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  
Online - David Berrington $649.00 21 Register

Schedule clarification: This course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. Between those times, you work at your own pace within the timelines set by the instructor.

What will I learn?

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

  • Discuss the risks and limitations of outsourcing
  • Explain current metrics used in strategic HR planning while leveraging different IT solutions (HRIS)
  • Apply job analysis methods based on selection criteria
  • Examine how mergers affect HR planning
  • Evaluate effective approaches to link organizational strategy and HR and the barriers involved
  • Evaluate various demand forecasting techniques to align with strategic objectives
  • Recognize the challenges in measuring the success of a management succession plan
  • Assess downsizing strategies to enhance organizational performance

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 Canvas 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. We recommend you purchase your textbook as soon as you’ve registered:

Belcourt, M. & Podolsky, M. Strategic Human Resources Planning (7th ed.). Top Hat eText (2019). An ebook is available through VitalSource.

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.

New to online learning? See About Online Learning for helpful videos and additional information.

Professional development credits

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


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