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This specialist course is ideal for those seeking a career in the field of human resources. You'll gain a strong understanding of employer/employee relations and how organisations operate.


Qualification Title Qualification Title


Study Options – Domestic Australian students Study Options – Domestic Australian students

Online study only with workshops at recommended organisations and on Campus workshops in Sydney

Study options – Overseas students Study options – Overseas students


Start Dates Start Dates

20 February 2017, 05 June 2017, 18 September 2017

Course Length Course Length

Full-time: 3 years (including breaks)

Part-time: 6 years (including breaks)

Entry Requirements Entry Requirements

Year 12 or equivalent with ATAR 60.

Demonstrated ability to undertake study at this level:

  • work experience, and/or other formal, informal or non-formal study attempted and/or completed
Finance Options - Domestic Australian students Finance Options - Domestic Australian students

FEE-HELP, or flexible payment options available

Course study requirements Course study requirements

Flexible Online Learning

  • Each subject runs for 12 weeks
  • Study Time commitment = 10 hours per week
Assessment Assessment

A variety of written & practical assessments, reflective journal, essay writing and clinical training.

Location Location


Delivered by Delivered by

Jansen Newman Institute (JNI)

Accrediting body Accrediting body

Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA)

CRICOS Course code (if applicable) CRICOS Course code (if applicable)



Level 100 Units

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses. This subject explores aspects of counselling as a form of interpersonal communication and considers the role of self and culture, as well as important relational skills such as perception, listening and reflection. Students learn about different modes of interpersonal communication including verbal, nonverbal, written and oral, as well as the barriers to effective communication and approaches for overcoming them. The subject also examines how different types of relationships (family, work, personal, and social groups) can be enhanced through effective communication. An informed awareness of power and rank is discussed.

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses. In this subject students are introduced to influential counselling theories, including Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic theories, Person-centred Therapy, Existential Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy, Feminist Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy. The subject utilises a range of experiential learning strategies including skills modelling and case studies, and introduces students to the counselling interventions used for each of these models. Such understanding is further developed in COU104 Applied Counselling 1, where students have the opportunity to observe and practise some of the therapeutic interventions used within these modalities.

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses. This subject introduces students to the field of developmental psychology and explores what drives or motivates human behaviour. It examines the key life stages of birth, early and later childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, mid-life, ageing and death, taking into account their social and cultural contexts. Students are introduced to the work of scholarly work on the subject of human development. Drawing on a diversity of disciplines, topics include theories of attachment, cognitive and social development and the role of families and communities in supporting healthy development.

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses. In this subject, students are introduced to the core skills for counselling and change work, with specific reference to working with adults. The subject provides students with an opportunity to develop their counselling skills in an interactive and supportive learning environment with feedback from others, and to begin considering their preferred counselling style. The interrelationships between counselling theories and models and skills are explored. This subject also focuses on the research into counselling outcomes and effective change processes.

This is a core unit for the Human Resource Management major. The subject introduces students to key management and leadership theories and concepts such as organisational structure and culture, corporate social responsibility, sustainable business and triple bottom line management, managing groups and motivating staff, managing human resources and employee relations, strategic management and planning, leadership and decision-making. It discusses how to manage conflict in organisations and how to effectively negotiate in a business environment. The subject is designed and delivered from the point of view of leadership and management requirements, but provides students with an understanding of the needs and expectations of key stakeholders such as staff, customers, suppliers, government, and the wider community and society. Managing for sustainability and the future is a major theme in this core subject.

This is a core unit for the Human Resource Management major. This subject offers students an introduction to social theory and how it can be used sociologically to examine a range of social, cultural, political and economic issues. The subject covers the historical development of sociology as a discipline and its key proponents and thinkers. It examines classical and modern theories such as Marxism, structural functionalism, feminism, and post-structural theories, and applies them to consider contemporary social issues and structures in society. The subject encourages students to think about how we conceptualise individual and collective identities based on the theoretical frameworks that inform social interaction, as well as to critically consider the controversies and debates emerging from social theory.

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses. In this subject, students are introduced to the interdisciplinary practice of social analysis and its role in understanding the various human elements and social institutions that constitute our communities and societies. It covers a variety of important social theories through which to understand human practices, identities and social structures. In particular, students learn how cultural, historical, economic and political factors shape the human experience. Students develop social analysis skills to critically examine how human and social elements shape our views about equality, justice and fairness. The subject encourages students to assess the relevance of these elements to our social and professional relations.

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses. In this subject students examine the nature and practice of social policy development through a study of key public policy areas such as education, health, welfare, the family, crime and law and order policy, drug and alcohol policy and employment policy. The focus of policy discussions is primarily within the context of Australian social, economic and political systems. Students examine the theoretical underpinnings of policy development, the role of politics and lobby groups in influencing social policy, the policy process, and how policy decisions are monitored and evaluated. The role of associations, such as NCOSS and ACOSS, and churches in monitoring the impact of government policy and advocating for vulnerable groups within society are also examined, with a view to students considering ‘how else’ policies can be informed and used effectively to bring about change and improvement to social conditions.

Level 200 Units

This is a core unit for the Human Resource Management major. This subject provides students with an introduction to the way people are managed in organisations in Australia. It introduces students to key concepts of the human resources discipline and examines the theory and practice of people management. The subject is designed to enable students to investigate the application of different human resource strategies, policies and approaches and their implications for individual and organisational performance. It places particular emphasis on:

• The importance of managing people for individual and organisational success
• The ways individual and organisational performance can be enhanced
• The legal context in which people are managed
• The significance of performance management
• Introduction to strategic human resource management

This is a core unit for the Human Resource Management major. In this subject students learn about moral philosophy (including moral understanding, awareness and reasoning) and how it applies to contemporary business and management ethics. The subject is concerned with how to lawfully manage the competing requirements of employers and employees with an awareness of the importance of ethical conduct at work, and respect for persons. Topics include the principles of social and natural justice, privacy and confidentiality, corporate social and legal responsibility, and the use of codes of ethics in business and corporate environments. Students learn about ethics as reflective practice for examining professional dilemmas as well as for caring for the self

This is a core unit for the Human Resource Management major. In this subject, students learn that in order to compete in today’s increasingly competitive business environment, organisations need to be able to respond quickly to changes in their operating environments, their workforces, and in technology. This subject introduces students to the forces that determine how organisations are able to meet these challenges by exploring the multidisciplinary approaches to human behaviour in organisational settings. A variety of issues will be examined from the perspective of the manager as well as those of the worker, the client and the citizen.

This is a core unit for the Human Resource Management major. This subject presents students with an overview of employment relations issues in Australia. These issues include the historical development of modern industrial relations, the nature and organisation of work in modern society, explanation of the unique features of the employment relationship and the differing interests of employers, workers, trade unions and other relevant stakeholders. The subject therefore provides an introduction to the management of the employment relationship and will provide students with an understanding of the social, economic and legal framework of employment relations by exploring both industrial relations and human resource management in an integrated manner. The long-standing debate about the definitions and relative strengths and weaknesses of industrial relations versus human resources will be analysed. A conceptual framework that critiques traditional and arbitrary distinctions between the two fields will be considered.

This is a core unit for the Human Resource Management major. Leadership is one of the most important topics in the human sciences and in the corporate world of human resources. Yet there is no universal definition of leadership, and a proliferation of business books, most of which Hogan describes as “empirical nonsense” [1]. This unit presents the student with a review of both traditional and contemporary theories of leadership, encouraging the student to develop a critical framework through which to consider current approaches to leadership and Leadership Development. It considers individual, group and organisational perspectives, with particular reference to ethics and corporate governance.

This is a core unit for the Human Resource Management major. Executive coaching sits alongside business coaching, life coaching, sports coaching and mentoring as well as counselling and psychotherapy as forms of skilled helping. It is still a largely unregulated industry, reflecting the diversity of approaches to executive coaching deployed in the marketplace. Executive coaching nowadays often forms part of more holistic leadership development interventions whereby leaders in the organisation are expected to ascribe to a ‘coaching culture’. Coaching is best regarded then as both a profession and a leadership skill. This subject presents a framework for comparing and contrasting coaching to other forms of helping, and introduces students to key concepts and skills.

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses. As our number of relationships expands, so too does the potential for conflict. This subject looks at the nature of interpersonal conflict, and explores strategies for resolution such as mediation, conferencing and restorative justice. It begins by considering the nature of conflict, theories about its causes, and how conflict manifests in relationships, groups, communities and internationally. It then introduces students to key conflict management strategies and gives steps as to how we might reduce unhealthy forms of conflict and arrive at positive, healthy relationships based on empathy and understanding. The subject also considers anger management strategies in addressing entrenched, high conflict situations.

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses. This subject gives students an overview of the methods used in social science research. It examines the models and techniques of social research across quantitative and qualitative methods, including surveys and sampling, questionnaires, focus groups, structured, semi-structured and unstructured interviews. It asks, what is the research basis of knowledge and how do we know what we know? It prepares students for understanding the nature of the research process, through direct application of basic interview technique, transcription and first level analysis. Students learn to reflect on their findings and the process involved for conducting social research through their experience of interviewing using techniques such as unstructured, semi-structured and structured interviews, and through a scholarly analysis of literature on research methods

Level 300 Units

This is a core unit for the Human Resource Management major. This subject builds on the knowledge developed in the subject HRM 201A Fundamentals of Human Resource Management. It is designed to consider the theory and role of human resource planning and link it to the policies and practices required in organisations for effective human resource management. The subject explores the conceptual issues, policies and practices relating to the attraction, selection, development, retention and planning for the most effective utilisation of human resources within an organisation. Components of the subject include staffing models and strategy, staffing support systems (legal compliance, planning, job analysis), core staffing systems (recruitment, selection, employment), and staffing system and retention management. In-depth applications (cases and exercises) will provide students with skill-building and practice in key staffing activities and decision-making.

This is a core unit for the Human Resource Management major. The subject provides students with a comprehensive understanding of performance management and the main types of performance-related pay. Themes covered include structuring base pay, job analysis and evaluation, market surveys, motivation and employee behaviour; goal setting and performance appraisal; individual performance-related pay, gain-sharing, goal-sharing, team-based rewards; profit-sharing and employee share ownership.

This is a core unit for the Human Resource Management major. Change is an inevitable part of contemporary organisations. This subject examines the challenges associated with managing different types of change including technological change, structural change, cultural change, changes in staff, and changes in leadership and organisational direction. Students develop an understanding of strategies for managing change effectively through examining case studies of organizations undergoing change. The subject covers key models of change theory and offers a conceptual exploration of the forces for change as well as how change can be implemented, managed, and evaluated in a controlled way. Also covered are the roles of both individuals and groups and the importance of effective communication to the change process. The subject also offers students the chance to consider the role of human behaviour in the change process and to consider issues such as the ethics of change, how to manage changes in organizational diversity, whether change is a good or bad thing, and resistances to change.

This is a core unit for the Human Resource Management major. This subject examines the incidence, origins and management of occupational health and safety problems in the workplace. Students assess the contribution of technical and social science disciplines to understanding and addressing occupational injury and disease. The role of management, government and trade unions in addressing health and safety are also critically examined. Topics covered include the incidence and nature of occupational illness; theories of injury causation; occupational disease; stress; shift- work; repetition strain injury; workers compensation; management and hazardous substances. Students have the opportunity to learn by investigating several major case studies.

This is a core unit for the Human Resource Management major. This subject explores the critical human resource issues that international organisations face in dealing with global imperatives and conditions. The topics covered enable you to identify and describe a number of integrating and differentiating strategies employed by organisations in different sectors as they develop and use human resource policies and practices across national borders. The subject is based on the notion that the competitive strength of global organisations requires strategic perspectives for managing human resources at every level. In addition, functional human resource areas such as recruitment and selection, performance management, remuneration, deployment and training are considered in a comparative perspective.

This is a core unit for the Human Resource Management major. Human Resource Management (HRM) is a dynamic and complex field, both in theory and in practice. This subject firstly intends to increase students' awareness of recent developments in theory and in practice through their reading about, critically analysing and debating the validity of these developments. Secondly, through assignments and presentations, it aims to increase students’ abilities to apply HRM concepts strategically in organisational settings.

This subject emphasises strategic models of HRM, and the links between HRM and recent trends in management theory and practice. In addition to those aspects of the subject which focus on trends in strategy and HRM and the critical linkages between these two fields, linkages which can serve to integrate early HRM learning within the broader business and organisational contexts in which such learning is based, this subject will use an experiential learning method as a mean of giving learners valuable experience in managing and leading the HR function within a virtual organisation.

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses. This subject builds on Introduction to SOC202A Social Research Methods, and helps students further extend their skills in qualitative methods that are particularly relevant and useful to social science research in the sectors of health, community services, counselling and human resources. It assists students to understand the process of research, including developing proposals before undertaking research, specifying research questions, selection of the most appropriate research methods for the question, sampling, data collection, data analysis and reporting. Students learn through practice how to conduct semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and/or observation exercises, and reporting the results. The subject covers some techniques and methods for analysing data, including discourse, thematic and narrative analysis.

This is a core unit for the Human Resource Management & Community Services major. This subject examines human rights and governments’ responsibility to uphold them. Topics include: theories of power and oppression, the concept of empowerment, the human rights movement, the establishment and significance of institutions such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization, and their role in developing and implementing international agreements on the fundamental principles of human rights such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In addition, students examine the link between human rights and health and well-being, the protection of the rights of citizens, workers, and vulnerable groups, the concept of advocacy and its practice in promoting social change, and the role of human rights commissions, ombudsmen, and guardianship and other health tribunals.


As part of studying online, you are required to attend compulsory practical workshops.

These give you the chance to meet lecturers and fellow students, and gain the experience and confidence needed to work effectively after graduation.

In addition, online students are required to attend the following residential programs:

  • COU101A Interpersonal Communication – 2 days
  • COU104A Applied Counselling 1 – 1-2 days

The COU101A residential is held simultaneously every trimester in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne; COU104A is held every trimester in Sydney, and at least once a year in Brisbane and Melbourne.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, all JNI qualifications are nationally recognized and government-accredited.

JNI offers a learning structure that fits your lifestyle, with a flexible balance of supported and independent study complemented by high quality study materials. You’ll receive all your study materials by mail before your course begins. These are designed to let you learn anywhere, while you schedule your study times to suit your needs. Units are delivered through a state-of-the-art learning portal that has been purpose built for JNI. Each unit is facilitated by a dedicated online lecturer who guides the learning process and provides academic support.

During your course, you’ll be able to connect with your lecturers and fellow students through group activities and various communication channels, including discussion forums, message boards, blogs and wikis. You’ll be able to monitor your own progress with self-review quizzes and receive immediate results and feedback.

Assessments are submitted and marked online.

You’ll also have access to one of the largest online libraries in Australia, with over 70 million articles available. The qualification you receive as an online student is identical to qualifications gained on campus.

All units start and finish within a 12 week period. Most units (with the exception of fieldwork units) require around 7-10 hours of self-study per week.

Every JNI course includes compulsory workshops that you will need to attend at the JNI campus in Sydney. The duration of these workshops ranges from two to five days.

These workshops have been designed to help you put your theoretical knowledge into practice, so you graduate with valuable practical experience. They also present a great opportunity for you to meet your lecturers and other students face-to-face.

JNI offers a high level of support to online students. You’ll receive:

• Personalized support via email or telephone throughout your course
• One-on-one support to help you establish goals, create study plans and develop sound study skills
• Extensive resources

There are three start dates a year. Ask our Course & Careers Advisor for upcoming start dates.

All JNI courses are FEE-HELP approved. Almost every Australian citizen is eligible for FEE-HELP, meaning you do not have to pay anything upfront, but can pay for your course as you earn.

You may also be eligible for Austudy, Abstudy and Youth Allowance. Applications for these are assessed by Centrelink, so you should contact your nearest Centrelink office to discuss your eligibility.