Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management–3 Years NQF Level 7


The purpose of the BCom Human Resource Management programme is to provide graduates with specialized knowledge in managing the human resources in private and public organizations. It provides competencies in the area of recruitment, selection, induction, training, motivation and performance management of the workforce. In addition, the programme provides the graduates with competencies needed to deal with employee productivity, unions, litigation, and applying ethics in an organization.

Graduates will have knowledge in the areas of human resource management, industrial psychology, and legal matters as applicable to employees. The programme enables graduates to serve as HR Managers at the supervisory-level and managerial positions within the business environment they operate.

Theory is covered in the fields of: human resource management, industrial psychology, labour law, business research methodology and the tools needed to conduct research to prepare students for postgraduate studies. In addition, students are provided with job-related skills required for job placement in the area of HR. The programme also makes provision for work-based learning which provides graduates exposure to practical HR situations and gives them ‘hands-on’ experience.


The mission of the Department of Human Resource Management is to develop highly effective, competent and capable graduates who are equipped to contribute to organizations with human resource expertise, industrial psychology skills, and legal knowledge within a framework of moral and ethical guidelines.



  • Demonstration of knowledge, skills and competencies applicable to managing human resources within an organization with an emphasis on workforce planning, labour relations, employee compensation, training and development, industrial psychology, employee assessment, strategic management, legislation, regulations and policies, and diversity in the workplace.
  • Have an understanding of the management of business operations which has implications for a Human Resource Manager.
  • Demonstration of ability to apply, analyse and evaluate theories, principles and practices to familiar and unfamiliar contexts to be effective human resource managers.
  • Demonstration of the ability to identify problems in human resource management and practices, select appropriate methods of investigation enquiry and interventions, creating and evaluating solutions and new knowledge.
  • Demonstration of effective communication skills by being able to present and communicate complex information reliably and coherently with well-formed arguments by using appropriate academic, professional or occupational conventions, formats, technologies, and discourse.
  • Demonstration of an ability to acquire and use skills that will lead to life-long learning within and without the workplace that includes the ability to gather valid, relevant and appropriate information from a variety of sources, assessing own knowledge, skills and needs, being self-directed, cooperative and collaborating with others.
  • Demonstration of values that are ethically and morally acceptable in the workplace, ensuring a sense of accountability for own actions and decisions as well as the actions of others within a cooperative and collaborative context.



  • Acquire subject knowledge at NQF Level 7 in the area of Human Resource Management; Industrial Psychology; Labour law; Performance Management; Diversity Management; Leadership; Organizational Behaviour; Business Ethics; Business Research Methods & Research Project; and Business Strategies.
  • The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner.
  • An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems.
  • Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication.
  • A proficiency in the appropriate application of computer technologies.


The BCom in Human Resource Management degree enables graduates to articulate to an Honours and Master’s Degree in HRM, or a Masters in Business Administration and other related fields.


Successful graduates may be employed in public, private and non-governmental organizations with the potential to rise to middle to top management and may lead to becoming any of the following: HR Manager, Industrial Relations Manager, Recruitment Officer, Training & Development Officer, HR Administrator and Placement Consultant.



  • Complete and pass all the required modules of the programme as outlined in the Prospectus with a minimum grade of 50%.
  • Submission of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) portfolio of evidence by the end of the Midterm Break of the final semester.
  • Comply with the requirements as contained in the Helderberg College of Higher Education Student Code of Conduct.