The immersive, Degree in Human Resources programme introduces the foundational scopes of talent management to meet organizational objectives as a strategic business leader, guiding students to become strategic partners that understand how the human resources function supports business objectives. Offered in both a full-time or online format, students in our BS in Human Resources programme, which covers both human resources and business disciplines, will earn a degree focused on leadership development, values-based change management, and the practical application of human resources theory to real-world scenarios.
Human Resources scholars ask questions such as: What is included in a collective bargaining agreement? How is employee performance tracked? Which organizational development initiatives help retain managers?
Human Resources scholars specialize in studying how people operate within organizations. Over the course of your studies, you'll learn how to respond to the needs of a diverse workforce, develop flexible organizational structures, facilitate improved relationships with unions and reduce workplace conflict. You'll complete formal presentations, group projects and various case studies during the course of your degree.
As a graduate of the Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources programme, you'll be prepared for global career opportunities in the areas of management, human resources, operations, and more. A degree in commerce can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or education.
Co-operative work placement - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience that alternates with your academic studies.
Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.
Mentorship opportunities - A formal or informal relationship where you connect with, and learn from, an established professional.
Employment Relationships in Ghana, Introduction to Business Analytics, Introduction to Business Skills, Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, Introduction to Business Administration, Principles of Management, Introduction to Business Finance, Business Economics: Micro, Financial Accounting I Fundamentals of Accounting, Business Mathematics etc...
Minimum of four (4) years and maximum of six (6) years
Based on the level of entry, the credits required for the award of first degree are as follows:
Level 100: A maximum of 132 credits and a minimum of 120 credits.
Level 200: A maximum of 102 credits with a minimum of 96 credits.
Level 300: A maximum of 72 credits and a minimum of 60 credits
|Core Courses (School and Department's Requirement)||-||102 credits|
|Mandatory General Education Courses (Univ. Requirement)||-||18 credits|
Are you considering HR management as a career choice? Wise decision! Not only do HR professionals contribute to business viability and success through the strategic management of human capital, but the profession itself continues to increase its stature as a career choice, pursued by many in today’s ever-changing, competitive marketplace. In fact, in 2007, Money magazine and Salary.com researched hundreds of jobs and ranked Human Resource Managers as number four on its list of the Top Ten. Read more...
KBUS101 Introduction to Business Administration 3 Credits
This course is designed to introduce students to elementary concepts, theories, practices in business, and career paths by surveying functional areas of business and management activities. After completing this course, they should be able to:
1. Understand how the contemporary business world and business systems constantly interact.
2. Understand the elementary concepts in business, functions of accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resources management, management, marketing etc.
3. Examine the practices and potential of various business functions to help students select a major and then a career.
KBUS103 French for Communication 3 Credits
This course aims at teaching basic French language for communication. Students will develop knowledge and skills to communicate correctly in basic French. Much emphasis will be laid on communications relating to business and commerce, and to economic and professional activities. The course content includes basic grammar, pronunciation drills, inflection and syntax; reading and translation of sentences and texts.
KBUS105 Business Communication 3 Credits
This course is geared towards helping students communicate effectively in the business community. The course aims at introducing students to basic communication tenets such as writing business letters, proposals, reports and memoranda. Other Communicative skills that are needed for the success and growth of businesses such as persuasive, negotiation, organizational and presentation skills are also taught.
KBUS102 Introduction to Public Administration 3 Credits
This course is designed to introduce students to how the business of government at all levels (municipal, district and regional) operates. The principles and theories of managing within government structure and agencies will be reviewed. The internal and external environment in which public sector operates, including the impact of politics on decision making will also be examined in the context of Ghanaian public administration.
KBUS104 Business Ethics 3 Credits
The course introduces students to the relationship between business ethics and social responsibility in both domestic and global settings. Ethical and moral considerations of corporate conduct, social responsibilities, policies, and strategies are explored. Emphasis is on the definition, scope, application, and analysis of ethical values as they relate to issues of public consequences in the context of the functional areas of business at both the domestic and global levels.
KBUS106 Computing and ICT 3 Credits
This course is designed to introduce students to basic computing and ICT skills. The basic make-up, role, history and operating systems of computers and ICT will be examined. Topics including applications software, hardware add-ons, communication systems, computer networks, and security, legal and ethical issues associated with using computers and the World Wide Web are discussed.
KBUS201 Principles of Management 3 Credits
This course introduces students to the principles and practices of management. Topics to be discussed would include: the Environment of Organisations, Evolution of Management theory, Management concepts, Managerial functions of Planning, Leading, Organising and Controlling. Other topics for discussion include Managerial Skills, Managing Individuals in organisations, Managing differences, Managing Groups and Teams - Group behaviour; Conflict and co-operation, Power and Politics, Leadership, Ethics and Social Responsibility and Motivation. In addition, Managing Structure and processes - Restructuring, re-engineering, downsizing and new structural forms of Communications will be discussed.
KBUS203 Business Economics: Micro 3 Credits
This course introduces students to basic principles of micro-economic thought: micro-economic theories, the price system; demand and supply analysis, measurement of elasticity - price elasticity, income elasticity and cross elasticity. The course also addresses production theory and analysis – short-run analysis, long-run analysis, economies of scale; cost theory and analysis; pricing and output decisions in perfect competition, imperfect competition and monopoly.
KBUS205 Introduction to HRM 3 Credits
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of human resource management and the role, purpose and importance of human resource management in business organizations. It lays the foundation for understanding the principles and techniques of managing the Human Resources of the organization for the attainment of organizational goals. The course examines the concepts of Human Resource Management, Job Analysis, Job Design, Job Descriptions and Specifications, Human Resource Planning, Recruitment and Selection, Training and Development, Performance Appraisal, Salary Administration, Employee Discipline, Resignations and Retirements.
KBUS207 Business Mathematics 3 Credits
This course is designed to develop students’ mathematical skills necessary to solve business problems. Topics treated include: basic arithmetic for business, linear, non-linear and simultaneous equations, logarithms, calculus, matrix algebra, statistics, set theory and statistics. Other mathematical techniques, including computer software needed for business forecasting and planning, will be examined.
KBUS202 Introduction to Business Finance 3 Credits
This introductory course is designed to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the role of financial managers and how companies make sound investment and financing decisions, much of which is also relevant for individual decision-making. Topics treated include: the Finance Function, Financial Environment; Financial Analysis and Planning, Working Capital Management and Sources of funds.
KBUS204 Principles of Marketing 3 Credits
This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of marketing and the role, purpose and importance of marketing management in business organisations. It lays the foundation for understanding the principles and techniques of meeting the needs of customers in every organisation for the attainment of organisational goals. It examines the marketing concept, marketing mix, marketing segmentation and positioning variables, marketing growth strategies and planning , elements of marketing, marketing research and consumer behaviour, IMC, public relations in the marketing context, distribution and logistics.
KBUS206 Organisational Behaviour 3 Credits
This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles and concepts of organizational behavior and behavioral science theories and applications in management. It lays the foundation for understanding the behaviour of individuals and groups in organizations and the importance of behaviour in organizational performance. It helps students to understand why and how people behave in organizations, why they behave the way they do, how to motivate people and also examine their own behaviours and make the necessary adjustments. Topics to be treated include: Concept of Organizational Behaviour, Elements of Organizational Behaviour, People and Organization Relationship, Foundations of Organizational Behaviour, Ability, Personality, Learning, Perception, Decision Making, Values & Attitudes, Motivation, Organizational Culture, Teams, Group Dynamics Conflict Management, and Organizational commitment.
KBUS208 Business Economics: Macro 3 Credits
This course gives an overview of the modern market economy as a system for dealing with problems of scarcity. The course also looks at the analysis of relationships among such variables as national income, employment, inflation and the quantity of money. The roles of government expenditure, taxation and monetary policy, international finance and economic development will also be discussed.
KBUS301 Quantitative Methods 3 Credits
This course provides techniques for analysing business information and will provide students with a framework for understanding the fundamentals of business and financial decision making. The course covers important methods of data analysis with an emphasis on interpreting and understanding reported business and economic data. Topics include the basic techniques of organising and analysing data; the application of probability and probability distributions, the concept of sampling error and sampling distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing, regression analysis, time series and an introduction to non-parametric statistical methods.
KBUS303 Computer Applications in Business 3 Credits
This course is concerned with how information systems have grown from automation of office systems into systems that assist managers to make decisions, systems that model successful business practices, and systems that transform the modern business into a knowledge-based enterprise. This course will introduce information systems through a survey of information systems technologies and the way they affect management. More emphasis will be placed on management strategies and IT application issues. The course is to make students identify information systems needs and participate in its development in order to create a business competitive advantage.
KBUS305 Business Law 3 Credits
This course is designed to introduce students to basic law with an emphasis on business and corporate organisations. The course, specifically, examines laws relating to business and corporate operations in Ghana. The first part examines the legal systems of Ghana, including the legal frameworks of business, the sources and classifications of law, the structure of the courts, the doctrine of precedent and the rules on statutory interpretation. The second part examines the forms, nature and laws of business organizations. Third part examines Sale of Goods; Agency and Distribution agreements; etc. The final part examines contracts and contractual remedies. Ethical cases will be examined throughout the course.
KBUS302 Research Methods 3 Credits
This course introduces students to the Principles of Business research. Emphasis is placed on quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Areas covered include the basis of theory and business research methods, the research process - formulating the research problem and hypothesis, ethical issues, sampling procedures, research design, data collection methods, analysing data, and writing the research report.
KBUS304 Operations Management 3 Credits
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of operations management. Topics to be treated include: Concepts, principles, theories and processes of production system; operations strategy, product and process design; facility location and layout; capacity planning, aggregate planning, operations scheduling and control; productivity of operations, inventory planning and independent demand system; MRP, quality management, project management, and Japanese approach to operations management [JIT, TPM, continuous improvement].
KBUS306 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship 3 Credits
The course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and develop empirical understanding of the role of entrepreneurs in the economy and society. It is to instill professional and responsible attitude to entrepreneurship and develop transferable skills and problem solving skills in students. The course will introduce students to the concept of entrepreneurship and its importance in business and national development; the processes and procedures for setting up small businesses and the forces driving the growth of entrepreneurship. Other topics to be treated include: benefits of entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, feasibility analysis, forms of business analysis, franchising, buying an existing business, and building a marketing plan.
KBUS401 Fundamentals of International Business 3 Credits
This course introduces students to the broad fields of International Business and Finance. To that end, the course stands on the background of the ongoing process of globalisation, to give students a comprehensive understanding of the economics and politics of international trade and investment; how and why the world’s countries differ, the functions and forms of the global monetary system; and the strategies, structures and the special roles of international businesses.
KBUS402 Small Business Management 3 Credits
This course is aimed at providing students with the managerial skills necessary to develop, evaluate and manage a small business successfully. It introduces students to small business and fundamentals of small business management, including planning, business growth, e-commerce, raising capital, financial management, business operations, managing employees, marketing and business ethics. The course is oriented toward principles needed to operate a small business and is designed for those who may have their own businesses or for those who desire to upgrade their skills in their present businesses.
KBUS402 Strategic Management 3 Credits
The course helps students to gain an understanding of strategic management concepts, the emerging global economy and its potential impact on business activities and the role of corporate governance in strategic management. Students will develop a better understanding of the present and future environments in which corporations must function and how companies formulate, implement, and evaluate strategies. They will be guided to scan the external environment of an organization and identify the key aspects of environmental factors having an impact on the performance of the overall industry and the company being analyzed and identify the opportunities and threats posed by the environment for a given company and the barriers to the implementation of strategic choices. Topics to be treated include: Basic Concepts of Strategic Management, Environmental Scanning and Industry Analysis; Internal Scanning - Organizational Analysis, Resources and Capability - analysing competitive and core competencies, value chain analysis and benchmarking; Stakeholder Analysis - mission, vision, goals, objectives, culture and corporate governance; Strategy Formulation and Strategic Choice; Strategy Implementation and Control; Strategic Issues in Managing Technology and Innovation.
KHRC 301 HR Information Systems 3 Credits
This course is designed to develop students' information management skills in the area of human resource management. Students will be introduced to computerized information systems used to assist the management of human resources. The goal is to enhance students' ability to apply HR Information Systems (HRIS) knowledge in problem diagnosis and investigation, as well as the formulation of solutions supported by data and information. Topics to be treated include: Strategic HR Planning, HR Data Analyses and Reporting, Computerized HRIS, Using Employee Survey Data, HR Information Management, e-HR and the e-Workplace, HRM Policy Goals, New HR Paradigm, IT effects on HR, Virtual Organization and remote management, HR shared services, HR Call Centre Management, Web-based HR (Recruitment and Selection, HRD, Employee Relations, etc), Criticisms of Computer-Mediated Workplace, HR Outsourcing and Case study.
KHRC302 Industrial Relations and Labour Law 3 Credits
The course introduces students to industrial relations law with emphasis on Ghana Labour Law and Labour Act 651. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the nature, history, sources and the scope of the Labour and Industrial Relations Law in Ghana and be abreast with the current Labour Act. Coverage will include: Industrial Relations, Employment Protection, Contract of Employment, Fair and Unfair Termination of Appointment, Remunerations, Salaries and Wages, Trade Unions Formation and Certification; Compensation, Liabilities in respect of Industrial Action and Industrial Safety. Others include: Collective Bargaining, Collective Agreement Framework as a conflict resolution mechanism; Rights and Obligations of Employees and Dispute Settlement.
KHRC 303 Human Resource Planning 3 Credits
The course provides an understanding of the essential elements of the human resource planning strategies, processes, practices, and policies that can be used to enhance the effective management of people to ensure improved performance and a sustained competitive advantage for organizations. Students will acquire knowledge in analyzing, assessing and programming for human resource requirements of organizational business plans and strategies. Quantitative as well as qualitative concepts, approaches and techniques are emphasized. Topics will include Importance and Uses of HRP, the HRP Process, Forecasting Supply and Demand, Establishing HR Objectives and Policies, HR Programming, HRP Control and Evaluation, HRP and Strategic Planning, Steps in the HRP Process, Roadblocks to HRP, Focus Issues in HRP, and Succession Planning. The course will help students to design and implement efficient HR Planning systems and strategies, for the effective management of the employees of the organization to gain competitive advantage.
KHRC304 Performance Management 3 Credits
The course discusses performance management strategies, practices, procedures and policies that are critical for the efficient and effective management of people to achieve organizational objectives. It focuses on the key concepts, strategies, policies, procedures and practices that can be used to enhance the effective management of people to ensure improved performance and a sustained competitive advantage for organizations. Topics discussed include: the concept of Performance Management, the importance of effective Performance Management in achieving organizational goals; the processes and procedures for managing organizational performance; aligning performance management strategies and practices with the business or organization strategy; designing and implementing efficient Performance Management systems, strategies, policies, and procedures for managing the employees of the organization to gain competitive advantage. The course combines training, communicating, and motivating skills to challenge staff to reach higher levels of performance.
KHRC 401 HR Development 3 Credits
The objective of this course is to acquaint students with the purpose and responsibilities of the training and development function within organizations. The course provides a thorough look at human resource development by addressing how to assess and analyze the training needs, design, implement, and evaluate training programmes for non-management and management employees. It provides students with perspectives on the significance of training and development for improved productivity, efficiency and overall organizational performance. The course focuses on discussing the key concepts, strategies, policies, procedures and practices that can be used to enhance the effective management of training and development to ensure improved performance and a sustained competitive advantage for organizations. It provides a general framework for examining and revising existing training programmes and for establishing new and viable training programmes. Topics to be treated include: Concept of Human Resource Development and Training, Roles of Contemporary Training, Training and Organizational Strategy, Training Needs Assessment, Training Design, Delivery and Evaluation, Induction and Orientation, Career Development, Managing Careers, Management Development, Actors in HRD, Comparative HRD Frameworks; Mentoring/Coaching and Learning Organizations.
KHRC402 Public Personnel Administration 3 Credits
This course exposes students to the way public sector organizations procure, allocate and develop labour and how employer and employee relationship is established and maintained. Discussion will focus on the nature and scope of human resource management, and evaluation of theory and practice of public sector human resource management; human resource management in the Ghanaian public sector, human resource planning in the public sector; recruitment and selection into the public service; compensation in the public sector; downsizing in the public sector and collective bargaining in the public sector.
KHRC 403 Labour Economics 3 Credits
The main objective of the course is to enable students to appreciate the economics dimension of labour as an important factor of production. Specific topics to be covered include: Demand Theory and Analysis; Supply Theory and Analysis; Demand and Supply for Labour; Human Capital Development; Occupational/Compensation Wage Differentials, Labour Mobility etc.
KHRC404 Strategic HRM 3 Credits
The course discusses human resource management strategies, practices, processes, procedures and policies that are critical for the efficient and effective management of people to achieve organizational goals. The course is about both the design and execution of human resource management strategies. It aims at assisting students to think systematically and strategically about aspects of managing the human assets and determine what really needs to be done to implement these policies. The course addresses human resource topics from a strategic perspective and focuses on discussing key concepts and practices for improved performance and a sustained competitive advantage. Topics to be treated include: the concept of strategy, human resource strategy, strategic human resource management, phases of the development of strategic human resource management, elements of strategic HRM, HR Strategy versus Corporate Strategy, and HR Scorecard. Discussion will also focus on HRM systems such as, Job Analysis, Job Design, Job Description/Specification, Job Evaluation, Human Resource Planning, Recruitment and Selection, Performance Management, Training and Development and Compensation Management.
KHRC405 Compensation Management 3 Credits
The Course emphasizes the application of compensation principles to organizational objectives and the strategic use of compensation systems for attracting, motivating, and retaining employees and the managerial aspects of paying employees at all organizational levels. It focuses on managing employee compensation in contemporary organizations. The course will examine the current state of compensation decision making and how recent theoretical and research developments inform compensation decisions. The course provides students with an experiential opportunity to develop the managerial skills necessary to design and understand the performance-based compensation and benefit programs for an organization. Discussions will focus on the strategic importance of compensation to the achievement of organizational goals; the relationship between compensation objectives and business strategy; the role of compensation in attracting, motivating, and retaining a high-quality workforce; recent theoretical and practical developments in compensation and benefits; the development and management of compensation systems and managing compensation for competitive advantage.
KHRC406 International HRM 3 Credits
The objective of this course is to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and practical skills, plus an understanding of the role of the HR profession with a focus on the issues and policies that affect international HR Managers. The course addresses the issues involved in the management of people across international borders and equips students who wish to pursue an international management career. International Human Resources Management (IHRM) will enable students to build a body of practical skills and theoretical knowledge – from the operational through the tactical to the strategic – around the management of organizations within different international contexts and then to apply this knowledge to management problems and situations that affect professional practice. The course explores relevant IHRM issues and what these mean for different groups of individuals and organizations at local, national and international levels. The programme equips them with the 'tools and techniques' necessary to embark on a career in International Human Resource Management and to work within a multi-cultural business. Topics to be treated include: the Concept of International HRM, Challenges of IHRM, Global Staffing Challenges, Inter-country differences affecting HRM, Global Differences and Similarities in HR Practices, Implementing the Global HR System, Global HR Practices, Staffing the Global Organization, Compensating Expatriates, International Labour Relations, Terrorism, Safety and Repatriation.
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