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Human Resources Management

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Human Resources Management

Program Overview

If you’re hoping to move into positions that require skills in employee recruitment and training, or knowledge of labour relations, organizational behaviour, health and safety, Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Human Resources Management certificate program will interest you. It’s practical training in critical HR functions, from payroll and benefits to recruitment and labour relations. Take the program to develop in-demand knowledge and skills in the growing field of human resources management.

The Human Resources Management certificate program is offered on a course-by-course basis through Continuing Education on evenings and Saturdays, as well as through distance education. You’ll study key areas in HR management such as:

  • Compensation and benefits
  • Conflict management
  • Employee and labour relations
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Training and development
  • Leadership development
  • Project management

Courses integrate demonstrations, projects and practical exercises to help you translate theory into practice. For example, you’ll develop a proposal to help management enhance employee relations; you’ll discuss current trends in labour relations; you’ll use role-play to develop conflict resolution skills; you’ll participate in simulations and experiential exercises to build practical skills.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Human resources professionals work for large companies, municipalities, government departments, health authorities, university and school systems. You might start as an entry-level HR assistant, or you might move into a general management position that demands HR skills. Your certificate prepares you to work in different areas of human resources management, including classifications, recruitment, benefits, employment equity, job analysis, employee relations, staff training and administration.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Human Resources SpecialistSpecialists in Human Resources (1121)$45,800 - $107,000
Personnel OfficerPersonnel and Recruitment Officers (1223)$41,600 - $70,000
Payroll ClerkPayroll Clerks (1432)$31,200 - $64,100

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): Varies - <a href="/programs-and-courses/continuing-education/certificate-and-diploma-programs-and-credit-courses.aspx" target="_blank">Continuing Education</a>

Length: 12 courses

Locations

  • It is offered on a course-by-course basis through Continuing Education (evenings and Saturdays, and by distance)

Admissions

Admission Requirements

 

Note: You do not apply or have admission requirements assessed for this program. You will take courses through Continuing Education. Once you have successfully completed all the courses in the program, simply apply to graduate.

Admission Method

Not applicable at this time

Tuition and Fees

For tuition information, contact Registration Services.

Courses

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Courses

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ACCT 122
Introductory Financial Accounting 1
6
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Your studies will focus on an introduction to financial accounting designed to provide you with accounting skills to handle business transactions. The course will include bookkeeping techniques, accounting for a merchandising concern and control over cash and receivables. Accounting for payroll is also introduced in this course. ACCT 122 is a companion to ACCT 125 (Introductory Financial Accounting 2) which continues the study of basic financial accounting.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 96.0
Equivalent Course(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
ADMN 220
Organizational Behaviour
4
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You will study human behaviour in organizations and develop the skills needed to deal with people at work. Your studies include content on individual behaviour, values, interpersonal relationships and communications, groups and team dynamics, organizational culture, leadership, and change. You will study these aspects of human behavior within the context of diverse formal organizations.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): BUS 182
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
ADMN 255
Conflict Management
4
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You will focus on an introduction to conflict resolution, designed to provide you with interest-based conflict resolution models and primary interpersonal skills to handle workplace conflicts. You will obtain insights and be educated in conflict theory, negotiation strategy, needs grounding related to basic interpersonal communication and management skills, such as rapport building, empathetic listening, behaviour modelling, reframing, problem solving, and decision making. You will develop conflict resolution skills through a combination of lecture material, in-class assignments, role-plays and demonstrations, reading assignments, and problem-solving challenges.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): DRCP 221
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning, Televised/SCN
BCOM 105
Business Communications
5
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You will develop fundamental employability skills through study of the principles of communication and active listening techniques. The course content includes development of effective writing skills and formatting. You will apply the principles and skills by writing business messages for positive, negative and persuasive purposes. You will examine ways to apply communication skills to cross-cultural situations. You will learn to apply effective presentation skills when delivering oral presentations and conducting business meetings. You will write short reports.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
BCOM 120
Business Communications 1
4
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You will develop fundamental employability skills by studying the principles of communication. The course content includes developing effective writing skills. You will apply the principles and skills by writing letters and memorandums for routine and negative purposes. You will develop teamwork employability skills and examine ways to apply communication skills to team and cross-cultural situations.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): BCOM 104, TCOM 102, TCOM 180
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning, Televised/SCN
HR 120
Introduction to Human Resource Management
4
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Your studies will focus on an overview of human resource management and practices. You will learn the impact of job analysis; planning, recruiting, and selection processes; training, developing and compensation considerations, and management performance and labour relations. You will discuss employee and organizational ethics throughout the course, and your studies will emphasize the use of human resource management to achieve high organizational performance.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 222
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
HR 230
Talent Acquisition
4
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You will focus on the role and functions of sourcing of applicants and the acquisition of employees in human resource management. You will develop an appreciation for professional sourcing, acquisition, and onboarding practices that meet Canadian legal standards. You will develop an understanding of the essential role of sound talent acquisition practices in relation to an organization’s performance management goals. You will recognize the constraints under which an organization operates and how it relates to the process of sourcing and acquisition of talent.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 230
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning, Televised/SCN
HR 231
Strategic Compensation
5
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You will develop a general understanding of the processes, techniques and issues human resource professionals encounter in developing and administering a total rewards program. You will learn the strategic importance of total rewards and how its issues can impact other areas of human resources. In addition, you will gain an understanding of the impact of contemporary social trends and legislative developments that affect decision making about the design of total rewards programs.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 231
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning, Televised/SCN
HR 232
Training and Development
5
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You will analyze the strategic value of developing talent within organizations with a focus on employee training and career development. Specifically, through a combined theory and hands-on approach, you will examine the functions of training and development needs analysis, training program design, the selection and application of training methods, transfer strategies, training evaluation and building employee engagement in career development.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 232
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning, Televised/SCN
HR 234
Employee Engagement
5
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You will focus on the major influences on employee engagement and the impact on individual managers and the organization. You will examine the importance of sound employee relationship practices in the role of reaching organizational objectives. You will look at equity and fairness, the influence of culture, diversity and equity, motivation, job design principles, performance management and occupational health and safety. You will research and develop a proposal that management can implement to enhance corporate employee engagement.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 234
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning, Televised/SCN
HR 236
Organizational Change
4
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You will develop strategies and processes related to creating and fostering an evolving workplace culture that supports innovation, change, quality and learning. You will also explore your own attitude toward change as a means of understanding that of employees. The result of this approach to organizational change will be harmony between the organization’s needs and employee’s expectations while remaining consistent with the organization’s business plan in a competitive and changing environment. The course content emphasizes the importance of implementing change in the proper sequence of events and interactions
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 236
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Televised/SCN
MGMT 127
Accounting for Managers
3
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In your studies, you will gain the required knowledge of accounting and finance to perform your role as a manager. Your studies will include an introduction to essential accounting concepts and the development and interpretation of financial statements. You will also learn how to prepare operating and capital budgets, and how to compare budgeted and actual results throughout the organization's fiscal year.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): FIN 121
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory

Electives (Must take two)

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ADMN 206
Leadership Development
4
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You will obtain a solid understanding of organizations and personal leadership. Your study will focus on blending principles and techniques of leadership, motivation, management, and self-development in an effort to help you develop your own philosophies about managing and being managed. Key topics include: the history and evolution of leadership thought, leadership effectiveness through the application of motivational techniques, facilitating follower empowerment, experiential learning and strategic leadership.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): MGMT 124
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Televised/SCN
ADMN 224
Entrepreneurship
5
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You will learn the specifics of organizing and opening a small business, including legislation, licenses, types of businesses and location. The course will end with an assignment that performs all the steps up to the opening of your business including the development of a Business Plan.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): MKTG 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Televised/SCN
FIN 225
Relationship Building
5
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You will develop techniques to improve your presence and effectiveness in client interactions by applying the key elements of the communication process. You will learn communication modes, perceptions and techniques, including body language. You will learn to tailor these communication applications to the reality of the financial services industry.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
HR 233
Labour Relations
4
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Your studies will focus on labour relations, including union certification procedures, union structure, managing in unionized environments, applicable legislation affecting labour relations, collective bargaining, dispute resolution methods, and recent developments in the labour relations field. You will be encouraged to discuss and debate labour relations issues, to critically evaluate case studies and to monitor and report on current labour relations events. Through intensive simulations and experiential exercises, you will develop practical skills and abilities to reach a collective bargaining agreement.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 233
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Televised/SCN
HR 235
Collective Bargaining and Interest-Based Negotiations
5
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Through intensive simulations and experiential exercises, you will develop practical skills and abilities necessary to reach a collective agreement. The course includes an introduction to the collective bargaining process, where you will gain an awareness of the theory, models, and legal framework.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 235
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning, Televised/SCN
HR 237
Wellness in the Workplace
4
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Your studies will focus on an overview of occupational health and safety systems as it relates to Human Resources responsibility. You will examine societal and organizational aspects, core principles, essential elements, a variety of legislation, psychological hazards, probability and severity of risk, disability management, duty to accommodate, and Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning, Televised/SCN
MKTG 223
Marketing Research
5
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You will prepare a basic marketing research report using an applied approach, and you will have the opportunity to participate in projects and simulations that have practical application to a career in marketing. You will design different research instruments and compile a research report.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Lecture/Theory, Online
MKTG 225
Public Relations
5
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You will learn basic public relations theory and practice including public relations writing, media relations, and crisis management. You will gain knowledge in the nature of publicity and learn how to get favorable public attention using news releases, interviews, events, and press conferences. You will also study the role of the CMA (Canadian Marketing Association) in providing ethical guidelines for professional conduct, and learn about the responsibilities of working within the marketing field.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
MKTG 226
Strategic Marketing
5
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You will use a decision-making approach to apply marketing concepts. You will develop the skills and knowledge to engage clients and marketing professionals in strategic discussions and to make presentations. Your studies will include opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge to make the decisions necessary for marketing strategy formulation, implementation, and control.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Lecture/Theory
MKTG 227
Digital Media
4
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You will explore the role of digital media in the marketing and promotion strategies of a business. Your studies will examine the relationship between market research, audience identification, and digital marketing strategy. You will develop business content designed to create interest and engagement in a business. You will learn how to establish metrics and build assessment tools to measure the effectiveness of your digital media marketing strategy.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 203
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
MKTG 228
Project Management
4
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You will learn the skills and techniques required to make an effective contribution to, and have an immediate impact on, successful projects. You will develop communication and team building skills to effectively manage a project. Your studies will include techniques and strategies for planning and estimating project costs and budgeting, for forming and managing a project life cycle and scheduling, and for allocating resources. You will develop the knowledge required to monitor project risks, to control and to close out a project. Through group participation in real-world and/or project simulation(s), you will gain a solid foundation in project management.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): ECON 222
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
NOTE: Students must take one of ACCT 122 or MGMT 127. Students must also take one of BCOM 105 or BCOM 120.

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

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