Organizational Behaviour (ORGB) 387

Strategic Human Resource Management (Revision 4)

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Temporarily closed, effective October 29, 2015. Registrations are open for HRMT 387, a course with identical content.

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

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

Prerequisite: None. HRMT 386 or ORGB 386 is recommended but not required.

Precluded Course: ORGB 387 is listed under two different disciplines: Organization Behaviour and Human Resource Management. ORGB 387 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HRMT 387.

Faculty: Faculty of Business

ORGB 387 is not available for challenge.

**Note: Students registering in grouped study mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated below. To obtain the most up-to-date information, contact the School of Business Call Centre at 1-800-468-6531.


ORGB 387 is designed to complement ORGB 386: Introduction to Human Resource Management, or a similar introductory course offered by another college or university. It is therefore not designed to cover all of the personnel management or employee relations issues addressed in such courses. Before starting this course, students should have taken HRMT 386/ORGB 386, or an equivalent course.

The course makes extensive use of Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice, (5th edition) by John Bratton and Jeff Gold, a text which attempts to provide an accessible, comprehensive guide to the field. The course commentaries are intended to provide some Canadian data as well as the employee’s or worker's perspective on many of the topics discussed to balance out the dominant corporate views associated with human resource management (HRM).


The course is divided into four units.

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Unit 2: The Micro Context of Human Resource Management
  • Unit 3: Human Resource Development and Employee Relations
  • Unit 4: International Human Resource Management, Crisis and Empowerment


To receive credit for ORGB 387, you must complete all of the assignments, and achieve at least 50% on each one. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Assignment 3 Assignment 4 Total
25% 25% 25% 25% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Bratton, J., & Gold J. (2012). Human resource management: Theory and practice (5th ed.). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Other Materials

The online course materials includes a study guide, student manual and links to readings/other resources.

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 4, February 27, 2013.

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Updated April 03 2019 by Student & Academic Services