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 Facultyof Business Student Support Centre at 1-800-468-6531.


Human ResourceManagement 208: Introduction to Pensions Representation provides an introduction to thekinds of pension and retirement savings plans that are typically offered byemployers 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 relativelybroad in scope and offers practical, relevant knowledge and skills that you canapply in both professional and personal settings.


Unit 1: Overview and Types of Pension Plans

  • Lesson 1: History andContext
  • Lesson 2: Types of Plans
  • Lesson 3: Overview ofAdministration and Regulations

Unit 2: Pension Plan Design

  • Lesson 4: Terms andConditions
  • Lesson 5: Minimum Standards

Unit 3: Pension Fund Investments

  • Lesson 6: Fundamentalsof Pension Fund Investments
  • Lesson 7: Pension FundInvestment 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


To receive credit for HRMT 208 you must submit all five assignments and achieve a composite course grade of D (50 percent).

Thefollowing table summarizes the evaluation activities for this course.

ActivityCredit WeightWhen to Complete
Assignment 110% of final gradeafter Unit 1
Assignment 225% of final gradeafter Unit 2
Assignment 325% of final gradeafter Unit 3
Assignment 415% of final gradeafter Unit 4
Assignment 525% of final gradeafter Unit 5
Total100% of final grade

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

Course Materials


MorneauShepell. (2017). Morneau Shepell handbook of Canadian pension and benefitplans (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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