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Human Resource Management

Course Code: BUSN 3350
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Business
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

Methods of Instruction

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

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%

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;

course prerequisites

30 Course Credits OR Instructor Approval

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.