Bachelor of Business - Human Resource Management and Employment Relations major

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Human resource management and employment relations are at the heart of any modern organisation. Our Human Resource Management and Employment Relations major focuses on understanding people and relationships at work – what makes organisations work, what motivates employees, and what the future of work could be.

You explore how employees, employers, government and trade unions shape people’s experience of work and the outcomes from work. Choose from a wide range of papers to tailor your study to your interests. You can investigate the relationship between strategic human resource management and organisational performance, inequalities in work and organisations, and ways to build inclusiveness in organisational life. You can also explore employment regulation issues, negotiation and conflict management, strategic career management; and work-related injuries and illness, and how to prevent them.

The outcomes for graduates of this major are outlined in the Graduate Profile.

More information about the Bachelor of Business


Structure and content


Part One

Papers in part 1 provide you with an introduction to the roles of business and fundamental concepts in business disciplines. You complete 5 core papers in part 1 which are:

  • Business in Context (30 points)
  • Management and Organisation (15 points)
  • Accounting for Decision Making (15 points)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business (15 points)
  • Economic Principles I (15 points)

In addition to the 5 core papers you choose 2 elective papers from the list below, or from elsewhere in the university:

  • Economic Principles 2 (15 points)
  • Introduction to Finance (15 points)
  • Marketing, Advertising, Retailing, Sales: Positioning in an Omni Environment (15 points)
  • Business Information Systems (15 points)
  • Design for Business (15 points)
  • Leadership for Sustainable Enterprise (15 points)
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation (15 points)

Part Two

Over the next two years, you gain an understanding of current employment issues including the complex relationships between employees, employers, government and trade unions, and internal and external factors that influence organisational behaviour.

Part Three

Workplace experience (Co-operative Education) is the final part of your degree and takes a full semester. This is a supervised work placement related to your major(s), for an organisation of your choice in New Zealand or overseas. You apply what you’ve learnt in a real-world business, not-for-profit organisation, entrepreneurial venture or through an applied project, which is a supervised research project.

Recent placements included:

  • DB Breweries
  • Farmers Trading Company
  • Fletcher Construction
  • Nestlé NZ Ltd
  • Progressive Enterprises
  • Rainbow’s End
  • SKY TV
  • Waitemata District Health Board
  • Warehouse Stationery
  • World Vision NZ

Further information about Co-operative Education

PAPERS (90 POINTS)

Level Six:

EMPL601 Employment Relations
HRMG601 Human Resource Management


Select One:

HRMG602 Training and Development
MGMT601 Organisational Behaviour

Level Seven
Select three:

EMPL701 Employment Regulations and Dispute Resolution
EMPL702 Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing
EMPL703 Contemporary Work and Employment Relations
HRMG701 Diversity at Work
HRMG702 Strategic Human Resource Management
HRMG703 International Human Resource Management
MGMT707 Risk Management

Related programmes

Please visit our AUT Postgraduate Business Qualifications page to view our range of postgraduate programmes.

Career opportunities

  • Employment relations specialist
  • Human resource manager
  • Industry training advisor
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Talent manager
  • Health and safety manager

Graduates and students of business

Last updated: 12-Sep-2017 8.58am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.