|07250143||Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences|
|Duration of study: 2 years||Total credits: 180|
|Mrs C Smit|
All MCom candidates need to have adequate knowledge of Management, Financial and Economic Sciences as well as Statistics, as determined by the head of department concerned, in consultation with the Dean.
A pass mark in the following modules:
The research article or research mini-dissertation contributes 50% toward the total requirements for the degree.
Dissertations/mini-dissertations/research reports, curricula and modules
Article for publication
A dean may require, before or on submission of a dissertation, the submission of a draft article for publication to the supervisor. The draft article should be based on the research that the student has conducted for the dissertation and be approved by the supervisor concerned. The supervisor should then have the opportunity to take the paper through all the processes of revision and resubmission as may be necessary and/or appropriate in order to achieve publication.
Submission of dissertation
A dissertation is submitted to the Head: Student Administration, before the closing date for the various graduation ceremonies as announced annually.
For examination purposes, a student must, in consultation with the supervisor, submit a sufficient number of bound copies of the dissertation, printed on good quality paper and of good letter quality, to the Head: Student Administration. Permission to submit the dissertation in unbound form may be obtained from the supervisor concerned on condition that a copy of the final approved dissertation is presented to the examiners in bound format or electronic format.
In addition to the copies already mentioned, each successful student must submit a bound paper copy as well as two electronic copies of the approved dissertation to the Head: Student Administration in the format specified by the faculty and in accordance with the minimum standards set by the Department of Library Services, before 15 February for the Autumn graduation ceremonies and before 15 July for the Spring graduation ceremonies, failing which the degree will only be conferred during a subsequent series of graduation ceremonies.
Minimum credits: 90
The following broad themes are covered:
• An overview of the research process to be followed and
the outcomes required of postgraduate students;
• Foundational skills for postgraduate students;
• What is research?;
• What is a theory and how can I ensure that my study makes a
clear theoretical contribution?;
• An overview of the structure of a research proposal;
• Identifying and evaluating possible research topics;
• Delineating the scope of a study;
• Writing a literature review;
• Choosing an appropriate inquiry strategy (research approach) for a
• Writing the research design and methods section of a research
• Contemporary issues in Human Resource and Talent Management.
• Advanced group dynamics
To learn about the dynamics of groups and organisations by
experiencing a group and linking the experience with group
psychology theory and application possibilities
• Cross-cultural psychology
• Maintenance and implementation of cross-cultural psychology
• Contemporary issues in cross-cultural psychology
• Problemsolving in cross-cultural issues in South
• Using online assessment
• Assessment of employee skills
• Application of specialist selection
• Balance score card
• Assessment centres
• Psychological assessment in South Africa
A history of leadership theory;
Contemporary approaches to understanding leadership;
Design and deliver a leadership development programme.
The context and content of strategic human resource management;
Implementation of strategic human resource management;
The state of strategic human resource management in South African Organisations.
Purpose: To enable students to understand the nature and dynamics of organisational change
• The world of change;
• Change paradigms and typologies;
• Theories of change;
• Process perspectives of change in organisations;
• Change models.
Purpose: To enable students to apply principles and models of organisational change in practice
Analysis of change/transformation process in a specific organisation and proactive interventions to address the identified problem areas.
• Approaches to research
• Qualitative research
• Special types of research studies
Quantitative data analysis
• Personnel Psychology in Personnel Practice
• Criteria: Concepts, measurement and evaluation
• Measuring, interpretation and validation of individual measures
• Fairness in employment decision and selection
• Analysing jobs and work
• Strategic Workforce Planning
• Managerial evaluation and selection
• International dimensions of applied psychology
• Ethical issues in human resource management
Minimum credits: 120
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