Self-funded Undergraduate Programmes

Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Human Resources Management
人力資源管理學商學士 (榮譽) 學位課程

Core Courses (39 units)

Principles of Accounting I* [ACCT1005] (3 units)
This course aims at providing students with a general understanding of the basic financial accounting concepts, accounting cycle (bookkeeping), principles and their applications in some beginning financial accounting topics including cash, current assets and current liabilities, inventory, non-current assets, partnerships, corporations, non-current liabilities, and investments.

Cost and Management Accounting I* [ACCT3005] (3 units)
ACCT1005 Principles of Accounting I
This course aims to introduce students to the basic concepts and techniques in cost and management accounting; to develop students’ ability in using relevant accounting data for management policy determination, decision making and performance evaluation; and to enable students to design and evaluate different cost accounting systems for operational planning and control.

Organisational Behaviour [BHRM2045] (3 units)
The objective of this course is to introduce theories and concepts related to understanding people’s behaviour in organisations. Students will study the behaviour of individuals and groups within organisations in order to gain both a theoretical understanding as well as practical knowledge that can be applied in a work setting.

Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility [BHRM3035] (3 units)
BHRM2045 Organisational Behaviour
The course covers a range of ethical issues to promote students’ ethics awareness in government and business. These ethical issues include technology and privacy, CSR, ethics and marketing, whistle blowing, corporate governance, and environmental sustainability. This course helps students understand that if organizations want to improve their ethical climate, the focus should not be on a compliance-based ethics code. Rather, it should be on designing a value-based organization system. The course not only explores the role philosophies have played for handling ethics but also presents frameworks for moral decision making applied to functional business settings such as management, human resources, accounting, marketing and finance. Emphasis will be on applying moral thinking, moral analysis, and a stakeholder approach to solve the problems facing businesses today.

Business Communications [BHRM3045] (3 units)
English II or equivalent
The aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the essential concepts, practice and basic models of communication, and to develop some of the skills necessary for understanding and communicating effectively in global business. Emphasis is on the applications of concepts and methods of written and oral communication activities, including social etiquette. Written work includes business letters such as inquiries, claims, sales, job application, memoranda and business reports. Fundamentals of format, style, language and tone are discussed. Oral communication skills for reporting and public speaking are included.

BCom HRM Project [BHRM4095] (3 units)
The student project is a valuable integrative element in the BCom (Hons) in HRM curriculum, providing a focus for the application of knowledge acquired from core and major courses. The project provides an opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and skills gained on the degree programme to a real, practical business problem, and to prepare themselves for the transfer from the academic to the work situation.

Strategic Management [BUSI4026] (3 units)
BHRM2045 Organisational Behaviour, ACCT 3005 Cost and Management Accounting I, MKTG2005 Marketing Management or ECON 1017 Principles of Macroeconomics
This course aims to prepare the student for a successful business career with a broad understanding of the importance and complexity of strategic decisions and the way they integrate other aspects of business operations. It examines the rationale of decisions that determine the future direction and effectiveness of organisations. The perspective taken is that of the general manager—the owner, CEO, president, or management consultant. It focuses on the skills required of the general manager in diagnosing and finding solutions for critical problems in complex business situations and implementing them. In that regard, it integrates the knowledge gained in previous functional courses from Year I and Year II.

Principles of Microeconomics* [ECON1016] (3 units)
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the nature and functioning of a market economy. Concentrating on both private and public economics, the course attempts to equip students with fundamental microeconomic principles for the analysis of business and economic problems. Wherever appropriate the course relates economics to business in Hong Kong.

Principles of Macroeconomics* [ECON1017] (3 units)
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the nature and functioning of a market economy from a macro perspective. Problems and issues on transitional economy will also be introduced. The course attempts to equip students with fundamental macroeconomic knowledge for the analysis of business and economic problems. Wherever appropriate the course relates economic and business problems in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Financial Management* [FINE2005] (3 units)
This course is designed to provide business students with solid foundation on finance concepts and essential basic knowledge of financial instruments, markets and institutions. It also aims to equip students the techniques for evaluating financial assets, assessing capital investment opportunities and making long-term and short-term financial decisions.

Management Information Systems* [ISEM2005] (3 units)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of information systems in the business world. It presents an organizational view of how to use information technology to obtain organizational efficiencies, increase individual effectiveness, gain competitive advantages, manage global organizations, and provide useful products and services to customers. Topic covered include organizational foundations of information systems, strategic use of information systems, development of information systems, using information systems to enhance decision making, and social and ethical issues involved with information systems.

Principles of Law* [LLAW3007] (3 units)
This course introduces to students the principles of Hong Kong legal system and the common law, and how the various branches of Hong Kong law are evolved and integrated over time. Special emphasis is also placed on the Law of Contract, Law of Tort and Agency Law.

Marketing Management* [MKTG2005] (3 units)
The objective of this course is to introduce to students the basic marketing concepts and their application in real business situations. The orientation is primarily managerial and real-life examples will be drawn whenever applicable. Specifically, this course examines the importance of marketing concepts in an organization, the marketing management functions of planning, organization, and control, and the need to satisfy the consumers through the development of an effective marketing mix. Emphasis is on the entire marketing program in order to develop the basic skills required to make optimal marketing decisions.

Required Courses (21 units)

Human Resources Management [BHRM2055] (3 units)
BUSI2005 Organisational Behaviour or equivalent
This course is designed to provide students with an applied knowledge and understanding of human resources management. The compatibility of the productive utilization of people in achieving an organisation’s objectives and the satisfaction of employee needs will be emphasized. The course will focus on current issues and trends as they relate to Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region.

Talent Development [BHRM3055] (3 units)
BHRM2055 Human Resources Management or equivalent
This course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the research, theory and practices of talent development within the organisation. Students would learn traditional and contemporary design and delivery of learning and development programs. This course prepares the student as a potential practitioner working within an organisation, or as an external consultant working with a range of organisations. Students would be engaged in various learning activities and exercises and online learning.

Recruitment and Selection [BHRM3065] (3 units)
BHRM2055 Human Resources Management or equivalent
This course aims to introduce students to various theories, concepts and issues associated with the effective staffing of organisations. After completing this course, students are expected to have acquired the conceptual background for understanding contemporary recruitment and selection issues and the competencies to address specific staffing problems. The subject matter will be addressed through a mix of lectures, case analyses, and experiential exercises.

Performance Appraisal and Rewards [BHRM4055] (3 units)
BHRM2055 Human Resources Management or equivalent
This course examines the major principles, concepts, and techniques of performance appraisal. Especially, common pitfalls and effective interviewing skills in conducting performance appraisal exercises are stressed. This course also takes a pragmatic look at how to reward employees for services rendered. Designing and administrating an equitable and competitive compensation system that motivates employees for better performance is another major focus of the course.

Labour Relations and Law [BHRM4065] (3 units)
BHRM2055 Human Resources Management or equivalent
This course aims to (1) introduce various theories of industrial relations and the dynamic relationships among the different actors constituting the industrial relations scene, and (2) cover employment legislation that is commonly used by HR professionals in an everyday situation. A practical and contemporary approach is taken, exposing the students to the full gambit of employee-management relations in the workplace.

Human Resources Research Methods and Analytics [BHRM4075] (3 units)
BHRM2055 Human Resources Management or equivalent
The role of HRM as a strategic partner to enable organizations to create and sustain competitive advantage rests on its ability to demonstrate its contribution to the organization’s bottom line. Against this backdrop, this course introduces the fundamental concepts of research design and data collection and analysis in the context of Human Resources Management. In particular, students acquire the technical knowledge and skills to design, develop, and implement or manage effective human resources programmes. In addition, they are equipped with the techniques to measure the economic value of employee performance and the efficiency and productivity of a human resources department.

Developing Managerial Skills [BHRM4085] (3 units)
BHRM3045 Business Communications or equivalent
The course prepares participants to handle critical issues in managerial communication and helps them master skills needed to achieve their potential as leaders and executives. The goal is to equip them with the personal, interpersonal and group skills needed to manage their own lives as well as relationships with others. The course teaches strategic approaches to managerial communications that can be applied to a variety of situations.

Elective Courses (30 units)

Human Resources Management Mentoring [BHRM3018-9] (3 units)
This course is designed to provide students with applied knowledge and understanding of human resources management through the guidance of human resource management professionals. Through this course, students will be offered ample opportunities to learn and grow and to better understand life in the business world. Upon completion of the course, students will acquire new insights through expanding learning horizons, and they will be able to develop greater career engagement.

Entrepreneurship and New Ventures [BHRM3125] (3 units)
The focus of the course is to investigate, understand and internalise the process of founding a startup firm. Key areas include: (1) matching individual skills with the management needs of a new venture, (2) evaluating the business model of the new venture, (3) financing new ventures, (4) starting up a company, (5) operating a new venture, (6) recruiting and retaining management, and (7) creating value and liquidity for investors and management. This course provides tools and insights, which improve the chances for success as an entrepreneur in a highly competitive and ever changing environment.

Business Internship [BHRM3135] (3 units)
The objective of this course is to give students the opportunity to gain practical experience working in an organisation. Under the guidance of both faculty and workplace supervisors, the students will complete a work assignment of no less than 120 hours, either paid or non-paid.

Leadership [BHRM3145] (3 units)
BUSI2005 Organisational Behaviour or any Psychology course
This course aims to provide (1) an introduction to classic and contemporary leadership theory and to the principles of effective leadership; (2) experience in applying these in evaluating specific leadership behaviours; and (3) an opportunity to develop an action plan for self- and career-development. The course will involve a combination of lectures, directed reading, analysis and discussion of case studies, and practical exercises and role plays. The approach will be student centred, and students will develop awareness of their preferred leadership styles and interpersonal skills through experiential exercises and self-assessment.

Negotiation [BHRM3155] (3 units)
BUSI2005 Organisational Behaviour or any Psychology course
The course helps students to capture theory and processes of negotiation and power of social capital in order to enable them to negotiate successfully in a vareity of settings, such as trade agreements, labour settlements, and acquisitions to mergers, sales transactions and government procurement. This includes negotiating and building mututally beneficial long-term relationship between two parties of conflicting interests. Besides lecturers, role play exercises, case studies, and simulation games will be employed to enable students to apply negotiation process in various settings effectively and successfully.

Applied Social Psychology in Organisations [BHRM3165] (3 units)
This course is designed to introduce students to social psychology in organizations. Students will learn about how people think about, influence, and relate to one another within the organizational context. In particular, students will examine the impact of person, situation, and cognition on behaviour.

Cross-cultural and Comparative Management [BHRM3175] (3 units)
BUSI2005 Organisational Behaviour or equivalent
The primary objective of this course is to enhance student awareness of the impact of culture on supposedly universal management practices designed to facilitate the effective utilisation and development of the organisation main asset - its employees. Students can expect to enhance their understanding of the global context of organisations, interpersonal skills needed to manage across national borders, and the structure and functioning of multinational companies.

International Human Resources Management [BHRM3185] (3 units)
The course emphasizes on human resources management theories, concepts, policies and practices in international, multinational, and global context. It explores different strategies firms use to develop and manage their international workforce in culturally and geographically diverse environments. Finally, the challenges and trends in International Human Resources Management (IHRM) will be addressed.

Human Resources Management Internship [BHRM3195] (3 units)
The objective of this course is to give students opportunity to gain practical experience working in the HR Department of an organisation. Under the guidance of both faculty and workplace supervisors, the student will complete a work assignment of no less than 120 hours, either paid or non-paid.

Contemporary Issues in Human Resources Management [BHRM3205] (3 units)
BHRM2055 Human Resources Management
This course aims to provide students opportunities to explore and discuss the contemporary human resources issue and developments in local and global context. In responding to these trends, human resources strategies and practices of real-life business organizations will be explored and evaluated. Through sharing from guest speakers, lectures, case studies and projects, students will understand and explore the latest issues, such as talent engagements, organizational re-engineering & restructuring, flexible work arrangement & family-friendly policies, employer branding, HRM & technology, social media, and HR analytics, etc. Concepts and theories learnt from this and other courses of human resources management can be applied to analyze organizational issues in acquiring and retaining human capital.

Human Resources Strategy and Planning [BHRM4155] (3 units)
BHRM2055 Human Resources Management or equivalent
This course is designed to consider the theories and role of human resources planning and link it to the policies and practice required for effective human resources management. This course examines internal and external environmental factors and trends that have crucial impacts on HR objectives and strategies in organisation. The role of human resources information system and the use of information technology in HRM and employee planning are also key issues to study in the course.

Human Resources Management in China [BHRM4165] (3 units)
BHRM2055 Human Resources Management or equivalent
This course offers an advanced study of human resources policies and problems in mainland China. The aim of this course is to introduce to the students current and practical issues of HRM in mainland China. This course prepares HRM students (1) to make decisions on various HR policies such as compensation and benefits of local employees, management of out-of-province workers, and training and development of unskilled and illiterate workers; and (2) to give attention to getting Chinese workers and staff to accept responsibility, to exercise initiative, to emphasize quality, and to communicate readily across functions.

International Business: Market, Operations and Strategies [BMKT3125] (3 units)
The primary objectives of this course are: (1) to provide students with a basic understanding of the theories and concepts of international business; (2) to discuss the economic, cultural and political factors in shaping the international business environment; (3) to introduce different functional areas of international corporations management with reference to problems and issues of doing business with developing countries.

Services Marketing [BMKT3155] (3 units)
MKTG2005 Marketing Management
This course provides students with the up-to-date philosophies and practices of services marketing. An overview of the services marketing process and its differences from the marketing of customer products will be presented. Topics will also include the issues of quality control and customer satisfaction.

Fundamentals of Social Entrepreneurship and Social Impact [BMKT3205] (3 units)
This course aims to encourage and guide students to formulate innovative solutions to social problems and help them development business ideas with a positive social impact. In this course, students will gain a well-round understanding of Social Entrepreneurship in different contexts, learn how to diagnose the root causes of social problems, and develop effective strategies to address these issues from different perspectives. This course adopts an experiential approach in teaching social entrepreneurship and social impact through case studies, guest talks, and company visits.

Economic Environment in China [ECON3047] (3 units)
This course aims at providing students with basic knowledge about China’s economic environment where business activities take place. Developments in the domestic economy will be studied, followed by investigations into trends of foreign trade and foreign investments in China. After taking this course, the students should be able to evaluate the economic situation in terms of the performance and policy changes in key economic sectors.

Labour Economics [ECON3065] (3 units)
This course aims to provide an understanding of the labour market and its related issues. It seeks to describe and analyse the behaviour of the labour market from an economic perspective. Policies associated with the labour market are presented and analysed. Issues of investment in human resources (education and on-the-job training), pay differentials and discrimination in the workplace are discussed. Payment methods, employer and employee relationship, and labour mobility and job turnover are also presented.

Asia-Pacific Economies [ECON3067] (3 units)
This course aims to introduce to students a general survey of economic development in the Asia Pacific region. It is designed to help students to be familiarized with economic affairs in the region and equip themselves with basic analytical tools for tackling economic issues. Socio-economic factors and changes in the global environment that have given rise to the “East Asian miracle,” the subsequent financial crisis in 1997, and the following development will be carefully analysed. Emphasis will be placed on the understanding of economic problems in the real world.

Legal Aspects of China Business [LLAW3006] (3 units)
LLAW2005 Principles of Law
This course aims to introduce to students some of the major areas of Chinese commercial law that are of common concern to foreign businessmen doing business in China, which include its historical development and principles, its application in equity joint ventures, co-operative joint ventures, wholly foreign owned enterprises and to foreign exchange problems, tax, trade and investments in China.