HRM 901 - Human Resources Management C21 (Online)
Required Course Materials:
N/A - All course materials will be available in Avenue to Learn
Optional Course Materials:
This course provides an overview of the fundamentals
of human resources management by introducing key components of its function,
relevance, and impact in an organization. It is designed to build a broad
foundation of knowledge and skills required for managing human resources in
the current business environment.
The course uses case studies, as well as other tools and resources, to engage
learners and help them apply theoretical concepts to practical situations in
human resource management.
Topics to be covered include: the strategic role of HRM; talent management;
performance management; compensation and benefits; occupational health &
safety; the legal/compliance environment; and strategic issues and challenges
in HRM, in both domestic and global contexts.
Upon completion of this course, students will:
1. Describe the function of HRM and its
importance to business organizations.
2. Identify the specific
functional areas in HRM and describe the knowledge required for a practitioner
in each one.
3. Analyze the role and impact of
employment related legislation and various compliance requirements on HR
operations in the current business environment.
4. Identify the concepts and
techniques involved in meeting human resource requirements including
attracting, hiring, and keeping the right talent for the organization.
5. Explain the concepts and
techniques involved in meeting human resource requirements through training
6. Define and assess effective
goal setting and performance management.
7. Analyze the concepts and
techniques used in strategic compensation, and describe the use of Total
Compensation to drive business objectives.
8. Explain various legislative
and non-legislative employee benefits, and identify and explain current issues
and challenges faced by employers.
Students are required to provide feedback by completing course reaction/evaluation surveys. Course evaluations are administered through an online resource. Course instructors are not involved in the distribution or collection of course evaluations. In all cases, students will remain anonymous.
This course is designed to present the fundamental concepts and theories in Human Resources Management and promote the application to the workplace and professional practice. Course activities will include quizzes, discussions, synchronous webinars and required readings.
Online Quizzes (5):
Discussions (4): 20%
Assignment 1: 25%
Assignment 2: 30%
Course assignments are submitted to the appropriate A2L Assignment folder by the specified due date
Late assignments will be subject to a 2% per day late penalty (includes weekends and holidays) for up to seven (7) days. After this date, no assignments will be accepted and a grade of zero (0) will be applied. Extensions for course work must be approved by the instructor before the due date (see Academic Regulations below), and will be granted for illness or emergencies only. Students may be asked to submit supporting documentation for an extension request.
Policy & Procedures:
Academic Regulations (Attendance, Coursework, Tests/Exams):
In accordance with McMaster University’s General Academic Regulations, “it is imperative that students make every effort to meet the originally scheduled course requirements and it is a student’s responsibility to write examinations as scheduled.” Therefore, all students are expected to attend and complete the specific course requirements (i.e. attendance, assignments, and tests/exams) listed in the course outline on or by the date specified. Students who need to arrange for coursework accommodation, as a result of medical, personal or family reasons, must contact the course instructor within 48 hours of the originally scheduled due date. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Program Manager/Program Associate to discuss accommodations and procedures related to deferred tests and/or examinations within 48 hours of the originally scheduled test/exam, as per policy. Failure to contact the course instructor, in the case of missed coursework, or the Program Manager/Program Associate, in the case of a missed test/examination, within the specified 48 hour window will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam and no further consideration will be granted.
*Note: Supporting documentation will be required but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).
(Please note that CCE will adhere to a zero tolerance
application of the policy)
You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity. Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that result or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.
It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity.
The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
- Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained, including copying solution sets.
- Improper collaboration in group work.
- Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Students with disabilities who require academic accommodations must contact the Student Accessibility Centre (SAS) to meet with an appropriate Disability Services Coordinator. To contact SAS, phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, consult McMaster University’s Policy for Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities.
for Religious, Indigenous or Spiritual Observances (RISO)
Students requiring academic accommodation based on religious,
indigenous or spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the RISO policy.
Students will need to contact their instructors as soon as possible to make
alternative arrangements for classes, assignments, and other coursework. It is the student’s responsibility to contact McMaster
Continuing Education to discuss accommodations related to examinations. (if applicable)
In this course, we will be using on-line elements, which may include email, Avenue to Learn, WebEX, and external web sites. Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.
As a McMaster student, you have the right to experience, and the
responsibility to demonstrate, respectful and dignified interactions within all
of our living, learning and working communities. These expectations are
described in the Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities (the
“Code”). All students share the responsibility of maintaining a positive
environment for the academic and personal growth of all McMaster community
members, whether in-person or online.
It is essential that students be mindful of their interactions
online, as the Code remains in effect in virtual learning environments. The
Code applies to any interactions that adversely affect, disrupt, or interfere
with reasonable participation in University activities. Student disruptions or
behaviours that interfere with university functions on online platforms (e.g.
use of Avenue 2 Learn, WebEx or Zoom for delivery), will be taken very seriously
and will be investigated. Outcomes may include restriction or removal of the
involved students’ access to these platforms.
Students are advised that lectures, demonstrations, performances,
and any other course material provided by an instructor include copyright
protected works. The Copyright Act and copyright law protect every original
literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work, including lectures by University instructors.
The recording of lectures, tutorials, or other methods of
instruction may occur during a course. Recording may be done by either the
instructor for the purpose of authorized distribution, or by a student for the
purpose of personal study. Students who wish to record sessions need to acquire
permission from the instructor. Students should be aware that their voice
and/or image may be recorded by others during the class. Please speak with the
instructor if this is a concern for you.
In this course, we will be using a web-based service (Turnitin.com) to reveal plagiarism. Students will be expected to submit their work electronically to Turnitin.com so that it can be checked for academic dishonesty. Students who do not wish to submit their work to Turnitin.com must still submit a copy to the assigned Assignment folder and add a note in the comment section that they do not wish to have the paper scanned by Turnitin. Those files will not be selected for submission. No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to Turnitin.com. All submitted work is subject to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, etc.). To see the Turnitin.com Policy, please go to www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity.
instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify
The University reserves the right to change the dates and
deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances (e.g., severe
weather, labour disruptions, etc.). Changes will be communicated through
regular McMaster communication channels, such as McMaster Daily News, A2L
and/or McMaster email.
Course Withdrawal Policy:
Policies related to dropping a course and course withdrawals are posted to the Centre for Continuing Education’s program webpage, FAQs & Policies (https://www.mcmastercce.ca/academic-faqs).
Students withdraw from courses in MOSAIC's student center (do not send withdrawal request email to CCE).
A+ = 90 - 100 %
A = 85 - 89 %
A- = 80 - 84 %
B+ = 77 - 79 %
B = 73 - 76 %
B- = 70 - 72 %
C+ = 67 - 69 %
C = 63 - 66 %
C- = 60 - 62 %
D+ = 57 - 59 %
D = 53 - 56 %
D- = 50 - 52 %
F = 0 - 49 %
Introduction to Human Resources Management
Foundations: Job Analysis & HR Planning and Recruitment & Selection
Occupational Health & Safety, Part 1 and 2
Training and Development (T&D)