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 issues. In addition, students can undertake electives in specialist subjects.

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

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

2017 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 or above and have at least two years of full time equivalent relevant professional experience; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from this University or its equivalent plus two years of relevant professional experience*; and

(c) all applicants must submit two referee reports from employers or senior colleagues (on company letterhead), plus a resume.

*Relevant professional experience referes to a position of responsibility in any organisational or industry context.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) 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. This may include up to 6 credit points on the basis of completed formal professional development and/or training.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 12 credit points of Advanced Standing may be granted based on equivalent units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based. This may include up to 6 credit points on the basis of completed formal professional development and/or training

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

Academic Colours

String (BCC 127)

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Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification or above and have at least two years full-time equivalent relevant professional experience*; or
(b) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from this University or its equivalent plus two years of relevant professional experience*; and
(c) all candidates must submit two referee reports from employers or senior colleagues (on company letterhead) plus a resume.

*Relevant professional experience refers to a position of responsibility in any organisational or industry context.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) 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. This may include up to 6 credit points on the basis of completed formal professional development and/or training.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 12 credit points of advanced standing may be granted based on equivalent units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based. This may include up to 6 credit points on the basis of completed formal professional development and/or training.

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

Period of Candidature

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

For candidates admitted under Rule (b) the period of candidature shall be up to four 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)
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 60 cps
Listed Units 12 cps
Total 72 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rule (b)
Course Structure Credit Points
Advanced Standing 24 cps
Core Units 36-48 cps
Listed Units 0-12 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 MM439, MM453 and MM551 or the Graduate Certificate in Management on completion of units to the value of 24 credit points including MM521. 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.

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 Diploma in Management on completion of 48 credit points. Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Graduate Diploma in Management must apply for re-admission and will be subject to the 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 BUS594Aand 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.

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 Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures);
(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.

Appeals

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

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

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, leadership, business ethics, legal frameworks and strategic management themes. Students can choose up to two elective units. 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 in the fields of contemporary human resource management theory and practice, organisational development and change, business ethics, leadership, the legal environment, strategic managemnet, and management more broadly, in order to be an effective HR professional and promote sustainable business in a globalised economy, and the ability to plan and execute a substantial research-based project;
  2. utilise advanced cognitive and communication skills, tools and digital technologies to communicate appropriately and persuasively with a range of stakeholders;
  3. apply advanced critical and creative thinking to analyse complex human resource and business-related problems and synthesise materials from a variety of sources in identifying solutions that maximise organisational performance and to achieve business objectives;
  4. identify, critically evaluate and synthesise relevant information drawn from a range of sources in order to analyse complex human resource and business related issues;
  5. critically evaluate and demonstrate expert judgement in formulating responses to complex social, cultural and ethical issues in a range of organisational contexts;
  6. demonstrate a preparedness to engage in continuous learning and reflection to develop new insights into professional practice; and
  7. illustrate advanced skills in working autonomously and with others to generate solutions and show a capacity to function as a leader, including the ability to collaborate in a range of contexts to achieve individual and common goals.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Knowledge of a discipline is taught, practised and assessed in all units. Students will develop an advanced and integrated knowledge of key business and management theory and critically apply knowledge at an advanced level in business contexts to solve business problems. Students will also demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the global environment in which business is conducted. Students will learn through independent research, interaction with unit materials, unit coordinators and fellow students, and 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 assessment modes.

Communication Skills

Communication skills are taught, practised and assessed throughout this course. Students will utilise advanced cognitive and communication skills, tools and digital technologies to communicate appropriately and persuasively with a range of stakeholders. Students will develop oral, written and presentation skills relevant to business contexts through assessments such as essays and oral presentations.

Problem Solving

This graduate attribute is taught, practised and assessed throughout the course using scenarios requiring students to use advanced cognitive and critical thinking skills to identify business issues, and to critically analyse and evaluate the relevant theories and concepts to construct business solutions.

Information Literacy

Information literacy is taught, practised and assessed throughout the course as students need to identify, critically evaluate and synthesise relevant information drawn from a range of sources in order to analyse complex business-related issues.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Throughout the course, ethical conduct and social responsibility is taught, practised and assessed. Students need to reflect on the principles of professional and social responsibility and critically apply these to a range of ethical issues and scenarios. This is assessed through evaluation and analysis of reflective based and scenario based assessment tasks.

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning is taught and assessed in this course through reflective tasks that encourage critical analysis of professional experience, and appreciation of business as a dynamic discipline.

Independence and Collaboration

This graduate attribute is taught, practised and assessed in this course. Students are required to work independently and complete learning and assessment activities that require self-directed learning and initiative. Students are also required to collaborate in a variety of learning and assessmnet tasks.

How to Apply

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