MBA in Human Resource Management (HR)

The MBA in Human Resource Management covers six management areas and has been designed to enhance strategic management, leadership skills and show how external factors affect management decisions.

Required Qualifications

Applicants are expected to either have gained a Bachelor degree 2:2 or above or an equivalent, an NQF level 6 or the GSM pre-masters plus two years work experience. If English is not the candidate’s first language, then they will be required to show proficiency in the English Language.

Course Work

The course is made up of eight compulsory topics plus a dissertation. The compulsory topics are as follows:

Strategic Management and Business Environment

This will involve learning about strategic planning, and how it relates to the operational policies with an organisation, the objectives of an organisation and what impact they have upon resource acquisition and deployment; internal and external factors that can affect the organisational objectives; compatibility of objectives; strategic choices, change; evaluating strategic risks and minimisation; how to control strategic change; planning and managing organisational strategy process; timelines for long term planning, the effect of technological innovation and the emergence of new competition.

International Business Strategy

This module involves the International business environment and what the different are in business culture between the home and overseas markets, formulating strategy for overseas business, how to serve overseas markets: overseas subsidiaries, direct exporting, agency, joint ventures, licensing, consumer goods and capital goods industries, strategy of overseas business between small and large companies, methods of optimum finance, service industries, international capital markets, establishing ongoing international communications, meeting international competition, political risks; the impact of e-commerce.

Management of Strategic Change by Leaders

This area of the course will cover the nature, purpose and structures of the management in an organisation, how responsibilities are allocated and who will be accountable, the influence of resources on the organisation, changing of size and technology, role of leadership and how this affects management organisation, management culture and the influence held by leaders, signs of poor leadership and the role of a leader faced with strategic change.

Accounting and Finance for Managers

This part is design to look at how accounting information is used, the roles of the management and financial accountant, how the company’s financial information is made up and how it is used, the way financial statements are used to determine management decisions, investment appraisals how finance is raised and allocated and the use of working capital.

Planning and Promotion Marketing

This topic is vital as all management should be aware of marketing and how it works in relation with the long term goal of a business. The topics covered include the strategic nature of marketing, market segments, consumer behaviour,  how a marketing plan is created, assessing marketing opportunities with marketing information, how to communicate promotions, integration of marketing with other management policies, promotional plans, cost effectiveness of promotions and the relationship of sales and promotion to market size and structure.

Management Information and Communication Systems

This topic covers, how management decisions are made using information and communication systems, what are the needs, functions and ways that the management and information communication systems are used.

Human Resource Management

This area covers the point of Human Resource Management and analysis of problem areas, the significant functions of human resource and how changes should be deployed, individual assessment and motivation, career development and promotion and human resources in general.

Research Skills with Project Management

This module covers project planning, literature review and principles of methodology. This topic covers the choices of appropriate topics for the dissertation; methods of finding and compiling primary and secondary sources of information; strengths and weaknesses of different types of research; how to reference information gathered from published work; writing a bibliography; effective presentation techniques including the connection between objectives, methods, evidence and conclusions.

Dissertation

Managers need to be able to investigate and provide solutions to any major business problem. This investigation requires the knowledge that has been comprised in all of the modules during the course. The dissertation element of the MBA is about 15,000 words long and directed to the identification of a business problem, the steps taken to investigate and the examination of all of the evidence to provide a solution. The dissertation should also contain an examination of the published literature selection of the methodology appropriate to the problem investigated.

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