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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources Management 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
98815  Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources Management 
ORIGINATOR
Regent Business School (Pty) Ltd t/a Regent Business School 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
CHE - Council on Higher Education  HEQSF - Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National First Degree  Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies  Human Resources 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  360  Not Applicable  NQF Level 07  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 091/21  2021-07-01  2023-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2029-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:
Human Resource Management deals with people at work. This includes relationships among employees and relationships between an organisation and its employees. A qualification in Human Resource Management prepares the successful learner to enter a wide range of careers, including Human Resource Manager, Human Resource Consultant, Industrial Relations Manager and Industrial Relations Consultant. The curriculum aims to equip qualifying learners with the knowledge and practical skills required to perform effectively in a Human Resource Management role as well as with an appropriate knowledge base as preparation for further learning.

The Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources Management is an undergraduate qualification that provides an overview of management practice in a national and international context. The qualification aims to develop conceptual understanding, synthesis and application of management and management theory for learners wishing to progress in management careers.

The qualification is directed towards persons occupying or intending to occupy junior and middle management positions in private and business sector organisations and who are also aspiring towards senior management positions. It is directed primarily at school leavers to enable them to develop and improve their management skills. Such learners would not have had previous exposure to the theoretical underpinnings of management and management theory.

Rationale:
As the Human Resource (HR) industry evolves so the demand for talent increases. The changing corporate climate, coupled with an evolving HR industry, is creating a strong demand for business-minded, HR professionals across South Africa. Business-educated, key HR professionals have become instrumental in the commercial environment in which we now find ourselves. HR professionals in the current era need to be armed with a set of strategic and commercial skills that differ quite substantially from the type of administrative-focused HR practices of the past. Twenty years ago, solid interviewing and policy administration skills were considered sufficient for an effective Human Resources Manager.

Today, we are more likely to find human resource professionals actively involved in strategic planning and formulating training and development initiatives. Rapidly changing technology, increasing competition and diverse customer needs have thrown the spotlight on Human Resources, where companies continue in the battle to recruit and retain highly qualified personnel. The Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources Management was developed to address this challenge and in keeping with its mission of offering affordable, accessible and accredited management qualifications relevant to the South African market, Regent Business School seeks to offer. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
Applicants wishing to be admitted to the qualification through RPL are required to submit a portfolio of evidence comprising, inter-alia, a detailed curriculum vitae specifying work-related experience, formal and informal learning experiences, testimonials from line managers, work records, videos of practice (dependent on feasibility) and performance records. All such evidence would be considered and evaluated according to the institutional RPL Policy by senior academic members, where after the recommendations are considered and moderated by the Dean (Chair of the RPL Committee). Based on the moderator's recommendations, learners may be requested to do a formal assessment and/or participate in an interview (either in person, telephonically or via Skype) with the RPL Committee.

Entry Requirements:
The minimum entrance requirement is:
  • Senior Certificate (SC) with endorsement.
    Or
  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) allowing entry to Bachelor's Degree studies.
    Or
  • National Certificate Vocational (NCV) allowing entry to Bachelor's Degree studies. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification consists of compulsory modules at NQF Levels 5, 6 and 7 totalling 360 Credits.
    Modules at NQF Level 5: 60 Credits:
  • Business Management 101, 20 Credits.
  • Economics, 20 Credits.
  • Business Communication, 20 Credits.

    Modules at NQF Level 6: 140 Credits:
  • Business Management 102, 20 Credits.
  • Statistics, 20 Credits.
  • Financial Accounting, 20 Credits.
  • Commercial Law, 20 Credits.
  • Recruitment, Selection and Talent Management, 20 Credits.
  • Performance and Compensation Management, 20 Credits.
  • Training and Development, 20 Credits.

    Modules at NQF Level 7: 160 Credits:
  • Human Resource Information Systems, 20 Credits.
  • Labour Relations, 20 Credits.
  • Organisational Development, 20 Credits.
  • Change Management, 20 Credits.
  • Contemporary Human Resource Management, 20 Credits.
  • Strategic Human Resource Management, 20 Credits.
  • International Human Resource Management, 20 Credits.
  • Organisational Psychology, 20 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Apply fundamental Human Resource Management principles in a work-based context.
    2. Communicate with clear rational consistency and persuasive power within the human resources management profession.
    3. Manage information in a business management context.
    4. Display in-depth knowledge of human resource management. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • The essentials of recruitment policy in the employment of personnel are applied.
  • Employment policies that comply with the relevant legislations are developed, monitored, reviewed and applied.
  • Training and development programmes are evaluated, reviewed and applied

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Effective communication practices in business and everyday life are applied.
  • The various types of group communication within the organisation are described.
  • The relevance of intercultural communication in organisations is discussed.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • The basic concepts of developing, implementing and maintaining an HR information system are explored.
  • The operational, managerial and strategic roles of information systems are explained.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
  • An understanding of contemporary human resource concepts, principles and theories is demonstrated.
  • A range of current issues affecting the recruitment and management of human resources within organisations is analysed.
  • The strategic importance of human resource management is critically evaluated.

    Integrated Assessment:
    Assessment centres on:
  • The extent to which the learner has grasped the concepts.
  • The application of theory to a practical context.
  • The methods of research used.
  • A balance between theory and practice and its relevance to the level of the qualification.
  • The use of appropriate technology to ensure effective communication of ideas.

    Assessment methods measure the extent to which the learner has achieved competence in the different areas of study.

    These assessment methods include:
  • Case studies.
  • Report writing.
  • Interpretative and analytical problem solving.
  • Work based assignments. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The outcomes, assessment criteria, the Degree of complexity of this qualification have been compared with those of other international cognate qualifications.

    The Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources Management (B.Com) offered at Concordia University in Canada is designed to prepare students for success in the commercial, non-profit and public sectors of the local and global economy, while engaging in their communities. Learners are assessed in topics such as: Human Resources; General Management; Finance and Economics; Innovation and Entrepreneurship and International Business.

    Bachelor of Human Resources Management offered at Australian Catholic University is intended for those who want to work in human resources, with other career paths including Recruitment, Corporate Training, Occupational Health and Safety, as well as employment and Industrial Relations. This Human Resources Degree will equip learners with the knowledge and skills to solve complex problems; make ethical decisions and manage organisational human resources. Key subjects include: Human Resource Management; Computing; Communication; Financial Management and Business Management.

    Conclusion:
    This qualification compares very well with the two qualifications cited above. Much as they focus on human resources management component, there is also a strong emphasis on general management and the use of information communication technology. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification allows for both horizontal and vertical articulation possibilities.
    It articulates horizontally with:
  • Bachelor of Business Management, at NQF Level 7.

    It articulates vertically with:
  • Bachelor of Administration Honours: Human Resources Management, at NQF Level 8. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    N/A 

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Regent Business School (Pty) Ltd t/a Regent Business School 



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