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 Resource Planning is a three-credit course for senior–level undergraduate students. It examines the practice and theory of human resource (HR) planning in Canadian workplaces.

This course comprises 14 lessons aimed at establishing students’ understanding around the core issues involved in human resource planning (HRP) and forecasting. The course explores different factors that managers should consider while making decisions in developing their human resources plans. It establishes HR as a key strategic partner for businesses, and stresses the need for proper planning in terms of HR demand and supply to ensure the labour needs of organizations are met effectively. The readings draw attention to the role of HRP in strategic human resource management (SHRM) and outline how ignoring workers’ interests could create difficulties for HRP.

Further, the course expands students’ knowledge about the processes involved in HRP, including qualitative and quantitative techniques in forecasting personnel requirements and possible solutions to addressing shortages and surpluses. Students will also gain insight around measuring effectiveness of these processes. Finally, students will 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 and submit 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:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 (Essay) 30%
Assignment 2 (Multiple-choice Quiz) 20%
Assignment 3 (Essay) 30%
Final Exam (Multiple Choice) 20%
Total 100%

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 can accommodate 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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