Strategic Human Resource Management online short course

Course starts 12 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
6 October 2020
Course Starts:
12 October 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation.
10–12 hours per week, self-paced learning online.
ZAR R14,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


As profit and productivity becomes increasingly dependent on employee engagement levels, human resource (HR) managers, executives, and business owners need to make use of strategic HR practices to further business goals. 

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Strategic Human Resource Management online short course will teach you how to align HR functions with a company’s overall strategy to boost organisational performance. You’ll explore the high-level complexities of talent management, and learn how to successfully recruit and hire executive-level staff, use diagnostics to analyse workforce needs, and make sound decisions to improve staff retention and performance.

Gain the confidence to mitigate risks and manage company-wide change, while developing your ability to play a key strategic role in your organisation.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

    • An understanding of the strategic function of HR management and how it can be applied to address modern organisational challenges
    • The tools to optimise staff performance, and the expertise to create career-development plans for employees
    • The skills to manage leadership succession, and strategies to recruit and retain senior-level talent
    • The ability to strategically leverage the value provided by employees to achieve business goals

Is this course for you? 

This course is aimed at professionals who want to deepen their knowledge of strategic HR management. It’s suited to mid- and senior-level managers looking to leverage strategic people-management skills in their roles, and business owners and executives who want to better align HR practices with company goals.

Consultants wanting to help clients to integrate effective HR processes into their operations will also benefit from the content. There are no prerequisites for this course, but it is recommended that students have a foundational knowledge of practical HR.

Course curriculum

Learn how to hire, engage, and develop the top tiers of management as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Strategic models and frameworks for HR competencies
  • Module 2 Applying HR diagnostics
  • Module 3 Implementing HR strategy
  • Module 4 Aligning talent acquisition to organisational strategy
  • Module 5 Encouraging high performance
  • Module 6  Retaining talent
  • Module 7 Managing risk
  • Module 8  Sustainable succession

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Develop your knowledge of strategic human resource management and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town. 

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


Your teaching team

At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 12 October 2020.

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    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.