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Why Study Human Resource Management at AUE?

  • Students are best prepared for a career in human resources when the subject is taught within a business context.
  • The program the College of Business Administration offers meets the rigorous Standards of the Commission for Academic Accreditation.
  • The Human Resource specialization is integrated throughout all Management and Development Strategy programs.

Why Study Human Resource Management?

  • It is among the five top professions in demand.
  • The job opening percentage is 50% and above.
  • Distinct competitive advantage over other areas of study.
  • It will remain in continuous demand.

Every organization employs Human Resources Managers to ensure that proper human capital is attracted and retained. The program offered by COBA allows students to effectively manage the human resources functions at any organization.


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  • Tuition (One Semester)

    Approx. 21,000 AED
    One academic year is two semesters
  • Admission (One Time)

    3,000 AED

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A: English Language

The student selects 9 credit hours (3 courses) from the list below

This course is designed to enable students to experience and develop learning and academic skills appropriate for university context. It aims to facilitate the process of orientation and transition into academic excellence and learning culture. Furthermore, it aims to develop confidence in students’ ability to succeed in university requirements.

This course provides students with advanced writing skills in English so that they can successfully pursue their studies in various academic specializations. It helps students to develop, improve, and upgrade their writing and structure skills, and it also acquaints students with technical writing, research papers, and essays since brief research methods are applied in student projects and assignments.

B: Arabic Language

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 course) from the list below

- صُمم هذا المساق لتمكين الطالب الناطق باللغة العربية من المهارات اللغوية الضرورية، وخاصة التركيز على خطوات كتابة التقارير والرسائل الإدارية والبحوث المنهجية؛ ولتحقيق ذلك جاءت المهارات متنوعة ومتدرجة، لتنمية قدرات الطالب على الفهم الصحيح والأداء المتميز لما يقرأ ويسمع، وليكتسب القدرة على كتابة المقالات والتقارير ومحاضر الاجتماعات وتوصيات المؤتمرات والندوات بصورة سليمة، لذا عُني المساق بتدريب الطالب على المهارات الأساسية للكتابة؛ كقواعد الإملاء المتعددة وعلامات الترقيم ونظام الفقرة وكتابة المقال على نحو متدرج.

C: The Natural Sciences

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 course) from the list below

The natural science course incorporates a wide range of subjects of sciences such as astronomy, geology, biology, chemistry, and environmental science. The course will present the scientific facts of astronomy, the Earth and its weather, water, and environment, biology, and nutrition with the chemicals of life. The course emphasizes understanding the core principles of different branches of science and their effects on our lives. Moreover, the course explores the scope of natural phenomena, changing environment conditions, general health rules of nutrition, and the variety of living organisms. The course helps the students to acquire skills in observation, critical thinking, analysing, interpreting, understanding and discussing scientific terminology and facts.

This course provides an introduction to sustainable energy, conservation, and energy efficiency within the UAE and the world. It will explore the relationship between energy, environment, economy and ecological well-being. It will discuss energy production from the biology, natural science, environmental science and social sciences perspectives. Students will be introduced to a variety of topics including global warming, climate change, sustainable food production, solid waste management, environmental and natural resources laws. The course includes the growing challenges of climate change and energy crisis and proposes solutions to overcome them.

The ‘Principles of Environmental Science’ course is designed to introduce the fundamental concepts of Environmental Science to undergraduate students. It includes topics from different areas of study such as ecology, biology, soil science and atmospheric science. The course aims at raising environmental awareness among students and providing them with the scientific knowledge and skills to identify, prevent and solve environmental problems. Additionally, it deals with ecological concepts, organism interactions, communities and ecosystems. The course focuses on key areas of population dynamics, biodiversity, human activities and the environment managed ecosystems, air quality, water and solid waste management.

D: The Social or Behavioral Sciences

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 courses) from the list below

An introduction to the science of psychology, its theories and foundations. The course is focused on principles and research methodologies, including the following topics: history of psychology, the biology of mind, memory, learning, child and personality development, psychological disorders and therapy. The aim of the course is to introduce the basis of psychology, provide the foundational knowledge to pursue the subject in more depth in the future, and build an ongoing interest in the application of psychology in everyday life.

E: Information Technology or Math

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 courses) from the list below

The General Statistics course is designed to develop good understanding of the basic concepts of statistical theorems, and applications. The course covers topics such as data collection methods, organization of data, analysis and interpretation of results. A software package will be used to analyze the statistical data.

F: The Humanities or Arts

The student selects 6 credit hours (2 courses) from the list below

Innovation is the engine of opportunity and, acting as a catalyst, this course is intended to ignite an interest in innovation and inspire entrepreneurial action. At the core of innovation and entrepreneurship is a commitment to experiential learning that will encourage students to engage in critical thinking, creative problem-solving while also equipping them with the soft skills needed in their pursuit of academic and professional endeavors. Students will discuss the relevance and role of innovation and entrepreneurship in work and life situations; determine opportunities for creative disruption and design a strategy for its implementation; develop a practical understanding of innovation through thoughtful debate and exercises; and demonstrate critical thinking and individual insight with a personal mastery portfolio.

This course provides a core introduction to drawing, covering a wide range of basic and intermediate practical and technical skills. Students will explore approaches and concepts to the subject through manual practice using a comprehensive range of media and with reference to great masters in the field. Traditional and objective drawing skills in the use of line, tone, form and perspective provide the foundation for learning in this course. Students are required to develop their ability to observe, perceive and interpret through drawing the world around them, reflecting their understanding of 2D and 3D space.

This course introduces students to contemporary Arab arts and aesthetics from the beginning of twentieth century up to date. Emphasize is placed on the formation of contemporary art and design movement in the Arab countries, the driving forces behind the changes in aesthetics from Islamic to Arabic and expression of cultural identity. Special concentration on the role of pioneer figures and the various generations of artists and their influence on contemporary Arab art.

This course will introduce the students to the key concepts of philosophy and its principle tools. The course will discuss major thinkers and different schools of philosophical thought, and will apply philosophical analysis to the topics of knowledge, religion, mind, freedom, responsibility, and ethics.

This course introduces the science of Sociology. Students will examine Society, Institutions and the relationships that make up a social context. The scientific methodology used to study social interactions, stratification and other elements of sociological enquiry will be discussed to emphasize the core concept of sociology as a systematic study of societies and social structures.

This course introduces the student to the development of the human race. You will study a Four Field introduction to Anthropology wherein you will gain an understanding of Human Development and how both ancient and modern humans are studied. An understanding of Anthropology, the study of culture and human development is an important pillar in a degree which aims to develop educators in multi-cultural and economically diverse settings.

This course is a chronological survey of art and design offering students an in-depth understanding of the role of art throughout history with a strong focus on aesthetic values, socio-cultural influences and technical terminology. Architecture, sculpture, painting, decorative arts, prehistoric art, design of the ancient world, the world beyond Europe, early Christian and Islamic art and the art of the Middle-Ages and Gothic period form the foundation of the course material spanning a period from 40,000 BC to 1300 AD.

G: Islamic Studies, History or Culture

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 course) from the list below

This course will offer students’ knowledge to enable them understand the Islamic culture. The course offers a review of the history of Islam and how it is currently the fastest growing religion in the world.

The course is designed to give an in-depth understanding of the Islamic civilization. It deals with the universal principles that went into the making of the Islamic civilization. It examines the basic ideas of Islamic civilization besides exploring their contemporary relevance and challenges. The course seeks to effectively address the notion of the ‘clash of civilizations.’

H: UAE Studies

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 course) from the list below

The course is designed to introduce the UAE and GCC society with its historical background and uniqueness. It is aimed at enabling students to understand the specific features of the society along with its customs, traditions and lifestyle. The course will introduce the processes and the challenges of development as well as the future aspirations of the UAE and GCC Society.



This course marks students’ first journey into the discipline of management. The focus of this course is to expose students to the fundamentals of the four functions of management of planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Within each function students are introduced to a multitude of managerial areas of focus including decision-making, organizational structure, power and politics, leadership, teams, motivation, and communication. Students are also equipped with the soft skills crucial for management students via group work, debates, projects, and presentations.

This principle level course introduces students with the fundamentals of accounting terms, rules, concepts, procedures, and systems. Topics covered include the art of recording, classifying and analyzing the data into useful information for both the internal and external users. Students are introduced to the double entry accounting concepts, general journals and the accounting cycle.

This course introduces management accounting concepts and how accounting information is used for making internal management decisions related to operational planning and control. Emphasis is placed upon accounting as a tool for planning, managing, and control.

This course is designed to introduce students to basic microeconomics concepts relating to individual decision-making. The course exposes students to the meaning, nature, and methods of studying Microeconomics. The concepts of supply, demand, and elasticity are used to analyze the  behaviors of consumers and firms in different types of markets. Main topics covered include: consumer behavior, firm production costs, Pure Competition, Monopolistic Competition, Monopoly, and  Oligopoly.

The course discusses the information systems planning, and organizing and the application of information technology advancements. This course has a managerial perspective that describes how IS supports business goals and functions are applicable to management, what information resources are available to the manager, and how the manager is involved in the information development process.

This course aims to acquire a sound education in those statistical concepts and its applications in the fields of business and economics. This course requires fundamental understanding of basic statistics like frequency distribution, averages, measures of variability, probability, confidence intervals. The course also recommends a prior understanding of software application and MS Excel. Course covers statistical concepts and methods like hypothesis testing, variance Tests, chi-Square analysis and ANOVA with an emphasis on business application.

This course will familiarize the student with the scope, terminology, topics, and procedures of marketing in a modern firm. It introduces the principles of marketing. The four basic ingredients of the marketing mix - product, price, place, and promotion are discussed. Other topics include marketing channels, market research, consumer behavior, societal marketing, and new product planning are also discussed.

This course examines the financial strategic and operational decisions in organizations. It aims to provide the decision maker with the financial theory, concepts, and tools necessary to make better financial managerial decisions as well as enable the student to make sound decisions regarding financial analyses and judgments performed by others.

This course is concerned with the study of the behaviour of the economy as a whole. It analyses how the overall level of output, employment and prices are determined and how these in turn are affected by fiscal and monetary policies. issues to be covered include GDP determination, the use of fiscal and monetary policies in stabilizing the economy and the role of government policy in promoting long-term economic growth.

Organizational behavior studies the influence that individuals, groups, and structure have on behavior within organizations' its chief goal is to apply that knowledge toward improving an organization’s effectiveness. This course introduces students to the core concepts of organizational behavior including attitudes, emotions, and moods; communication; conflict and negotiation; diversity; group behavior and work teams; individual decision making; leadership and power; motivation; organization culture and structure; organizational change; and personality and values. Students will work individually and in groups on assessments including case studies, discussions, in-class exercises, and presentations to increase their understanding of the curriculum in a practical context.

This course interprets the key theories in production and operations management, it equips the students with the necessary tools and techniques to effectively and efficiently manage the operations as well as providing the necessary decision making problem solving applications to evaluate the proper decisions Affecting the performance of operations.

This course familiarizes students with the concept of the rule of law as a mechanism for ordering people’s (and companies’) behavior, and for providing predictability and certainty in planning business transactions.  Students will consider the legal issues inherent in business, considered from the standpoint of various business roles such as business owner, corporate officer, board member, shareholder, partner, officer, manager, employer and employee, customer and client.  It aims to have students anticipate potential legal issues in business transactions so that they can plan to avoid legal problems and, when they do occur, formulate solutions.

This course discusses the essence of Quantitative Analysis and covers various types of analysis including: decision analysis and risk attitudes, inventory control, linear programming, transportation problem, queuing theory, and simulations. Emphasis is on the formulation of problems and their solutions by standard methods and by computer packages such as MS Excel and QM.

Throughout its history, the Arab Gulf Area has been a major center of world affairs and business. In modern times, the UAE and GCC (i.e. the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman) remain a strategically, economically, politically, culturally, and religiously sensitive region for world business. The UAE and GCC remains the focus of global business interest and economic initiatives from the US, Europe, and other nations. The rise in oil prices has created momentum for regional growth and investment flows that is expected to be secular. This course provides students with a deep understanding of the business opportunities and practices and in the UAE and GCC at a time when such understanding is increasingly vital. It focuses on current investment opportunities taking into consideration the political, cultural and economic history of the region.

In today’s business world gaining and maintaining competitive advantages is more challenging than ever. Considering the need of the time this course captures the complexity of current business environment and offers contemporary concepts and skills. In the course the skill oriented approach to Strategic Management develop students to design cutting-edge strategy through skills building exercises. further it benefits attendees to gain necessary knowledge to manage consistent higher organizational performance by reading, analyzing and designing suitable working environment. Different models and tools in the course are practically applicable to find out strengths, weakness of the organizations, this analysis finally helps students to design the effective strategies and strategic plan for the business. Starting from strategy formulation, action and evaluation this course includes, vision and mission, external and internal assessment, strategies in action, strategy choices through analysis, organizational functional issues, business ethics, social responsibilities and strategic management case presentation etc.

In the present day business has developed from a simple word to a global practice. Even the local business industries started facing competition from global business giants. This has brought in continued competition not in profits, but in quality, cost, skills, and even business dynamics. The course in International Business provides emphasis to the global business scenario, analyze interrelation between governments and business across borders. Further it studies the economic dynamics between countries/regions. The course provides a detailed insight into the international monetary system, international trade and foreign direct investment. The basic objective of the course is to introduce International Business as a subject and to provide an understanding of the global economy to gain the best understanding of the subject with the major issues related to the business environment. This course is generally “macro” in its composition, which is developed to provide intellectual focus with emphasis on the impact and overriding theories best describing the International Business scenario.



This course is designed to cater the needs of HR students within the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Law is one of the most essential aspects of Human Resource Management hence this course is going to be very crucial for the development of students’ knowledge about the rules and regulations within the UAE. Topics such as law enforcement, conditions of employment, employment contracts, probationary periods as well as wages and working hours are going to help students understand some of the elements they need to look into when dealing with employees’ relations and creating HR contracts in the UAE. Additional topics such as youth employment, leave, records of employees, disciplinary code, accidents at work, termination of contracts, repatriation of employees, payments of gratuity, dispute settlement and labor inspections are important for the know-how of the students. When they start working in an organization, they will have a practical knowledge on the subject matter and will be able to handle similar cases if they occur in their work place.

This is an introductory course for HRM specialization that will help students to acquaint with the roles and the functions of the HRM. From the beginning of its life until its end, every business is faced with people issues. People are the essence of any business and it is Human Resources that makes or breaks a business. Students in this course are going to gain knowledge on the evolution of the subject matter to understand its origin and reasons for why it was developed. They will analyze different HR trends and challenges from both an employee’s point of view and an employer’s point of view. The topics are designed in the way that will improve students’ understanding and knowledge of the course. The course will cover the topics such as the importance of equal employment opportunity, compensation, training, job analysis, recruitment and selection, performance appraisal, talent management, labor relations and collective bargaining, etc. This course challenges the students to recognize, understand, and apply HRM concepts and functions. Further, it helps students enhance their HR skills through use of case studies, in-class assignments, projects discussions, and develop the necessary analytical and critical thinking required to understand problems that HR managers face and to handle them responsibly.

Negotiation is an interactive process between two or more parties working together to determine a mutually agreeable solution to an issue of shared interest or mutual dispute. In business effective negotiation can ensure success, but the inverse can cripple a company. This course introduces students to best practices and core concepts of negotiation including coalitions; communication; distributive bargaining; ethics, strategy, and planning; integrative negotiation; international and cross-cultural negotiation; difficult negotiations; perception, cognition, and emotion; power and influence; relationships and roles. Students will work individually and in groups on assessments including case studies, discussions, in-class exercises, and presentations to increase their understanding of the curriculum in a practical context.

The course emphasis on important aspects of setting up computer based information system specially designed for HRM functions such as job analysis, staffing, employees’ development, salaries and employees record keeping etc. It helps students to understand the development of HR information systems over the period of time, from its beginnings to its current evolution and ongoing developments that can or will take place. Topics that are covered are employees need assessment, HR system design & development, cost benefit analysis of HR system, project management, HRIS acceptance, implementation, integration, and maintenance of the HRIS, HRIS administration, job analysis and workforce planning in technological context in addition to information security and privacy from legal and ethical compliance. These topics help in providing an experiential learning to the students with the help of computer systems. Students are not only encouraged to give their viewpoints related to the systems but are also motivated to provide their own ideas for further development in the systems. Critical thinking is promoted through team projects and class assignments to improve learning of the individuals.

The primary purpose of the course is building understanding of contemporary issues and solutions in Public Sector Human Resource Management from employees and employers perspective. Students study about different governmental departments and analyze the HR practices and how each and every of these areas are so widely different from the other. This course includes various topics i.e. The Public Service Heritage, Legal Rights and Responsibilities, Civil Service Commissions, The Bases and Origin of Selection, Position Management, Judicious Plan, Employee Engagement, Strategies for Pull, Push and Drive, Tools of Engagement, Employees rewards, Working Policies, HR capacity building, Career Management, Employees Union and Collective Bargaining. All these HR topics are completely taken from a different point of view when it comes to governments. The methodologies used in governments for hiring people is very different compared to that of organizations. Hence, studying HRM in public sector helps students to understand how vast the whole learning of HR is and how different it is from field to field.

This course deals with an in-depth analysis of recruitment strategies, legal and regulatory factors, equal employment opportunity, selection methods, career planning and organizational exit. Topics such as Strategic staffing gives a deeper understanding to the students on how they should well in advance plan on recruitment of employees in an organization. Moreover, the topic of staffing is essential for the crucial understanding of how to hire the right people for the right position and whether it should be internal or external. The emphasis of this course is on the formal expression of plans, goals, and objectives of managing staffing that covers an amalgamation of the first and most critical HRM activity. Furthermore, course helps in developing skills for conducting effective interviews to make the best selection of employees. Students will identify the effective staffing techniques, design job interview questions and conduct job interviews. Topics that will be covered in this course are analyzing strategic staffing techniques from employees and employer’s perspective, workforce forecasting and planning, identify suitable candidates and assessing both external and internal candidates.

Training and Development is the base for any organization to grow effectively and efficiently. The focus of the course will be to familiarize students to different strategies of employees training & development. Further it will help to identify the underlying challenges that occur while creating, executing, implementing and evaluating different training sessions in the company. Students will be able to understand reasons behind the incorporation of different strategies used while conducting the training and designing it. Analysis of the history of training is also discussed to understand the evolution of this course. Unique topics like E-Learning and Special Challenges in Career Management will enable students to get a more practical learning on the potential pitfalls that could arise when encountering different training strategies. The topics covered in the course include importance of training and development, strategic perspective of training, training need assessment, training delivery, evaluating training programs and learnings, past and future training styles, usage of advance technology in training, employee capacity building, issues in T&D, career management and its challenges.

This course is an important function of human resource management that deals with employees’ compensation and benefits. It covers analysis of compensation system and its issues, further it covers financial and non-financial rewards that leads to employee’s motivation and commitment towards work and organization. Compensable factors in this course helps in formulating an equitable pay structure for employees working hourly or full-time. This field discusses the strategic aspects of compensation overall by designing equal pay structure both internally and externally and evaluating a compensation system based on merit or performance of an employee. Different systems are incorporated to understand incentive and variable pays along with assessing the benefits that are provided to the employees through a creation of an equal pay system. Furthermore, a system to take care of diverse employee’s compensation and compliance issues is addressed and discussed. Topics covered in the course deals with the classical approach to creating a pay system and evaluating different types of jobs and person based structures, assessing the competition in the market and designing different levels of compensation, compensating employees based on their performance through appraisals or performance plans, deciding on the key benefits to be provided to the employees and the options along with that, influence of unions towards employee benefits, creating national and international pay systems compensation for special assignments and groups, and compensation budgets.

This course is designed in the way that students can comprehend the strategic role of Human Resource Management in providing a sustainable competitive advantage significant to the success of the organization. The course examines the employees and team members’ involvement in appraising of colleagues and how line managers employ and develop efficient and effective HR practices to enhance the strategic objectives of their departments and an overall organization. Strategic Human Resource Management course outlines the various spectrums of the field of HRM but from a different point of view and from many additional perspectives such as understanding the importance of having various strategic partnerships, the external and organizational environments, performance management, employee separation and retention, etc. These topics are the backbone of planning and executing a company’s business. The course covers following topics such as: managing human resources strategically, understanding from HRM point of view external organizational environment, social responsibility and strategic HRM, strategic job analysis, strategic workforce planning, strategic recruiting and selection, training and development, global strategic human resource management. Projects, case study and individuals along with team work semester long assignments help in the students better learning of the course overall and helps them understand the deep-rooted purpose of SHRM in a more enhanced manner.

This course is one of the most innovative and learning courses for students. It deals with the ongoing developments in HR such as understanding the role of HRM in the 21st century. Furthermore, some of the elements discussed in this course are dealing with carving of architectures of the 21st century corporations through job design. The course helps in the development of students by taking them to different areas of HRM, one step further from all the learnings they have had so far. Topics such as HR technologies for attracting and retaining talent, HR technologies for rethinking the future, health and wellbeing, managing the international workforce, statistical techniques, etc. are being analyzed from HRM futuristic perspective. By using class projects, case studies, different journals and article readings, students are going to critically comprehend and assess future developments and challenges that will be faced in the HR field and providing solutions to resolve them.



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Student builds the schedule based on available offered courses in the registered semester

Weekday Morning Classes

SUN – TUE | BETWEEN 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
MON – WED | BETWEEN 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Weekday Evening Classes

SUN – TUE | BETWEEN 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
MON – WED | BETWEEN 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Weekend Classes

FRI - SAT | BETWEEN 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM


Student can join at the beginning of any semester