Human Resource (HR) Management online short course

Course starts 5 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
29 September 2020
Course Starts:
5 October 2020
10 weeks, excluding orientation.
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online.
ZAR R14,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


Employees are the lifeblood of an organisation. Consequently, how staff members are selected, managed, motivated, and trained can have a significant impact on a business’s bottom line. As the professionals tasked with overseeing a company’s workforce, human resource managers are widely recognised as a vital cog in the broader business machine.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Human Resource (HR) Management online short course is designed to develop your ability to efficiently manage people. Taking a highly practical approach, the course equips you with the latest HR management knowledge, focusing on employment legislation, recruitment, performance management, and employee well-being. It aims to teach you practical skills that you can apply immediately to improve your practice. 

Guided by a dedicated head tutor and support team, you’ll learn how to use strategic HR management to help your organisation move closer to its goals.

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What will set you apart

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

  • The theoretical knowledge and practical skills to design and implement HR policies and procedures
  • The ability to create an empowering work environment to maximise and align workforce efforts to achieve business goals
  • The tools to design a recruitment and selection process, and develop effective retention strategies

Is this course for you?

This course is suitable for professionals who want to learn how to practically implement effective HR management strategies and plans in any industry or organisation. The content is especially suited to current and aspiring HR administrators, talent managers, training and development professionals, and team leaders.

In addition, it’s likely to be beneficial for small business owners and entrepreneurs looking to improve their ability to recruit and manage personnel.

Course curriculum

Develop your knowledge of HR practices and legislation as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 A career in HR
  • Module 2 HR and statutory requirements
  • Module 3 HR systems, policies and procedures
  • Module 4 Recruitment, selection, assessment, and onboarding
  • Module 5 Performance management
  • Module 6 HR as a custodian of change
  • Module 7 Employee well-being and organisational health and safety
  • Module 8 Facilitating training and development
  • Module 9 Rewards, incentives and retaining employees
  • Module 10 Strategic human resource management

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

Develop your human resource management skills 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. 

Kyle goate

“It has assisted me in further creating structure in the way I manage and lead a team. It’s also helped create a clear path in the right direction to becoming a more all-rounded manager and leader in my organization.”


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 5 October 2020.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with an Enrolment Advisor here.


    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.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    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.