University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)

Course code/s: LBBHR

Course Details
Location Melbourne
Course Coordinator Jeremy Seward
Course Code LBBHR
Available to International students Yes
CRICOS 067107B
Course duration 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit Points 360
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course Description

This degree equips you with the skills and knowledge required for a career in human resource management. The course is designed to enhance your knowledge of the key functions of managing people in today's business environment. You will also develop the skills and capabilities that effective Human Resource Managers require. Moreover, the degree will provide you with knowledge, competencies and skills that are internationally transferable.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are English Units 3 and 4 with a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL. Applicants with comparable qualifications may be considered. A limited number of students may also be considered under Special Entry Schemes.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:


  • Design and evaluate innovative solutions through the application of disciplinary knowledge and skills to researching, analysing and resolving social, environmental and business challenges
  • Recognise and apply future-focused, socially and environmentally responsible, business principles to generate sustainable economic value
  • Engage professionally and effectively with individuals and organisations, in a manner which is respectful of the needs, values, personalities and capabilities of others
  • Communicate professionally and effectively with a range of audiences, for a variety of purposes, using appropriate communication tools

Discipline Specific

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of core functions and common practices of Human Resource Management in contemporary organisations.
  • Recognise and anticipate emerging and current Australian and global environmental trends and their impact on the Australian workforce and Australian workplaces.
  • Integrate the functions of Human Resource Management with organisational strategic goals to improve business performance.
  • Evaluate and apply findings from the evidence-based literature to analyse Human Resource Management problems.
  • Propose integrated solutions to problems of employee management, using theoretical knowledge, technical skills, and critical thinking.
  • Demonstrate a suite of professional and interpersonal skills required of a proficient human resource practitioner

Course Requirements

  • Two not-for-credit online modules: one will provide you with an introduction to concepts of academic integrity and the other an introduction to local indigenous culture.
  • A common core of seven subjects is designed to: enhance your understanding of business principles and develop your business skills; and develop and assess your communication, research, thinking, problem-solving and teamwork skills through all three levels of the course;
  • Three of the  common core subjects, Business Foundations, Sustainability, and Entrepreneurship, deliver the La Trobe Essentials  by providing you with opportunities at each level of your course to apply your disciplinary knowledge and skill, through multidisciplinary teams, to researching, analysing and resolving global, sustainability and entrepreneurial challenges typical of those facing business today;
  • An eight-subject disciplinary core provides the disciplinary depth required to practice human resource management and is professionally accredited by the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI);
  • Nine elective subjects provide you with the opportunity to extend the breadth of your course by choosing subjects from any discipline offered at La Trobe, including several practicum or study tour subjects. 
  • Students may also choose to use these nine elective subjects to complete a second eight-subject major, or one or two four-subject minors. 
  • This degree is designed to be completed within three years of full-time study, although part-time study is possible. The maximum time allowed for a student to complete this degree is seven years. 
  • Students must complete the course set out below, comprising 360 credit points (24 subjects).
  • No more than 150 credit points (10 subjects) maybe at first-year level.
  • At least 120 credit points (eight subjects) mustbe at third-year level.
  • Where a subject appears in both the core and the chosen second major or minor, an approved substitute subject must be taken to complete the second major or minor.
  • Students must complete all prerequisite subjects prior to enrolling in a core or elective subject.
  • Variations to this structure are subject to approval by an LBS Course Coordinator.
  • LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete online at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.
  • ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce you to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

La Trobe Essentials

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking- are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. They will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject database by distinct icons.  The list of approved subjects is also on the Essentials webpage.

Course Structure

For a guide on how to suitably structure this degree and plan your enrolment download a copy of the Course Map.

First Year

Business Foundations Accounting and Finance for Business Business Economics Second major core subject or other elective subject (15 cps)
Introduction to Business Law and Ethics Business Analytics Foundations of Management Second major core subject or other elective subject (15 cps)

Second Year

Organisational Behaviour Human Resource Management Second major core subject or elective subject (15 cps) Second major core subject or elective subject (15 cps)
Employment Relations Sustainability Second major core subject or elective subject (15 cps) Second major core subject or elective subject (15 cps)

Third Year

Human Resource Development Level 3 second major core subject or elective subject (15 cps) Level 3 second major core subject or elective subject (15 cps) Level 3 second major core subject or elective subject (15 cps)
Entrepreneurship Human Resource Information Systems Remuneration and Performance Management Strategic Human Resource Management*

Majors and Minors

In addition to the HRM major defined within the core subjects of this course you may choose to complete a second major, or one or two minors, instead of completing all nine elective subjects.  The majors and minors may be chosen from any on offer in the university, subject to their being no more than eight subjects for a major and four subjects for a minor, and subject to having completed any prerequisite subjects required. 

Several attractive majors, which complement this course, for you to consider are:

  • Management
  • International Business
  • Tourism and Hospitality

Several attractive minors, which complement this course, for you to consider are:

  • International Management.

For more information on business majors and minors and the subjects on offer within them link to Business Majors or Business Minors.

Internationalise Your Course

You may internationalise your course by completing:

  • The International Business major as a second major to complement your disciplinary major; or
  • Either or both the International Commerce and/or the International Management minors; or
  • A language as a second major; or
  • A semester of study, on exchange, at an approved international university; or
  • One of our international study tour subjects.

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