or outside the corporation is a task that few individuals are able to accomplish, even though many profess the desire. This course is based on an understanding of all the functional areas of business and applies the tools and analytical techniques of these functional areas to the new venture creation process in a domestic and international setting.
Economics 2A (COEC211)
This module will focus on the main topics and components of microeconomics and the fundamentals introduced in first year, and will further build on those principles.
Human Resource Management 2A (COHR211)
This module is designed to cover the basic functions of Human Resource Management.
The module provides students with a thorough knowledge of diversity management; Human Resource Planning; job design and job analysis; internal and external staffing; performance appraisals; and health and safety issues in the workplace. Practical skills acquired include the drafting of a job analysis programme, an appraisal interview guide, and an induction programme for new employees.
Employment Relations 2 (COER211)
The aim of this module is to study the labour relations management process conceptually and practically. The emphasis is on providing the students with knowledge, skills, applied competence and the necessary values and attitudes with regard to understanding the labour relations process in terms of the individual employee. This module provides the learners with the theoretical foundation needed for the practical section of COER311, which includes disciplinary hearings, grievance hearings, appeal hearings, as well as negotiations.
Research Methodology (CORM211)
This module addresses the synergy between quantitative and qualitative approaches to form a single research process. It will allow students to comprehend the simple beginnings of research design through to data analysis and research reporting.
Business Management 2B (COBM221)
This module covers the South African management environment and enables students to systematically apply general management principles. It also includes the various functions performed by managers and the skills needed to perform optimally. These functions include planning, organising, leading and managing.
Human Resource Management 2B (COHR221)
The course covers several topics related to the behaviour of individuals and groups in organisations. These include organisational culture; change and stress management; the role and importance of communication and leadership; how motivation works; and understanding work teams.
Management of Training 2 (COMT221)
This module in Management of Training provides the students with an understanding of the systematic process of training and development as it occurs in organisations. It also enables the students to systematically implement this process, which includes determining training needs; the design of a training programme; the preparation and presentation of a training programme; as well as methods of evaluation.
Human Resource Information Systems (COHI221)
This course provides the student with the necessary skills to operate human resource information systems, such as payroll. It is also aligned with current, relevant legislation. These skills will increase the student's employability in the field of Human Resource Management.
Students develop an advance level of knowledge and skills in the field of human resources.
Advanced Employment Relations
Business Management 3A
Human Resource Management 3A
Business Management 3B
Human Resource Management 3B
Human Resource Planning and Development
Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
Students who successfully complete all levels of study are awarded the Pearson Institute Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management degree.
Year 3 module descriptions
Advanced Employment Relations (COER311)
After learners have completed Advanced Industrial Relations, they should have a thorough knowledge of collective bargaining in industrial relations. Students will look at the impact of the labour market, conflict in the workplace, negotiations, dispute resolution and strikes, on collective bargaining. This module also includes a practical component to equip students with the necessary practical skills, which will enable them to deal with disciplinary hearings, appeal hearings, grievances and basic negotiations in the workplace.
Business Management 3A (COBM311)
Managers who formulate a strategy for their businesses are faced with the questions: “What is strategy?” and “What decisions should management take to define a workable Business strategy?” This will guide functional managers in formulating their own strategy in line with the business strategy, which will be explored in this module.
Human Resource Management 3A (COHR311)
After students have completed Compensation and Reward Management, they will have a thorough knowledge of key trends in remuneration and reward, and understand how these can be applied to best suit a business’s strategy.
Business Ethics (COBE311)
This course is designed to provide students with a thorough knowledge of basic ethical theories, decision-making techniques and some of the more prevalent ethical issues facing entrepreneurs in the contemporary business environment.
Business Management 3B (COBM321)
The business organisation operates in a changing environment and managers need to constantly adapt to these changes. This module covers the approaches to managing this changing environment, and builds on the concepts learnt in previous years on the challenges and tasks of management.
Human Resource Management 3B (COHR321)
This module is set within a global context of business practices and enables students to scan
the environment in terms of best practices. The human resource function has evolved and key players are required to play an active role in order to stay competitive and successful. Students will examine this dynamic.
Human Resource Planning and Development (COHP321)
Today's changing business environment demands that human resources (HR) aligns its process, practices and strategies with the organisation's overall business strategies and objectives. This demand can only be met by means of effective HR planning and the deliberate practice of talent management. The focus of HR planning is to ensure that the right number and type of people with the right attitudes and skills are appointed in the right jobs at the right time and at the right price. The purpose of talent management is to match talent supply and demand by identifying and maximising individual and organisational talent. Students will examine all these factors in this module.
Research Project (CORP300)
This module provides the students the unique opportunity to carry out a research project on undergraduate level, in their field of study. They will be able to put the theory they have mastered in CORM211 into practice. The research process includes selecting a topic, completing a literature study, writing a proposal, collecting and analysing data, writing a report on the project, and presenting the most important findings of the project.
Work Integrated Learning (COIS300)
In their final year of study, students are expected to complete to complete a four to six-week work integrated learning programme during the semester break. This programme has to expose the student to the most important aspects of their chosen field of study, e.g. Human Resource Management, Tourism, Marketing or Business Management. This module provides the students the unique opportunity not only to obtain practical experience, but also to learn what would be expected of them, once they are qualified. The work integrated learning could also lead to possible employment opportunities.
• National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Bachelor degree entry or an equivalent foreign secondary qualification on an NSC level with Bachelor degree entry approved by Universities South Africa (USAF).
• If you have an international school-leaving certificate, you need to provide a certificate of exemption issued by Universities South Africa (USAF).
• You should have successfully completed the relevant Pearson Institute foundation programme. On successful completion of the foundation programme, students are required to apply to Universities South Africa (USAF) for a certificate of exemption in order to be admitted to a degree programme.
• You should have successfully completed a relevant higher certificate qualification. On successful completion of the higher certificate, students are required to apply to Universities South Africa (USAF) for a certificate of exemption in order to be admitted to a degree programme.
• You need 25 Pearson Institute points or more.
Calculation of points
90% - 100%
80% - 89%
70% - 79%
60% - 69%
50% - 59%
40% - 49%
30% - 39%
0% - 29%
Pearson Institute Points
- Accredited by the South African Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE).
- Registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
The career choices for you, as a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management graduate, are varied and employment options include:
• Employment relations management
• Employment relations consulting
• Human resource management
• Human resource consulting
• Personnel consulting
• Training and development
Qualification facilities and campuses
No qualification facilities needed.
The qualification is offered at the following campuses:
Additional notes / comments / information
• Students who did not complete their secondary schooling in English as the language of teaching and learning or who are uncertain about their English language skills are advised to do an English course to prepare them for degree studies.
• Internships - industry relationship - internship coordinator - helps with placements
• Training (CV) - office etiquette
• Only students who are able to graduate in 2018, will be allowed to take Research Project and Work Integrated Learning.
How does this qualification make a student real world ready?
Assignments are designed to introduce and apply theoretical concepts. Final year students have to complete a 4-6 weeks work integrated learning programme, as well as passing a practical module in labour relations.
Students are expected to complete a research project within their third year of studies. This makes Pearson Institute students better equipped for post graduate studies than most undergraduate students from other Higher Education Institutions.
The BCom HR degree comprises work integrated learning (WIL), which need to be completed in the third year of studies. Mandatory workshops prepare students for the real- world and challenges that awaits them.
Students gain practical experience, which make them more employable. Some students have been permanently employed at the WIL companies.
• Need for HR and not Industrial Psychology
• HR practitioner focus (North west?)
• Internship programme - 3rd year
How do we ensure that this qualification is of the highest academic standard?
Ongoing informal research is conducted by investigating good practices at other universities, as well as regular meetings and contact with the Commerce Advisory Board (+- 10 members), which comprise academics and industry representatives as well as subject specialists. The role of the Advisory Board is, amongst others, to ensure the curriculum content of modules is current. Curriculum Content is revised on a regular basis.
Assessments are moderated both internally and externally. Work Integrated Learning companies also provide valuable information concerning industry expectations.
This qualification would be perfect for someone who...
Has an affiliation for working with people. A flair for looking out for others and always keeping an eye and making sure that people are treated fairly. Has sound communication skills, can be a leader at times and a follower when necessary.