HRM722 - Personnel Research Techniques and H.R.I.S.

Outline info
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Subject Title
Personnel Research Techniques and H.R.I.S.

Subject Description
This subject involves the study of research techniques as they pertain to the measurement and conditioning of workforce behaviour. The subject provides knowledge related to the introduction of electronic human resources information systems (HRIS) into an organization by discovering project management, planning and implementation models. The value of HRIS to effective human resources (HR) research activities will be explored by looking at actual practices of HR professionals.

Credit Status
One credit.

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

  1. Identify the techniques involved in researching, analysing, and interpreting data relating to HR activities.
  2. Demonstrate a command of the fundamentals of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation graphics and database management software by independently creating and editing documents.
  3. Describe fundamental applications of HRIS to the management of human resources.
  4. Apply knowledge of HRIS system development, acquisition and software to assigned human resources management tasks.

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.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

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.


However, it is strongly recommended that students take HRM701 - Introduction to Human Resources Management, prior to taking this course if they plan to pursue the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate.

Topic Outline

  • The role of research in Human Resource Management 
  • Basic Methods I: Measurement of workforce behaviour 
  • Basic Methods II: Conditioning of workforce behaviour 
  • Basic Methods III: Statistical interpretation of HR information 
  • Introduction to HRIS 
  • Planning HRIS projects 
  • Needs analysis issues 
  • Design/purchase issues 
  • Implementation issues 
  • HRIS application to various HR functions such as:
    • Planning & staffing 
    • Training & development 
    • Compensation, benefits, payroll & pensions 
    • Health & safety 
    • Future trends & directions 

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

This subject is also delivered in the classroom enviroment.  Students are expected to participate on a weekly basis by completing discussions, assignments and assessments.

Prescribed Texts

Title: HR Manager's Guide Managing Information Systems
Edition: 1st Edition
Publisher: Thomson Carswell 
ISBN: 9780779856817

Title: Research Measurement & Evaluation of Human Resources
Edition: 1st Custom Edition
Author: Saks, Alan
Publisher: Thomson Nelson Canada
ISBN:  978-0-17-646249-9

Classroom Course - Fall 2018

Course material will be provided by the instructor.

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.
nts 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 subject 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: 

Online Course:

Assignments 30%
Midterm Test 20%
Participation 15%
Final Exam ** 35%

** Final Exams: The final exam for online subjects 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.

Classroom Course:
Project Assignment
  • Draft Proposal (5%) - Week 4
  • Written Report - Week 11
  • Presentation - Week 12 & 13
Midterm Test  20%
Discussion Questions (3 @ 5%) 15%
Final Exam ** 35%

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

Academic Program Manager
Emiliano Introcaso

Approved by: Chair - Business Studies Danielle Mercier