Issues and Trends in Total Compensation

This course will intro­duce the prin­ci­ples and inter­re­la­tion­ships of Total Com­pen­sa­tion strat­e­gy, Total Com­pen­sa­tion plan design, Job Eval­u­a­tion, and Per­for­mance Man­age­ment. In a pre­car­i­ous econ­o­my, Total Com­pen­sa­tion is a key ingre­di­ent in attract­ing and retent­ing of employ­ees. There will be con­sid­er­able dis­cus­sion of cur­rent and emerg­ing issues and trends in Total Compensation.

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:

  • Understand the principles and concepts necessary to design and implement a reward and compensation system.
  • Explain the strategic, organizational, and behavioural framework for compensation.
  • Define the technical components of the compensation system.
  • Understand the linkages between compensation and employee performance.
  • Have an awareness of contemporary compensation issues.
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

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject 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.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

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This course is not currently scheduled, but may be offered in an upcoming term.

New course schedules are announced each June and November.


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