Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management - Invercargill

Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Level: 7


8 July to 8 November 2019 - Applications close 17/06/2019


One year full-time

Up to five years part-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120

The aim of the Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management is to provide students who already have a degree, or extensive applicable experience, with advanced theoretical and applied knowledge in Human Resource (HR) Management.

Learn about HR policy, management, ethics, and business practice, as well as getting hands on experience or undertaking a research project. Elective papers are available in contemporary topics such as change management, health & safety and employee relations.

Some papers are only available on selected intakes - see below for details.

Level 6 papers (elective) - complete three of the following:

MGT202 Employment Relations (Level 6) 15 Credits

Building on student’s knowledge of employment relations, this paper introduces students to consumer legislation, and expands their knowledge of the complex legal environment in which business operations occur and the implications of this on organisations. Students will understand relevant legal concepts and apply them to customers and staff in an organisation.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: analyse the nature of employment relations within the global arena; investigate the causes of employment conflict and assess the steps conducive to resolution, research and evaluate current developments in New Zealand workplace relations and the impact of such on the development of an industry; examine the structure of the New Zealand legal system and how laws are made and developed; locate and evaluate key legislation and case reports; analyse the practical application of legal rules and principles in those areas of law commonly encountered by people in day-to-day business activities, particularly by applying the principles of contract and consumer protection laws and evaluate the potential legal implications of problems and proposals encountered by a business owner/manager.

MGT209 Managing Human Resources (Level 6) 15 Credits

Students will explore the manager’s role in managing human resources and coordinating team activities. This paper will enable students to develop an understanding of aspects of leadership, leadership style and methods for dealing with leadership problems.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: develop a human resource management plan for a specific organisation; outline the factors involved in performance management and critically examine strategies to review individual performance; analyse the factors that contribute to a positive work environment, including cultural aspects of human resource management; examine the importance of leadership style in managing people and dealing with problems in a team environment; consider various contemporary leadership concepts and how they can be implemented to manage teams effectively and evaluate the application of leadership concepts in business environments.

MGT215 Organisational Behaviour (Level 6) 15 Credits

This paper provides students with a strong background and understanding of organisational and motivational theories and the application of these in the development of internal and external environmental analyses for an organisation.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: examine organisation theory in relation to management in organisations; examine motivation theory in relation to management in organisations and conduct internal and external environmental analyses for an organisation.

MGT219 Change Management (Level 6) 15 Credits

This paper provides students with an understanding of change management and the managing of the change process within an organisational context, supported by an understanding of leadership theory and solvency analysis in relation to management in organisations.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: debate current schools of thought that contribute to change management in organisations; examine methods for managing the change process in an organisation; analyse the relationship of leadership theory in organisational management and demonstrate and apply knowledge of the solvency test and its relationship to organisational change.

MGT222 Health and Safety in Employment (Level 6) 15 Credits

This paper presents students with an overview of health and safety in employment situations and the development of strategies to reduce the incidence and severity of work-related injury and illness.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: examine sources of health and safety information; analyse health and safety information; analyse programme strategies to reduce the incidence and severity of work-related injury and illness and develop and apply a health and safety strategy for a specific organisation.

  • Requires access to a workplace or organisation to assess Health and Safety systems, processes and procedures.

Level 7 papers (compulsory) – complete all of the following:

MGT301 Business Ethics (Level 7) 15 Credits

This paper aims to provide participants with an understanding of ethical reasoning. Participants will learn to identify ethical issues and evaluate ethical theories as they are applied to various contexts with a particular emphasis on business.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: critically assess key ethical theories and principles; examine and research ethical issues; critically evaluate and apply a variety of ethical theories and principles to ethical problems; critically assess ethical theories and principles and their use in business and formulate strategies to assist businesses with ethical conduct.

MGT302 Contemporary Issues (Level 7) 15 Credits

This paper provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding of various marketing / management / accounting theories and practices applicable to profit and/or non-profit organisations, which reflect the key contemporary issues faced by organisations.

Students will be able to identify, consolidate and evaluate strategic issues studied in earlier parts of the degree and within the current business environment.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: examine and critique contemporary issues relating to organisations and demonstrate familiarity with relevant published works; critically reflect on identified contemporary issues facing a specific organisation, including assessing the relevance and potential impacts; analyse information needs and recommend appropriate data gathering processes to aid organisational decision-making and planning, for an identified contemporary issue facing a chosen organisation and determine the research area for either their dissertation or advanced research project.

MGT312 Advanced Human Resource Management (Level 7) 15 Credits

Students will develop an understanding of the ways in which Human Resource Management supports an organisation in achieving its strategic goals.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: evaluate demographic trends in New Zealand’s workforce and the implications for organisations and the human resource function; design a recruitment and selection process that is linked to an organisation’s human resource strategy and business strategy; evaluate current approaches to employee professional development and assess how they support an organisation in meeting its strategic objectives; evaluate the factors that affect employee engagement; research the link between employee engagement and organisational results and discuss the implications for the HR function; evaluate current schools of thought in the area of reward and discuss the link between business strategy and reward and appraise and debate how technology can support and enhance the HR function.

Level 7 papers (elective) – complete one of the following:

MGT310 Management Dissertation (30 credits)

This paper provides students with an opportunity to conduct advanced research into an aspect of management theory or practice by integrating the body of knowledge learnt in management papers.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to select a current management issue or applied management problem and formulate an appropriate research objective and research question, plan, organise and implement a research project, select and apply appropriate research methodologies, collect, analyse and interpret research data, write a research report to a professional standard, make an oral presentation of the management-related research project and answer relevant questions raised. 

You are expected to: 
Identify and Investigate a current management issue based on personal interest, benefit to an organisation, popular topic or a gap in research you have identified


  • Select a current management issue or applied management problem and formulate an appropriate research objective and research question.
  • Select and apply appropriate research methodologies.
  • Collect, analyse and interpret research data.
  • Write a research report to a professional standard.
  • Make a research poster to present your research work
  • Undertake an oral defence presenting key points from your research report and answer relevant questions raised.


  1. Introduction and Literature Review
  2. Final Research Report
  3. Research Poster
  4. Oral defence (via Skype)
  5. Reflective Journal

Total Word Count
Approximately 12,000 words

MGT320 Internship (30 credits)

This paper provides students with an opportunity to become familiar with the micro and macro operating environments of an organization and to apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course of their degree study.  Using knowledge and skills gained in the first two years of the degree, students will be enabled to present a development/problem-solving proposal in an area relevant to the internship organization. Students will also gain reflective skills through the reflection on the internship and how their personal and professional managerial skills have developed and broadened.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to, critically evaluate an organisation’s corporate direction, main activities, and identify and evaluate the internal environment of the internship organisation, evaluate the organisation’s operating environment and the role of the internship organisation within the industry, assess and rationalise to all stakeholders significant issues confronting the internship organisation, specifically an aspect of concern or interest to the organisation’s operation or management, conduct and critically evaluate primary research regarding the specific aspect to be stated, distinguish between critical and non-critical factors impacting on the problem/development, evaluate information and make recommendations for specific development/problem, consider and assess issues for implementing recommendations, critically assess the dilemmas, challenges and problems faced, and how these issues were resolved during the internship, critically evaluate how the knowledge and skills acquired during the degree programme were adapted into practical situations.

You are expected to:
Identify and Investigate a current management issue within your internship organisation


  • Find an internship placement (this can be in your existing workplace)
  • Collect both primary and secondary information to investigate a significant management issue within the organisation
  • Make recommendations based on the findings and present a development/problem solving proposal
  • Present the reflections and evaluations of the internship project and answer relevant questions raised.


  1. Introductory Report (based on the organisation)
  2. Proposal Report including Negotiation Evidence
  3. Research and Strategy Report
  4. Journal
  5. Presentation (via Skype)

Total Word Count
Approximately 12,000 words

The Zero Fees Scheme applies to this course, so there are no tuition fees as long as you are a New Zealand citizen, resident/permanent resident (residing in NZ), BUT there is a student direct material cost per credit of study undertaken, plus a non-refundable administration fee of $50.00 for each application processed, and the required textbook/s listed below. You must maintain satisfactory academic progress to retain your Zero Fees Scheme entitlement.

Zero Fees Scheme – applies to NZ citizens and residents/permanent residents (residing in NZ). 2019 Cost (NZ$) $7.50 per credit + admin fee $50.00 per application (e.g. $750.00 for 100 credit course) - includes GST

International Students $18,000 for the full year of study

Fees must be paid by the due date shown on the invoice.

Withdrawals & Transfers

  • Early withdrawals within the first week of the intake starting are entitled to a full refund of the Student Direct Material Costs but not the non-refundable administration fee of $50.
  • Withdrawals have to be requested within 75% of the intake, withdrawals after the early withdrawal date are not eligible for a refund.
  • Transfer requests have to be within the first two weeks of the intake starting and will incur a $50 transfer fee. Transfers can only occur to a subsequence intake within the same calendar year.

All SIT2LRN courses are approved by Studylink. Any queries regarding Studylink allowances, loans, and terms and conditions should be made directly to Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or

Students who have completed a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management will undertake critical evaluation to inform the development and application of human resource policies and procedures at an advanced level in areas such as: recruiting, organisational departmental planning, performance management and employment compliance. They will solve problems, both independently and as part of a team.

Applicants must have obtained at least an undergraduate degree in any discipline,


be a mature student aged at least 20 years and supply evidence of at least three years’ relevant work experience. Each mature applicant must provide their curriculum vitae detailing any relevant work experience and academic achievements.  The Programme Manager will use this information to assess whether the applicant is likely to successfully complete the Graduate Diploma.

Language Requirements

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 percent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or one of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below:


  • IELTS test – Academic score of 6, with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) – Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) – Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations – FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill OET at Grade C in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL – a) expiring b) current; a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PtoE (Academic) score of 50
  • City & Guilds IESOL – B2 Communicator with a score of 66
  • LanguageCert – C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS


An NZQA approved English Language proficiency test, where the student has achieved an outcome that is equivalent or better than those scores listed for Internationally recognised English language proficiency tests above in relation to the level of intended programme of study, or


Completion of all primary education and at least three years’ secondary education at schools with English as the language of instruction, or


Completion of five years of secondary education at schools with English as the language of instruction.


Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:

  1. Achieved NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements, or
  2. Been awarded a Bachelor Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours Degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Master’s Degree or Doctoral Degree with English as the language of instruction, from tertiary education providers from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States, or
  3. Been awarded the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA, or
  4. Have achieved one of the English Language competence tests specified above within the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment.

Level 6 papers must be completed before, or at the same time as, level 7 papers unless approved by the programme manager. Papers at the same level may be studied in any order

Full time study

Full time study is completing 60 credits per intake. Students studying full time will complete the Graduate Diploma within two intakes (one year)

Full time acceptance into the programme is at the Programme Manager’s discretion.

Part time study

The number of credits selected per intake will depend on work, family, and other commitments. The recommended maximum number of credits per intake, compared to working hours, are:

  • Working 37+ hours per week = enrol in a maximum of 30 credits per intake
  • Working 20 – 37 hours per week = enrol in a maximum of 45 credits per intake
  • Working fewer than 20 hours per week = enrol in a maximum of 60 credits per intake (full time study).

Cross Credit

If you have completed the Diploma in Project Management (Level 6), Diploma in Hotel and Tourism (Level 6) or the National Diploma in Business (Level 6) through SIT2LRN within the last five years, you may be able to have some of your study credited towards this programme.

Please contact SIT2LRN to discuss or download the cross credit application form.

Additional information

  • As a guideline, one credit equates to approximately 10 hours study within an intake period.  Click HERE to download a Study Load Calculator (spreadsheet).
  • All papers selected within a particular intake must be completed within that intake unless a transfer is requested (conditions apply; see FAQs).
  • Online enrolments are on a year by year basis and students are welcome to apply for multiple intakes in one enrolment.  Further enrolment is the responsibility of individual students.  There is no automatic enrolment rollover. 

All SIT2LRN courses require you to have a computer and Internet access. Students are required to use their SIT webmail only for all SIT2LRN communications. All course materials and information, including assessments and due dates, are located on the online Blackboard system. Once you have been accepted into a programme you will receive an Important Information Booklet that includes information that you can use to familiarise yourself with our online Blackboard learning environment. From the intake start date you will have access to the online course materials to work through.

Facilitator Assistance: During the enrolled intake period, students have email access to Facilitators, who endeavour to respond to emails within 48 hours (week days only). All students are required, within the first two weeks of an intake, to send an email to their Facilitator confirming their start on the programme of study. Students who have not emailed their facilitator or embarked upon their course of study by the end of the 2nd week of an intake, will be Faculty Withdrawn from the programme. Such withdrawals may impact on future access to SIT Zero Fees Scheme and Student Direct Material Costs are still liable for payment.

Progress reports are sent out 6-8 weeks after the end of each intake.

We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website for further study and enrolment information.

Please use the following checklist to ensure that all relevant information and documentation has been included. Remember, your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide us with.  Processing of your application will be delayed if we need to come back to you for missing information.

  • I have read all sections of the Programme Information on this page
  • I have read the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions section
  • I have met all admission criteria for the programme (found under Application Criteria)
  • I have met all the criteria for individual papers (found under Course Content).
  • I have selected the paper(s) I wish to study
  • I have selected intake(s) (I have selected alternate intakes rather than overlapping intakes)
  • I know my intended payment method
  • If my organisation/company is paying for my studies, I have a completed and approved purchase order to attach to my online application.  I am aware that should my organisation or company not pay my fees, these will become my responsibility.
  • New students – I have provided an active NSN in the name I am enrolling in or I have verified ID and will attach it to my online application.
  • New students – I will attach academic documentation (NZQA record of achievement/academic transcripts/certificates).  These do not need to be verified. (If you do not have any academic documentation to support your application, please attach a comprehensive CV outlining your education and work experience).
  • I have access to a workplace or organisation to assess Health and Safety systems, processes and procedure for MGT222
  • I have computer access,  an Internet connection and access to software to create electronic documents e.g. Microsoft Word or Open Office

What is the Zero Fees Scheme?

The Zero Fees Scheme means we do not charge tuition fees. However, there is a Student Direct Material Cost that you need to pay and a non-refundable administration fee. The administration fee is for processing your application and the Student Direct Material Cost gives you secure access to Blackboard® our online learning environment and to student support services throughout your study with us.

Who qualifies for the Zero Fees Scheme?

  • A New Zealand citizen completing the full qualification or 
  • An Australian citizen/New Zealand Resident or Permanent Resident who will be residing in New Zealand for the duration of your enrolment.

Instructions to help you with your application:

  1. Read the Programme Information on this page and the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions and find out if you meet the application criteria for both the programme and the unit/s you wish to study.
  2. Check your eligibility for Zero Fees. If you are not eligible to study under this scheme, please call
    0800 748 257 for further options.
  3. Complete your online enrolment checking that:

If you are a new student …

  • Provide an active NSN number in the name you are enrolling in (contact NZQA on 0800 697 296 to get your NSN number if you do not know it);
  • If you do not have an active NSN, then attach a copy of your verified ID in the name you are enrolling in.
  • If you are a Resident or Permanent resident of NZ, please provide a copy of proof of residency;
  • Attach all academic documentation to support your application including copies of any certificates of courses you have undertaken / NZQA record of achievement / transcripts / CV;

Attach supporting documents as required and outlined on the previous page.

  1. Please check that you have included all the required information and supporting documents.  Your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide.  Missing information will delay the processing of your application.
  2. Please scan and email all additional documentation to

What happens next?

  • You will receive an automatic email confirmation when we receive your online application. Processing may take up to three weeks. However, we will get in touch with you sooner if we require further documentation.
  • Once your application has been accepted you will be sent a conditional offer of acceptance with an invoice and instructions on how to make payment.
  • Once we have received your payment (or if you have opted to pay by Credit Card, Student Loan or Purchase Order) you will be sent an Enrolment Confirmation Letter and Important Information Booklet. Closer to the start of the intake you will receive a Time To Get Started Letter which will give you all the necessary information, tools and guidance to start your study with us.

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed this programme and be eligible for the awarding of the qualification Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, they must have completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments, successfully completed assessment requirements for all papers, and achieved a total of 120 credits as specified in the programme schedule. The timeframe for completion of this programme is five years.

Assessments may include, but are not limited to: tests, assignments, case studies, presentations, reports and final examinations.

Assessments for the Dissertation and Internship papers may also include a research proposal, literature review, research report and presentation.

For more information on required and recommended textbooks for this course please refer to the textbook list here

Please note that textbooks need to be ordered at least 3-4 weeks prior to the commencement of your study