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Bachelor of Business – Human Resource Management

Join the world of human resources professionals as you step into the role of building positive work environments and creating cultural shifts to drive success.

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3 years full-time

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‘The benefit of studying online with Swinburne Online has allowed me to schedule my time efficiently and effectively around [my life]. I have been provided with a world-class education led by industry leaders and professionals.’

Kate, Swinburne Online graduate

16.3% ▴

Human Resource Manager jobs are predicted to increase by 16.3% over the next 5 years, meaning now is the perfect time to invest in your future.


The Business Faculty received a 5-star rating for learner engagement, student support and skills development.

‘The benefit of studying online with Swinburne Online has allowed me to schedule my time efficiently and effectively around [my life]. I have been provided with a world-class education led by industry leaders and professionals.’

Kate, Swinburne Online graduate

16.3% ▴

Human Resource Manager jobs are predicted to increase by 16.3% over the next 5 years, meaning now is the perfect time to invest in your future.

The Business Faculty received a 5-star rating for learner engagement, student support and skills development.


Create positive and inclusive workplaces that drive growth and success for organisations

Expand your Bachelor of Business degree with essential skills in human resources that allow you to empower and manage the workforce within any organisation. Become the driving force behind growth and ingenuity with the latest best practices in this ever-changing world of business.

Discover how to manage people, create a productive working environment and build a positive workplace culture. In this major, you’ll gain skills in organisational behaviour, industrial relations, diversity and fostering an inclusive workplace, performance management and innovation. There is also a keen focus on employee health and well-being, data-driven decision-making and evidence-based management to promote company policies and protocols. These critical skills will make you an important asset as you not only encourage the growth and development of an organization, but also of the individual employees and teams. Whether you’re implementing new policies or promoting an inclusive social culture, you’ll be able to tackle any project with confidence.

Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) accreditation will be sought in the near future for the Bachelor of Business – Human Resource Management.

What will you learn?

  • Communication: Develop effective communication skills to convey clear and constructive information to staff members and executives.
  • Conflict Management: Learn to resolve conflicts or disagreements between staff members and implement procedures to prevent such issues in future.
  • Critical Thinking: Become adept at using evidence to identify problems and make effective decisions.
  • Negotiation: Develop the necessary skills to prevent and resolve disputes between two or more parties with a positive outcome for all involved.
  • Organisation: Learn effective time management skills, how to set goals and develop systems for achieving those goals for the organisation, as well as prioritising tasks for teams throughout the organisation.
  • Problem-solving: Solve problems with ingenuity and a solid foundation in the real-life application of project management theory.

Flexible study

What does flexible study mean for me?

Studying at Swinburne Online gives you the freedom to study how it suits you. Decide when and where it fits in with your life and tailor your study journey to your own needs. Get a world-class degree without giving up what’s important.

Flexible study at Swinburne Online

Set a study pace that work with what’s going on in your life. If you’re unsure about how much you can commit to, we can offer part-time options and the option of increasing your unit load as your progress. Interested in fast-tracking your studies? You also have the opportunity to complete up to 12 units per year.

You don’t have to put your life on hold to study. Prioritise what matters to you and fit study around family, work and personal commitments through a course that is flexibly designed for online learners.

Start when it suits. Swinburne Online offers multiple intake dates and flexible unit availability, so you can choose when you begin your studies or if you need to take a break.

Flexible study requires flexible support. As a Swinburne Online student, you’ll have support for extended hours, 7 days a week, with Student Advisors available to help with anything from tech support to research advice and dedicated online tutors in each of your units.


Your course structure

This is an example of a full-time study load. Whether you’re looking to fast-track your studies or prefer a part-time study option, Swinburne Online degrees flexibly fit around your study needs.

Undergraduate timeline

The Bachelor of Business – Human Resource Management consists of 24 units, including five business fundamental units, three core business practice units, eight organisational units and eight electives.

In the business practice units you combine the skills you’ll learn throughout your degree and apply them to practical scenarios to solidify your knowledge. You’ll collaborate with your peers and solve real business problems, giving you the confidence to step into the workforce with practical experience.

Course highlight

Why study a degree in Human Resource Management with Swinburne Online? Our courses are at the forefront of industry and provide you with the practical skills to success come graduation. Get a taste through the course highlight below or view all units in this bachelor’s degree.

You can also add a second major without the extra study time.  View management double majors units.

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How you'll learn

Learning designed for online

Your study journey with Swinburne Online is tailored to the digital space. You’ll study in a dynamic virtual classroom environment, interact with your peers in the custom-built social platform, and receive support at the times you need it from advisors who understand studying online.

Your online study journey

You’ll complete each of your units in Canvas, your online classroom, and be guided through coursework by an online tutor with real-world experience in your field of study. Canvas is where you’ll access classes, assignments and discussion boards with your peers.

The Student Hub is your online campus, where you’ll access the support and resources to assist you throughout your study journey. From managing your course to technical support and library resources, you’ll find it all in one easy location.

Swinburne Online will be there for you each step of the way. From enrolment through to graduation, we offer extended, flexible support in each of your units and advisors to assist with anything from technical support to referencing and assignment tips.

Meet the team

Asanka Gunasekara

Lecturer, Management

'What I like about management is it allows us to help all our students understand how to manage themselves and their workplace relationships better, so that they can be successful individuals. The management major prioritises developing career-ready graduates, with authentic assessments developing emotional intelligence and problem-solving and teamwork skills.'

Entry requirements

Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.

Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience and appropriate English language skills, or a suitable Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) result, will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success.

Read our Applying and Enrolling FAQs.

The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

2022 Guaranteed Entry ATAR: 60

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in English (or equivalent) or 30 in English (EAL).

Read our Applying and Enrolling FAQs.

Credit transfer
Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Speak to a Course Consultant about applying for credit.

Applicants who have completed a Diploma in a related discipline may be eligible for credit of up to 8 units; the equivalent of a third of the course. Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit of up to 16 units.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Speak to a Course Consultant about applying for RPL.

Pathways allow students to progress from one qualification to another where the first course is recognised as an entry requirement and provides advanced standing to the second.

Credit available may vary depending on the major selected within any given degree but in most instances you may receive up to 8 unit credits.

Our Course Consultants will step you through the process of entry and credit using previous study.


The estimated annual fee for this course is $16,323*. This is based on completing eight 12.5 credit point units in one calendar year.

Commonwealth provided loans are available to assist eligible students to pay their course fees and there are a range of university, government and privately funded scholarships and prizes.

Discover more information about HELP loans.

Course fees will be affected by a student’s unit selection and any credit awarded in recognition of previous academic experience.

This course is offered to domestic and offshore international students. Depending on your citizenship, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place.

Domestic students also contribute to student services and amenities via an annual fee.

Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students. You may be eligible for Swinburne Scholarships.

Career Outcomes

Your pathway to industry

The Bachelor of Business – Human Resource Management prioritises your readiness to succeed come graduation through industry connections embedded in your degree:

  • Work on an industry consulting project, solidifying your knowledge and giving you highly employable skills
  • Work on real-world case studies, helping you to step into the workplace with confidence
  • Your learning advisors work in the industry themselves, helping you to stay connected to your career goals
  • Hear from a range of industry experts and guest speakers, giving you the opportunity to collaborate with professionals in your field.

As the first line of contact between staff and the HR Team, you will be the intermediary between HR and other departments. HR Advisors also handle recruitment activities and discuss staff issues with managers, as well as work or performance issues with employees. Duties include planning and organising training, writing and updating policies and escalating issues to senior managers.

HR Consultants are hired to assist existing HR teams with general duties and responsibilities by providing high-level support and advice to management on human resources issues. Duties may also include coordinating workplace health and safety initiatives, ensuring company compliance, leading well-being initiatives and organising counselling or support for staff members.

Human Resource Managers are responsible for managing the HR team that is responsible for recruitment, payroll, training and development. HR Managers also manage performance reviews of current staff, strive to create a safe and productive work environment, and ensure the on-going development of employees within the organisation while concentrating on staff well-being.

Organisational Change Coordinators help organisations to understand their current and desired future goals. They also assist in training employees on HR issues and practices, and conduct assessments to determine and enhance employee performance as well as overall company performance.


‘The [Bachelor of Business – Management] opened doors for me towards travel, postgraduate study and a fulfilling career path. Today I have a very rewarding job providing governance services to non-profit boards. Whenever I talk to someone thinking about online study, I tell them to go for it. You never know where it can take you.’


Swinburne Online graduate

What are other students asking?
For students undertaking a degree, most of your learning materials are included with a free license provided to you by Swinburne Online. However, in some cases, you will be notified via your student email that you will need to buy specific software or eTexts. For TAFE Business students, all of your learning materials will be available online and are covered by your course fees. You won’t need to purchase any further materials.
When you enrol to study a degree with us, you will nominate how many units you would like to select per teaching period, based on a recommendation from one of our Course Consultants. From here, our enrolments team will allocate you automatically to the units they feel will be best suited to your needs, so you don’t need to worry about choosing units. If you want to choose something different than what you are allocated to, that is no problem, just get in touch with our Student Advisors and they will take care of it for you.
You won’t normally have to be online at a specific time. Your course material is available for you from the beginning of each teaching period and you can work through it in the hours that suit you. There are some live webinar sessions that run approximately once a month. These are a special opportunity for students to sign in at the same time as their tutors, normally before an assessment deadline. It gives you the chance to ask any questions relating to the assignment in real time and hear other student’s questions and thoughts. We understand that students won’t always be able to make these sessions, so they can be replayed the next day.

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