Ontario College Diploma in Business - Human Resources Curriculum
Accepting Applications for September 2020
Vocational Learning Outcomes
- Participate in the recruitment, selection, and retention of employees.
- Participate in performance management processes.
- Participate in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of employee orientation, training, and development programs.
- Contribute to an organization's success through effective employee relations.
- Assist with the administration and communication of the organization?s total compensation plan
- Participate in organizational health and safety policies and practices.
- Apply current and emerging information technologies to support the human resources function.
- Implement organizational development strategies aimed at promoting organizational effectiveness
- Communicate human resources information accurately and credibly in oral,written, and graphic form
- Plan and act on personal professional development plans to achieve ongoing competence in human resources professional practice.
- Identify the human resources component of a business plan.
- Assist in the collection and analysis of human resources data.
Courses and Descriptions
Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.
This course explores the nature of business and the skills required of a business professional in an academic and industry context. Through lectures, seminars, assignments and guest speakers, the course will prepare students for a career in the business world by developing their understanding of the major functional areas of business. There will also be a focus on a number of important business trends and topics including Globalization and Corporate & Social Responsibility. Learners will have the opportunity to develop the fundamental skills required for success in their academic and professional careers including effective time management, reading, study and presentation skills.
This purpose of this course is to introduce students to the preparation and use of accounting information. Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures (GAAP) will be used to record and report the financial transactions and operating results of a business.
Restricted to Business students.
This course is a one semester study of the mathematics applicable to the business and financial community. Emphasis is placed on the significance of mathematics as a problem solving and decision making tool. It is designed to complement and reinforce learning within their program and enable students to acquire foundational skills required for competence in their field.
Students will learn the continuum of conventional to sustainable organizational behaviour. Past and proven theories for individual, team, and organizational success meet at the crossroads of creativity and innovation; the critical elements of high-performance organizations. Students discover their own inner workings and how they can complement others and overcome challenges when working in teams. While exploring concepts of organizational behaviour that include conflict, power, politics, negotiation, culture, management, leadership and risk taking, students are armed with the tools of the OB trade. Students apply the approaches they learn to develop their skills in creativity and innovation which will support their ability to drive organizational change for any future career.
Communications II, building on the foundation of Communications I, is a blended course that teaches students to write and communicate for a variety of professional situations. In seminars, labs and online modules, students will develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their abilities to meet the challenges of a changing workplace.
In today's constantly changing world, this course gives students the opportunity to ignite their creativity and innovation, learn creative problem solving methods, their problem solving styles, tools, and strategies. It helps you learn to be more flexible, adaptable, see things from different perspectives and be resourceful. The application of these and change management strategies will assist you to discover new opportunities to solve simple and complex problems in a variety of workplaces and life situations.
This course is designed to provide an overview of key human resources activities and the related legislation affecting today's workplaces. Topics of study include the strategic role of HRM, legal compliance and valuing diversity, designing and analyzing jobs, human resources planning, recruitment, selection, orientation and training, performance appraisal, compensation, employee benefits & services, labour relations, and occupational health & safety. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss legal compliance in the areas of human rights, pay/employment equity, employment standards, labour relations, and health & safety. Applied learning opportunities include case study analyses, identification of Human Rights Code violations in the recruitment process, completion of an environmental scan for the purpose of HR planning, development of a job description/specification, evaluation of employer branding techniques through a review of online job boards, critique of a performance appraisal scenario, web-based research pertaining to functional areas of HR, recommending best practices for employee onboarding and development of a wellness program proposal for an industry specific employer. Note: This course has been approved by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) as a credit toward the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. To qualify to write the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam, it is necessary to attain an overall average of 70 percent in the nine subject areas covered, with no grade of less than 65 percent. Prior to enrollment in this course, it is recommended that learners have attained the learning outcomes of Communications I (COMM201).
This is an introductory course in Marketing designed to provide an awareness and understanding of the role and function of marketing within an individual firm and throughout the total economy. The student is introduced to the principles and techniques of marketing and its various functional areas. The various marketing strategies utilized in product or service planning and development, pricing, distribution and promotion in response to the needs and wants identified in various markets are explored.
This course provides an introduction to the economic behaviour of consumers and firms in the marketplace. Microeconomics studies the way that individual markets work and how regulations and taxes affect trade, consumers, and producers.
This course is designed to give students an understanding of the functions of business operations. Students develop an understanding of the important factors and some of the analytical tools that can be used to improve productivity and customer service. Emphasis is placed on the cost benefit relationship.
The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the broad and dynamic field of occupational health and safety and to develop an awareness of and appreciation for the value of these areas in terms of their contribution to effective cost control and improved productivity. The multiple dimensions of the technical, managerial, legislative, political, and personal aspects of safety are examined in detail. Occupational health cannot be separated from these issues because of the many overlapping requirements and because an employee's well-being must be the first consideration. Applied learning opportunities include applying Occupational Health and Safety legislation in various Industrial Establishments, completion of Ontario's Form 7 in response to a workplace accident, activities requiring students to recognize, assess and provide control recommendations of workplace hazards, developing strategies that focus on the psychological health of employees, review of workplace emergency planning procedures and an introduction to the content of WSIB's Workwell Audit. Note: This course has been approved by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) as a credit toward the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. To qualify to write the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam, it is necessary to attain an overall average of 70 percent in the nine subject areas covered, with no grade of less than 65 percent. Note: It is recommended that students have attained the learning outcomes of Communications I (COMM 201), Communications II (COMM 202) and Human Resources Administration (MGMT 7) before enrolling in this course.
Human resources specialists need a basic understanding of organization theory, both to assess the likely impact of human resources policies and practices, and to understand how the process of human resources management meshes with the broader management function. Organizational theory is concerned with understanding, explaining, and predicting how to best structure an organization to fulfill its goals. Since human resources considerations are an essential element of every structural decision, the subject involves an in-depth study of people from two perspectives: 'micro' - as individuals or small groups, and 'macro' - focusing on the whole organization or major units thereof. Topics of study include individual behaviour and motivation, applied motivation practices, perception and personalities, work attitudes and values, decision making, team processes, power and politics, conflict and negotiation, leadership, organizational change and development, organizational culture, and organizational structure and design. Note: This course has been approved by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) as a credit toward the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. To qualify to write the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam, it is necessary to attain an overall average of 70 percent in the nine subject areas covered, with no grade of less than 65 percent. Note: Prior to enrolment in this course, it is recommended that participants have attained the learning outcomes of Human Resources Administration (MGMT 7). It is recommended that this course be taken concurrently with or following Communications - Report Writing (COMM 6).
This course provides an introduction to payroll practices and procedures. An overview of the payroll function, employment standards, earnings, taxable benefits, Canada Pension plans, employment insurance, net pay, severance pay and record of employments are presented. Other employer taxes and premiums will be introduced including workers compensation and provincial health tax. Students are also introduced to payroll journal entries, payroll registers and year-end reporting.
Find and hire the best candidates for your organization. Gain the skills to handle all key aspects in the recruiting, interviewing, and selection process and their legalities, including initial applicant screening and reference checking. Key legislation pertaining to the staffing function, including employment equity concerns, will be studied in detail. Acquire hands-on abilities through analyzing case studies, developing recruitment campaigns for an actual job and participating in selection interview simulations. Note: This course has been approved by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) as a credit toward the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. To qualify to write the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam, it is necessary to attain an overall average of 70 percent in the nine subject areas covered, with no grade of less than 65 percent. Note: Communications II (COMM 202) and Human Resources Administration (MGMT 7) are recommended before taking this course.
Macroeconomics is the study of the overall performance of the economy. Fluctuations in the level of national output, incomes, prices and employment are analyzed along with government policies to control these fluctuations.
All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.
Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.
Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.
You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.
The understanding and application of basic statistical analysis to business related problems will be examined. The introduction of statistical measures, data collection and probability distributions will be brought together to perform statistical inference with confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and then simple linear regression. The calculation and interpretation of statistical measures will be learned within a format of class time practice, specific course assignments and use of the Excel computer spreadsheet.
Become familiar with how the right pay and benefits package can help a company attract and retain competent employees. Gain hands-on skills in program design and become familiar with administrative strategies to meet cost-performance expectations. Examine internal equity (alignment), external equity, employee contributions, the process of administration, employee benefits, government influence and legislative constraints, pay discrimination, compensation of special groups, and the union role in pay administration. Participate in a simulated activity that challenges students to complete a point-factor job evaluation exercise, conduct a salary / benefits survey and formulate a compensation strategy for identified positions. Note: This course has been approved by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) as a credit toward the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. To qualify to write the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam, it is necessary to attain an overall average of 70 percent in the nine subject areas covered, with no grade of less than 65 percent. Recommended Prior Learning: Human Resources Administration (MGMT 7)
Accounting, the financial information system of an organization, serves to summarize many of the organization's plans and the results of its operations. Many human resources management decisions are important inputs into those plans and results. It is therefore necessary for human resources managers to understand the measurement bases and reporting methodology used in accounting. In addition, they require an understanding of basic accounting principles and techniques, because the management of the human resources function itself has an accounting dimension. Note: This course has been approved by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) as a credit toward the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. To qualify to write the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam, it is necessary to attain an overall average of 70 percent in the nine subject areas covered, with no grade of less than 65 percent.
Through the use of business-related projects, this course builds on the common functions of file management, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and electronic presentations to enhance skills relevant to a business environment. The integration of these applications through sharing, embedding and linking data is a major component of this course.
This course is based on the premise that people are the most valuable resource of the organization. One of the mandates of the Human Resources Department is to develop and administer policies, practices and procedures that will provide for the effective training and development of employees to ensure that the organization achieves its goals and objectives and that employees fulfill their maximum career potential. This course will provide participants with skills in the areas of assessing staff training needs, designing and administering staff training and development programs, as well as evaluating the effectiveness of such programs. Students will develop and deliver a training program which applies the principles of The Instructional Systems Design Model of Training and Development. Note: This course has been approved by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) as a credit toward the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. To qualify to write the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam, it is necessary to attain an overall average of 70 percent in the nine subject areas covered, with no grade of less than 65 percent. Note: Prior to enrolment in this course, it is recommended that participants have attained the learning outcomes of Human Resources Administration (MGMT 7) and Communications - Report Writing (COMM 6).
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We live in the age of globalization. Due to many recent events, corporate business is under fire to manage their activities in a culturally sensitive and ethical manner. Moreover, many corporations are learning that it is good business to do good. In this case-based course we will examine various specific ethical dilemmas in the conduct of domestic and international business. We will discuss the structure of the corporation and the various contemporary ethical issues it presents. Finally we shall discuss the best practices of many leading companies to conduct their business in a socially responsible way.
The students, as a part of a management team, use the HOTS (Hotel Operational Training Simulation) to explore the factors influencing sales and profits. The student, as realistically as possible, encounters situations that arise in operating competitive business enterprises and, through group planning and decision making, discover how departmental decisions interrelate and impact on goal achievement. A full credit offered over an extended weekend.
This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to witness and explore new corners of the globe through a lens of responsible adult learning. Students prepare for their journey by learning about the rigours of commercial travel, researching their destination and specific points of interest, and exploring relevant social justice issues. In addition, students will be directly exposed to the cultural, educational, environmental, economic, political, and social norms at play within the society or societies they visit. Faculty references may be requested.