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Human Resources Certificate

The one year (30 weeks) 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.

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.

Semester dates and other important dates: Important Dates

Click on the course to view the course description and any prerequisite courses. 

* Indicates course that is also available online

HRES 1101 - Organizational Behaviour (3 credits)*

This course covers the behaviour of groups and individuals, leadership, organizations, culture, group dynamics, the communication process, and organizational structure and design. Concepts will be communicated through lectures, group interaction and case studies.

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

Prerequisite(s):
None

MGMT 1101 - Introduction to Management (3 credits)*

This course will introduce students to the principles of management and leadership. Students 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: Winter 2016, Spring 2016 & Fall 2016 Semesters
Online: Winter 2016, Spring 2016 & Fall 2016 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, group discussions, self-evaluation/reflection, and critical thinking as it relates to the communication process. Topics covered will include the psychological factors of communication, dealing with diversity, active/effective listening and feedback, speaking effectively and efficiently, nonverbal communication, and the important role of conflict management.

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

Prerequisite(s):
None

MGMT 1302 - Computer Applications (3 credits)*

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

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

Prerequisite(s):
None

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

This course focuses on statutory and contractual laws that affect the operation of a business enterprise. Specific topics include: contracts, torts, bailment, insurance, agency, employment, land transfers, tenancy, mortgage, partnership, and corporate law.

Available:
Online: Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

Optional Work Experience

Contact a Student Engagement Officer for further details.

COURSE FEES APPLY

ADMN 9998 - Employment Preparation (0 credits)*

This online course prepares students for ADMN 9999 Work Experience and future career. Topics include: work search techniques, resume and cover letter writing, networking, interview skills, and success in the workplace. Employment Preparation is open to all Certificate students, and all students in the Legal Assistant Diploma and Interior Decorating Diploma. Employment Preparation is a requirement for ADMN 9999 Work Experience; otherwise it is optional. Course fee is $150.00. It is important to note that this course is not covered by student loans, as it is non-credit.

Prerequisite:
Completion of 15 program credits

ADMN 9999 - Work Experience (0 credits)

This optional Work Experience scheduled by the College provides hands-on practice in a workplace located within Calgary. Work Experience is four (4) weeks in length, with the exception of Legal Assistant Diploma, which is six (6) weeks in length. With the direct guidance of a workplace supervisor, the basic skills acquired through coursework are practiced. Regular contact with a Student Engagement Officer is provided and Work Experience requires full-time attendance. Course fee is $200.00. It is important to note that this course is not covered by student loans, as it is non-credit. For further information, contact your Student Engagement Officer.

Prerequisites (effective Fall 2015):
ADMN 9998 - Employment Preparation
Minimum 2.60 Cumulative GPA
Minimum B- grade in Business Communication, Communication Fundamentals or Legal Office Communication
TOWES (Test of Workplace Essential Skills) completion
BVC Eligibility Requirements

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