Bachelor of Arts Human Resources Management

Application & Registration Closing Date: 12th January 2018

START:
15th January 2018
DURATION:
4 Years on FT and 5.5 Years on PT/DE
ID:
BAHRM

1.0 INTRODUCTION

This programme brief summarises the contents of the Bachelor of Arts Human Resources Management (BHR) degree programme and is accordingly structured as follows. The programme rationale, aim, objectives and target group are outlined in Sub-sections 1.1 to 1.4 respectively, while the admission, grading and award criteria are given in Section 2.0. Sections 3.0 – 5.0 describe the course assessment, exemptions policy and course codes respectively. The programme structure is outlined in Section 6.0.

1.1 RATIONALE

The supervision and management of employees and teams has, for some time, essentially been one of the most challenging job characteristics of personnel in management and leadership positions. Over the past few decades, the manpower management dimension has evolved to become the supreme and crucial role for managers and leaders. Today, corporations and organizations continuously experience increasingly extreme competitive environments and inexplicit organizational problems. These require and implore the effective use of human potential and the collective intelligence embedded in an organization’s workforce. Consequently, this BA Human Resources Management has been prudently developed to produce HR management expertise equal to these modern challenges.

1.2 AIM

To provide students with a robust and rigorous curriculum in HR management that advances their employability and imparts them with a balanced scale of HR management capabilities. On completion, students will have acquired the obligatory knowledge in critical areas of strategic manpower planning and management that meet the demands and expectations of all kinds of employers. Furthermore, this distinctive and state-of-the-art programme is projected to stimulate and sharpen disparate HR management ingenuities responsible for the development of broad cognitive talents and social aptitudes for the graduate. This will enable students who graduate from this programme to develop careers as complex managers capable of critical reflection in their domains of duty and upon their own organizations, thereby contributing strategic change and organizational performance.

1.3 OBJECTIVES

To equip graduates with the art of driving strategy execution and implementation, using acclaimed modern models and theories of management. Moreover, the programme aims to yield resilient graduates with dominant proficiencies and knowledge in the field of management. N completion the graduate should be able to competently undertake a broad range of management assignments, functions and responsibilities in organizations, institutions or the corporate world of business, all constantly surrounded by fast changing environments and dynamics, today !

1.4 TARGET GROUP

This programme is targeted at the following groups of people:

  1. Secondary school leavers who have attained the minimum qualifications for university admission and who wish to start a career in Management.

  2. Individuals aspiring for higher HR responsibilities in their workplaces.

  3. Individuals desiring to gain in strong foundation in HR management.

  4. Employees in Government and quasi-government
  5. HR practitioners of international corporations and agencies.
  6. Junior and HR personnel in middle management.
  7. HR managers seeking to acquire new knowledge in HR management
  8. HR practitioners with only work experience and minimal relevant HR qualificatioms

2.0 ADMISSION, GRADING AND AWARD CRITERIA

2.1 ADMISSION CRITERIA

Generally admissions will be weighed on the basis of a variety of acceptance criteria related to an applicant’s academic potential and background. To qualify for admission to the BHR degree programme an applicant must have any of the following qualifications.

  1. Five credits at ‘O’ Level including English and Mathematics;

  2. At least three ‘A’ level passes including Mathematics or equivalent;

  3. Any degree from a recognised institution.

2.2 REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE AWARD OF BACHELOR OF ARTS IN HR MANAGEMENT

2.2.1 Duration of study

The course of study for the award of the BHR degree shall be completed in a period of:

  1. not less than four and not more than six academic years in the case of full time students;

  2. not less than five and not more than seven academic years in the case of evening students;

  3. not less than four and not more than seven academic years in the case of distance education students;

  4. not less than five and not more than seven academic years in the case of part time students;

  5. provided that for top-up degrees, the duration may be shorter, but not less than one year.

2.2.2 Student progression

A programme of study shall be taken in the sequence approved by the ZCAS University Senate.

Full time students

  1. A full-time student shall register for and take four courses in any semester of the academic year; provided that a student may in exceptional circumstances be permitted to take one additional course whether carried over from the previous academic year or additional in any one semester.
  2. A full time student who passes all the courses taken during the academic year of study shall be allowed to proceed to the next level of study.
  3. A full time student who fails in one course in any academic year may be permitted to proceed to the next level of study; provided that the student repeats the course at the first available opportunity.
  4. A full time student who fails some or all of the courses in the first semester of an academic year shall be allowed to proceed to the second semester courses; provided the student repeats the failed course at the first available opportunity.
  5. A full time student who fails some or all of the courses in the second semester of an academic year shall be required to repeat those courses before proceeding to the next level of study, provided that the student has passed the first semester courses.
  6. A full time student who fails all the courses in any academic year shall be excluded.
  7. A full time student who fails a course twice is subject to exclusion; provided that, subject to successful appeal, the student may be permitted to repeat the course for the third and final time.
  8. Exclusion is applicable in compliance with the preceding regulations in any academic year of study including the final year.

Evening students

  1. An evening student shall register for and take three courses each semester; provided that a student may in exceptional circumstances be permitted to take one additional course whether carried over from the previous academic year or additional in any one semester.

  2. An evening student who passes all the courses taken during the academic year of study shall be allowed to proceed to the next level courses.

  3. An evening student who fails in one course in any academic year may be permitted to proceed to the next level courses; provided that the student repeats the course at the first available opportunity.

  4. An evening student who fails some or all of the courses in the first semester of an academic year shall be allowed to proceed to the second semester courses; provided the student repeats the failed courses at the first available opportunity.

  5. An evening student who fails some or all of the courses in the second semester of an academic year shall be required to repeat those courses before proceeding to the next level of study, provided that the student has passed the first semester courses.

  6. An evening student who fails all the courses in any academic year shall be excluded.

  7. An evening student who fails a course twice is subject to exclusion; provided that, subject to successful appeal, the student may be permitted to repeat the course for the third and final time.

  8. Exclusion is applicable in compliance with the preceding regulations in any year of study including the final year.

Distance Education students

  1. A distance education student shall register for and take a minimum of three courses and a maximum of four courses each semester; provided that a student may in exceptional circumstances be permitted to take one additional course whether carried over from the previous academic year or additional in any one semester.

  2. A distance education student who passes all the courses taken during the academic year of study shall be allowed to proceed to the next level courses.

  3. A distance education student who fails in one course in any academic year may be permitted to proceed to next level courses; provided that the student repeats the course at the first available opportunity.

  4. A distance education student who fails some or all of the courses in the first semester of an academic year shall be allowed to proceed to the second semester courses; provided the student repeats the failed courses at the first available opportunity.

  5. A distance education student who fails some or all of the courses in the second semester of an academic year shall be required to repeat those courses before proceeding to the next level of study, provided that the student has passed the first semester courses.

  6. A distance education student who fails all the courses in any academic year shall be excluded.

  7. A distance education student who fails a course twice is subject to exclusion; provided that, subject to successful appeal, the student may be permitted to repeat the course for the third and final time.

  8. Exclusion is applicable in compliance with the preceding regulations in any year of study including the final year.

Part Time students

  1. A part time student shall register for and take not more than three courses in any semester of the academic year.

  2. A part time student who passes all the courses taken during the academic year of study shall be allowed to proceed to the next level courses.

  3. A part time student who fails in one course in any academic year may be permitted to proceed to the next level courses; provided that the student repeats the course at the first available opportunity.

  4. A part time student who fails some or all of the courses in the first semester of an academic year shall be allowed to proceed to the second semester courses; provided the student repeats the failed courses at the first available opportunity.

  5. A part time student who fails some or all of the courses in the second semester of an academic year shall be required to repeat those courses before proceeding to the next level of study, provided that the student has passed the first semester courses.

  6. A part time student who fails all the courses in any academic year shall be excluded.

  7. A part time student who fails a course twice is subject to exclusion; provided that, subject to successful appeal, the student may be permitted to repeat the course for the third and final time.

  8. Exclusion is applicable in compliance with the preceding regulations in any year of study including the final year.

    1. Deferred and supplementary examinations

      1. Deferred Examinations

A student who is unable to attempt a scheduled assessment may be awarded a deferred assessment subject to a successful application based on extenuating circumstances. A deferred assessment shall be graded normally, i.e. the student shall be awarded the actual mark obtained in the assessment or a final grade of between D and A+ in the course.

      1. Supplementary examinations

A student who has failed a course with a D+ grade may be awarded a supplementary examination in the failed course, provided that the student has passed the continuous assessment for that course. Supplementary examinations may be awarded in up to two courses in any semester of an academic year. A supplementary examination is marked on a pass/fail basis.

  1. COURSE ASSESSMENT AND GRADING

3.1 COURSE ASSESSMENT

In all the courses listed except for Research Methods and Dissertation, the distribution of marks shall be as follows:

Continuous assessment 40%

1 test 30%

1 assignment 10%

Final examination 60%

Total 100%

The one test and final examination shall consist of one examination paper in each of the courses listed (except for the Research Methods and Dissertation) and shall normally be of two hours and three hours duration respectively.

    1. GRADING

To be eligible for the award of the BHR degree, a student must have:

  1. Passed all the 32 Courses.

  2. Adhered to the requisite course combinations in each semester.

In the grading of final examination results, the following scale will apply:

Pass grades

A+ Distinction (86% and above)

A Distinction (76% – 85%)

B+ Meritorious (66% – 75%)

B Very Satisfactory (56% – 65%)

C+ Definite Pass (46% – 55%)

C Bare Pass (40% – 45%)

S Satisfactory, pass in a practical course

P Pass in a supplementary examination

Fail grades

D+ Bare Fail (35% – 39%)

D Definite Fail (34% and below)

F Fail in a supplementary examination

U Unsatisfactory, fail in a practical course

NE No examination taken

WD Was withdrawn from the course with unsatisfactory academic progress – recorded where a student has not completed the required level of course work after a warning from the Head of Programme and/or the Director Academic Studies/Dean of School. The Director Academic Studies/Dean of School has withdrawn the student from the course before the examination.

LT Left the course during the semester without permission

DQ Was disqualified in a course by Senate

DR Was de-registered for failure to pay fees

RS To re-sit the course examination only – recorded where a student is allowed by Senate to re-sit the final semester examination in the course, and to carry over the previous course work assessment.

3.3 CLASSIFICATION OF THE DEGREE

  1. In calculating the grade of the degree, the following points shall be applied to the grades obtained.

    1. A+ 2.5 points

    2. A 2.0 points

    3. B+ 1.5 points

    4. B 1.0 point

    5. C+ 0.5 point

    6. C 0 point

  2. The grading of the BHR degree is based on all grades obtained in the last two years (i.e. 16 courses). No points are awarded where a course has been repeated.

  3. The points for classification of the degree shall be as follows:

Distinction 28 – 40 points

Merit 20 – 27.5 points

Credit 12 – 19.5 points

Pass 0 – 11.5 points

4.0 EXEMPTIONS (ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING)

  1. A student who has, prior to admission to the BHR attended, whether at ZCAS University or elsewhere, courses of instruction and passed examinations equivalent in standard to courses and examinations which form part of the programme of study may, subject to approval, be exempted from attendance of classes and examinations in those courses. Exemptions will apply to candidates in possession of specific professional qualifications, while for all other candidates, exemptions will be granted on a case by case basis.

  2. No exemptions are available in respect of third and fourth year courses regardless of the candidate’s qualifications.

5.0 COURSE CODES

The letters of the course codes are an abbreviation of the name of the programme while the first digit stands for the year of study. The second digit is the serial number of the course in the semester and the last digit indicates whether it is a first/second semester course. For example, BHR312 means a BHR third year course, course number one offered in the second semester.

6.0 COURSE STRUCTURE

Each year of study will be divided into two semesters. The course structure is as shown in Tables 1 to 4 below.

Table 1 Year 1 Courses

Semester 1

 

Semester 2

 

Course Code

Course Title

Course Code

Course Title

BHR111

Academic Writing

BHR112

Introduction to Economics

BHR121

Introduction to Sociology

BHR122

Principles of Accounting

BHR131

Introduction to Law

BHR132

Foundations of HRM

BHR141

Introduction to Management

BHR142

Principles of Marketing

Table 2 Year 2 Courses

Semester 1

 

Semester 2

 

Course Code

Course Title

Course Code

Course Title

`BHR211

Talent Management

BHR212

Economics of Labour

BHR221

Business Information Systems

BHR222

HRM and Development

BHR231

Business and Corporate Law

BHR232

Conflict, Dispute Resolution and Mediation

BHR241

Public Management and Administration

BHR242

Industrial Psychology

Table 3 Year 3 Courses

Semester 1

 

Semester 2

 

Course Code

Course Title

Course Code

Course Title

BHR311

Career Planning and Management

BHR312

Globalization and International HRM

BHR321

Labour Law and Occupational Health

BHR322

Performance and Compensation Management

BHR331

Operations Management

BHR332

Employment Relations

BHR341

Organizational Management

BHR342

Philosophy and Public Life

Table 4 Year 4 Courses

Semester 1

 

Semester 2

 

Course Code

Course Title

Course Code

Course Title

BHR411

Critical Thinking Skills

BHR412

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

BHR421

Problem Solving Techniques

BHR422

Strategic Management

BHR431

Leadership and Organizational Behaviour

BHR432

Change Management

BHR441

Research Methods

BHR442

Dissertation

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