Human Resource Management (HRMT) 387

Strategic Human Resource Management (Revision 5)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

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

Prerequisite: None. HRMT 386 or ORGB 386 is recommended but not required.

Precluded Course: HRMT 387 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under two different disciplines—with ORGB 387. HRMT 387 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit in ORGB 387.

Faculty: Faculty of Business

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HRMT 387 is designed to complement HRMT/ORGB 386: Introduction to Human Resource Management, or a similar introductory course offered by another college or university. It is therefore not designed to cover all human resource management or employee relations issues addressed in such courses. Before starting this course, you should have taken HRMT/ORGB 386 or an equivalent course.

This course makes extensive use of Canadian Human Resource Management (11th ed.) by H. Schwind, K. Uggerslev, T. Wagar, N. Fassina, and J. Bulmash, a text that provides an accessible, comprehensive guide to the field. This is the latest edition of the series focusing on the key aspects of strategic human resource management with particular attention to the Canadian context. The text stresses upon the strategic contribution of the HR function in contemporary organizations while also focusing explicitly upon the relationship between HR strategies, tactics, and systems. The text contains case studies of Canadian organizations, thereby improving your practical knowledge and awareness of HR issues prevailing in the country.


The course is divided into three units.

  • Unit 1: Human Resource Management - A Strategic Perspective
  • Unit 2: Managing Employee Performance
  • Unit 3: Managing Employee Relations and International Human Resource Management


To receive credit for HRMT 387, you must receive a grade of 50 percent or better on the final examination, and achieve an overall grade of at least “D” (50%) for the entire course. Your final grade is determined by a weighted average of the grades you receive on the activities listed below.

Assessment Activity Credit Weight When To Complete
Assignment 1 (Theoretical) 25% of the Grade after Unit 1
Assignment 2 (Theoretical) 25% of the Grade after Unit 1
Assignment 3 (Theoretical) 25% of the Grade after Unit 2
Final Exam (Multiple Choice) 25% of the Grade after all 3 units
Total 100%  

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

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Schwind, H., Uggerslev, K., Wagar, T., Fassina, N., & Bulmash, J. (2016). Canadian human resource management: Theory and practice (11th ed.). Canada: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd.  ISBN: 9781259088568

A print version of the eText can sometimes be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Materials

All other materials are provided on the course website.

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 5, March 7, 2018.

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Updated March 07 2018 by SAS