Human Resource Management

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
BUSN 3350
Human Resource Management
Commerce & Business Administration
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Lecture: 2 Hours Seminar: 2 Hours Total: 4 Hours
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

Lectures, seminars, role-playing, case analyses and group discussions.

Course Description
This course introduces students to the major human resource activities and current issues, including: human resource planning and job analysis, recruiting, selection, orientation, training and development, career planning, performance appraisal, compensation, health and safety, and labour relations.
Course Content


  1. The history and development of the human resource management function.
  2. Government legislation, human rights, compliance and their impact on decision-making.
  3. Planning for human resource needs.  Job analysis.
  4. Staffing the organization.  Recruitment, selection and placement.  Procedures.  Decisions and constraints.  Orientation, socialization and accommodation.
  5. Appraising and compensating employees.  Performance evaluation.  Job evaluation.  Compensation systems.  Indirect compensation.
  6. Training and developing employees.  Managing employee careers.
  7. Establishing and maintaining effective labour relations.  Collective representation.  Interaction between union and management.
  8. Analyzing and improving the work environment.  Health and safety.  Quality of work-life.  Stress management.  Personnel data collection.
  9. Terminating employees.  Protecting the interests of employers while respecting employee rights.
  10. Trends and comparisons.  Personnel audit.  Future challenges.
Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. identify many of the issues and challenges involved in the planning, recruitment, maintenance, development, compensation and appraisal of an effective and efficient workforce;
  2. identify and apply some of the methods utilized in human resource management in a variety of business situations;
  3. demonstrate a knowledge of the human resource function as it relates to other managerial functions such as finance, marketing and production;
Means of Assessment
Term Paper   0% – 20%
Term Tests  25% - 40%
Final Examination  25% - 30%
Cases, Assignments and/or Presentations  10% -20%
Participation   5% - 10%

Students may conduct research as part of their coursework in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans, which can require obtaining Informed Consent from participants and getting the approval of the Douglas College Research Ethics Board prior to conducting the research.

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

  1. Dessler and Cole, Human Resources Management in Canada, Latest Edition, Pearson
  2. Schwind, H. Canadian Human Resources Management, Latest Edition, McGraw-Hill
  3. Other textbooks as chosen by the Instructor.

30 Course Credits OR Instructor Approval


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses