Strategic Human Resources Planning

This course explores the link between organizational and human resources strategies, and provides the skills and tools you need for effective HR planning. Areas of focus include standard metrics of HR planning, relevant IT solutions, demand forecasting techniques, job- and competency-based approaches to aligning future needs with strategic objectives, management succession plans, success measurement, and the risks and limitations of outsourcing.


This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Vancouver 12 Wayne Rawcliffe $590.00 30 -
Surrey 12 Wayne Rawcliffe $590.00 30 -
Online - David Berrington $590.00 30 -
Vancouver 12 Wayne Rawcliffe $590.00 30 -
Online - David Berrington $590.00 30 -

What will I learn?

After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Discuss approaches to linking organizational strategy and HR, including the characteristics of an effective HR strategy and the barriers to becoming a strategic partner
  • Employ criteria to select the job analysis methods best suited to a particular organization
  • Explain current metrics used in strategic HR planning and how to leverage different IT solutions (HRIS)
  • Compare and contrast various demand forecasting techniques, as well as job- and competency-based approaches to aligning needs with strategic objectives
  • Recognize the challenges in measuring the success of a management succession plan
  • Describe downsizing strategies that can enhance organizational performance
  • Discuss how a merger affects HR planning and related HR functions
  • Discuss the risks and limitations of outsourcing

How will I learn?

This university-level course may consist of a combination of lectures, workshops, case studies, examinations, projects, papers, assignments, and group presentations. It requires at-home study and preparation. You can expect reading and other assignments on a weekly basis.

How will I be evaluated?

We'll evaluate your performance in this course using a combination of in-class or take-home assignments, exams, individual or group projects, participation and attendance. To meet course demands, you should have an advanced level of written and spoken English.

If English is not your first language, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 6.5. If you have any questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact us.

Textbooks and learning materials

Course fees do not include textbooks or other materials, which you may purchase from the SFU Bookstore. We recommend you purchase your textbooks as soon as you've registered. The quantities are limited at the bookstore.

The textbook for this course is Strategic Human Resources Planning by Belcourt, M. & McBey, K (2013, 5th ed., ISBN 9780176506940).

Professional development credits

This course may meet the requirements for the following designation(s):

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