Course Description

This online course is 36 learning hours over twelve weeks. It is recommended that students spend a minimum of 3 hours each week on course work. Students may choose to complete more hours of work on the course in order to explore the content in more depth. 

This 12-week course will introduce contemporary human resources (HR) practices. Human resources have become critical to organizational, team and individual successes. The course will begin with an overview of the strategies and outcomes, as well as some of the main challenges. The role of diversity is one of the foundational concepts applicable to public and private sector organizations. The course considers not only the reasons for diversity, but some of the main ways in which HR addresses diversity. This topic leads into an examination of recruitment and selection, focusing on best practices and processes to improve effectiveness. Various methods of building and maintaining staff capacity are examined and linked to the performance of the organization and teams. We then consider rewards, the total compensation function, concluding with employee relations, communication, and legislative roles and standards that HR must promote and support.

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Human Resource Management

  • Discuss the objectives of human resources management.
  • Define human resource management and its link to an organization’s overall strategy.
  • Identify the strategic human resources management challenges faced by organizations.
  • Describe the key elements of the strategic human resource management model.
  • Discuss the role of human resources in their organization.

Module 2: Diversity Management

  • Explain the impacts and challenges of government legislation on human resource management.
  • Define discrimination, harassment, employment equity, and diversity management in the context of prevailing legislation.
  • Outline the purpose and scope of employment equity programs.
  • Describe the strategic importance of diversity and what can be done to better manage it.

Module 3: Recruitment and Selection

  • Explain the strategic importance of the recruitment function.
  • Discuss opportunities and constraints in recruiting talent.
  • Identify the appropriate methods for finding and attracting different types of recruits.
  • Describe ways to evaluate the effectiveness of their recruitment efforts.
  • Explain the strategic significance and main steps in selecting employees.
  • Discuss applicant screening tools and employment tests in selecting employees.
  • Outline the different types of interviews and the steps in the interview process.
  • Explain the strategic significance of the selection function.
  • Describe the difference steps involved in the selection process.
  • Discuss the different types and uses of applicant screening tools in selecting employees.
  • Outline the various steps in conducting an employment interview.

Module 4: Training and Employee Development

  • Describe the purpose and impact of employee ‘onboarding’ and orientation programs.
  • Explain the strategic reasons, approach, and techniques for designing training programs.
  • Explain the business advantages and main elements of career planning and development.
  • Discuss why and how to link career planning and employee development to business strategy.
  • Discuss the purpose and goals of performance management as part of strategic human resource management.
  • Describe key elements, methods, and guidelines for effective performance appraisals.
  • Describe how human resources departments encourage and assist career planning as well as support the learning management framework.

Module 5: Reward Systems

  • Explain the objectives of compensation management, including indirect compensation.
  • Discuss the concepts of ‘pay equity’ and ‘equal pay for work of equal value.’
  • Identify the major issues that influence compensation management.
  • Describe the application and benefits of individual and group incentive systems.
  • Describe total compensation as it relates to pay and overall organizational strategy.
  • Identify the implications of employee security programs.
  • Identify policies and practices that minimize benefit costs.

Module 6: Communication, Employee Relations, and Legislation

  • Discuss the importance of downward and upward communication in organizational settings.
  • Describe employee counseling and progressive discipline, and key issues regarding dismissal and employee rights.
  • Explain different strategies to increase employee productivity and involvement.
  • Outline the major issues related to workforce downsizing and the implications for strategic human resource management.
  • Describe the major Canadian laws relating to occupational health and safety.
  • Discuss roles and responsibilities for maintaining a healthy and safe work environment.
  • Describe how occupational health and safety issues affect job performance and human resource management.

What You Will Learn


Talent Acquisition

This course provides learners with the opportunity to earn a microcredential. A microcredential is evidence of a skill or competency that is employment related. Dalhousie microcredentials are developed in collaboration with employers, industries, and/or organizations that relate to the content. A microcredential can be displayed on social media pages, digital resumes, personal webpages, and in email signatures. To earn the microcredential in this course, learners will need to successfully complete a competency-based assessment.

To learn more about microcredentials and how they can enhance your learning portfolio, watch this 30-second YouTube video (video opens in a new window).


The Faculty of OLCD recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses. A list of minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website. If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

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Section Title
Human Resources Management
Online - Self-Paced
Apr 05, 2024 to Jun 28, 2024
Total Learning Hours
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $1,045.00
Required Software
Students will require a webcam and microphone to participate in live sessions.
Reading List / Textbook
All readings for this course are in the Learning Management System, Brightspace. You do not need to purchase any additional text books.
Section Notes

Please note: Any students who register within 3 business days of the course start date may experience a delay in accessing the course. Should you have any questions, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

This course has scheduled written assignments and discussions within the term time frame. The syllabus will be available on the course site. The course site on Brightspace will be available from 4:00 PM AT on the course start date.

Students who are unable to attend live sessions will be able to view a recorded version. Days and times of scheduled meetings will be announced at a future date.

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