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Human resource management is a crucial function in medium and large organisations. It involves the management of employees and the employment relationship, including recruiting, selecting, remunerating, developing and retaining staff.
The HR manager’s responsibilities include:
The Human Resources major prepares students to respond to new challenges and changes in the workplace.
A strong emphasis is on understanding the processes and techniques that create and maintain high-performing, efficient and ethical organisations.
The program addresses aspects of day-to-day operations, strategic thinking and decision-making.
You may be interested in studying a major in Human Resources in one of these degrees:
3 years full-time
Students who are interested in a people-focused career, and want to learn how to deal with people and get the best out of them.
All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements.
You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
|Degree requirements||Credit Points|
|Minimum number of credit points for the degree||69|
|Minimum number of credit points at 200 level or above||39|
|Minimum number of credit points at 300 level or above||18|
|Completion of a Qualifying Major for the Bachelor of Arts|
|Completion of a designated People unit|
|Completion of a designated Planet unit|
The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this major
|100 level||Credit Points|
|Required||HRM107||Introduction to Human Resources||3|
|200 level||Credit Points|
|Required||HRM222||Foundations in Human Resources Law||3|
|Required||HRM250||Human Resource Management||3|
|Required||MGMT256||Workforce Demography and Planning||3|
|300 level||Credit Points|
|Required||HRM328||C||Strategic Human Resources Management||3|
|Required||HRM300||P||Human Resources Learning and Development||3|
|Required||HRM307||International Human Resource Management||3|
|Required||HRM317||Change Management and Sustainability||3|
|Total credit points required to satisfy this major||30|
The following courses are recognised by the Australian Human Resources Institute as equipping graduates to meet desired HR outcomes.
According to MyCareer.com Salary Centre, the average starting salary for a HR graduate is $61,643
Macquarie's Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Human Resources will prepare you for a transition into the business environment. Not only does it give you a general analytical understanding of organisations, it also gives you a strategic perspective of how to effectively manage human capital. Many of Macquarie's HRM lecturers have industry experience which is a definite bonus. This degree has given me the necessary skills and knowledge to secure a number of practical work experience opportunities. I believe it's the balance between theory and practicality that makes this program so rewarding.
After completing his degree Gordon went on to complete his Honours in Business Administration driven by the reasoning that differentiation from other business students was the key to securing an interesting role once finishing university. His academic research focused on factors that contribute to HR being regarded as a strategic business partner across industry sectors.
Gordon now heads up the Instructional Design Division for a boutique e-learning consultancy, ELMO Learning.
Dr David Poole has recently joined the Department of Marketing and Management after five years in the corporate sector. After leaving his role as Senior Lecturer in Management at the University of Western Sydney, David became CEO of a major industry association for the property development sector, leading a successful transformation of the organisation's strategies, staffing and profile before, for two years, becoming the owner and manager of a franchise bookstore.
David has taught at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, the Australian Graduate School of Management and, in 2001, served as Visiting Professor of Management at Utah State University, USA.