Organizational Behaviour (ORGB) 386

Introduction to Human Resource Management (Revision 9)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study

Credits: 3

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

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

Precluded Course: ORGB 386 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under 2 different disciplines— with HRMT 386. ORGB 386 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit for HRMT 386.

TELUQ equivalency: ADM 1015

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ORGB 386 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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ORGB 386 is designed to provide an introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of human resource management (HRM) in contemporary organizations.


The course consists of the following seven units.

Unit 1: Introduction

Unit 2: Employment Relationships and the Law

Unit 3: Job Analysis and Design

Unit 4: Planning, Recruitment, and Selection

Unit 5: Employee Orientation and Development

Unit 6: Performance Management

Unit 7: Compensation and Benefits

Unit 8: Unions and Collective Agreements

Unit 9: Conclusion


To receive credit for ORGB 386, you must achieve a composite grade of “D” (50 percent) and a grade of 50% on the final exam to pass the course. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignment 1(HR briefing) Assignment 2(HR proposal) Assignment 3(HR briefing) Final Exam Total
15% 15% 20% 50% 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


Steen, S., Noe, R., Hollenbeck, J., Gerhart, B., & Wright, P. (2009). Human Resource Management (2nd Canadian ed.). Toronto: McGraw Hill.

Online Resources

Canadian Labour Congress. (2008). Women in the workforce: Still a long way from equity.

Canadian Labour Congress. (2008). Gender inequality and precarious work.

All other materials are available online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ORGB 386 challenge registration, you must pass the project. Credit it awarded on a pass/fail basis only.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

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 9, August 16, 2011.

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Updated November 23 2015 by Student & Academic Services