Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Industrial and Organisational Psychology

Qualification code: 98351
NQF level: 8
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 84866
APS/AS: 60
It is strongly recommended that students complete HMEMS80 before registering for HRIOP84, HRIOP85 or HRIOP86. TAKE NOTE: Students who have passed HRIOP81, HRIOP82, HRIOP83 in previous academic years, but who have not yet passed HPIOP81, HPIOP82 or HRIOP83 must register for HRIOP84, HRIOP85 or HRIOP86. Students should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer, printer and the internet.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of the qualification is to consolidate, advance and deepen the student's professional expertise in the various practice areas of industrial and organisational psychology and develop research capacity in the methodology and techniques of a selected practice or specialisation area. In this regard, the qualification serves to educate and train researchers who can potentially contribute to the development of new knowledge in the profession at postgraduate level, leading to enhanced career and employment prospects. The qualification provides qualifying students with comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of the principles, major theories and paradigms, methods and technology of the science and profession of industrial and organisational psychology in various areas of specialisation. The qualification equips the student with the required advanced and specialised intellectual and practical skills to prepare for registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as psychometrists or counsellors in designated practice or specialisation areas, and to further their studies as prospective Industrial Psychologists and as Chartered Human Resource Practitioners. Successful completion of this qualification will enable the graduate to meet the competence requirements for registration as a Human Resources Practitioner with the South African Board for Personnel Practice (SABPP). Graduates who complete the Bachelor of Commerce Honours: Industrial and Organisational Psychology and wish to register with the HPCSA as psychometrists or counsellors will have to complete a practicum and pass a National Board Examination set by the College for Professional Psychology, which functions under the auspices of the Professional Board for Psychology of the HPCSA.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2020 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.