Degree Type: 

Master of Arts


Department of Labour and Human Resource Studies

Programme Duration: 

2 years (Standard Entry)

Modes of Study: 


Entry Requirements: 

Not Published

Programme Structure

Level 800

First Semester

HRM 801S: Concepts and Theories of Development and Underdevelopment
3 Credit(s)

The course focuses on models, theories and indicators of development; north-south dialogue in development thinking; the globalization and regional integration processes emphasising the winners and losers in these processes. Students are also introduced to theories explaining the underdevelopment of developing countries as well as alternative development approaches and strategies for transforming these countries.

HRM 803S: Management Concepts and Theories
3 Credit(s)

The course covers the following topics: Management concepts and functions, and their relation to HRM, Differentiation among management, HRM and Personnel Management; Evolution and scope of HRM concept, Integration of objectives of human resource management with other organizational strategies; Determination of specific policy design to meet human resource management objectives.

HRM 805S: Manpower Forecasting and Employee Resourcing
3 Credit(s)

The course covers the following topics: Manpower in organization and identification of manpower needs; Manpower Auditing and Inventory; Job analysis, Job description, and Job specification; Techniques of manpower forecasting and planning; Recruitment policies and practice, and staff selection and placement procedures; Job organization, Job design, and job Evaluation; Performance appraisal.

HRM 807S: Advanced Research Methods
3 Credit(s)

The course covers foundations of empirical research; techniques of data collection; survey methods; observation by participation and the transect; projective techniques; use of official statistics; advanced study or reliability and validity; sampling techniques; scaling techniques; evaluation research; data analysis and processing; communication in the research process; interpretation and reporting of research results; ethical implications of research; writing of research proposal.

HRM 809S: Statistics
3 Credit(s)

The course discusses elements in statistics in the following areas:  Nature and Meaning of Statistics; Types and Presentation of Data; Measures of Central Tendency; Measures of Dispersion; Probability:  Introduction; Uses; Concepts of Probability; Normal Distribution:  Characteristics of the Normal Distribution; Sampling Distribution; Correlation/Regression Analysis; Chi-Square Distribution and Analysis of Frequencies.

HRM 811S: Principles of Human Resource Management
3 Credit(s)

This course focuses on the definitions of human resource management and its development.  The ‘Hard and “soft’ versions of human resource management will be addressed.  The Matching, the Harvard framework, as well as the Choice models will also be discussed.  Other topics to be addressed are human resource planning, employee resourcing, performance management and exit management.

Second Semester

HRM 802S: Strategic Management
3 Credit(s)

The course focuses on Concepts of Strategic Management; Models of strategic HRM; Case studies of strategic HRM in selected countries/organizations; Linkages between business strategy and strategic HRM; Employment and manpower planning.

HRM 806S: Financial Statement Analysis
3 Credit(s)

This course contains elements of financial and management accounting. The objective is to provide knowledge that will enhance financial decision-making and human resource management capabilities. Students will be introduced to the writing conduct and interpretation of Annual corporate reports and financial statements as well as capital budgeting.

HRM 808S: Strategic Leadership
3 Credit(s)

The course deals with: Leadership-concept, function and models; Authority and Power relations analysis/ appraisal; Developing effective communication systems at the workplace; Motivation of personnel and reward management; Management of workplace conflict; Guidance and Counseling.

HRM 810S: Computing
3 Credit(s)

The course exposes students to word processing and spreadsheets such as Excel, and SPSS for statistical analyses. The topics are: Hardware components; input output devices, Software: operating system; utility packages; application software; Maintenance Procedures; Word Processing essentials; Mail Merge, PowerPoint, New Document Templates. Internet Essentials and Research; SPSS – Definition of Variables, Data Transformation:  Coding.  and Recoding; Data Inputting; SPSS – Inferential Statistics and Interpretation of results; Harvard Graphics; Excel – Excel Basics:  data entry, editing, definition of variables;  Sorting; Filtering; Subtotals; Excel – Numerical Data:  Descriptive Statistics; Graphs; Correlation; Regression; Percentiles and Ranks; Z-scores; Excel – Inferential Statistics: tests of hypothesis (t-test, f-test, Anova etc); Chi-Square Analysis; Excel – Categorical Data: Regression; Pivot Table and Chart Report; Excel – Logical Functions.