HRMN 2821: Human Resources Management

Students are introduced to the management of an organization's workforce through the design and implementation of effective human resources policies and procedures. Current Canadian issues and practices are examined. Topics include the need for human resources management and its growing professionalism; human resource planning including job design and analysis; recruitment and selection; compensation; employee development; workplace health and safety; and employee relations.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Develop the knowledge, skills and concepts needed to resolve actual human resource management problems or issues.
  • Manage the employment relationship, which is a shared responsibility between employers, management, human resources specialists, and employees.
  • Identify the human resources needs of an organization or department.
  • Conduct a job analysis and produce a job description from the job analysis.
  • Evaluate the procedures and practices used for recruiting and selecting suitable employees.
  • Assess training requirements and design a successful orientation and training program.
  • Discuss workplace health and safety programs and the roles of the employer and the employee in enforcing health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Explain the responsibilities of management, HRM specialists, managers, and employees in managing the employment relationship in a unionized or a non-unionized environment.

Course topics

Module 1: Need for Human Resources Management

  • Topic 1: Human Resources Management-Roles and Responsibilities
  • Topic 2: The Changing Role of HRM and Growing Professionalism within the HR Function
  • Topic 3: HRM Challenges in the Twenty-First Century
  • Topic 4: Legal issues in HRM

Module 2: Matching HR Needs and People

  • Topic 1: Job Design
  • Topic 2: Job Analysis
  • Topic 3: Human Resources Planning
  • Topic 4: Understanding a Shifting Labour Market

Module 3: Developing People

  • Topic 1: Employee Orientation and Socialization
  • Topic 2: Training and Development
  • Topic 3: Performance Management
  • Topic 4: HR's Role in Setting a Climate for People Development

Module 4: Compensation and Recognition

  • Topic 1: Employee Compensation
  • Topic 2: Incentives and Rewards
  • Topic 3: Employee Benefits and Services
  • Topic 4: Trends in Compensation and Benefits

Module 5: Recruitment and Selection

  • Topic 1: Recruitment Strategies
  • Topic 2: Processes for Selecting the Best Candidate
  • Topic 3: Legal Issues Related to Recruitment and Selection
  • Topic 4: Online and Social Media Recruitment Tools

Module 6: Developing a Healthy Work Environment and Effective Employee Relations

  • Topic 1: Occupational Health and Safety Legislation - Creating a Safe Work Environment
  • Topic 2: The Human Rights Code - Establishing a Positive Work Environment
  • Topic 3: Managing Employee Separations
  • Topic 4: Labour-Management Relations
  • Topic 5: Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures

Required text and materials

Students will receive the following:

Dessler, G., Chhinzer, N., & Gannon, G. (2019). Management of human resources: The essentials, [Access card for MyLab Management & e-textbook] (5th Canadian ed.) Toronto, ON: Pearson Education Canada.
Type: Standalone Access Card. ISBN: 9780134882963.


Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.

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

Assignment 1: Need for Human Resources Management 10%
Assignment 2: Matching HR Needs and People 10%
Assignment 3: Developing People 10%
Assignment 4: Compensation and Recognition 10%
Assignment 5: Recruitment and Selection 10%
Assignment 6: Effective Employee and Labour Relations 10%
Final Exam * 40%
Total 100%


Open Learning Faculty Member

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

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