Bachelor of Business in Human Resources Management

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Business in Human Resources Management

Human Resource Managers are concerned with the behaviour of people within organisations. You will learn how to harness your interpersonal skills to hire, promote and develop the right management and staff.

Campus
Townsville; External; Cairns
Start dates
February, July
Duration
3 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus; Off campus
Prerequisites
English; Maths B (desirable)
OP/Rank
19/61

Career opportunities

A human resource management career is portable enough to take you anywhere in the world. In Australia, a Human Resources Manager earns an average salary of around $83,000 per year. Skills in organisational development and hospitality and tourism management combine well with human resources management to give you great career opportunities at home and overseas.*

The requirements of workplace legislation have also recently increased demand for human resource specialists. Australian Federal Government statistical data shows positive employment prospects for HR Managers in all regions over the next five years. Almost 90% of HR managers are in full-time employment.

Gaining employment through a graduate trainee program will also assist you in kick-starting a successful career.

Our HR graduates can join the Australian Human Resource Institute, and during your studies you can apply for student membership and be involved in the local chapter of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).

*Payscale.com

Course highlights

You can tailor your course and include a specialist area of interest such as sustainability, international business, Indigenous studies, and managerial economics. Opportunities exist to engage with HR managers at networking events, real-world projects and guest lectures. You have the flexibility to study full time or part time on campus in Cairns or Townsville, or online.

Course overview

People drive business, while people management drives behaviour. At JCU you will develop the expertise to positively shape employee performance in all types of organisations. Plus you’ll build a human resource management career portable enough to take you anywhere in the world. So indulge your passion for working with people while choosing from local or international jobs.

Our first year subjects introduce you to management skills that are relevant in a local and global context. You learn how to hire, promote and develop staff through specialist human resource subjects in second and third years. Subjects include:

  • Managing people
  • Change management
  • Business negotiation
  • Research & decision making for business
  • Employment relations
  • Personnel economics
  • Contemporary issues in Human Resources Management'
  • Managing a global workforce

Study online*

If you choose to study online, you will:

  • Download podcasts and slideshows of lectures
  • Participate in weekly quizzes and questions
  • Participate in web-based tutorials
  • Download readings
  • Participate in online discussion boards

Assessment is done via:

  • Weekly quizzes
  • Participation in online discussion boards
  • Essays
  • online exams (sometimes physical exams are held in a location close to you)

*Not available to international student visa holders

Joint degree options

Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in reduced time and can enhance career prospects.  At JCU the Bachelor of Arts degree can be combined as a joint degree in:

Double major options

Double majors give students expertise in two complementary disciplines whilst not extending their study duration and can enhance career prospects. At JCU the Bachelor of Business degree contains a number of double major options.

View list of available options

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (312201) - Apply now
Cairns (322201) - Apply now
External (312209) - Apply now

Subjects

The Bachelor of Business is a flexible degree, with an innovative approach to subject choice that helps personalise the course to suit your particular interests. Your initial step into business at JCU is through a range of core business subjects, and you then choose your area of specialisation by selecting a business major. 

Core subjects

Our courses include core business subjects to give you a sound start to your studies:

In your third year you also choose a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) subject to connect you with the business community, they include:

PRIMARY MAJORS

A major is a series of eight subjects. It is possible for you to specialise further by adding a second business major (or non-business second major) or business minors. You can view the subjects in your majors by clicking the links below:

Non-business Second Majors

These can only be chosen with a Primary Major:

Minors

A minor is a group of four subjects designed to complement your selected major. Possible combinations of majors and minors are dependent on the primary major chosen, your location and mode of study. You can view the subjects in the Minors by clicking the links below:

To be eligible for accreditation with Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA Australia) and/or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), you must complete the Accounting major as well as these three subjects: 

Pathway into course

On successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education you may be eligible to continue into this degree, and you may be able to receive some credit for successfully completed subjects.

Applicants with TAFE diplomas in Business, Business and Commerce Studies, Events, Hospitality, Human Resources Management, Management, and Travel and Tourism can apply for credit.

Handbook

Bachelor of Business

Course code

20510

Professional accreditation status

The Accounting Major for this course is jointly accredited by CPA Australia and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Students who complete the accredited award may join either or both of the professional accounting bodies (CPA Australia, and/or the Chartered Accountants Australian and New Zealand). They must then complete the professional programs of whichever body they join, plus undertake the required number of years of professional experience, in order to become full members of the accounting profession and practise as an accountant.

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English (Maths B desirable)

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Special admission requirements

Applicants must nominate one of the Business majors as part of their application. A second major and/or minor(s) can be chosen after admission to the course. Applicants who are admitted to the Bachelor of Business under an Articulation Agreement are subject to the terms of that agreement.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

A maximum of 30 credit points may be taken at level 1

A minimum of 18 credit points must be taken at level 2

A minimum of 18 credit points must be taken at level 3

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

In the context of a JCU graduate on successful completion of the Bachelor of Business graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate essential knowledge necessary for a career in business related professions

  • Synthesise underlying principles and concepts for making business decisions

  • Critically analyse the core professional obligations, values and operations of organisations including sustainability

  • Critically evaluate data & resources in the context of relevant academic literature

  • Apply critical thinking to address issues in business

  • Convey information clearly and fluently, in high quality written form appropriate for their audience

  • Demonstrate effective oral presentation skills for academic and professional audiences

  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively

  • Apply technical skills, including numeracy necessary for professional practice in business

  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical and social responsibility in professional practice

  • Identify and act upon, learning opportunities and self-improvements.

Course Structure (Accounting Major)

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BU1002:03 Accounting for Decision Making

BU1003:03 Economics for Sustainable Business

BU1007:03 Business Data Analysis and Interpretation

BU1104:03 Business, Environment and Society in the Tropics

BU1105:03 Contemporary Business Communications

BU1108:03 Managing Consumer Markets

BU1112:03 Business Law

Level 2

BX2112:03 Law of Business Organisations

BX2019:03 Business Information Systems

Level 3

BX3112:03 Taxation Law

BU3101:03 Professional Internship or BU3102:03 Multi-Disciplinary Project or BU3103:03 Independent Project

PLUS

Accounting major

OPTIONS

Select one of the following 3 options:

Option 1

Select a second major (Financial Management and Business Law are the only two second majors available with a first major of Accounting. NB: Due to an overlap of subjects the Financial Management major and Business Law major will each contain 5 subjects)

Option 2

Select a Business minor

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

Option 3

Select 3 credit points of BU or BX level 2 or level 3 subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any undergrad level 2 or level 3 subjects

PLUS

Select 9 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

Course Structure (All other Majors)

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BU1002:03 Accounting for Decision Making

BU1003:03 Economics for Sustainable Business

BU1007:03 Business Data Analysis and Interpretation

BU1104:03 Business, Environment and Society in the Tropics

BU1105:03 Contemporary Business Communications

BU1108:03 Managing Consumer Markets

BU1112:03 Business Law

Level 3

BU3101:03 Professional Internship or BU3102:03 Multi-Disciplinary Project or BU3103:03 Independent Project

OPTIONS

Select a Business major from Table A

PLUS

Select one of the following 4 options

Option 1

Select a second major from Table A

Option 2

Select a Business minor from Table B

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any level 2 or level 3 undergraduate subjects

PLUS

Select 9 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

Option 3

Select a Business minor from Table B

PLUS

Select a second minor (Business or Non-Business) from Table B

Option 4

Select 6 credit points of level 2 BX subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of level 2 or 3 BU or BX subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of level 3 BX subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any level 2 or level 3 undergraduate subjects

PLUS

Select 9 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

Table A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Optional, single or double

Credit points in major

24 credit points

Special requirements

If choosing the single major option, the chosen major must be a Business major

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Accounting

Brisbane

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Banking and Finance

External

Singapore *

Business major

Available mid-year

*Commencing 2016 - subject to CPE approval

Business Intelligence and Information Systems

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Not available to continuing students intending to complete before the end of 2016

Business Law

Cairns

Townsville

Non-Business major

Available mid-year

Available only as a second major

Communication Design

Townsville

Non-Business major

Available mid-year

Available only as a second major

Economics

Townsville

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Financial Management

Townsville

Singapore

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Health Management

Townsville (Suspended 2016 – 2018)

Business major

Available mid-year

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Brisbane

Singapore

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Human Resources Management

Cairns

Townsville

External

Business major

Available mid-year

International Business

Brisbane

Singapore

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Management

Brisbane

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Marketing

Brisbane

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Sports and Events Management

Townsville

Singapore

External

Business major

Available mid-year

Table B (MINORS)

Type of minor

Optional, single or double

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

MINOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Accounting

Brisbane

Townsville

Cairns

Singapore

External

Business minor

Banking

Townsville

External

Business minor

Business Intelligence

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

External

Business minor

Not available to continuing students intending to complete before the end of 2016

Communication Design

Townsville

Non-business minor

Finance

Townsville (Suspended 2014 - 2016)

External (Suspended 2014 - 2016)

Business minor

Financial Management

Townsville

Singapore

External

Business minor

Government and Policy

Cairns

Townsville

External

Non-business minor

Human Resources Management

Cairns

Townsville

External

Business minor

Indigenous Studies

Cairns

Townsville

External

Non-business minor

Information Systems

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

External

Business minor

Not available to continuing students intending to complete before the end of 2016

Logistics Management

Singapore (Suspended 2015 - 2016)

External (Suspended 2015 - 2016)

Business minor

Management

Brisbane

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

External

Business minor

Managerial Economics

Townsville

External

Business minor

Marketing

Brisbane

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

External

Business minor

Media Design

Cairns

Non-business minor

Public Relations and Design

Townsville (Suspended 2014 - 2016)

Non-business minor

Socio-Ecological Economics

Townsville

External

Business minor

Social Marketing and Not-for-Profit Marketing

Townsville

External

Business minor

Sustainability

Cairns

Non-business minor

Tourism Management

Brisbane

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

External

Business minor

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Brisbane

 

Cairns

 

Townsville

 

Singapore

 

External

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete 12 credit points at level 1 before attempting any level 3 subject.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

To be eligible for accreditation with Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA Australia) and/or the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) students must complete the Accounting major as well as 9 credit points consisting of the following subjects:

BX2019:03 Business Information Systems

BX2112:03 Law of Business Organisations

BX3112:03 Taxation Law

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

A student who has failed a single subject towards the award in their final teaching period and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

48 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 6 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 16 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Nil

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF BUSINESS

Approved abbreviation

BBus

Inclusion of majors on testamur

All majors studied shall appear on the testamur

No minors shall appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have successfully completed 24 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive the award of Diploma of Higher Education

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Available as an additional 24 credit points of study [end-on]

Eligibility

Application for entry to the Honours program is by approval of the College Dean

Normally a minimum average grade of Credit is required in the pass degree subjects relevant to the field in which Honours is to be taken

Honours

The Bachelor of Business (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Please refer to the Bachelor of Business (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

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