Workforce Planning and Talent Management

Commerce & Business Administration
Course Code
BUSN 3352
Semester Length
15 Weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course prepares students to help organizations thrive and compete in complex business environments by integrating dynamic planning and talent management strategies into organizational goals. Students utilize information available within and outside the organization that affect individual and organizational decision-making, in particular those that have a direct impact throughout the process of planning through retention.
Course Content

Workforce Planning:
1. Workforce analysis and organizational structure
2. Job analysis
3. Job design
4. Human resource planning and process
5. Improving job design and HR planning using HRM information systems
6. Social responsibility and legal issues in workforce planning

Talent Management:
1. The nature of staffing
   a. Staffing models and strategy
   b. Staffing management system
2. Support activities
   a. Legal compliance
   b. Use of measures
3. Staffing activities
   a. Internal recruitment
   b. External recruitment
   c. Selection screening
   d. Selection testing
   e. Internal selection
   f. Decision-making
4. Orientation practices and on-boarding programs
5. Retention management
6. Social responsibility and legal issues in managing talent

Methods Of Instruction

Lectures, discussions, small-group discussions and exercises, case studies, videos, role plays, guest speakers, simulations and/or project(s).

Means of Assessment
Term Project(s) 15% - 25%
Term Tests and/or Quizzes 20% - 25%
Final Examination 20% - 25%
Cases, Assignments and/or Presentations 20% - 25%
Participation 0% - 10%
Total 100%


1. At least 50% of the total coursework must be individual work. 
2. To pass the course, students must achieve a cumulative grade of 50% in all non-group assessments as well as 50% overall in the course. In other words, students must have achieved at least 50% on their cumulative individual assessments in order to be eligible to earn marks from group work.
3. 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.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, a successful student should be able to:
1. analyze staffing needs and gaps by developing models, methods and plans consistent with organizational design, goals and requirements;
2. design workforce planning and talent management strategies supporting organizational goals and increasing an organization’s employee value proposition;
3. evaluate and create planning and talent management strategies to attract, develop and retain talent;
4. assess how workforce planning and talent management strategies relate to individual and organizational performance; and
5. recommend improvements to existing organizational workforce planning and talent management strategies.

Textbook Materials

All of the following materials are required:

Steen S.L., Noe, R.A., Hollenbeck, J.R., Gerhart, B. and Wright, P.M (latest edition). Human resource management. McGraw Hill Education. Canada.

Noe, R.A., Hollenbeck, J.R., Gerhart, B., Wright, P.M. and Eligh, L. (latest edition). Strategic human resource management. McGraw Hill Education. Canada.

Heneman III, H.G., Judge, T.A., Smith, V. and Summers, R. (latest edition). Staffing organizations: Recruitment and selection in Canada. McGraw Hill Education. Canada.

Or any alternative textbook that has been approved by the department.

Or Custom Coursepack - to be developed by the department.



Courses listed here must be completed prior to this course:


Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses


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

  • No equivalency courses

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for BUSN 3352
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO BUS 3XX (3)
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR MGMT 3XX (3)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit
Okanagan College (OC) OC BUAD 3XX (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BBUS 3XXX (3)
University Canada West (UCW) UCW BUSI 3XX (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV BUS 314 (3)

Course Offerings

Fall 2022