HRM701 - Introduction to Human Resources Management

Outline info
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Subject Title
Introduction to Human Resources Management

Subject Description
This subject is a comprehensive overview of modern day human resources management (HRM). This course will introduce the diverse components of human resource (HR) functions and its role in the current business environment. Case study analysis will be used to link the theory to the practical situations that occur in HR. Topics to be covered inlude the business environment, recruitment and selection, employee development and evaluation, compensation and benefits, employee rights, safety and representations and strategic issues and challenges in HRM, in both domestic and global environments.

Credit Status
One credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the historical development and conceptual foundation of Human Resources Management.
  2. Identify the specific functional areas in Human Resources Management and the knowledge required for a practitioner in each specific functional area.
  3. Analyse and demonstrate the influence of government legislation on Human Resources.
  4. Examine and analyse the concepts and techniques involved in meeting human resource requirements through planning.
  5. Describe and demonstrate the concepts and techniques involved in meeting human resource requirements through staffing.
  6. Describe and demonstrate the concepts and techniques involved in meeting human resource requirements through training and development.
  7. Define and assess performance management.
  8. Examine and analyse the concepts and techniques used in compensation management.
  9. Explain the purposes and importance of employee benefits, services, and incentive plans.
  10. Discuss the purposes and importance of employee rights and management rights.
  11. Define and explain how legislation affects occupational health and safety in today's environment.
  12. Examine and analyse the purposes and importance of labour relations and collective bargaining.
  13. Describe trends influencing the value of work and today's work force.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • Field of Human Resource Management 
  • Recruitment and placement 
  • Human Rights Code 
  • Employment Equity 
  • Human Resource planning
  • Job analysis 
  • Recruitment and selection 
  • Training and development 
  • Orientation 
  • Management development 
  • Performance appraisal
  • Career management 
  • Compensation and benefits
  • Pay equity 
  • Quality of work life
  • Employee and management rights 
  • Wrongful dismissal 
  • Employee health and safety 
  • Labour relations 
  • Future of Human Resource Management
  • Business Ethics


Mode of Instruction
A combination of teaching methods will be utilized which may include lectures, case studies, discussions, group and individual work.

This course is delivered online. This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.

Prescribed Texts
Classroom and Online

Title: Managing Human Resources 
Edition: 8th Canadian Edition 
Author(s): Belcourt, Bohlander, Singh and Snell. 
Publisher: Thomson Nelson.
ISBN: 9780176570262

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Assignments are due on the dates specified. Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor immediately, prior to when your assignment is due, so an appropriate course of action can be established. Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and will not generally be accepted beyond two weeks after the assignment due date.

In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the College Academic Policy will prevail.  Please ensure that all assignments and reports are properly documented.

Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library MLA Style Guides, Academic Honesty Policy and Copyright guidelines:  


Dates for evaluations are specified in the weekly schedule addendum to this outline. The evaluation process may include, but is not limited to, tests, exams, assignments or presentations. Any absences or missed submissions due to medical or other reasons must be supported by medical or other appropriate documentation within one (1) week of the due date. The faculty and program area must be notified immediately in the even of a missed evaluation. Upon acceptance of the documentation, the weighting of the missed deliverable will normally be applied to the final exam.

English Competency:

The ability to communicate effectively is essential for success in business. Therefore, you must demonstrate English competency in this course in both oral and written work. Ensure your written work includes correct sentence structure, spelling and punctuation. Always spell check, edit and proofread your work.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme: 


Term Test 30%
Case Studies 15%
Written Report 25%
Final Exam 30%





Mid-term test 25%
Project 20%
Online assignments (5 x 5%) 25%
Final exam 30%



Participation 10%
Online Midterm Exam 30%
Project 30%
Final Exam** 30%

** Final Exams: The final exam for online courses must be written at the Test Centre of the College at which you registered. If you are unable to do so, please make alternative arrangements through the College at which you registered. All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to, policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.

HRM701 offered through Ontario Learn will no longer have a paper based final exam.  The exam will be online invigilated – meaning, students still have to come in person to write this online exam at a Test Centre.  Students will use the Test Centre computers to log into their Ontario Learn course where the timed exam will be available for the student to complete the exam online.

Please retain this course outline document for future educational and/or employment use.  

Academic Program Manager:
Emiliano Introcaso

Approved by: Academic Program Manager Emiliano Introcaso