Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Diploma in Human Resource Management

Qualification code: 98211
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 86348
APS/AS: 17
The College has replaced FAC1601 with SUS1501. Students who have already passed FAC1601 in this curriculum, will not be required to complete SUS1501. 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 this qualification is to provide learners with the opportunity to acquire the applied competencies in the field of Human Resource Management that are required for registration with the South African Board for People Practitioners (SABPP) as a Human Resource/Employee Resource (HR/ER) Associate. The learners will be empowered to co-ordinate and contribute to the management of the core Human Resource Management functions in line with best practices and quality standards. This qualification lays a foundation for higher career advancement and further studies in the field of Human Resource Management. This qualification is aimed at learners who work within business environments, and seek recognition for essential people management skills and competence in operational Human Resource practice. It has been developed: - To promote efficiency in implementing legislative requirements and organisational policies and procedures in Human Resource functions. - Co-ordinate and contribute to the management of the core processes related to human resources management and practices. - Co-ordinate some of the human resources management processes and practices at operational level. - Promote best human resource management practices in an organisation to contribute to the monitoring of Health and Safety at the workplace and the implementation of wellness interventions. - Identify strengths and areas for improvement in own learning through self-reflection and reflection on organisational human resource management and practices. Qualified learners will be competent to perform all the functions of human resource management.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants (new applicants & Unisa students who applied for admission to a new qualification) may only register if they have received an offer of placement from Unisa and have accepted the offer online. 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. 
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2024 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note: Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification during the prescribed application period.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate.

  • Co-requisite: Module A is a co-requisite for Module B. You want to register for Module B, but have not yet passed Module A. You must then register for both Modules A and B simultaneously. You may NOT cancel your registration for Module A unless Module B is also cancelled.
  • Pre-requisite: If Module A is a pre-requisite for Module B, you must pass Module A before you may register for Module B.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per academic year and / or semester: 60 credits per semester or 120 credits per academic year.

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.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

Curriculum for this qualification

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

Please click on the modules below to see further information (eg semester/year module, NQF level)

First level

Second level

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
ECS2604 - Labour Economics Pre-requisite:ECS1601
FIN2603 - Finance for Non-Financial Managers
HRD2601 - Education, Training and Development Practices Pre-requisite:HRD1501
HRM2601 - Human Resource Provisioning Pre-requisite:HRM1501 or MNB1601
HRM2602 - Human Resource Maintenance and Retention Co-requisite:HRM2601
HRM2603 - Remuneration Practices Pre-requisite:HRM1501
HRM2604 - Performance Management Practices Pre-requisite:MNB1501 or BSM1501
IOP1601 - Personality in Work Context Pre-requisite:IOP1501
IOP2601 - Organisational Research Methodology
IOP2602 - Organisational Psychology Pre-requisite:IOP1601
LLW2601 - Individual Labour Law
LLW2602 - Collective Labour Law
MNG2601 - General Management

Third level

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
HRD3601 - Management of Human Resource Development Pre-requisite:HRD2601
HRD3701 - Applied Human Resource Development Competencies Pre-requisite:HRD3601
HRM3701 - Applied Human Resource Management Competencies Pre-requisite:HRM2602
HRM3702 - Management of Employee Wellbeing, Health and Safety
LRM3601 - Labour Relations Practices Pre-requisite:LRM1501
Co-requisite:LLW2601 & LLW2602
LRM3701 - Applied Labour Relations Management Competencies Pre-requisite:LRM3601
PRM3701 - Project Management Pre-requisite:MNB1601