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Course Description

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Delve into human resources planning (HRP) and examine the strategy of human resources professionals and how they contribute to organizations. Explore the challenges and demands of organizational and technological change, corporate positioning, productivity improvements, and other considerations of human resources management.

An understanding of the fundamental and essential elements of HRP process in organizations will be provided. You will acquire knowledge about analysis, assessment, and programming related to human resources in organizational development, business, and strategic planning.

The theory about quantitative methods as well as qualitative concepts, approaches and techniques will also be covered.

Well-suited participants of this course include those working towards the Diploma in Human Resources Management or CHRP professional designation, and people working in or who wish to work in human resources management.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the economy and legislation that affect the direction of human resources planning strategies that require appropriate and outcome-oriented human resources management practices and policies
  • Apply a strategic human resources plan, and make decisions about the allocation of resources for the effective management of people in organizations
  • Identify and understand the role of a human resources professional as a business partner in organizational and functional strategy formulation and implementation

Course Topics

  • Nature, Scope and Evolution of Human Resources Planning
  • Introducing and Implementing a Human Resources Planning Process
  • Job Analysis
  • Assessing and Forecasting Human Resources Needs
  • Performance Management
  • Succession Planning and Employee Development  
  • Human Resources Information Systems


Assessment Item Weight
Participation 20%
Project 25%
Group Presentation(s) 30%
Final Exam 25%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.


This course is offered in the Winter Semester.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Human Resources Planning
Remote Instruction
6:30PM to 9:30PM
January 09, 2023 to March 27, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Virtual
Delivery Options
Remote Instruction  
Course Fee(s)
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

Course registration closes January 15, 2023.

This course uses CourseLink, the University of Guelph’s Learning Management System, and the video conferencing tool, Zoom. Please ensure you have the technical requirements to participate in the course.

Students will be given access to CourseLink prior to the start of the course date.

This course requires preparation prior to the first live online class. Details will be provided in the course outline in CourseLink.

You are required to attend all scheduled online synchronous (live online) sessions.

Assignments may be due after the final live online class date. Details will be provided in the course outline.

Please ensure that you are familiar with the Withdrawal, Transfer and Refund policy – Continuing Education Courses prior to registering for the course.

If you are new to online learning, we encourage you to visit our Online Learning at UofG resource page.

Students are responsible for having the required textbook for this course. You may choose to purchase the required textbook from the University Bookstore, the Co-op Bookstore, or a bookseller of your choice.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Strategic Human Resources Planning by Monica Belcourt, Kenneth J. McBey © 2019 Top Hat 7th edition ISBN ebook: 9780176856816
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