Bob Gaglardi School of Business and Economics

Human Resource Major/Minor

The Human Resource Management (HRM) Major is a challenging program that prepares students to become more effective managers and leaders. HRM professionals, are the "employee relations" specialists in an organization, managing employee planning, recruitment, selection, compensation, training and development, health and safety, and evaluation. They are also active in labour relations taking the lead in union contract negotiations, grievance handling, including mediation and arbitration, and all other employee-related legal matters such as wrongful dismal, personal harassment, or privacy.

Upon graduation, more and more students are deciding to earn their Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) designation reflecting the rising level of professionalism in the field. After acquiring some needed work experience, students will be well prepared to complete a graduate degree in either human resource management or labour relations on the path to a position in senior management or to pursue a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. Earning a law degree with a specialization in labour law is also an option.

For those students wanting only an exposure to HRM, an HRM Minor is also available.

 Learning objectives

Upon completion of this program, students are able to:

  1. Depict the psychological influences of individual, group, and organizational interaction on unit performance.
  2. Recommend policies and procedures to manage an organization’s workers including; resource planning, recruitment and selection, socialization and deployment, and retention.
  3. Describe provincial and federal labour relations legislation in Canada as a basis for supporting unionized and non-union organizations.
  4. Apply legal principles and statute law relating to the employer-employee relationship to hiring, compensation, workplace practices, performance measurement, disciplinary and termination decisions.
  5. Explain how organizational strategy, legal compliance, and business ethics are pillars for all human resource programs and practices.
  6. Develop reward systems to attract, motivate and retain workers, both individually and collectively in groups and teams.
  7. Determine employee training needs through a comparison of their skills with their role requirements.
  8. Apply learning theory fundamentals to assist organizations in designing appropriate training and development methods.
  9. Discuss how organizational structure and the integration of human resource systems and metrics contribute to organizational effectiveness.
  10. Formulate plans to improve organizational effectiveness and deal successfully with change.
  11. Recommend ways to support a safe and healthy workplace environment.
  12. Apply human resource management principles in a professional capacity.
 Major requirements
ORGB 3810
Organizational Theory and Design (3,0,0)

ORGB 3810 Organizational Theory and Design (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the theory and application of organizing in complex workplace environments. Various conceptual tools and theoretical frameworks are utilized to systematically investigate organizing processes and contexts and solve practical problems. Topics include organizations and organization theory; organizational stakeholders; the external environment; organizational structure and design; organizational culture; decision making; conflict, power and politics; and organizational change and transformation.
Prerequisite: CMNS 1290 and ORGB 2810
Note: Students may receive credit for one of ORGB 3811 or ORGB 3810
For more information, search for this course here.

HRMN 3830
Human Resource Planning and Staffing (3,0,0)

HRMN 3830 Human Resource Planning and Staffing (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine the policies and procedures for the planning, acquisition, deployment, and retention of a workforce of sufficient size and quality to allow an organization to attain its strategic goals. Topics include the strategic importance of staffing; the staffing environment; human resource planning; job analysis and design; recruitment; applicant screening; employee testing; interviews; references; decision making; employment contracts; methods of evaluating the hiring process; deployment; and retention.
Prerequisite: HRMN 2820 or HRMN 3820
Note: Students can not receive credit for more than one of HRMN 3831, BBUS 4810 or HRMN 3830
For more information, search for this course here.

HRMN 3840
Employee and Labour Relations (3,0,0)

HRMN 3840 Employee and Labour Relations (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the different aspects of union-management relations focusing on both the Canadian and international experience. The topics include an introduction to labour relations; labour relations environment; union membership, structure and actions; employment legislation and the Labour Relations Act; collective bargaining; managing the collective agreement; dispute resolution; human resources in an union environment; international labour relations; and future trends and issues in labour relations.
Prerequisite: HRMN 2820 or HRMN 3820
Note: Students cannot receive credit for more than one of BBUS 3840, BBUS 3841, HRMN 3841 or HRMN 3840
For more information, search for this course here.

BLAW 3920
Employment Law (3,0,0)

BLAW 3920 Employment Law (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students investigate the legal principles and law relating to the individual employer-employee relationship and how its influences business decision-making. Topics include an overview of the legal framework; common law issues in employment; the unionized workplace; Canada Labour Code; the employment contract; employment standards legislation; human rights in the workplace; occupational health and safety; workers compensation; workplace privacy; navigating the employment relationship; resignation and retirement; dismissal with cause; dismissal without cause; and post-employment obligations.
Note: Students cannot receive credit for more than one of BLAW 3920, BLAW 3921 or BBUS 3920
For more information, search for this course here.

HRMN 4830
Total Rewards (3,0,0)

HRMN 4830 Total Rewards (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students develop an understanding of the different rewards systems available to employers to attract, motivate and retain a sufficient number of qualified employees. The topics include the components of total rewards; the rewards environment; motivational theories and rewards; rewards strategies; types of compensation; non-monetary rewards; and rewards and performance management, attraction, and retention.
Prerequisite: HRMN 2820 or HRMN 3820
Note: Students cannot receive credit for more than one of BBUS 4830, HRMN 4830, HRMN 4831
For more information, search for this course here.

HRMN 4840
Organizational Learning, Training and Development (3,0,0)

HRMN 4840 Organizational Learning, Training and Development (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine the educational activities provided by organizations to enhance the current performance of individuals or groups of employees and instil a commitment to continuous improvement and advancement. They study how organizations can become more adaptive by learning from their experiences and reacting more quickly to environmental change. Topics include organization learning; training and development; learning and motivation; needs analysis; training design, methods, and delivery; transfer of training; training evaluation; and cost and benefits of training programs.
Prerequisite: HRMN 2820 or HRMN 3820
Note: Students may only receive credit for one of BBUS 4840, HRMN 4840, HRMN 4841
For more information, search for this course here.

ORGB 4870
Organizational Development and Change (3,0,0)

ORGB 4870 Organizational Development and Change (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

In today's business environment, a human resource practitioner must be a skilled change manager. Students learn to become agents for change, to improve human resources and organizational effectiveness, and to increase productivity. Topics include an introduction to organizational development; change process; organizational change and human resource management; organizational assessments; assessment tools and techniques; organizational interventions; human resource management interventions; and human resource metrics.
Prerequisite: ORGB 3810
Note: Students may only receive credit for one of BBUS 4870, BBUS 4661 or ORGB 4871
For more information, search for this course here.

HRMN 4890
Human Resource Strategy and Professional Practice (3,0,0)

HRMN 4890 Human Resource Strategy and Professional Practice (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine a selection of contemporary issues in human resource management. Topics include occupational health and safety, human resource information management, and professional practice. Co-Requisite: HRMN 3830 and HRMN 3840
Note: Students may not receive credit for more than one of HRMN 4890, HRMN 4891, or BBUS 4860
For more information, search for this course here.

 Minor requirements
At least four of:
ORGB 3810
Organizational Theory and Design (3,0,0)

ORGB 3810 Organizational Theory and Design (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the theory and application of organizing in complex workplace environments. Various conceptual tools and theoretical frameworks are utilized to systematically investigate organizing processes and contexts and solve practical problems. Topics include organizations and organization theory; organizational stakeholders; the external environment; organizational structure and design; organizational culture; decision making; conflict, power and politics; and organizational change and transformation.
Prerequisite: CMNS 1290 and ORGB 2810
Note: Students may receive credit for one of ORGB 3811 or ORGB 3810
For more information, search for this course here.

HRMN 3830
Human Resource Planning and Staffing (3,0,0)

HRMN 3830 Human Resource Planning and Staffing (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine the policies and procedures for the planning, acquisition, deployment, and retention of a workforce of sufficient size and quality to allow an organization to attain its strategic goals. Topics include the strategic importance of staffing; the staffing environment; human resource planning; job analysis and design; recruitment; applicant screening; employee testing; interviews; references; decision making; employment contracts; methods of evaluating the hiring process; deployment; and retention.
Prerequisite: HRMN 2820 or HRMN 3820
Note: Students can not receive credit for more than one of HRMN 3831, BBUS 4810 or HRMN 3830
For more information, search for this course here.

HRMN 3840
Employee and Labour Relations (3,0,0)

HRMN 3840 Employee and Labour Relations (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the different aspects of union-management relations focusing on both the Canadian and international experience. The topics include an introduction to labour relations; labour relations environment; union membership, structure and actions; employment legislation and the Labour Relations Act; collective bargaining; managing the collective agreement; dispute resolution; human resources in an union environment; international labour relations; and future trends and issues in labour relations.
Prerequisite: HRMN 2820 or HRMN 3820
Note: Students cannot receive credit for more than one of BBUS 3840, BBUS 3841, HRMN 3841 or HRMN 3840
For more information, search for this course here.

BLAW 3920
Employment Law (3,0,0)

BLAW 3920 Employment Law (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students investigate the legal principles and law relating to the individual employer-employee relationship and how its influences business decision-making. Topics include an overview of the legal framework; common law issues in employment; the unionized workplace; Canada Labour Code; the employment contract; employment standards legislation; human rights in the workplace; occupational health and safety; workers compensation; workplace privacy; navigating the employment relationship; resignation and retirement; dismissal with cause; dismissal without cause; and post-employment obligations.
Note: Students cannot receive credit for more than one of BLAW 3920, BLAW 3921 or BBUS 3920
For more information, search for this course here.

HRMN 4830
Total Rewards (3,0,0)

HRMN 4830 Total Rewards (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students develop an understanding of the different rewards systems available to employers to attract, motivate and retain a sufficient number of qualified employees. The topics include the components of total rewards; the rewards environment; motivational theories and rewards; rewards strategies; types of compensation; non-monetary rewards; and rewards and performance management, attraction, and retention.
Prerequisite: HRMN 2820 or HRMN 3820
Note: Students cannot receive credit for more than one of BBUS 4830, HRMN 4830, HRMN 4831
For more information, search for this course here.

HRMN 4840
Organizational Learning, Training and Development (3,0,0)

HRMN 4840 Organizational Learning, Training and Development (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine the educational activities provided by organizations to enhance the current performance of individuals or groups of employees and instil a commitment to continuous improvement and advancement. They study how organizations can become more adaptive by learning from their experiences and reacting more quickly to environmental change. Topics include organization learning; training and development; learning and motivation; needs analysis; training design, methods, and delivery; transfer of training; training evaluation; and cost and benefits of training programs.
Prerequisite: HRMN 2820 or HRMN 3820
Note: Students may only receive credit for one of BBUS 4840, HRMN 4840, HRMN 4841
For more information, search for this course here.

ORGB 4870
Organizational Development and Change (3,0,0)

ORGB 4870 Organizational Development and Change (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

In today's business environment, a human resource practitioner must be a skilled change manager. Students learn to become agents for change, to improve human resources and organizational effectiveness, and to increase productivity. Topics include an introduction to organizational development; change process; organizational change and human resource management; organizational assessments; assessment tools and techniques; organizational interventions; human resource management interventions; and human resource metrics.
Prerequisite: ORGB 3810
Note: Students may only receive credit for one of BBUS 4870, BBUS 4661 or ORGB 4871
For more information, search for this course here.

HRMN 4890
Human Resource Strategy and Professional Practice (3,0,0)

HRMN 4890 Human Resource Strategy and Professional Practice (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students examine a selection of contemporary issues in human resource management. Topics include occupational health and safety, human resource information management, and professional practice. Co-Requisite: HRMN 3830 and HRMN 3840
Note: Students may not receive credit for more than one of HRMN 4890, HRMN 4891, or BBUS 4860
For more information, search for this course here.


 

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