Human Resource Management (HRMT) 208

Introduction to Pensions Representation (Revision 2)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: None
This introductory course will be of interest to anyone who is involved in pension boards, pensions advisory activities, labour union or human resource management pensions related activity, or anyone interested in knowing more about the topic.

Faculty: Faculty of Business

HRMT 208 is not available for Challenge.

**Note: Students registering in grouped study mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated below. To obtain the most up-to-date information, contact the Faculty of Business Student Support Centre at 1-800-468-6531.

Overview

Human Resource Management 208: Introduction to Pensions Representation provides an introduction to the kinds of pension and retirement savings plans that are typically offered by employers in Canada. The course covers the decision-making procedures involved in the establishment, design, administration, investment, funding, and governance of these plans.

HRMT 208 will be of benefit to anyone involved in managing, administering, or overseeing a pension or retirement savings plan. The course is relatively broad in scope and offers practical, relevant knowledge and skills that you can apply in both professional and personal settings.

Outline

Unit 1: Overview and Types of Pension Plans

  • Lesson 1: History and Context
  • Lesson 2: Types of Plans
  • Lesson 3: Overview of Administration and Regulations

Unit 2: Pension Plan Design

  • Lesson 4: Terms and Conditions
  • Lesson 5: Minimum Standards

Unit 3: Pension Fund Investments

  • Lesson 6: Fundamentals of Pension Fund Investments
  • Lesson 7: Pension Fund Investment Management
  • Lesson 8: Environmental, Social, and Governance Investing Issues

Unit 4: Financial Management of Pension Plans and the Actuary

  • Lesson 9: Funding and the Actuary
  • Lesson 10: Defined Benefit Plan Funding Regulations
  • Lesson 11: Other Financial Regulations

Unit 5: Governance

  • Lesson 12: Fiduciary Responsibility
  • Lesson 13: Pension Plan Governance
  • Lesson 14: Trustees and Their Professional Advisors

Evaluation

To receive credit for HRMT 208 you must submit all five assignments, receive a grade of at least 50 percent on each one, and achieve a composite course grade of “D” (50 percent).

The following table summarizes the evaluation activities for this course.

Activity Credit Weight When to Complete
Assignment 1 10% of final grade after Unit 1
Assignment 2 25% of final grade after Unit 2
Assignment 3 25% of final grade after Unit 3
Assignment 4 15% of final grade after Unit 4
Assignment 5 25% of final grade after Unit 5
Total

 

100% of final grade  

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

Textbooks

Morneau Shepell. (2017). Morneau Shepell handbook of Canadian pension and benefit plans (16th ed.). Toronto: LexisNexis Canada.  ISBN:  978-0-433-48981-8

Other materials

All other materials are available online.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, June 9, 2017.

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Updated June 09 2017 by SAS