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SOMA 2513: Human Resource Management


This course exposes students to the scope and the important role human resource management plays in the workplace. Believe in the need for organisations to utilise effective human resource management strategies. Enables the learner to effectively contribute to human resource management of staff in an organisation.  Support the role that effective human resource management can play in improving the quality of work life for individuals and in improving organisational effectiveness.



  • Correctly interpret environmental influences that will impact upon human resource management.
  • Be able to determine the actual human resource management needs of an organisation
  • Advise management about human resource management needs and benefits
  • Be able to determine the most appropriate human resource management methods
  • Successfully implement human resource management strategies
  • Develop critical research, reading and evaluation skills



This course will cover the complexities of the HRM process and aims to:

  • Introduce the fundamental concepts of human resource management
  • Explore the critical relationships between human resource management and improved productivity and performance in organisations.
  • Develop an understanding of the impact of key human resource functions in the development of organisations
  • Develop student’s capacity to identify and analyse significant human resource management issues within organisations.
  • Develop an understanding of the critical human resource management literature 



  • Nel P.S., Werner, A., Poisat, T., Haasbroek, G.D., Sono, T., Schultz, H.B. (2009). Human resources management. (7th ed.). South Africa: Oxford University Press.
  • Armstrong, M.  (2006). A handbook of human resource management practice (10th ed.). U.K: Kogan Page Limited.
  • Guest, D.E.  and Conway, N. (2005). Well-being and the psychology contract. London: CIPD.
  • Manus, T.M., and Graham, M.D. (2003). Creating a total rewards strategy. New York: American Management Association.
  • Armstrong, M. and Baron, A. (2002). Strategic HRM: The key to improved business performance. London: CIPD.


PREREQUISITES: None                           



Assignments and Exercises: 10%, Mid-Semester Exams: 30%, End of Semester Exams: 60%.