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Course overview

The majority of the world’s leading companies have a human resources director on their board. These companies know that the proper management of people is a strategic imperative and is absolutely critical to the success of their business. Many organisations invest in HR professionals to manage this function, but a growing global trend towards greater involvement from line management in the management of their people necessitates a broader understanding of HR practices across the business The Fundamental Human Resources Practices online short course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and tools to manage people across the business.

Course curriculum

  • Module 1: Introduction to Human Resources
  • Module 2: Legislation that impacts on Human Resources
  • Module 3: Recruitment and selection
  • Module 4: Learning and development
  • Module 5: Job evaluation and compensation
  • Module 6: Employee relationships practices
  • Module 7: Teams and leadership
  • Module 8: Human Resources reporting

Course outcomes

  • Knowledge of the guidelines and practices relevant to human resource management in an organisation
  • Ability to implement an effective human resources function in a business that links to key strategic imperatives
  • Knowledge of the legislation that impacts the management of people in the South African context
  • Knowledge of best practices to attract, align, develop, engage and retain employees


Rob van der Schyff

Course summary

Format: Wits certified online short course
Certification: Wits University certificate of competence
Duration: 10 weeks
Breakdown: 8 weeks consecutive online lectures, one exam in week 10
Hours per week: 5 to 7
Language: English

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Wits Plus lecturer Rob van der Schyff presents the course online, giving a broad overview of the human resource landscape and expert advice on the practices that are fundamental to business success.