Human Resources Management

The Human Resources Management (HRMT) programs provide full-time and part-time intensive study for students wishing to undertake studies in the human resources management field.

Based on extensive consultations with business leaders, and explicit reference to the Required Professional Capabilities of the Certified Human Resources Practitioner (CHRP) designations, Human Resources Management course content is designed to prepare students to achieve the CHRP designation and for a range of Human Resources Professional roles.

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Human Resources Management program provides full-time and part-time intensive study for students wishing to undertake studies in the human resources management field.

The Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Human Resources Management program is designed for adult learners who have completed a bachelor-level degree, and who are looking for a pathway to professional employment in the human resources management profession.

Graduates of the programs acquire the following:

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills by assessing and interpreting source materials, evaluating arguments, examining and applying both case-based and real-world business based projects, as consulting teams in the development of business and human resources management solutions
  • Skills to manage communication initiatives to create and implement human resources initiatives and programs that achieve organizational goals
  • Professional and persuasive communications skills
  • An understanding of the entire organization, and the important role of corporate citizenship
  • Collaboration skills with all functional areas of an organization (accounting, human resources, operations, production, marketing, information technology, etc.)
  • Skills necessary to work effectively in teams, assuming roles of leader and follower, as appropriate

Some unique features of this program include:

  • Direct incorporation of Intended Learning Outcomes based on the Certified Human Resources Professional Requirements and industry feedback
  • Industry based practicum capstone course, learning partnerships with business, applied projects and assignments and ongoing work experience
  • Professional development for individuals seeking higher level training
  • Opportunities for Cooperative Education employment while earning a degree

The HRMT programs provide full-time and part-time intensive study options for students to complete the program at their own pace. The majority of the HMRT designated courses are scheduled at 4:00 pm or in the evening to allow students to further their education while maintaining current employment. This allows for changing outside-of-school time requirements and does not lock a student into a rigid program structure and time-frame.

Many of the 1000 and 2000 level foundational courses included in the BBA HRMT program are articulated with other universities and colleges for ease of course transferability to and from KPU. Please refer to the BC Transfer Guide at http://www.bctransferguide.ca regarding the transferability of courses to and from specific institutions in British Columbia.

Please visit kpu.ca/business/programs-and-courses for more information on School of Business programs.

Who Studies Human Resources Management?

  • High school graduates who wish to pursue a human resources career
  • Business students from disciplines such as Accounting, Business Management, Economics, Computer Sciences and Information Systems who wish to continue their studies by expanding the depth and breadth of their knowledge, skills, and practical human resources management experience
  • Current Kwantlen Polytechnic University students who have completed courses in a different discipline (i.e. Arts, Science, Horticulture, Graphic Design) who wish to better understand human resources management practices and strategies for their field
  • Mid-level management working full-time, with some post secondary education, seeking to upgrade their skills in the marketing field through part-time studies
  • International students seeking a BBA degree or Post Baccalaureate diploma in Human Resources Management from an accredited university

Department's website: kpu.ca/business/bachelor-business-administration-human-resources-management

Depending upon their capabilities and experience, a graduate may be able to enter or advance within the field of human resources management in professional roles such as:

  • Manager
  • Consultant
  • Analyst
  • Advisor
  • Coordinator

Registration in some course sections is restricted to students in particular programs. See Timetables - kpu.ca/registration/timetables - for current section information.

Visit the BC Transfer Guide - bctransferguide.ca - for information about course transfer in B.C.

HRMT 3105  3 credits  
Human Resources Information Systems and Data  

Students will study the concepts of selecting, managing and leveraging the applications of Human Resource Information technologies to support the delivery of efficient and effective HR services. Students will also develop an understanding of the role and importance of HR analytics by being introduced to the concepts and the business application of human resources data, metrics, analyses and reporting techniques to support HR decision-making. Students will apply the course concepts to develop their knowledge and skills through the use of exercises and projects involving cases or simulated organizational situations. Note: MS Excel proficiency is recommended prior to enrolling in this course.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): 45 credits from courses at the 1100 level or higher, including BUSI 2405

Attribute: BUSI

HRMT 3115  3 credits  
Human Relations in Organizations  

Students will demonstrate understanding and apply key concepts of human behaviour in organizations, with in-depth focus on the phenomena of communication, leadership, decisionmaking, conflict and change at the individual, group, and organizational levels. They will further their development of interpersonal skills that contribute to effective functioning in organizational settings. Students will assess their human relations strengths and weaknesses and identify opportunities to substantively increase individual contribution to the organization and achieve higher levels of personal fulfillment in their careers and lives. Note: BUSI 1250 is a recommended elective prior to enrolling in this course.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): 45 credits from courses at the 1100 level or higher, including BUSI 1215

Attribute: BUSI

HRMT 3125  3 credits  
Employment Law  

Students will research, review and apply the applicable statute and common law regulating the employment relationship, including employment agreements, the duties of the employer and employee, and termination of the relationship, including the law of wrongful dismissal. Students will also address the statutory schemes which affect the employment relationship including the Employment Standards Act, and attention will also be paid to Human Rights legislation including the Duty to Accommodate. Students will also investigate emerging privacy law issues. Note: BUSI 1250 is a recommended elective prior to enrolling in this course.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): 45 credits from courses at the 1100 level or higher, including ENGL 1100 and BUSI 2390

Co-requisite(s): CMNS 3000 or ENTR 3000

Attribute: BUSI

HRMT 3135  3 credits  
Recruitment and Selection  

Students will use the most up-to-date aspects of the current issues and methodologies used in recruiting and selecting employees for organizations as essential components of strategic human resources planning, with an emphasis on their strategic role in enhancing organizational performance. They will deal with contemporary developments and their practical applications related to organization and job analysis, competencies and performance management, employee recruitment, screening and selection, testing, interviewing and related decision making. Note: BUSI 1250 is a recommended elective prior to enrolling in this course.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): 45 credits from courses at the 1100 level or higher, including ENGL 1100 and BUSI 1215

Attribute: BUSI

HRMT 3145  3 credits  
Occupational Health and Safety  

Students will work as a member of a team to identify strategic organizational practices for Occupational Health and Safety consistent with the organization's strategy; improve occupational health and safety practices through the assessment of education and communication needs and the provision of appropriate programs; and analyze program effectiveness and track accident reports and health outcomes based on information and data from a Human Resource Information System.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): HRMT 3115, HRMT 3125 and HRMT 3105

Attribute: BUSI

HRMT 3255  3 credits  
Total Compensation  

Students will evaluate and implement a road map to evolving compensation strategy and design. They will use the process a Human Resource practitioner follows in order to put together an effective compensation program according to current best practices, focusing on performance based approaches to compensation that help create programs that support an organization's broad-based strategic needs. Students will review the most advanced thinking in job analysis, job evaluation, compensation surveys, contingency-based compensation plans, executive compensation packages, productivity measurements and the use of technology in managing compensation programs in the course. Note: MS Excel proficiency is recommended prior to enrolling in this course.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): All of: (a) HRMT 3115, (b) HRMT 3135 and (c) ENTR 3120 or ACCT 3380 or ENTR 3170

Co-requisite(s): HRMT 3105

Attribute: BUSI

HRMT 3265  3 credits  
Employee Development and Coaching  

Students will use best professional practices focusing on the management of training and development as a critical investment in an organization's human resources capital. They will demonstrate processes centered around the roles and responsibilities of Human Resource Development professionals, a model of training, the importance of needs analysis, strategic goal setting, program design, on and off-the-job training methodologies, transfer of training, training evaluation and costing, the diversity of training programs, as well as the management development process. Students will also utilize coaching techniques as a powerful intervention to enhance organizational results by influencing the way people think and work together.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): HRMT 3115 and HRMT 3135

Attribute: BUSI

HRMT 4115  3 credits  
Labour Relations  

Students will practice the application of collective agreement language in an organizational setting through a series of grievance cases covering all aspects of a collective agreement. Students will use grievance decisions to prepare proposals for negotiations using collective agreement language, and will confront issues surrounding labour disruptions and the application of Labour Relations legislation.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): HRMT 3145 and HRMT 3255

Attribute: BUSI

HRMT 4125  3 credits  
Organizational Development  

Students will research, review and present key findings on best practices related to a variety of key organization development concepts, such as: the process of organization development; human process interventions; techno-structural interventions; human resources management intervention; strategic interventions and special applications of organization development, including corporate coaching

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): All of: (a) HRMT 3265 and (b) ENTR 3100 or ENTR 3150 or ECON 3150 or ECON 2350

Attribute: BUSI

HRMT 4500  6 credits  
Strategic Human Resources Management  

Students will manage, design, prepare and present a comprehensive Human Resource Management project that will meet the requirements of a client organization. Students will synthesize developmental, leadership and application experiences to analyze factors internal and external to an organization and provide strategic recommendations based on an organization’s human capital; develop strategic human resource plans in concert with the organization’s strategic plan; and implement plans to address gaps in an organization’s capabilities in order to carry out strategic plans. They will also design strategic staffing processes to maintain organizational effectiveness, analyze trends in the organization’s environment and develop appropriate Human Resources responses. Note: HRMT 4125 is recommended prior to enrolling in this course.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): HRMT 3125, HRMT 3135, HRMT 3145, HRMT 3255 and HRMT 3265

Co-requisite(s): HRMT 4115 and HRMT 4125

Attribute: BUSI

HRMT 5100  3 credits  
HR & the Business  

This course provides students with an understanding of the Canadian business environment and of the human resource management function as a key driver in organizational success. Students will be introduced to the traditional and evolving role of the Human Resource management function and build a foundational understanding of how the HR function creates value in organizations. Students will examine the political, economic, legal, cultural and social issues that influence the practice of Human Resources as well consider the impact of structure on communication, leadership and individual behaviours.

Level: UG

Attributes: BUSI, F2A9

HRMT 5110  3 credits  
HR Management  

This course addresses the strategic human resource management activity of planning for future human resource requirements and adding business value through HRM. The importance of aligning human resources planning with corporate and business strategies is emphasized and the course is centered around analysis and evaluating an organization’s strategic variables, its capabilities and its industry environmental factors in developing an aligned human resources systems framework. Specific focus will be applied to the transformative role of technology and the HR function.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): BUSM 5100 and 5130

Attributes: BUSI, F2A9

HRMT 5120  3 credits  
Professional Communications for HR Professionals  

Students will learn how to communicate within the HR context. They will analyze context and audience, determine purpose, message content, visual design and media in order to create effective human resource communication that are consistent with an organization’s employment brand. Students will identify and practice the skills required to write effective policies and, clear HR communications (including job descriptions, talent acquisition communications, and employee communications) while identifying the implications of communication errors in the HR context.

Level: UG

Attributes: BUSI, F2A9

HRMT 5130  3 credits  
Talent Acquisition  

Students will apply the most up-to-date methodologies used in talent acquisition, retention and engagement to choose the best approach to organizational talent acquisition. They will deal with contemporary developments and their practical applications related to workforce planning strategy, employer branding, organization and job analysis and the implications of the legal frameworks that impact talent acquisition. Students will analyze the effectiveness of talent acquisition approaches with a strong focus on the impact of technology.

Level: UG

Attributes: BUSI, F2A9

HRMT 5140  3 credits  
Human Relations & Intercultural Fluency  

Students will demonstrate understanding and apply key concepts of human behaviour in organizations, with in-depth focus on emotional intelligence, facilitation, conflict, team behaviours and intercultural fluency. Students will assess their human relations strengths and weaknesses as well as their current level of intercultural fluency to identify opportunities to substantively increase individual contribution to the organization and create inclusive work environments.

Level: UG

Attributes: BUSI, F2A9

HRMT 5150  3 credits  
Health and Safety  

Students will identify the requirements for a strategically aligned Occupational Health and Safety program. They will articulate the business case for the establishment and adherence to occupational health and safety practices that consider legal requirements, risk mitigation, economic impact and corporate social responsibility. Students will analyze program effectiveness and track accident reports and health outcomes based on information and data.

Level: UG

Attributes: BUSI, F2A9

HRMT 5160  3 credits  
Total Rewards  

Students will develop the knowledge and skill to make strategic total reward decisions and develop strategically aligned reward systems. They will develop reward strategies that consider compensation, benefits, reinforcement of organizational culture and the employee experience. They will focus on the process for creating total reward programs that support an organization's broad-based strategic needs. Students will review the most advanced thinking in job analysis, job evaluation, compensation surveys, contingency-based compensation plans, executive compensation packages, productivity measurements. They will examine the transformative role of technology in managing rewards programs and their link to performance management. Students will also discuss the legal framework for total rewards in Canada.

Level: UG

Attributes: BUSI, F2A9

HRMT 5170  3 credits  
Talent Management  

Students will use best professional practices focusing on the management of training and development as a critical investment in an organization's human resources capital. They will demonstrate processes centered around the roles and responsibilities of Human Resource Development professionals, a model of training, the importance of needs analysis, strategic goal setting, program design, on and off-the-job training methodologies, transfer of training, training evaluation and costing, the diversity of training programs, as well as the management development process. Students will also utilize coaching techniques as a powerful intervention to enhance organizational results by influencing the way people think and work together.

Level: UG

Attributes: BUSI, F2A9

HRMT 5180  3 credits  
Organizational Development & Leadership  

Students will apply the business leadership process as well as applied, and practical, leadership techniques. They will develop and practice leadership and consulting skills through selfassessment exercises, simulations and other 'hands-on' experience. Students will also research, review and present key findings on best practices related to a variety of key organization development concepts, such as: the process of organization development; human process interventions; techno-structural interventions; human resources management intervention; strategic interventions.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): BUSM 5100, 5130 and HRMT 5100, 5110, 5120, 5130, and 5140

Co-requisite(s): HRMT 5170

Attributes: BUSI, F2A9

HRMT 5190  4 credits  
Labour and Employee Relations  

Students will differentiate between employee and labour relations and the aspects of union management relations in the Canadian context. Students will choose approaches for effectively managing employee issues such as: discipline, non-culpable performance problems, addiction, disability and forms of harassment. Students will identify the unionization process and examine approaches to negotiating collective agreements. Students will examine effective dispute resolution in unionized and non-unionized environments. They will also apply collective agreement language in an organizational setting through a series of grievance cases covering all aspects of a collective agreement. Students will use data collection and grievance decisions to prepare proposals for negotiations using collective agreement language and will confront issues surrounding labour disruptions and the application of Labour Relations legislation. They will also consider the past and current state of unionization and future issues in Canadian unionization.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): All of BUSM 5100, BUSM 5130, HRMT 5100, HRMT 5110, HRMT 5120, HRMT 5130, HRMT 5140, HRMT 5150, HRMT 5160, HRMT 5170

Attributes: BUSI, F2A9

HRMT 5200  5 credits  
Strategic Human Resources Management Practicum  

Students will manage, design, prepare and present a comprehensive strategic Human Resource Management industry project that will meet the requirements of a client organization. Students will synthesize developmental, leadership and application experiences to analyze factors internal and external to an organization and provide strategic recommendations based on an capabilities in order to carry out strategic plans.

Level: UG

Prerequisite(s): BUSM 5100, BUSM 5130, HRMT 5100, 5110, 5120, 5130, 5140, 5150, 5160, 5170

Attributes: BUSI, F2A9

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