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Master of Human Resources and Organisational Development

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About this course

The Master of Human Resources and Organisational Development (MHROD) is degree designed to build on students’ experience and skills and assist them with managing complex issues that arise in human resources and organisational development. The course provides specialist knowledge in the areas of strategic human resource management, organisational change and development, employment relationships, leadership and people management, and international human resource management. Students undertake an industry research project and study a variety of HR specific units. They can also select units from specialist management areas to gain advanced knowledge in their area of expertise or to differentiate.

Students who have completed a relevant bachelor degree may receive four units of advanced standing towards this Masters degree.

Career opportunities

The Master of Human Resources and Organisational Development is for HR practitioners and line managers who want to improve their professional practice, particularly in complex HR environments, and enhance career advancement prospects. It also supports the learning of those looking to embark on a HR career.

Major areas of study

Students study ten core units (see course structure) and select six HR specific or general management elective units from any of the following specialist study areas, or they can specialise in one or two of these areas:

  • Accounting
  • Business in the Asia Pacific Region
  • Convention and Events Management
  • Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
  • Financial Management
  • Gaming Management
  • Health Services Management
  • Hotel Management
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Managing and Leading People
  • Tourism Management
  • Research

Assessment methods

The course incorporates progressive assessment throughout teaching sessions. Students are assessed in each unit on the basis of written and/or oral assignments. These may be business reports, case studies, presentations, research studies and/or plans. Some units also have formal examinations.

Teaching methods

This course is flexibly delivered, designed to meet the demands of busy and highly mobile people. The distance education study experience is extremely transportable and is a great option for those who travel, work abroad, and juggle multiple work, personal or family commitments. Students use interactive learning software to network and collaborate with peers and lecturers. Lectures may be streamed live or pre-recorded; either way students can download a recording at their convenience.

Each week, students progress their learning by following activities, readings and case studies laid out, step-by-step, in a website for each unit. As they move through the learning outcomes, they can discuss their progress in forums and ask questions of their peers or lecturer. In most instances, students do not have to commit to strict timetables, except in regards to due dates for assessments.

Students can manage their study load from session to session to suit their circumstances.

This is still a rigorous degree, demanding up to 150 hours of study for each unit.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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Admission requirements

  1. Applicants for admission to candidature in the Master of Human Resources and Organisational Development may be selected where they can demonstrate professional standing approved by the School Board to be equivalent to the requirements of Rule 2, Section 3.
  2. With reference to Schedule B in Rule 2, Section 1 the level of attainment should be at least equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the Master of Human Resources and Organisational Development a candidate must successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising all units in Part A and six (6) units (72 credit points) from Part B.
  2. To be eligible for the Master of Human Resources and Organisational Development a candidate who has completed a Bachelor Degree with Honours in a cognate field with a minimum of second class honours division two, or a Graduate Diploma in a cognate field or equivalent must complete no less than eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising MNG00785 Project Management, and MNG93003 Industry Research Project and not less than five (5) additional units (60 credit points) from Part A.
  3. To be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Human Resources and Organisational Development a candidate shall successfully complete not less than eight (8) units (96 credit points) from Part A.
  4. To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Human Resources and Organisational Development a candidate shall successfully complete the following four (4) units (48 credit points) from Part A:
    MNG00704 Human Resource Development;
    MNG00724 Human Resource Management;
    MNG00786 International and Comparative Human Resource Management; and
    MNG03217 Leading and Managing People.
  5. A candidate in the Master of Human Resources and Organisational Development who has completed (8) units (96 credit points) and met the requirements for the Graduate Diploma of Human Resources and Organisational Development or the Graduate Certificate of Human Resources and Organisational Development may elect to be awarded the respective Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate following withdrawal from candidature for the Master of Human Resources and Organisational Development.
  6. A candidate in the Graduate Diploma of Human Resources and Organisational Development who has completed the requirements for the Graduate Certificate of Human Resources and Organisational Development may elect to be awarded the Graduate Certificate of Human Resources and Organisational Development following withdrawal from candidature for the Graduate Diploma of Human Resources and Organisational Development.

Advanced standing

  1. Candidates for the Master of Human Resources and Organisational Development who have completed a Bachelor Degree in a cognate field may be granted four (4) unspecified elective units of Advanced Standing from Part B of the Schedule;
  2. Candidates who can demonstrate academic or professional standing approved by the School Board to be equivalent to the requirements of Advanced Standing Rules (a) and (b) may be awarded the equivalent advanced standing;
  3. Candidates for the Master of Human Resources and Organisational Development who have completed all the requirements for the Graduate Diploma of Human Resources and Organisational Development, the Graduate Diploma of Vocational Education and Training, the Graduate Diploma of Leadership and Workplace Development, or another Graduate Diploma in a cognate field may be eligible to apply for up to an additional four units;
  4. Candidates for the Master of Human Resources and Organisational Development who have completed all the requirements for the Graduate Certificate of Human Resources and Organisational Development, the Graduate Certificate of Vocational Education and Training, the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Workplace Development, or another Graduate Certificate in a cognate field may be eligible to apply for up to an additional four units;
  5. Candidates for the Master of Human Resources and Organisational Development may be granted advanced standing of four (4) unspecified elective units on the basis of five (5) years relevant work experience or professional qualifications obtained through formal or non-formal study.

Schedule of units

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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'