HRMN 2821
Human Resource Management

3.0 Credits


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.

Delivery Method



Recommended: CMNS 1291 or CMNS 1290-Introduction to Professional Writing and ORGB 2811 or ORGB 2810-Organizational Behaviour


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. Investigate how HRM is responding to current business trends, opportunities, and challenges.
  • 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 Outline

  • 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
  • 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: Foundations of Effective Employee Relations
    • Topic 4: Labour-Management Relations
    • Topic 5: Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Dessler, G., Chhinzer, N., & Cole, N. D. Management of Human Resources: The Essentials plus MyManagementLab w/ Pearson eText. 4th Cdn ed. Toronto, ON: Pearson Education Canada, 2015.
Type: ISBN: 0-13-380733-9 / 978-0-13-380733-2

Additional Requirements

A computer with Internet access is required.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information when starting the course.


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

Assignment 1: Need for HRM 15%
Assignment 2: Matching HRM Needs and People 10%
Assignment 3: Developing People 15%
Assignment 4: Compensation and Recognition 15%
Assignment 5: Recruitment and Selection 15%
Assignment 6: Developing a Safe Work Environment and Effective Employee Relations 15%
Final Quiz 15%
Total 100%