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HR Metrics and Total Rewards

Course Code: BUSN 3354
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Business
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar, Online, Hybrid
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course prepares students to understand the theory and application of human resources metrics. The students will develop critical thinking and knowledge of HR metrics that would be essential to interpreting HR data in the decision making process. This course will also help students to recognize various reward systems to build and maintain a competitive workforce. The students will learn how to develop an effective compensation strategy to create strong employer branding.

Course Content

HR Metrics

Focus Topics:

  1. Challenges and opportunities of optimal decision making and advanced analytics
  2. Collaboration, cooperation, and reciprocity
  3. Value creation and advanced analytics
  4. Human science and selection decisions
  5. Human science and incentives 

Total Rewards

Focus Topics:

  1. Strategy, rewards, and behaviour
  2. Formulating reward and compensation strategy
  3. Determining compensation values
  4. Designing performance pay and indirect pay plans
  5. Implementing, managing, evaluating, and adapting the compensation system

Methods of Instruction

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


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. examine HR metrics, research, analysis, data, and reporting to meet organizations’ human resource needs;
  2. assess and interpret quantitative and qualitative data to understand the trends in Human Resource Information System (HRIS);
  3. design and create total rewards in attracting, retaining, and motivating the workforce;
  4. evaluate the impact of internal and external factors on compensation management;
  5. design an effective performance management system and compensation strategy.

course prerequisites

  • BUSN 3350 and BUSN 3750

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.