Master of Strategic Organisational Development and Human Resource Management

Why study the Master of Strategic Organisational Development and Human Resource Management at UNE?

The Master of Strategic Organisational Development and Human Resource Management is specifically designed to meet the needs of professionals who are either currently practising or wish to practise in the field of organisational development and/or human resource management.

Learn to become:

A leader in organisational and individual change and learning. Understand what it takes to lead organisations to enact their strategic missions and to manage their human resources needs in complex and changing business environments.

A strategic intervention specialist. Make decisions and implement solutions involving human resources and organisational structures through cutting edge analysis and diagnosis.

An effective change agent capable of building and maintaining partnerships with key stakeholders to successfully manage change.

A critical thinker around ethical issues involved in organisational development and change.

This program will develop a set of core competencies which will bring together human resource and organisational development themes and develop your understanding of Strategic Management Project issues. In addition, students can undertake electives in specialist subjects.

This degree is accredited by the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI).

Please note: This course was previously known as the Master of Strategic Organisational Development.

Career Opportunities

This course is designed to meet the needs of professionals who are either currently practising or wish to practise in the field of organisational development and/or human resource management.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

Up to 6 years Part-time

FEES

Full Fee
International

2016 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation MStratOrgDevHRM
Course Type Postgraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • Up to 6 years Part-time
Fees Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 72
Intensive Schools

Optional weekend schools are available for some units.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a relevant discipline* and have at least two years of work experience; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a non-relevant discipline and have at least two years of management experience in human resource management, business and/or management; or

(c) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from this University or its equivalent plus two years of work experience in human resource management, business and/or management approved by the course coordinator; and

(d) all candidates must submit two referee reports from employers or senior colleagues plus a resume and a personal statement outlining:

(i) their most significant experiences or professional achievements to date;

(ii) their long-term objectives and expectations of this degree in fulfilling these objectives;

(iii) where they see themselves five years from now.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to:

Business

Management

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) or (b) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing. The maximum advanced standing shall be for units counting 36 credit points which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by UNE and approved for the course.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Specified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 12 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

No advanced standing shall be granted for special topic or dissertation units.

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Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a relevant discipline* and have at least two years of work experience; or
(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a non-relevant discipline and have at least two years of management experience in human resource management, business and/or management; or
(c) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from this University or its equivalent plus two years of work experience in human resource management, business and/or management approved by the course coordinator; and
(d) all candidates must submit two referee reports from employers or senior colleagues plus a resume and a personal statement outlining:
(i) their most significant experiences or professional achievements to date;
(ii) their long-term objectives and expectations of this degree in fulfilling these objectives;
(iii) where they see themselves five years from now.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to:

Business
Management

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) or (b) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing. The maximum advanced standing shall be for units counting 36 credit points which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by UNE and approved for the course.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Specified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 12 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

No advanced standing shall be granted for special topic or dissertation units.

Period of Candidature

For candidates admitted under Rules (a) and (b) the period of candidature shall be up to six years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rule (c) the period of candidature shall be up to four years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 72 credit points with at least 36 credit points at 500-level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rule (a) or (b)
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 48 cps
Listed Units 24 cps
Total 72 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rule (c)
Course Structure Credit Points
Advanced Standing 24 cps
Core Units 24-48 cps
Listed Units 0-24 cps
Total 72 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Master of Strategic Organisational Development and Human Resource Management.

Exit Pathways

Subject to meeting the Advanced Standing rules, candidates who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management on completion of units to the value of 24 credit points including MM405, MM439, MM453 and MM551 or the Graduate Certificate in Management on completion of units to the value of 24 credit points including MM405 and MM521 plus 12 credit points from AFM402, MM439 and MM453.
Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management or the Graduate Certificate in Management must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements of the Master of Strategic Organisational Development and Human Resource Management. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Dissertation

1. A candidate may enrol, with permission of the Course Coordinator, in BUS594A and BUS594B and submit a dissertation embodying an original investigation of a topic within an approved field of study.

2. Upon approval of an application, the school shall appoint a supervisor, who shall be a member of the teaching or research staff of the University or an associate of the University (of the rank of Academic Level B or higher). The supervisor shall advise and supervise the candidate during the period of candidature.

3. BUS594A will comprise a dissertation of up to 7,000 words, excluding appendices, and will be a small-scale research project, pilot study, case study or report, completed in no more than one teaching period.

BUS594B will comprise a dissertation of up to 15,000 words, excluding appendices, and will be an independent investigation of a research problem and preparation of a research report that includes a detailed review of relevant literature within any areas of business, economics or public policy. The report will identify appropriate data sources and include a preliminary analysis of data gathered. Except with the permission of the school, a candidate shall be required to enrol in and complete the dissertation in not more than three consecutive trimesters.

Submission of Dissertation

1. The candidate shall:
(a) not present as a dissertation any work that has been submitted for the award of a degree or diploma at this University or another institution, but the candidate will not be precluded from incorporating such work in the dissertation provided that, in presenting the dissertation, the part of the work that has been so incorporated is indicated;
(b) state generally in a preface to the dissertation and elsewhere in the dissertation, the source of information and the extent to which the candidate has availed himself or herself of the work of others (candidates are referred to the University Policy on Plagiarism and Improper Conduct);
(c) incorporate in the dissertation immediately following the title page an abstract of approximately 300 words.

2. Dissertations are due in the last week of the teaching period. Candidates must submit an electronic copy of the dissertation for examination. An electronic version of the dissertation, incorporating any changes suggested following examination, must also be submitted prior to a grade being awarded for the dissertation. The copies must be submitted to: The Coordinator - Minor Dissertations, UNE Business School. The supervisor's name should normally be included in the acknowledgements section of the dissertation.

Examination of Dissertation

BUS594A - The dissertation is examined by the supervisor.

BUS594B - The dissertation is examined by two examiners. The examiners are to be recommended by the supervisor.

The supervisor must submit the names and contact details of the recommended examiners to the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations at least two weeks prior to submission of the dissertation for examination. A short statement should accompany the recommendation when an examiner is external indicating the qualifications of the recommended examiner and the reason why the recommended examiner is deemed appropriate to examine the dissertation.

The supervisor may consult with the candidate prior to the submission of the dissertation regarding potential examiners, but the names of the examiners finally recommended by the supervisor to the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations should not be made available to the candidate.

The supervisor must provide a statement to the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations indicating that the dissertation is suitable for examination.

Examiners are normally expected to complete and return their report within FOUR (4) weeks of the dissertation being delivered. The Coordinator - Minor Dissertations will advise the supervisors of the outcome of the examination, along with a summary of examiners' reports as appropriate, indicating any amendments to be considered. Students need to consult with the supervisor and undertake any minor amendments to the satisfaction of the supervisor.

The supervisor is to send a note to the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations, that any amendments suggested by the examiners have been addressed to his or her satisfaction and that the result may be finalised. The Coordinator - Minor Dissertations will finalise the result and make a summary recommendation to the School Teaching and Learning Committee regarding:
(a) the grade to be awarded for the dissertation (Fail, Pass, Credit, Distinction or High Distinction);
(b) the percentage to be awarded for the dissertation;
(c) if amendments to the dissertation were made before the grade was finalised;
(d) whether the candidate should be allowed to revise and resubmit the dissertation for re-examination (a maximum grade of Pass and score of 50% shall be given for any re-submitted dissertation).

The School Teaching and Learning Committee shall make the final determination as to the outcome of the examination, based on the recommendation from the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Rules and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Rules - Plagiarism Investigation and Penalty Guidelines.

Course Aims

The Master of Strategic Organisational Development and Human Resource Management is accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute. It is designed for human resource practitioners or those who wish to enter the profession. The aim of the course is to enable students to develop an advanced and integrated set of core competencies which will bring together human resource, organisational development and Strategic Management Project themes. Students can undertake electives in specialist subjects. The course equips students with the skills necessary to help identify, recruit, train, develop and reward employees, thereby contributing to overall business success. The course will enable students to attain the theoretical knowledge, problem solving and analytical skills, and practical experience needed to be an effective HR practitioner. A blended learning model is used to enable students to interact with the unit coordinators and each other, creating a collaborative community of learning.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate advanced and integrated knowledge and leadership skills in the fields of human resource management, organisational development, strategic management project, ethics and social responsibility, and management more broadly. Graduates will develop a high level of understanding and strategic skills in how to align people management practices with the organisation's business objectives and needs of the external environment;
  2. apply logical and creative thinking to determine leadership needs, to manage resources effectively, identify risks and legal obligations, and to apply performance-based measures as required by the situation and context, particularly within the professional areas of human resource management and organisational development. Graduates will obtain the knowledge and skills needed to deliver value-added HR services and tools to meet operational business requirements and improve business performance;
  3. demonstrate ethical action and social responsibility with particular recognition and understanding of the need to maintain professionalism, ethics, transparency and quality assurance. Graduates will be able to demonstrate awareness and understanding of cultural sensitivity of both international and multicultural groups;
  4. demonstrate expert competence in the use of a range of technologies to research, find, organise and analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in accordance with disciplinary and professional expectations, to discern appropriate scholarly knowledge from other forms of information sources and to demonstrate the ability to critically apply their skills for practical application within the profession;
  5. engage in self-directed learning in the workforce or through further study with personal strategies for lifelong professional development and learning, to acquire knowledge for multi-dimensional strategic thinking. Graduates will pursue learning both independently and cooperatively, and this continual development will enable them to respond appropriately to complex, unfamiliar and unexpected challenges in the ever-changing business environment;
  6. utilise a range of presentation and delivery styles to communicate to professionals, peers, clients and other members of the public, with a particular emphasis on the ability to build and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders to successfully manage change;
  7. apply knowledge of research methods and principles to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, or capstone experience and/or piece of research;
  8. apply leadership skills to the management of organisational problems, and where applicable, in line with the regulatory frameworks; and
  9. produce scholarly reports or a thesis which demonstrates an understanding and application of skills in strategic organisational development.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Students will develop an advanced and integrated expert knowledge of the discipline through the learning and teaching activities associated within each unit and interaction with the unit coordinators, lecturers and tutors, including online activities and discussion board. Students will be assessed using: case analysis of both hypothetical and real-world examples; workplace learning by analysing and applying theory to their own workplace; theory based assignments; and via multiple examination modes. Students will learn and analyse the global environment in which business is conducted. Specifically, students will gain an understanding of the practice of implementing human resource management in foreign countries, and issues influencing the treatment of both foreign and domestic employees (whether they are employed in Australia or overseas). Developing an appreciation for cultural diversity is an important element of HR education.

Communication Skills

Students will acquire communication skills through the completion of written and oral assignments, essays, discussion board participation, workplace based interviews, and practical reports. In some units, they will also present oral reports and presentations on topics or projects.

Problem Solving

Students will learn cognitive and problem solving skills in order to formulate high level responses to complex theoretical and real-life problems, and will be required to act with initiative and high level judgement regarding the application of theories and conceptual tools relating to human resource management. A large part of the course is devoted to instructing students on obtaining of relevant skills in approaching problems, determining what information is necessary, seeking the required information, analysing it, and employing it properly. These problem solving skills will be assessed through assignments, discussion board posts, examinations and a capstone project.

Information Literacy

Students are taught information literacy through the use of the internet, assignment preparation, the use of the Learning Management System, conducting literature review of relevant concepts, etc. Students are assessed on their skills in obtaining appropriate information for the written assignments.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Students will acquire an understanding of, and develop skills in recognising and evaluating a high standard of ethical behaviour as applied to organisational contexts. Students will be required to explain the nature of and importance of professional conduct, integrity, and ethics for managers. In particular, issues of corporate social responsibility and ethics are taught, practised and assessed as this area is critical to the effective practice of human resource management.

Lifelong Learning

Students will develop academic skills through assignment and examination preparation. Furthermore, students learn life skills in the area of managing their own careers, how to communicate and work with others, and gain an understanding of their own employment rights and responsibilities. Students will develop a range of life-long learning skills such as how to seek out new information and critically analyse such information. This course will stimulate students' intellectual curiosity and creativity.

Independence and Collaboration

Understanding group dynamics and team work are core components of the material covered in this course. Students also engage in teamwork, eg through online discussions and team projects where relevant. They work independently throughout the course.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply directly to UNE Business School

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International Students

International students apply directly to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available off-campus (distance education).

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