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BSc Management Studies (Human Resource Management)

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The knowledge and understanding of the human resources of an organization is pivotal to that organization’s success, irrespective of its size, industry and profit motive. The focus of human resources is to understand people, their needs and desires, relationships and interactions, thereby enabling organizations to be effective and to achieve and maintain an optimum level of efficiency. Attaining a qualification in human resource management will provide a quality social sciences degree in an increasingly important applied field.

About the Programme
This BSc Management Studies (Human Resource Management major) programme offers persons the opportunity to examine and explore a combination of core concepts and methods covering the theory, principles and practices of human resource management. The programme seeks to:

• Provide an in-depth study of human resource management using a combination of economic, political, psychological and sociological approaches
• Present the fundamentals of managing people alongside the industry functions of organizations
• Facilitate an understanding and awareness of current issues of human resource management in the modern economy
• Promote and foster a range of professional and transferrable interpersonal, communication, leadership and team-building skills


Who is this programme for?

This BSc Management Studies (Human Resource Management major) programme targets persons who are currently working in any of the numerous areas of management and administration within government ministries; private sector entities of business, industry and commerce; non-governmental organizations; educational institutions; as well as persons with an interest in the field of study. 


Programme Structure

Duration of Programme
The programme will be offered over 3 years (full-time) and 5 years (part-time).

Award of Degree
In order to be awarded the BSc Management Studies (Human Resource Management major) degree, students must successfully complete the 90 credits as specified in the programme structure.

Delivery Mode
All courses will be delivered fully online. However, some courses may have face-to-face final examinations.


When will the programme start?

This offering of the programme begins in August 2015.


Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the University’s normal matriculation requirements in order to be accepted into the programme. They must satisfy the requirements in either (a), (b), (c) or (d) below:

(a)  Holders with CXC/CSEC and CAPE/GCE A Level qualifications having:

• An acceptable pass in CXC/CSEC English A or CAPE Communications Studies; AND 
• An acceptable pass in CXC/CSEC Mathematics or its equivalent; AND
• One of the following minimum qualifications:
  •  either five subjects (at least two GCE A Level or CAPE) and the remainder acceptable passes in CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level; OR
  •  four subjects (at least three GCE A Level or CAPE) and the fourth an acceptable pass in the CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level

Note: Grade requirements for CXC/CSEC subjects are General Proficiency - Grades I or
II prior to June 1998 and Grades I, II, or III from June 1998  
(b)  Holders of five (5) CXC/CSEC or GCE O’ Level passes or equivalent, not necessarily obtained at the same sitting
(c) Entrants with a Diploma, Certificate or Associate Degree from UWI or an approved Caribbean tertiary level institution
(d) Persons over the age of 21 who have been out of school for at least five years, on the basis of their overall academic and professional attainments 


English Language Proficiency Examination

The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is used to assess whether persons applying to pursue

undergraduate degree programmes at the UWI Open Campus possess a satisfactory level of writing

and reading proficiency in English for university academic purposes. For detailed information on the

ELPT, see English Language Proficiency Test.


Academic Preparation

OOL1001 Orientation to Online

IYRS1001 Improving your Reading Skills

IYSS1001 Improving your Study Skills

IYMS1001 Improving your Math Skills (if applicable)

ECON0001 Remedial Mathematics (if applicable)

Course of Study
Level 1 
Mathematics for the Social Sciences II
Principles of Economics
Principles of Management
Introduction to Computers
Introduction to Sociology
Introductory Statistics
Mathematics for Social Sciences I
Cost and Management Accounting
Introduction to Financial Accounting
English for Academic Purposes
Foundations for Learning Success
Level 2 
Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management
Computer Applications for Business
Introduction to International Business
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
Research Methods for Business- Introduction to Qualitative & Quantitative Methods
Principles of Marketing
Financial Management I
Management Information Systems I
Level 3 
Managing Gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Industrial Relations
Managing Organisational Change
Labour & Employment Law
Team Building and Management
Research Project/Practicum
Compensation Management
Business Strategy and Policy
Business Communication