HRM 200 serves as an introduction to human resources management and its contributions to the workplace. Today's organization faces a myriad of complex issues, such as globalization, demands for increased productivity, strategic planning and compliance with government legislation. In today's world, "people" provide the competitive advantage, and HR policies and practices have a significant impact on the bottom line and overall performance of an organization.
The course will examine the evolution of human resources from a primarily administrative function to a strategic partner and decision maker in the organization. Among other things, the course will look at the effective management of human capital, the importance of attracting and retaining employees, managing a diverse workforce, recognizing employee rights, and legislative requirements.
Whether or not you have an interest in human resources as a career, you will at some time in your working career likely be dealing with "people issues" ... either your own or somebody else's. This course will provide you with useful information and helpful insights.
This course is of importance to those with interests in the field of human resources as well as to managers in all functional areas of an organization who need to build and develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to effectively manage people.
Organizations gain sustainable competitive advantage through people thus making human resources management an important partner in the strategic planning and decision making process. Overall, you will gain an understanding of why effective human resource practices are critical to the success of any organization and be introduced to the strategic planning role that human resources professionals now play in organizations.
HRM 303 | Compensation
This course deals with the importance of understanding the complexity for the identification and design of compensation systems that add the most value to organizations. The purpose of the course is to develop the knowledge and skills to effectively manage the important function of compensation. The course will also assist those wishing to learn how to create effective compensation systems and serve as a useful source of information relating to strategic compensation. The focus will be on:
- the development of compensation strategy and how to transform this into an operating compensation system;
- the technical processes necessary to convert the compensation strategy into a compensation system including those for evaluating jobs, market, and individual employees;
- the review of key issues in designing performance pay plans and indirect pay plans. Key issues in implementing a new compensation system and its ongoing operation.
HRM 305 | Health and safety
This course is an introduction into the challenging and evolving field of occupational health and safety, and will enable you to gain an understanding of the ethical, legislative, technical, and management aspects of health and safety practice in human resources.
HRM 307 | Labour relations
This course is of critical importance to those with interests in the field of human resources and labour relations. The course will examine: the human resource management implications of unionization; different frameworks for labour relations; environmental factors influencing industrial relations; the key players in labour relations; the attainment of bargaining rights; the legislative framework governing labour relations (including Ontario's Labour Relations Act & the Employment Standards Act, 2000); the collective bargaining process; key elements of a collective agreement; the administration of a collective agreement; the grievance and arbitration process; and the history and future of labour relations.
As a group we will explore topics of interest regarding the complex and competitive field of human resources management. This honours seminar is divided into four sections: human resources topics of interest; real human resources situations - solution development; book review; organizational human resources structures - setting up a successful human resources department, and the role of human resources in today's business world. This course is of interest to students who are willing to research human resources topics in a creative way and then explore the significance of these findings in a group format.
Psych 467 gives students an opportunity to further develop their skills in a human resources setting and explore their career options for credit.
Over a ten-week period, students contribute 60 hours at an organization in the community, and attend a weekly two-hour seminar at the University of Waterloo. Psych 467 will be offered during the Winter 2019 term. The placements are typically unpaid.
Psych 467 is offered on a credit-no credit (CR/NCR) basis. There is no final exam for the course. Department consent is required to enrol.