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HRMN 3831: Human Resources Planning and Staffing

Students examine the policies and procedures for the planning, acquisition, deployment, and retention of a workforce of sufficient size and quality to allow an organization to attain its strategic goals. Topics include the strategic importance of staffing; the staffing environment; human resource planning; job analysis and design; recruitment; applicant screening; employment testing; interviews; references; decision making; employment contracts; methods of evaluation the hiring process; deployment; and retention.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the strategic importance of staffing.
  • Evaluate the impact of the external environment on staffing.
  • Develop a workforce and recruitment plan.
  • Evaluate the current issues and methodologies used in recruitment and selection.
  • Compare decision making models in the selection process.
  • Explain the interdependence of staffing with other HRM functions.
  • Analyse relevant employment legislation.
  • Develop and apply interview techniques.
  • Recommend retention strategies.
  • Discuss current issues in staffing.

Course topics

  • Module 1: Introducing Recruitment and Selection
  • Module 2: Legal Issues with Recruitment and Selection
  • Module 3: Understanding the Work: Job Analysis and Competency Models
  • Module 4: Recruitment: Attracting Quality Applicants
  • Module 5: Interview and Evaluation Techniques
  • Module 6: Decision Making Module 7: Human Resources Planning

Required text and materials

Catano, V. M., Wiesner, W. H., & Hackett, R. D. (2019). Recruitment and selection in Canada. (7th ed.). Toronto, ON: Nelson Education.
Type: Textbook: ISBN: 9780176764661


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Quiz: Legal Issues with Recruitment and Selection 10%
Assignment 1: Job Posting 10%
Assignment 2: Recruitment Plan 20%
Assignment 3: Interview Guide and Job Offer 20%
Final Exam* 40%
TOTAL 100%

* Mandatory

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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