Human Resource Management (HRMT) 441

Strategic Human Resource Management (Revision 1)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

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

Prerequisite: HRMT 386 or ORGB 386 or HRMT 331 or equivalent

Precluded Course: HRMT 387 and ORGB 387 (HRMT 441 may not be taken for credit by students with credit obtained in HRMT 387 or ORGB 387)

Faculty: Faculty of Business

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HRMT 441: Strategic Human Resource Management is an advanced level human resource management course with a strategic emphasis over a broad range of HRM topics, building on the foundations that are generally covered in an introductory HRM course.

This course makes extensive use of Canadian Human Resource Management (12th ed.) by H. Schwind, K. Uggerslev, T. Wagar, and N. Fassina, a text that provides a comprehensive guide to the field. This text focuses on the key aspects of strategic human resource management with particular attention to the Canadian context. It focuses on the strategic contribution of the HR function in contemporary organizations while also explicitly addressing the relationship between HR strategies, tactics, and systems. The text includes case studies of Canadian organizations that will allow students to improve their practical knowledge and awareness of HR issues in Canada.


Unit 1: Human Resource Management: A Strategic Perspective

  • Lesson 1: Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Lesson 2: Human Resource Planning
  • Lesson 3: Legal Requirements and Managing Diversity
  • Lesson 4: Recruitment and Selection

Unit 2: Managing Employee Performance

  • Lesson 5: Performance Management
  • Lesson 6: Onboarding, Training and Development, and Career Planning
  • Lesson 7: Compensation Management
  • Lesson 8: Employee Benefits and Services

Unit 3: Managing Employee Relations

  • Lesson 9: Managing Employee Relations
  • Lesson 10: Ensuring Health and Safety at the Workplace
  • Lesson 11: The Union-Management Framework


To receive credit for HRMT 441, you must receive a grade of 50 percent or better on the final case assignment, and achieve an overall grade of at least D (50 percent) 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 20% of the Grade after Unit 1
Assignment 2 20% of the Grade after Unit 2
Assignment 3 20% of the Grade after Unit 3
Final Case Assignment 40% 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. (2019) Canadian human resource management: Theory and practice (12th ed.). McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd. ISBN: 978-1-25-965492-3

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 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 1, September 30, 2020.