(Short Learning Programme) 


Human resource management is an important function in any organisation, because without people, organisations cannot operate and without competent people, organisations cannot achieve competitive advantage in the market. 

The knowledge gained in this module is an essential foundation for any management or entrepreneurial programme because it focuses on the management of people. For those students specialising in human resource management, this module is the first stage in understanding the principles, processes and procedures that underlie human resource management. 


  • Those wishing to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles, practices and theories of human resource management.
  • Those who wish to apply the principles and practices of human resources management.
  • Those who wish to evaluate appropriate human resource management approaches and practices.

Students will be provided with the added value of face-to-face sessions. These sessions are highly recommended, as they provide the opportunity for rich discussion and conceptual explanation and to meet fellow students with whom to network. Students who attend face to face sessions are more likely to be motivated and to remain committed to their studies. However, should students not be able to attend any face to face sessions, the learner guide, textbook and online facilitation will provide the necessary support for student success. 

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Students should meet the following requirements:

  • Be proficient in English.
  • Preferably have three to four years work experience.
  • Must be able to engage in self-directed study.

Human Resource Management is offered as a part-time SLP over a period of 14 weeks.          


The SLP fee includes all programme material, which becomes the property of the student. This material constitutes a valuable source of ongoing reference.     


Students will be required to complete assignments and an examination.        


  • Introduction to the Management of People
  • Managing Diverse and Unique Employees
  • Human Resource Planning
  • Staffing
  • Attracting, Motivating and Retaining Staff
  • Performance Management
  • Compensation and Rewarding Performance
  • Training, Development, and Learning
  • The South African Labour Relations System
  • The South African Labour Legislation Framework
  • Managing Labour Relations in the Workplace
  • Managing Relational Capital
  • Leadership of People
  • Strategic Leadership and Human Resource Management
  • Structural Capital, Culture, and Change


Human Resource Management is a SLP that is certified by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). Varsity College is an educational brand of The IIE. Students enrolled for this SLP can apply, on successful completion, to be exempt, based on recognition of prior learning, from the equivalent full qualification module when registering for *The IIE Higher Certificate in Human Resource Practices which will be available in 2019.         

All SLPs available through Varsity College’s The Business School have been specifically designed for working adults. These SLPs differ from The IIE full qualifications available through Varsity College which are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Before registration students must ensure that the programme selected best suits their individual learning and workplace objectives.      

*Important note: Entrance requirements apply. Please speak to a consultant for more details. Curriculum changes may occur.         


What students past and current are saying.

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"The IIE Project Management and Business Management programmes from The Business School at Varsity College has taught me teamwork skills. I have also learned other soft skills which include learning to delegate and developing the foresight to prevent problems before they arise through preventative planning measures."

Thokozani TK Ndawonde, Founder of Durban Marquee Invasion (DMI) ,The Business School Durban North Campus

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"The innovative, high quality lecturing at The Business School motivated me to work hard and I made it the top 10 achievers for the 2015 ICB examination, nationally."

Natasha Visser

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"I have always had a passion and aptitude for Accounting, and dream of becoming an Accountant. The ICB offering really appealed to me. Through hard work and determination I have taken a crucial step towards reaching my goal, while fostering good friendships with my fellow students and lecturers."

Gerard Paulsen, Invoicing Clerk.

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