Human Resource Management (HRMT) 300

Human Resource Planning (Revision 2)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

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

Prerequisite: None. ADMN 232 is recommended but not required.

Faculty: Faculty of Business

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HRMT 300: Human ResourcePlanning is athree-credit course for senior–level undergraduate students. It examines thepractice and theory of human resource (HR) planning in Canadian workplaces.

This course comprises 14lessons aimed at establishing students’ understanding around the core issuesinvolved in human resource planning (HRP) and forecasting. The course exploresdifferent factors that managers should consider while making decisions indeveloping their human resources plans. It establishes HR as a key strategicpartner for businesses, and stresses the need for proper planning in terms ofHR demand and supply to ensure the labour needs of organizations are meteffectively. The readings draw attention to the role of HRP in strategic humanresource management (SHRM) and outline how ignoring workers’ interests couldcreate difficulties for HRP.

Further, the course expandsstudents’ knowledge about the processes involved in HRP, including qualitativeand quantitative techniques in forecasting personnel requirements and possiblesolutions to addressing shortages and surpluses. Students will also gaininsight around measuring effectiveness of these processes. Finally, studentswill examine how strategic options such as restructuring, mergers, outsourcing,and international ventures affect various human resource functions.


  • Unit 1: Introduction to Strategic Human Resource Planning (HRP)
  • Unit 2: Human Resource Forecasting and Planning
  • Unit 3: Strategic Options and Evaluations for Human Resource Planning (HRP)


To receive credit for HRMT 300, you must complete andsubmit all three assignments, pass the final exam with a grade of at least 50 %,and achieve a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignment 1 (Essay)30%
Assignment 2 (Multiple-choice Quiz)20%
Assignment 3 (Essay)30%
Final Exam (Multiple Choice)20%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre canaccommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

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

Course Materials


Belcourt, M., & McBey, K. (2016). Strategic human resource planning (6th ed.). Toronto, ON:Nelson Education. ISBN 9780176570309

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 12, 2017.

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