The purpose of the programme is to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to manage human resources effectively in organisations. This programme is ideally suited for middle- and top-level human resource practitioners who will be expose to the more advanced aspects of human resource management.

The information below is relevant for the 2015 academic year.

Duration of the programme

Twelve months

Registration requirements

 The minimum admission requirement is a bachelor’s degree in human resource management or an advanced diploma in human resource management on NQF level 7. The ideal student should also have worked in a human resource department in a middle or senior management position for five years.

Prospective students, who do not have a formal qualification in human resource management at NQF level 7, should provide us with the following information on their previous qualifications:

  • A full academic record
  • The name(s) of the module/paper, and the syllabus and learning outcomes of   the module/paper
  • A list of the prescribed books used
  • An indication of any other study material (eg study guides) used
  • An indication of the means of assessment (eg assignments and examinations, and their format)
  • The duration of the module/paper
  • The admission requirement
  • The NQF level
  • SAQA credits attached to the module/paper
  • An indication of whether the institution at which the qualification was obtained is registered as a an education and training provider in terms of the Higher Education Act

The above information is required to adequately assess the relative value of modules/papers offered by other institutions. Prospective students are requested to contact the institution at which the qualification(s) was/were completed to obtain the necessary information.

In addition, information on relevant working experience should be included in the form of curriculum vitae.

Programme content

The learning content of the programme consists of the following four compulsory modules:

Strategic and International Human Resource Management (AAHR01L)

 Module purpose

The purpose of this module is to equip you with the competencies (knowledge,

purpose values and skills) of various aspects of strategic and international human resource management, which will enable you to manage human resources from a strategic and international perspective in medium and large organisations.


In order to be declared competent in this module, students have to demonstrate that they are able to

  • explain to someone with no knowledge of the topic what strategic human resource management exactly entails
  • critically discuss the performance management cycle from a conceptual and practical perspective in the context of SHRM
  • explain the broad movements that are taking place in the area of organisational structure and the human resource implications of these new emerging organisational forms
  • display a good understanding of organisations that learn and the learning organisation, and the processes underlying these concepts
  • discuss some of the choices available when introducing strategic change in the organisation, as well as the consequences of the different choices
  • explain to someone with no knowledge of the topic what exactly international human resource (IHRM) entails
  • explain the complexities of recruiting, selecting, training, rewarding and doing performance management for employees working abroad





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  • The nature, origins and implications of SHRMInterview
  • Linking organisational and human resource strategies
  • A model for strategic human resource management

 Managing performance

  • Performance management strategies
  • Training and development strategies
  • Managing the process of training and development

Managing structures

  • Organisational structuring and restructuring
  • Beyond organisational structure: the end of classical forms?

Managing learning

  • Learning organisationsGlobal Business
  • Promoting learning in organisations

 Managing change

  • Change management: strategies and assumptions
  • Change management: choices and outcomes
  • The role of culture in organisational performance
  • The possibilities of culture change


 The multinational context

  • The enduring context of IHRM
  • The organisational context
  • Sustaining international business operations

Managing and supporting international assignments

  • Recruiting and selecting staff for international assignments
  • Training and development
  • Compensation
  • Performance management
  • Re-entry and career issues

Organisational Behaviour and Renewal (AAHR02M)

Module purpose

The purpose of this module is to help human resource practitioners, organisational purpose development practitioners and managers to understand and apply the knowledge and skills of organisational change in organisations. The ultimate goal is to achieve the goals of the organisation.



In order to be declared competent in this module, students have to demonstrate that they are able to

  • demonstrate an understanding of the functions of human resource management in a South African context with specific reference to organisational behaviour and change
  • describe the interrelationship between human resource management and the individual as well as the organisation
  • explain how external environmental factors influence the management of human resources in organisations
  • make decisions in his/her organisation on the basis of strategic organisational

renewal planning

  • demonstrate a working knowledge of organisational behaviour and renewal demonstrate a working knowledge of managing organisational success




 Anticipating change

  • Organisational development and reinventing the organisationIPM_courses
  • Organisational renewal: the challenge of change
  • Changing the culture


Understanding the OD process

  • The role and style of the OD practitioner
  • The diagnostic process
  • Overcoming resistance to change


Developing excellence in leaders

  • Process intervention skills
  • OD intervention strategies


Developing high performance in teams

  • Team development interventions
  • Intergroup development interventions
  • Goal setting for effective organisations


Promoting success in organisations

  • Continuous improvement processes and self-managed work teams
  • High performance systems and the learning organisation
  • Organisational transformation: strategic change


Focusing on the future

  • The challenge facing and the future of organisationsTeamwork


Research Methodology (AAHR03N)

Module purpose

The aim of this module is to help the students understand the research process and the skills needed to perform research.



In order to be declared competent in this module, students have to demonstrate that they are able to

  • conduct research, under supervision, in the fields relating to human resource management
  • contextualise existing human resource management knowledge in the fields of business, commerce and management
  • report research findings scientifically



Introduction to research

  • What is research?
  • Tools of research
  • The research problem
  • The literature review


Research planning and design

  • Planning the project
  • Writing a research proposal


Qualitative research methodologies

  • .Qualitative research methodologies
  • Historical research


Quantitative research methodologies

  • Descriptive research designs
  • Sampling
  • Experimental and Ex Post Facto designs
  • Strategies for analysing quantitative data


The research report

  • Preparing the research report


Advanced Human Resource Development (AAHR04P)

 Module purpose

The purpose of this module is to provide senior human resource managers withIPM_point_base

purpose advanced knowledge of a strategic approach to skills development in line with local and international best practices in the field of HRD. Students will be able to plan long-term human resource development strategies in their organisations with the goal of improving organisational effectiveness.



In order to be declared competent in this module, students have to demonstrate that they are able to:

  • Identify and apply international HRD competencies and best practices in the    field of human resource development
  • Formulate a strategic human resource development (HRD) strategy for an organisation in line with the overall strategic plan and business objectives
  • align an organisation’s workplace skills plan with the human resource
  • Development strategy and needs of the company as well as the national HRD strategy
  • develop a performance improvement plan for an organisation using a performance consulting approach to human resource development interventions
  • plan and organise a human resource development intervention for an   organisation
  • develop a talent management plan for an organisation at senior management, middle management, professional and supervisory level
  • develop an implementation plan for the effective establishment and management of an electronic learning management system in an organisation
  • design a human resource development strategy for a company in line with employment equity and black economic empowerment criteria
  • develop and implement a quality management system for human resource development in an organisation
  • formulate a mentoring and coaching implementation plan for an organisation
  • measure the financial return on investment (ROI) of a human resource development intervention in order to show the HRD value proposition for an organisation



Strategic HRD

  • International HRD trendsBusiness Deal
  • Strategic HRD
  • Skills development
  • Employment equity and BEE

Performance improvement

  • Human performance technology
  • Training needs analysis


Managing an HRD learning system

  • Learning management systems
  • Quality management systems


Career and talent management

  • Career management
  • Talent management
  • Mentoring and coaching


HRD measurement and evaluation

  • HRD measurement and evaluation


Assessment and examination

Students will be assessed by means of assignments completed during the course of their studies and a formal three-hour examination for each module, which can be written at any of Unisa’s examination centres countrywide. Examinations for all four modules are written in January/February 2015. Students will be admitted to the examination provided that they submit assignment 01 on or before the due date and that their fees have been paid in full.

To pass a module, a student must obtain a final assessment mark of 50% (assignments contribute 20% to the final mark and the examination mark the remaining 80%).


On successful completion of the four modules, you will receive a certificate from Unisa


The Advanced Programme in Human Resource comprises 96 credits (24 per module) and the modules are offered on level 8 of the National Qualifications Framework. The 24 credits per module mean that the average student will require 240 notional hours to master the module. The notional hours include the time spent on reading, doing activities, completing assignments, preparing for the examinations, writing the examinations, and so forth.