Managing Human Resources and Employment Relations | Arts and Science ONLINE

Managing Human Resources & Employment Relations

EMPR 230/3.0

This course provides an overview of the key components of an effective organizational human resource management system, running the spectrum from recruitment and selection practices that ensure that an organization is staffed appropriately, to management approaches aimed at bringing out the best in employees once hired.

This course is part of the Queen’s Undergraduate Certificate in Employment Relations. The Certificate focuses on core elements of the field of work and employee-management relations, while taking account of social science perspectives from economics, law, management, and history. The Certificate provides a broad foundation in the field of employment relations, including the areas of labour/employment law, labour-management relations, conflict management and negotiations, human resources management, and labour policy. Taken together, these courses and the resulting Certificate form the basis for a recognized university credential that will support students who are seeking entry level jobs in labour relations and human resources management after leaving Queen’s.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be better equipped to:

  1. Describe the process job analysis, with an understanding of its foundational importance for all subsequent human resource management activities; 
  2. Appraise the effectiveness of recruitment strategies; 
  3. Critically evaluate the role of available employment tests in the selection process; 
  4. Discuss and critique approaches to orient and train new employees; 
  5. Identify the components of an effective performance management system; and 
  6. Propose strategies to strengthen employee motivation and morale.


Over the course of the semester, we will cover material that reflects cutting-edge, practical information on the development, implementation, and evaluation of critical HR functions.

  • Module 1: Intro & Evidence Based Management
  • Module 2: Job Analysis & Planning
  • Module 3: Recruitment & The Law
  • Module 4: Selection & Testing
  • Module 5: Onboarding
  • Module 6: Performance Management & Appraisal
  • Module 7: Compensation
  • Module 8: Counterproductive Work Behaviors
  • Module 9: Health & Safety
  • Module 10: Organizational Leadership




To be determined
Course Dates: 
Exam Dates: 


30% Interrupt HR
30% Undercover Boss Case Study
40% Practitioners' Predicaments (2)
4% (Bonus) Water Cooler Discussions (Synchronous) (Optional)

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Live Sessions

This course has optional live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities).


Professor Glenda Fisk (

Instructor message

In recent years, HR management has been criticized as being overly focused on “administrivia” and largely removed from organizational strategy.  Such a view of HR is troubling – we know HR policies grounded in research-supported best practices add significant value to organizations.  A goal of this course is to therefore help students move towards becoming evidence-based HR professionals.  As such, this course aims to develop knowledge, skills, and abilities HR professionals will use in the field, particularly those practices central to talent acquisition and performance management.  Through directed readings, lectures, self-managed learning, and discussion, students will build confidence in assessing organizational issues and taking action to implement evidence-based solutions to real world problems.

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 9 hours a week in study, listening and online activity for this course.

Course Resources


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About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

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