Short Learning Programme in Human Resource Management

The Human Resource Management programme introduces HRM as an integrated activity which has a vital role within the organisation in terms of improving competitive advantage. It also aims to develop core knowledge of the underlying philosophies of HRM. An important theme is the role of the HR specialist as a 'thinking performer', who contributes intelligently to the cost-effective enactment of human resource strategies. This role also involves sensitivity to the contemporary ethical and legal frameworks of employment, both domestically and internationally.

Purpose of the course

The purpose of the programme is to understand the scope and role of human resources in work organisations and to understand the competing models of HRM that affect the design and operation of HR policies understand how HR specialist work is integrated with that of line managers, top management strategists and employees/workers. To have knowledge of and be able to apply ethical and legal frameworks to HRM.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements
Any person with a National Senior Certificate or an equivalent NQF Level 4 qualification.
Learning assumed to be in place
National Senior Certificate or an equivalent NQF Level 4 qualification.

Course outcomes and assessment criteria

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria

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Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:

- understand the bigger picture of Human Resource Management.

- schematically present human resource management as a body of knowledge,

- argue the impact of the external environment on human resource management,

- describe the major functions and roles of the human resource department of an organisation.

- see workforce diversity in perspective,

- realise the impact of diversification of the South African labour force on the workplace.

- define and understand diversity in the work place,

- explain the impact of diversification and the need to manage it well,

- identify the different dimensions of diversity,

- explain the differences among affirmative action, valuing diversity and managing diversity.

- see job analysis as the basis of all human resource activities.

- explain the importance of job analysis,

- identify the components of a job and discuss the process of strategic job analysis.
  - understand the recruitment function of the Human Resource Department.

- examine the internal and external factors that influence workforce planning,

- discuss the factors that influence recruitment,

- discuss internal and external recruitment sources and methods.
  - understand the Human Resource Departments role in the selection process.

- explain internal and external factors that influence the selection decision,

- develop a structured employment interview,

- discuss the responsibility for making the final selection decision.
  - understand the objectives of performance appraisal.

- explain the evaluative and developmental objectives of performance appraisal,

- make decisions as to who should perform the evaluation,

- explain common rate errors,

- conduct an effective feedback interview,

- discuss how effective performance management contributes to the development of a high-performance organisation.

- realise how health and safety measures are essential to protect the most valuable resource of any organisation,

- realise the importance of employee wellness and the influence of stress on employees.

- implement the necessary health and safety measures in an organisation,

- define stress and describe the stress experience,

- identify different kinds of stressors in the workplace,

- discuss the physiological, psychological and behavioural effects of stress,

- identify the signs of burnout, and

- identify ways to effectively manage stress.


To pass the programme, a minimum pass rate of 50% needs to be achieved.
Method of assessment
Attendants will have to complete an assignment and write an open book examination.

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Target group
First line managers, supervisors, municipal managers, etc.

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