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Human Resources Certificate

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Description: The Human Resources Certificate program provides you with practical skills and knowledge to work in the exciting field of Human Resources. In addition to administrative and business training, receive specific training in human resource management, recruitment, selection, compensation and payroll, and employment law. Students may also complete this program online.

Time Commitment: This is a one year (2 terms / 30 weeks total) Certificate program. A full course load per semester includes 5 courses. Students may elect to take fewer courses each semester; however it will take longer to complete the program.

Online Option: The Human Resources Certificate program is also available online offering you the flexibility to study at home. As you work through a course, your instructor is available to answer questions, explain concepts and provide continuous support and feedback via e-mail.

Need more info?

Contact the Student Advising Centre (formerly the Prospective Student Centre):
Phone: 403-410-1402
Email: info@bowvalleycollege.ca


Courses in Program

Students may complete the courses in any order (subject to prerequisites) as listed below.

Please review course availability when putting together your schedule. Download the Program Breakdown for classroom delivery or the online delivery schedule.

Semester dates and other important dates: Important Dates

Core courses

Click on the blue box to view the course description and any prerequisite courses.  * Indicates course that is also available online. 

HRES 1101 - Organizational Behaviour (3 credits)*

The study of what people think, feel, and do in and around organizations is key to the search for best practice methods and organizational effectiveness. Throughout this course, we will focus on human behavior from an individual, group, and organization perspective while analyzing key elements which influence human behavior and thinking. In addition to the theory component, students will also have an opportunity to develop critical thinking skills through group work, discussion, research, and personal reflection.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 & Fall 2017 Semesters
Online:  Fall 2016, Winter 2017 & Spring 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

HRES 2201 - Introduction to Human Resources (3 credits)*

This course covers the techniques and activities associated in acquiring, developing, and maintaining an effective work force. Topics include human resource planning, recruitment and selection, orientation, training and development, performance appraisal, wage and salary administration, employee benefits and services, employee safety, security, and health.

Available:
In-class:  Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 &  Fall 2017 Semesters
Online:  Fall 2016, Winter 2017 & Spring 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

HRES 2202 - Recruitment & Selection (3 credits)*

This course will examine the relationship between effective planning, recruiting, selecting and retaining employees. Different approaches to recruitment will be examined and emphasis will be on practical application of knowledge and skills required for effective recruitment and selection. Topics will include job design, writing job descriptions, creating policies and procedures, recruitment sources, internal and external recruitment, and interviewing.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2017 Semester
Online:  Fall 2016, Winter 2017 & Spring 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
HRES 2201 - Introduction to Human Resources

HRES 2203 - Compensation & Benefits (3 credits)*

Topics will include job satisfaction and the link to compensation, pay equity, motivation and incentive plans, compensation policies, job evaluation systems, and trends in compensation and benefits such as eldercare and wellness programs.

Available:
In-class:  Winter 2017 Semester
Online: Fall 2016, Winter 2017 & Srping 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
HRES 2201 - Introduction to Human Resources

HRES 2301 - Employment Law (3 credits)*

This course examines the legal rights, responsibilities and obligations of organizations and the implications for human resource management from both federal and provincial perspectives.  Included is an overview of the substance of employment law, the steps in the employment process, issues that arise in recruiting, hiring, and promoting and the human resource practices associated with them. Topics will include the law as it pertains to human rights, employment standards, Workers' Compensation, equity in the workplace and privacy.  Students will learn to assess risks and evaluate options to reduce potential liability.  This course will offer students opportunities for practical application of employment law by examining case studies involving legal issues that can arise in the workplace. 

Available:
In-class: Winter 2017 Semester
Online: Fall 2016, Winter 2017 & Spring 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

HRES 2303 - Occupational Health & Safety (3 credits)*

This course examines the essential elements of effective occupational health and safety programs within organizations. Topics will include health and safety issues, legislation, workplace hazard assessment and mitigation, WHMIS certification and wellness programs. This course will also examine issues relating to accident investigation, Workers’ Compensation and disability management.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016 & Fall 2017 Semesters
Online: Fall 2016, Winter 2017 & Spring 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

MGMT 1101 - Introduction to Management (3 credits)*

This course will introduce learners to the principles of management and leadership. Learners will review the major managerial processes of planning, organizing, controlling, and leading. The course will also examine the role of a manager as the decision-maker responsible for the attainment of strategic goals and objectives of the organization.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 & Fall 2017 Semesters
Online:  Fall 2016, Winter 2017 & Spring 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

MGMT 1201 - Business Communication (3 credits)*

This course covers the theory and practice of effective communication. The course will emphasize class participation through discussion boards, professional conduct, problem-solving and critical thinking as it relates to the communication process. Topics covered will include the importance of psychological factors of communication, clear and concise communication in the workplace, multicultural and nonverbal communication, effective listening and feedback, speaking effectively and efficiently, and the role of conflict management.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 & Fall 2017 Semesters
Online:  Fall 2016, Winter 2017 & Spring 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

MGMT 1302 - Computer Applications (3 credits)*

This course is a general orientation to pre-packaged software programs and their application to the business environment and to Windows and some of the system utilities.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 & Fall 2017 Semesters
Online:  Fall 2016, Winter 2017 & Spring 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

MGMT 1601 - Business Law (3 credits) [Online Only]*

With Canada’s changing business and legal climate over the past 25 years, the law has become an essential factor in successful business management. Knowing and understanding the key elements of the law can set you apart from the competition and start you out on the right foot. This course presents legal knowledge in a manner that is accessible, applicable, and business-oriented. Focus will be on learning and applying law fundamentals that are useful in today’s fast-paced, rapidly changing business environment.

Available:
Online: Fall 2016, Winter 2017 & Spring 2017 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

Optional Employment Preparation

This online course cultivates skills in job search strategies, cover letter and resume preparation, effective interview and development of a career portfolio. This course is open to all Human Resources Certificate learners. 

ADMN 9988 Employment Preparation  (optional, non-credit)

This course gives you the tools that will help you stand out in a competitive job market. It is important to note that the course fee ($150) is not covered by student loans, as the course is non-credit. THIS COURSE IS NOT A REQUIRED COURSE TO GRADUATE.

Prerequisite: 15 program credits

Optional Work Experience

Work Experience (workplace practicum) offers you the opportunity to use your new skills in the workplace, receive strong mentorship, gain valuable experience,and enjoy networking opportunities. Work Experience is offered as an unpaid, non-credit work placement scheduled at the completion of all your required courses. Work Experience is competitive and final acceptance for placement is subject to departmental approval. 

ADMN 9999 Work Experience  (optional, non-credit)

This course bridges curriculum study with the Calgary workplace through experiential learning. Length of Work Experience is 4 weeks, full-time hours.

Learners will have an opportunity to:

  • Use their new technical skills;
  • Observe/integrate into office culture;
  • Work on soft skills/communication skills;
  • Network with industry colleagues;
  • Gain references and add experience to their resumes;
  • Possibly gain employment or referral;
  • Receive evaluation from the host. 

It is important to note that the course fee ($200) is not covered by student loans as the course is non-credit. 

Prerequisites: 

  • Passing grades in all required courses including ADMN 9998 Employment Preparation
  • Minimum grade B- in ADMN 1701, MGMT 1201 or LEGL 1301
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6
  • TOWES completion
  • Demonstrated commitment to learning and professionalism

Contact a Student Engagement Officer for further details regarding Optional Work Experience. 

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