Organizational Behaviour (ORGB) 386

Introduction to Human Resource Management (Revision 11)

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Permanently closed, effective May 7, 2019

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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.

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 nine 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:

Activity Weighting
Telephone Quiz: 10%
Assignment 1: Case Study 1: 30%
Online Quiz: 10%
Assignment 2: Case Study 2: 30%
Final Exam 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.

Steen, S., Noe, R., Hollenbeck, J., Gerhart, B., & Wright, P. (2013). Human Resource Management (3rd Canadian ed.). Toronto: McGraw Hill.

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.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about 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 11, March 3, 2015.

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