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Centre for Business Management (CBM)

Course in the Introduction to Human Resource Management

Qualification code: 7191-9
The following information is relevant for the 2014 academic year.

Presented as an IN-HOUSE training programme only. (NO INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS MAY ENROLL)

The six-month course is aimed at providing human resource practitioners with knowledge and skills related to general human resource management concepts and the external environment in which South African human resource practitioners operate as well as the knowledge underlying the provision of human resources in organisations.

The course also focuses on general human resource concepts, special topics in human resource management and the development of employees´ careers as well as labour relations management in South Africa.

Duration of the course
Six months

Registration requirements
A National Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification is required for enrolment for this programme.  Persons not in possession of such a qualification will be considered for admission on the basis of alternative admission criteria such as relevant work experience (you will be required to submit proof of this in the form of your CV and references) or other prior learning.

Course content
The learning content of the course consists of the following two compulsory modules:


Course purpose The purpose of the Course in the Introduction to Human Resource Management is to provide you with an introductory or initial exposure to the field of HRM, as part of your preparation to become competent in managing human resource functions in organisations.

Foundations of Human Resource Management (CCHR01L)


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

  • demonstrate a basic knowledge of HRM as field and its challenges in a South African and global context
  • outline and explain the standard HRM functions in respect of finding and providing organisations with the required human resources.


  • What HRM is all about:  defining anf explaining the concept 
  • The broader context of the HRM challenge
  • HRM and the organisational context:  variables and complexity of the challenge
  • Facing HRM challenges:  roles, role-players and stakeholders


  • Planning in relation to HRM
  • Work design
  • Finding and attracting the right people for the job 
  • Employing people and making them part of the organisation

Empowering and Retention of Human Resources (CCHR02M) 


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

  • outline and explain the standard HRM functions in respect of empowering human resources in the organisation
  • outline and explain the standard HRM functions in respect of rewarding and retaining human resources in the organisation


  • Motivating employees
  • Leadership at work
  • Managing employee performance
  • Managing careers
  • Employee training and development


  • Compensation
  • Employee well-being
  • Labour relations

Evaluation and examination
Students will be assessed by means of assignments completed during the course of their studies and a formal two-hour examination for each module, which can be written at any of our examination centres countrywide. 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 minimum mark of 50% in the examination.

On successful completion of the two modules students will be awarded a certificate by the University.

Credits and status regardingSAQA

The Centre for Business Management is an intergral part of Unisa which is a public higher education institution established in terms of its own statute and the Higher Education Act (Act no 101 of 1997),  As such, the institution does not have a registration number (accreditation number) as it does not require registration.  Registration numbers are allocated to private higher education institutions since they are required to register in terms of the same Act.  Therefore, the short learning programmes offered by the Centre of Business Management do not have to be accredited by SAQA.

Organisations can claim their education and training expenses for students registered with the Centre for Business Management from the relevant Sector Education and Training Authority in terms of the levy/grant system provided they meet the requirements of the Skills Development Levies Act.  A SAQA registration or accreditation number is not required for this purpose.

The Course in the Introduction to Human Resource Management consists of 24 credits (12 per module) and is offered on level 5 of the National Qualifications Framework. The 12 credits per module mean that the average student will require 120 notional hours to master the module. The notional hours include time spent on reading, doing activities, completing assignments, preparing for the examinations, writing examinations, etc.

The course is offered in English only. However, the assignments and examinations may be written in English or Afrikaans, which are the languages of tuition at Unisa.

Teaching method
The course is offered through distance learning.  Lecturers communicate with students by means of study guides supplied on registration, tutorial letters, the unique myUnisa website and e-mail.

Registration, commencing date and fees
The course is offered twice per annum:

  • First intake (Jan-May block enrolment): 25 January 2014 (registration takes place from 29 Nov 2013 until 24 Jan 2014)
  • Second intake (June-Nov block enrolment): 12 July 2013 (registration takes place from 2 Jun 2014 until 11 Jul 2014)

The cost per module is R1 430 (including tutorial matter, tuition and examination fees). The full amount of R2 860 is payable on registration and is not refundable. Businesses may apply for a group discount for employees enrolling for the course.

On receipt of your registration form and the amount payable, the prescribed tutorial matter for the registered modules, as well as a unique student number, will be dispatched to you. Please note that you will only be registered for those modules paid for in full.

Payment may be made by means of cheque or credit card. Please include a cheque in favour of the University of South Africa or your credit card details with the registration form.  Please do not include cash with your registration form. 

Direct bank deposits can only be made once a student number has been awarded. Therefore, should you wish to make use of this payment option, please submit your registration form to the Centre for Business Management. You will be notified of your student number and the banking details whereafter your registration will be finalised upon receipt of payment.

Levy on students in foreign countries
Students with an address or examination centre outside South Africa must pay the following
additional compulsory levy on registration.


Levy per module*

A: Students residing or writing examinations in Africa

R 485*

B: Students residing or writing examiantions in the rest of the world

R 970*

* Amount correct at the time of printing, it is however subject to change

This levy is not transferable and also not refundable.

Students who, after registration, change their postal address to a foreign address or examination
centre to a foreign examination centre will be liable to immediately pay the foreign levy as specified

Prescribed book for the course

There are no prescribed books for this course.

Staff responsible for this course 
Mrs N Ferreira: Tel (012) 429-3966

Fax number:  086 682 9235