Lifelong Learning for a Brighter World

Tavneet Khera, McMaster University Continuing Education Human Resources Management graduate Tavneet Khera, McMaster University Continuing Education Human Resources Management graduate

Human Resources Management

People + Skills.

Pursue your CHRP/CHRL along with an HR Diploma

Formats (Online / Blended / In-Person)

The Human Resources Program offers courses in four different learning formats (in-person, blended, online and online-self-study).  It is important that you consider the learning format and its suitability for you in order to ensure that you have a successful learning experience. 

In-Person Format

  • Courses meet one time per week for three hours and run for 12-13 weeks.
  • Class size ranges from 13 to 50 students.
  • You should expect to allocate at least three hours per week for reading, study and assignments, in addition to class time.
  • Courses are held at McMaster’s downtown location, One James St. North, Hamilton, unless otherwise indicated.
  • You should attend all classes as the classroom work represents a significant part of the learning experience.

Considerations for Taking an In-Person Course

  • Your schedule allows you to attend class at the same time each week.
  • You prefer interacting with your peers and feeling part of a classroom environment.
  • You prefer weekly feedback from an instructor.
  • You occasionally need reminders and reinforcements to get your studying done.
  • You prefer the instructor explain the readings and the assignments. 

Blended Format

  • Teaching methods include weekly readings, facilitated discussion boards,  group and individual projects, assignments and quizzes
  • You will be interacting with your classmates and your instructor each week online. You will also meet in-person 3 or 4 times throughout the term. Those sessions will take place at McMaster Continuing Education on a weekly evening for 2 hours. During those in-person sessions, you will apply the content to real-life situations, discussion upcoming assignments, etc
  • You should expect to allocate approximately six to eight hours per week to complete your work but you don’t need to log on at a specific time.
  • A pre-course email with information on the course, course materials, etc. will be sent approximately 7 days before the course start date.  
  • Courses are made “live” in A2L 3 days prior to course start date

Considerations for Taking a Blended Course

  • You are good at keeping yourself on task to complete a project. You are comfortable asking for clarification when needed and expressing yourself in written form through email or a discussion board.
  • You are able to read the material (and the assignments) on your own and understand the concepts.
  • You are able to work independently, but you like to interact with others and have the opportunity to touch base in-person with your instructor and your class to make sure you are on track.
  • You have a quiet place to complete your work.
  • You are comfortable using technology. 

Online Format

  • Teaching methods include weekly readings, facilitated discussion boards, videos, narrated PowerPoint slides, group and individual projects, assignments.  
  • You will be interacting with your classmates and your instructor each week.
  • You should expect to allocate approximately six to eight hours per week to complete your work but you don’t need to log on at a specific time.
  • A pre-course email with information on the course, course materials, etc. will be sent approximately 7 days before the course start date.  
  • Courses are made “live” in A2L 3 days prior to course start date.
  • Final examinations are in-person proctored exams. Review course description to see if your course has a final exam. Students have the option of writing at McMaster University or at a university or college in their area.  Students are responsible for any proctoring/mailing fees that the offsite testing centre may charge.

Considerations for Taking an Online Course

  • You are good at keeping yourself on task to complete a project.You are comfortable asking for clarification when needed and expressing yourself in written form through email or a discussion board.
  • You are able to read the assigned readings (and the assignments) on your own and understand the concepts.
  • You are able to work independently.
  • You have a quiet place to complete your work.
  • You are comfortable using technology. 
  • View online learning video

Online (Self-Study) Format

  • Courses are designed for you to work through and learn the course material on your own.  
  • You have access to a tutor to support your learning as required. The tutor marks all assignments and provides feedback where needed.
  • Deadlines are provided for completion of the course and for each assignment; however you may complete the courses at a faster pace, if you wish
  • Courses are made “live” in A2L 3 days prior to start date of the course.  
  • A pre-course email with information on the course, course materials, etc. will be sent approximately 7 days before the course start date.

Considerations for Online (Self-Study)

  • You are able to work independently.
  • You can keep yourself on task to complete a project.
  • You are able to learn without peer discussions or weekly feedback from an instructor.
  • You are able to commit to five to ten hours per week per course for course readings, exercises, case studies, assignments, etc.
  • You are able to read the textbook (and the assignments) on your own and work through the concepts.
  • You are comfortable asking for clarification when needed and expressing yourself in written form through email.
  • You have a quiet place to complete your work.You are comfortable using technology.