Introduction to Human resources
Are you detail-oriented, people-centred and curious about how businesses operate?
In human resource management (or ‘HR’) you can use your communication and agile thinking skills to shape positive working cultures. Above all, human resource managers are passionate about people. You’ll be the momentum that keeps businesses moving forward, coordinating, planning and improving things like workplace processes and employee engagement with your eye on the bottom line.
If this is you to a tee, open the door to a new career or build on your existing skills through Open Universities Australia. We’ll help you find and enrol in online courses delivered by leading Australian universities.
Discover human resources courses
Online human resources degrees
Online human resources subjects and short courses
Human resources study FAQs
What you'll learn in an HR course
Human resources is a combination of academia, street smarts and learned experiences. A HR course will enable you to become the person businesses need at the helm of their resourcing and employee experience decisions.
Depending on your past experience, you can choose to study HR at either an undergraduate or postgraduate level. An undergraduate degree, like a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management), is a fantastic base to get you started, because you will build your business knowledge and people skills from the ground up.
Meanwhile, a postgraduate degree in HR, like a Master of Management (Human Resource Management), is the best route for those with existing skills in the space. You will enhance your understanding of this rapidly changing industry. Of course, what you’ll cover depends on your specialisation and study plans.
In general, you will learn how to:
- make strategic decisions that impact the wider business and employees
- develop training plans that help employees thrive, learn and live out their career goals
- communicate in a way that engages employees and increases productivity.
You can also explore how to:
- develop and measure employment value propositions
- use the process of job design to establish an employee’s roles and responsibilities
- understand the value of employer branding.
Student stories and study advice
Is a career in project management right for you?
Upskill your startup with a small business course
Edward on how OUA helped progress his career
Jordan’s story: a commerce degree from Curtin
We’re here to guide you to the right uni course
Open Universities Australia is a not-for-profit organisation helping every Australian to access thousands of university courses.
Over 497,000 students have enrolled in university through us since 1993.
Why study through us? Students say it best.
We’re here to support your studies from enrolment to completion 7 days a week.
How we can help you
Studying through Open Universities Australia means we take care of the guesswork and administration of university study, so you can focus on learning.
You don't need a strong academic history to go to uni
We make it possible for everyone to start university through single subjects, regardless of ATAR or study experience. These subjects are covered by government loans, and can be used to upskill or gain entry into a qualification.
You have the flexibility to start at multiple points during the year
We’re not restricted by a traditional academic calendar, so you can enrol when it suits your life. You also have total control over how you study. You can scale up (or down) your study load and even pause your course if you need to.
You can rely on us as an unbiased destination for online tertiary education
As a not for profit, we have your best interests at heart. Our advisors are here 7 days a week to guide and support you. It’s our priority to get you qualified with the university of your choice.
Enrol in courses from 27 of Australia's leading universities
Our friendly student advisors are here to help
We're here to guide you every step of the way with expert advice on:
- Choosing a course that suits you best
- Enrolling, and planning your studies
- Understanding your funding options
Call, message, or chat with an advisor today.
Talk to a student advisor
We'll be in touch to answer your questions, usually within 30 minutes during business hours.