Human Resource Management (HRMT) 326

Compensation Strategies and Practices (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

Faculty: Faculty of Business

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HRMT 326 is a three-credit, senior-level course examining strategic compensation management. This course explores the compensation process as well as issues and techniques involved in the development and administration of a compensation system. Specific topics include external competitiveness, pay structure design, performance systems and evaluation of employees, employee benefits, compliance issues, salary administration, and skill/competency plans.


  • Unit 1: Strategy, Rewards, and Behaviour
  • Unit 2: Formulating Reward and Compensation Strategy
  • Unit 3: Determining Compensation Values
  • Unit 4: Designing, Implementing and Adapting Compensation Systems


To receive credit for HRMT 326, you must achieve an overall grade of D (50 percent) or better for the entire course and a grade of 50 percent or better on the final exam. The weightings for each assignment and the final exam are as follows:

Assessmenty Format Weighting
Quizzes 1–3 Each quiz comprises 15 multiple choice questions and is worth 7.5% 22.5%
Assignments 1–3 Each assignment comprises three written response questions and is worth 7.5% 22.5%
Assignment 4 Case study analysis (1500 words) 35%
Final Exam Online exam: 30 multiple choice questions 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


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

Long, R., & Singh, P. (2018). Strategic compensation in Canada (6th ed.). Toronto: Nelson.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase 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 Resources

All other learning resources will be 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 5, Feb 6, 2019.

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