UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH

DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGY

BA (HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT) PROGRAMMES

 

NATURE AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

The BA (Human Resource Management) program has as objective to prepare students for a career in the management of human resources in organisations. There is an urgent need in the RSA for the productive utilization of human resources in order to make a contribution towards achieving the objectives of organisations and to ensure that the RSA will become more competitive internationally. The Department would like to see its graduates addressing the current human resource management challenges and business related people problems in such a way that they will earn the trust, respect and appreciation of top management. The programme BA (Human Resource Management) could, after approved practical work, lead to registration with the South African Board of Personnel Practice (SABPP) as Human Resource Practitioner, and after further postgraduate study, to non-statutory registration with the South African Board of Personnel Practice (SABPP) as Chartered Human Resource Practitioner or Master Human Resource Practitioner. More detailed information is available on the website of the SABPP (http://www.sabpp.co.za).

 

CAREER- AND REGISTRATION POSSIBILITIES:

      Consultant in private practice (Human Resource Management)

      Manager: Corporate Social responsibility projects

      General Manager

      Promotions Manager

      Human Resource Manager

      Entrepreneur

      Labour relations consultant

      Registered Human Resource Practitioner at the SABPP (after B-degree)

      Registered Chartered Human Resource Practitioner at the SABPP (after Honours Degree and internship)

      Registered Master Human Resource Practitioner at the SABPP (after Masters Degree and internship)

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

      Full Matriculation Exemption

      Performance in Grade 12: An aggregate of at least 50 %

      Mathematics (SG) = 50 % or Mathematics (HG) = 40 %

      For Honours: All pre-graduate Industrial Psychology modules and a 60% aggregate for the third year modules

      For Masters: 65% average for Honours

      For PhD: Masters degree in Industrial Psychology

 

NB: All post graduate programmes are selection programmes with restricted student numbers

 

PROGRAMME CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

 

BA (HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT)

 

First Year

Business Management 113(8), 152(6)

Human Behaviour 112(4)

Psychology 114(12)

Statistics 186(18)* or Statistics 176(18)

*If Statistics 186 is followed: Maths (HG) 50% (D) or Maths (SG) 70% (B)

Occupational Psychology 152(6) Ergonomics 162(6)

Applied Decision Making, Knowledge Dynamics and Values Study 112[6], 122[6], 142[6], 152[6]

Information skills 172(6)

 

Plus one of the following (24 credits)

Public and Development Management 114(12), 144(12)

Political Science 112(6), 122(6); 142(6); 152(6)

Sociology 114(12), and two of 142(6), 152(6), 162(6)

 

Plus one of the following (24 credits)

Basic Xhosa 114(12), 144(12) or English Studies 178(12) or Afrikaans Language Acquisition 178(24) or Afrikaans and Dutch 178(24)*

*Students who do not have an African language as home language or have not done an African language as a matric subject must select Basic Xhosa as subject. Students with an African language as matric subject or home language must choose Afrikaans or English Studies as subject.

 

Second Year

Human Resource Management 214(16), 244(16)

Human Behaviour 214(16)

Economics 288(32)

Applied Decision Making, Knowledge Dynamics and Value studies 212(8), 222(8), 242(8), 252(8)

 

Plus continued study in one of the following subjects: (32 credits):

Public and Development Management 212(8), 222(8), 242(8), 252(8)

Political Science 212(8), 222(8), 242(8), 252(8), 262(8) (choose 4 modules)

Sociology 212(8), 222(8), 242(8), and one of 252(8), 262(8)

 

Third Year (144 credits)

Human Resource Management 314(12); 324(12); 348(12)

Applied Decision Making, Knowledge Dynamics and Value studies 314(12); 354(12)

 

Plus continued study in one of the following subjects: (48 credits):

Public and Development Management 314(12), 324(12); 344(12), 354(12)

Political Science 314[12], 324[12], 334[12], 344[12], 354[12], 364[12] (choose 4 modules)

Sociology 314[12], 364[12] plus one of 324[12], 334[12] plus one of 344[12], 352[12]

 

Plus two of the following meta-disciplines (24 credits)

Dimensions of Historical Understanding 324(12)

Methodology of Social Scientific Research 334(12)

Philosophy of the Human Sciences 354(12)

Sociology and Ethics of Science 364(12)

 

HONOURS BA (HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT)

      To qualify for admission to Honours BA (Human Resource Management), the following modules offered by the Department of Industrial Psychology are required: Human Behaviour 112(4), Occupational Psychology 152(6), Ergonomics 162(6), Human Resource Management 214(16), Human Behaviour 214(16), Human Resource Management 244(16), Human Resource Management 314(12), Human Resource Management 324(12) and Human Resource Management 348(24).

      The honours programme BA (Human Resource Management) is offered on both a full time and a modular basis. Please note that all subjects are not offered each year.

      Even Years (e.g. 2004; 2006); Odd years (e.g. 2004; 2006)

 

The following compulsory modules are required during the first semester:

Labour Relations Theory & Practice (Perspectives and Parties) (12) (Modular even years)

Occupation- and Career Psychology (12) (Modular even years)

Behaviour Research & Research Methodology (12) (Modular odd years)

Motivation in Organisations (12) (Modular odd years)

Strategic Human Resource Management (HR planning and Staffing) (12) (Modular even years)

 

Plus one further first semester module chosen from:

Occupational Safety and Industrial Ergonomics (12) (Modular odd years)

Consumer Behaviour I (12) (Not offered for Modular programme)

 

The following compulsory modules are required during the second semester:

Labour Relations Theory & Practice (Processes) (12) (Modular even years)

Group dynamics, Teamwork and introduction to Organisational development (12) (Modular odd years)

Human Resource Development (12) (Modular odd years)

Psychometrics: Measurement Theory, Test Construction and Decision Making (12) (Modular odd years)

Strategic Human Resource Management (Remuneration- & Performance Management) (12) (Modular even years)

 

Plus one further second semester module chosen from:

Labour Law (12) (Modular even years)

Consumer Behaviour II (12) (Not offered for Modular programme)

 

MA (HUMAN RESOURCE MANGEMENT)

      The programme is offered on both a full time and a modular basis. Please note that all subjects are not offered on a modular basis

 

The following compulsory modules are prescribed for the first semester:

Strategic and Ethical Leadership (12)

Strategic Human Resource Development (12)

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (12)

 

The following compulsory modules are prescribed for the second semester:

Human Resource Management Consultation and Professional Ethics (12)

Organisational diagnoses, development and change (12)

 

Plus one further second semester module chosen from:

Labour Economics (12)

Strategic Organisational design and Culture (12) (Note: This module is not offered for Modular programme)

 

Plus: A 72-credit thesis (article or mini thesis format)

 

DOCTORAL STUDIES IN INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGY

For a Doctorate a dissertation is required that is the outcome of original and independent research (see guidelines for doctoral studies in the General Yearbook, Parts 1 and 10).

 

CONTACT DETAILS:

      General: Me H Viljoen

Tel: 021 808 3008 Fax: 021 808 3007

Email: hhv@sun.ac.z

      Programme coordinator: Mr AF Schlechter

Tel: 021 808 3010 Fax: 021 808 3007

Email: afs@sun.ac.za

      Address: Department of Industrial Psychology

Private Bag X1

Matieland, 7602