Human Resource Management (HRMT) 208

Introduction to Pensions Representation (Revision 1)

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Temporarily closed, effective May 9, 2017.

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.


Human Resource Management 208: Introduction to Pensions Representation examines and discusses the basic features of Canadian pension and retirement savings plans. It describes the roles and responsibilities of those who are involved in the management and governance of pension and retirement savings plans in Canada. In this course, the term governance refers to the processes and procedures followed by those who are responsible for overseeing pension and retirement savings plans. It also includes the decision-making procedures involved in the establishment, administration, funding, and investment of these plans.


  • Unit 1: Introduction to Pension and Retirement Savings Plans
  • Unit 2: Funding, Administration, and Multi-employer Pension Plans (MEPPs)
  • Unit 3: Pension Fund Investments
  • Unit 4: Fiduciary Duties and the Legislative Environment
  • Unit 5: Governance


To receive credit for HRMT 208, you must complete five written assignments. There are no examinations in this course. Your final grade is based on the grades you achieve for each assignment, and you must achieve a grade of at least 50 percent on each one. The credit weightings for each assignment are as follows

Assign 1 Assign 2 Assign 3 Assign 4 Assign 5 Total
15% 15% 25% 20% 25% 100%

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

Course Materials


Kim, H. J. (Ed.). (2012). Morneau Shepell handbook of Canadian pension and benefit plans (15th ed.). Toronto: CCH Canadian Ltd.

Koskie, R., Zigler, M., Gold, M., & Tomassini, R. (Eds.). (2004). Employee benefits in Canada (3rd ed.). Brookfield, WI: International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Inc. PDF

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 1, November 8, 2010.

Updated May 09 2017 by SAS