Human Resources Management

Successful organizations know that effective human resource management is key to a competitive advantage. Learn the theory of human resource management and how to implement it to achieve organizational objectives. Topics include human resource strategies, legislation, job analysis, occupational health and safety, recruiting methods, orientation and training, performance evaluation methods, job evaluation techniques, employee benefit programs, and labour relations.

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

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Vancouver 12 Debra Finlayson $599.00 0 Join Waitlist
Surrey 12 Debra Finlayson $599.00 13 Register
Online - Zena Merali $599.00 30 -
Online - Nigel Parker $599.00 30 -
Surrey 12 Debra Finlayson $599.00 30 -

For campus-based courses, registration may close up to one week before the course begins.  

For online offerings, registration may close up to two business days before the course begins. Your course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.

What will I learn?

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of where the responsibility for employment-related law lies in Canada
  • Explain the key functions of an HRIS and its strategic importance
  • Explain the human resources planning process, including the actions available to organizations if faced with a staff deficit or surplus
  • Incorporate job analysis into your human resources management
  • Apply various recruiting and selection methods
  • Explain the training process and its relevance to building organizational capacity
  • Improve your employee retention and relations strategies
  • Explain the strategic value and importance of performance management
  • Explain the five steps in the labour relations process

How will I learn?

You may take this course in the classroom or online. Classes may consist of a combination of lectures, discussions, workshops, case studies, examinations, projects, papers, assignments and/or group presentations.

Whether you're studying in class or online, prepare to spend six to ten hours per week on coursework. You can expect reading and other assignments on a weekly basis.

Online students: You do not have to be online at specific times, other than for examinations, but you will need to be online regularly. You should plan to access the course at least once every few days to keep up with your work and group assignments.

How will I be evaluated?

If you're taking a classroom course:

  • Assignments (individual and group)
  • Examinations
  • Participation/Attendance

If you're taking an online course:

  • Assignments (individual and group)
  • Participation in online discussions
  • Weekly quizzes and exercises
  • Examinations

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.

If you're taking a classroom course:

Human Resource Management in Canada by Chhinzer, Cole and Dessler (2016, 13th ed., ISBN: 9780134376929).

If you're taking an online course:

Human Resource Management in Canada by Chhinzer, Cole and Dessler (2016, 13th ed., ISBN: 9780134376929).

You will access other course materials using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

Professional development credits

English language requirements

To succeed in our programs and courses, you will need an advanced level of written and spoken English. If you are unsure whether your English language skills are sufficient, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 (unless otherwise noted). If you have questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact your local IELTS Test Centre.

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