Degree Type: 

Master of Commerce

Department: 

Department of Human Resource Management

Programme Duration: 

2 years (Standard Entry)

Modes of Study: 

Regular

About Programme: 

This programme is a full-time programme by course work and thesis writing.

Entry Requirements: 

The admission requirements are as follows:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a recognised university with at least Second Class Lower division.
  • Holders of Professional qualification such as IHRMP, ICA, ACCA and CIMA plus two years post qualification work experience can apply.

Programme Structure

Level 800

First Semester

BUS 803 : Managerial Economics
3 Credit(s)

The objective the course is to develop and set forth the fundamentals of microeconomic theory while focusing on the use of theory in managerial decision making. It enables students apply economic theory to decision-making science and functional areas in business.

BUS 817 : Research Methods in Business
3 Credit(s)

The course exposes students to advance research methods as it pertains to business and social sciences, economics and management in general. The course introduces the language of research, ethical principles and challenges, and the elements of the research process within quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. It equips students with skills to develop and carry out their own scientific research relevant to their field or interests and determine how research findings are useful in informing their understanding of their environment.

BUS 819 : Statistics for Business Research
3 Credit(s)

The course deals with the use of mathematical and statistical tools needed for business decisions. It exposes students to the computation, explanation and use of financial and other numerical data in financial decisions. The course makes use of computer spreadsheets in performing statistical analysis such as confidence interval, hypothesis testing, experimental design and analysis of variance, and regression analysis to aid business decision-making. Students are introduced to various types of software such as Microsoft Excel, Stata and EViews.

HUM 801 : Introduction to Human Resource Management
3 Credit(s)

The aim of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive exploration of essential human resource management concept and techniques that are needed in an ever changing and competitive environment. The course is designed to equip students with general skills in the major functional areas including employee recruitment and selections, training and development, performance management, compensation and industrial relations. The course also emphasises a strategic approach to managing employees in a cross border cooperation.

HUM 804 : Human Resource Development
3 Credit(s)

This course is designed to equip student with the requisite competencies for designing, implementing and assessing training and development interventions. It is also designed to help students apply those competencies in the businesses and markets that they will manage after the programme. The course is based on the premise that the accumulation of human capital and its investment are integral in correcting the deficiencies in the performance of firms and their members. The student will be introduced to core areas such the HRD theory, competency studies by the ASTD, major models of HRD, training and development, career development, leadership and organisational development, change management development and succession planning.

SGS 801 : Academic Writing
3 Credit(s)

The course focuses on development of academic writing skills of the postgraduate students, by raising awareness of, practicing and reflecting upon the conventions of written texts. The objective is to help students become familiar with genres of and enhance skills related to critiquing, argumentation and research-based writing.

Second Semester

1 Elective course to be selected *
3 Credit(s)

BUS 822 : Qualitative Data Analysis
3 Credit(s)

The objective of this course is to introduce participants to the techniques for analysing qualitative data. This course equips students with principles and practice of qualitative inquiry. Emphasis is on qualitative acquisition, processing and frameworks for interpreting qualitative data.

BUS 824 : Quantitative Data Analysis
3 Credit(s)

The course exposes students to contemporary quantitative analysis tools and techniques used in business research. Students learn how to design quantitative data instruments, cleaning and processing quantitative data.

HUM 806 : Industrial Relations
3 Credit(s)

The course exposes students to some key concepts, processes, practices and debates associated with employment relationships in Ghana. Following the examination of organisational, institutional and market contexts that affect employment relations in any industrial society, the course helps students to understand the key participants in any industrial relations system – workers, employers, trade unions, employer organisations and the state – and how they interact, sometimes cooperatively and sometimes in conflict, including the different patterns and methods of state intervention in the employment relationship.

HUM 810 : Performance and Compensation Management
Credit(s)

This course is designed to provide students with the operational knowledge of performance and compensation management systems and their relation to corporate and human resource management strategies. Attention is also given to the changing nature of compensation and performance management, changing expectations of employees and competitive needs of employers as well as evolving trends in pay realignment to the strategic objectives of organisations. Importance is placed on the practical application of concepts and processes through individual and group work as well as class discussions. Hence, the course will provide students with an experiential opportunity to develop the managerial skills necessary to design and understand the performance based compensation and benefit programmes for an organisation.

HUM 812 : Strategic Human Resource Management
3 Credit(s)

This course provides a critical analysis of competing models of Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) and factors that impact on them as well as business viability and relative performance. The course examines whether the strategic management of employees can contribute significantly to the acquisition of competitive advantage by organisations and to their capacity to sustain advantage over time. Human resource strategy is an essential part of any credible understanding of business strategy in ever-changing environment. The course considers the potential of SHRM to enhance organisational flexibility and help create competitive advantage. It is also concerned with how human resource functions and activities align with the overall corporate strategic.

HUM 814 : International Human Resource Management
Credit(s)

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of international human resource management. The course is important because success in today’s global and competitive business environment, characterised by multinational companies, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and workforce-diversity depends on the HR manager’s understanding of cross-cultural issues and how they impact on employee behaviour and business processes. Having completed this course, students will acquire the skills needed to successfully design and implement effective and legally defensible HR programmes on global and national context.

HUM 827 : Seminars in Human Resource Management
3 Credit(s)

The aim of the course is to allow student to read articles and critic same. It is designed to help student to appreciate the practicality of what they have learnt in research methods in business.

Level 900

First Semester

HUM 899 : Thesis
12 Credit(s)

All M.Com students are expected to carry out a one-year research work under the supervision of two lecturers. The objective of the course is for students to identify a research problem in the area of specialisation, develop the right approach and carry out such research.

SBU 885 : Research Seminars I
3 Credit(s)

Students present the first three chapters of their thesis (introduction, literature review and the research methods) to faculty and other students. The aim is for students to receive feedback from their colleagues and other invited experienced researchers at such seminars. The course also includes listening to resource persons. An emphasis is placed on theory and practice from one's area of specialisation.

SBU 888 : Research Seminar II
3 Credit(s)

This is a continuation of Seminar I. The aim of the course is to monitor the progress of students with respect to the writing of their thesis. Students present the last two chapters of their thesis (analysis, discussion, conclusions and recommendations) to faculty and their colleagues. Furthermore, the seminar prepares students for writing their final research report and the oral examination on their thesis.