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New Zealand Diploma in Business (Human Resources Management) (Level 5)



36 weeks full-time | 72 weeks part-time

Delivered through the eCampus. Online activities - readings, discussion forums, research tasks and fact finding. Study will be mainly self-directed and is flexible to suit your needs

  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Online (TANZ)
    2 January 2021

Delivered online through eCampus NZ

Kick-start your career in Human Resources! Graduate with the skills and knowledge to be employed in entry-level Human Resource roles in a range of business entities. You could also apply what you learn to supervisory or first-line management roles.

Please note: Learners under the age of 18 cannot apply for this programme.

What will I learn?

Technical knowledge and skills

  • Apply knowledge of the principles and practices of HR functions for recruitment, development, performance management, and health and safety within an entity.
  • Adapt to changes in given organisational context/s with effective HR strategies.

People Skills

  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders to provide HR-specific information and advice within a recognised industry ethical framework.
Entry requirements

Applicants under 20 years old

  • A minimum of 14 numeracy credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics on the Directory of Assessment Standards, and
  • 50 credits at Level 2 or above with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects including a minimum of 8 literacy credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori (4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits in writing)
  • The literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards found on the NZQA website at Literacy Requirements for University Entrance.
  • OR equivalent to the above.

Applicants 20 years or over

  • No minimum academic entry requirements.
  • However, you need to provide your CV detailing any relevant work experience and academic achievements. 

If English is not your first language, you must provide:

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.

Special entry

In exceptional circumstances, an applicant under the age of 20 who does not meet the academic entry requirements may be granted entry where they supply evidence to satisfy the relevant Academic Committee of their ability to succeed in the programme.

Pathways into the programme
Your workload

This programme is made up of eight courses with a total of 1200 learning hours. This breaks down to approximately 33 hours per week if you're studying full-time and 16.5 hours per week if you're studying part-time.   

Depending on your previous academic online experience this may vary a little. 

Programme structure 




Learning hours

Organisations in a New Zealand Context




Business Environments




Business Functions




Understanding Change




Introduction to Human Resources




Introduction to Health and Safety Management




Change and HR Initiatives




People and Development








Course descriptions

1. Organisations in a New Zealand Context

To review and analyse business entities from a range of perspectives in an Aotearoa NZ context

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the nature of business entities and their stakeholders in relation to: interests, influences and risks they are exposed to
  • Identify and apply professional and ethical behaviour to ensure business communications are effective, conducted in a socially and culturally appropriate manner and relationships with stakeholders are developed and maintained
  • Analyse and present evidence of how the business activities and relationships of organisations in Aotearoa NZ can be influenced by bicultural partnerships.

2. Business Functions

To analyse environmental influences on a business entity.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply a range of legal and economic principles to internal and external business environments
  • Analyse the potential impacts of a range of internal and external environmental influences on business entities
  • Identify and utilise relevant internal and external environmental data to plan the management of risk and performance in a business entity.

3. Business Environments

Apply knowledge of core business functions for operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply the principles and practices of accounting, and operations to make decisions supporting business efficiency and effectiveness
  • Understand and apply practices of Human Resource Management, Sales and Marketing to support business efficiency and effectiveness
  • Demonstrate skills for managing own and others learning and performance within an operational context

4. Understanding Change

To contribute to innovation and change in organisations

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and demonstrate how innovation and organisation change can contribute to enhanced business performance
  • Explain and assess the impact and importance of sustainability to business entities
  • Research and recommend solutions for improving performance of a business entity

5. Introduction to Human Resources

To enable students to demonstrate the principles and practices of Human Resource (HR) functions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine the relevance of the core HR functions and apply to a specific business context, after consideration of the internal and external environment.
  • Apply legal and ethical framework to key core HR functions.
  • Apply communication skills in a culturally safe manner to a prospective/current employee.

6. Introduction to Health and Safety Management

To enable students to contribute to the development of a Health and Safety management system.

Learning outcomes

  • Apply Health and Safety legislation to develop organisational Health and Safety policies and procedures
  • Identify, manage and control hazards, risks and incidents.

7. Change and HR Initiatives

To enable students to adapt changes with measurable HR initiatives in order for the organisation to be agile.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify and evaluate the impact of proposed changes to HR functions.
  • Apply changes to HR functions within an organisational context.
  • Review the impact of change using analytics.

8. People and Development

To enable students to apply knowledge and skills of HR principles and practices of supporting employees to achieve organisational objectives.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify and apply HR strategies to support employees.
  • Apply communication skills in a variety of HR scenarios within a legal and ethical framework.
  • Influence changes to HR functions within an organisation.
Further study options

Graduates may progress to:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Business (with strands in Accounting, Administration and Technology, Leadership and Management, and Māori Business and Management) (Level 6)
  • business qualifications at degree level
  • relevant industry or professional qualifications at Level 6 or above.
Student loans and allowances

Full-time domestic students of this programme are eligible for student loans and allowances (dependent on age and financial circumstances.) Please contact Studylink for additional information. Phone 0800 88 99 00 or visit


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.