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Thompson Rivers University

HRMN 4891: Selected Topics in Human Resources Management

Students combine their knowledge of human resource management focusing on its alignment with organizational strategy and measurement. Human resource management systems that are aligned with strategic objectives are more capable of attracting, deploying, developing and retaining human capital and are key contributors to organizational competitiveness and success. The topics include employees and teams, talent management, performance management, human resource outsourcing, occupational health and safety, creating a healthy work environment, strategic role of human resource management, and human resource metrics and measurement.

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Design jobs and teams that motive employee and team performance.
  • Formulate talent management practices to meet organization skill needs.
  • Create effective performance management programs.
  • Consider outsourcing for human resource and non-human resource roles.
  • Explain the business impact of employee health and safety in the workplace.
  • Develop healthy workplace practices.
  • Explain the role and importance of human resource management and its contribution to achieving strategic and financial objectives.
  • Develop organizational metrics to assess human resource effectiveness.
  • Assess organizations human resource practices and compare them to industry benchmarks.

Course topics

  • Strategic Role of Human Resource Management
  • Employees and Teams
  • Talent Management, including Performance Management and Human Resource Outsourcing
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Aligning the HR System with Organizational Strategy
  • Human Resource Metrics and Measurement

Required text and materials

The following materials are required for this course:

  1. Becker, B. E., Huselid, M. A., & Ulrich, D. (2001). The HR scorecard: Linking people, strategy, and performance. Harvard University Press. 
    Type: Textbook. ISBN 13: 978-1-57851-136-5
  2. Dias, L. (n.d.). Human resource management [OpenEd textbook]. BCcampus. 
    Retrieved from Human Resource Management – Open Textbook (

Additional requirements

A computer with Internet access is required.


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 mandatory final exam.

Quiz 1 10%
Assignment 1: Talent Management 30%
Assignment 2: Research Project 20%
Final Examination * 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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