Human Resources Foundations

This course empha­sizes effec­tive human resource man­age­ment process­es, meth­ods and tech­niques. The human resource func­tion will be explored as an exten­sion of and sup­port to the line man­ager’s respon­si­bil­i­ty. This course will also focus on inter­nal and exter­nal influ­ences shap­ing the role of human resource man­age­ment in orga­ni­za­tions today.

Course at a glance
  • Fully online course, accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Learn through lectures and lively discussions, as you broaden your network and apply the course content to the context of your own work or organization and explore its implications for your professional practice.
  • Aimed at emerging to mid-career individuals looking to advance in their career in the area of human resources or in supervisory positions. It will be of special interest, among others, to HR practitioners, managers, supervisors, and training coordinators.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain how effective Strategic Human Resource Management (HRM) integrates with an organization’s broader organizational strategy to meet current and future organizational needs, as well as the role that human resource professionals and line managers play as HRM partners.
  • Apply the principles of proactive strategic planning and rational, evidence-based, and intuitive decision-making to meet an organization’s current and future human resource needs.
  • Analyze and design jobs, assess current talent, and apply the principles of effective employee recruiting, selection, and retention in order to achieve organizational goals.
  • Apply the principles of effective compensation and benefit system design and assess how they impact employee motivation, productivity, and business viability.
  • Assess employee performance and support employee learning for current and future roles through effective onboarding, workplace learning, and career development, leading to improved outcomes that align with individual and organizational needs.
  • Apply the principles of building effective employee and labor relations in union and non-union environments.
  • Explain how the synergy between meeting legal requirements, building inclusiveness, and creating a safe and inclusive workplace can contribute to organizational effectiveness and employee satisfaction.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • This is a graded course; assessment activities may include exams, projects, presentations, journals, or research papers.
  • Refer to the course syllabus for details on activities and assignments.
  • A textbook is required for this course; further information will be provided in the course syllabus.
  • Additional learning materials are provided through eClass at no additional cost.
Currently counts towards:

Applicants intending to enrol in a program are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to lock in their course requirements since they are prone to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

Scheduled for Fall/Winter:

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