Human Resources Management

Human Resources Management

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Learn about the exciting world of today's Human Resources Management throughout this online course. This HR management course weaves together solid human resource principles and real word scenarios companies and managers face, such as recruiting, training, developing, managing, compensation, benefits, safety, and work motivation. This course highlights important challenges facing managers and employees in today's business climate. Interesting case studies explore real companies and organizations in-depth and delve into some of today's most effective, unique approaches in dealing with HR issues.

Prerequisite: None


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify each of the major HRM functions and processes of strategic HRM planning
  • Recall the principles of recruitment, selection, training and development, compensation and benefits
  • Recognize emerging trends, opportunities and challenges in performance appraisal
  • List training and development processes as well as future trends for HRM globalization
  • Define strategic HR planning and the HRM process to the organization’s strategic management and decision-making process

Human Resource Management Module 1   
The Nature of Human Resource Management

  • Contemporary Human Resource Management
  • Evolution of the Human Resource Function
  • Origins of the Human Resource Function
  • Personnel Management
  • Human Resource Management in the Electronic Age
  • Goals of Human Resource Management
  • The Setting for Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Managers

Human Resource Management Module 2
The Legal Environment

  • The Legal Context of Human Resource Management
  • The Regulatory Environment of Human Resource Management
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Discrimination
  • Protected Classes in the Workforce
  • Sexual Harassment at Work
  • Other Areas of Human Resource Regulation
  • Evaluating Legal Compliance

Human Resource Management Module 3
The Global Environment

  • The Growth of International Business
  • Global Issues in International Human Resource Management
  • Understanding the Cultural Environment
  • The Human Resource Function in International Business
  • Domestic Issues in International Human Resource Management
  • Managing International Transfers and Assignments
  • International Labor Relations

Resource Management Module 4
The Competitive Environment

  • Competitive Environment for Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Perspective
  • The Influence of Organizational Purpose and Mission
  • Role of Corporate Governance
  • Corporate, Business, and Functional Strategies
  • The Impact of Organizational Design
  • Human Resource Strategy Formulation
  • Interpersonal Processes and Strategy Implementation
  • Evaluating the Human Resource Function in Organizations

Human Resource Management Module 5
Information for Making Human Resource Decisions

  • Human Resource Planning as a Source of Information
  • Forecasting the Supply of Human Resources
  • Implications of a Growth Strategy
  • Implications of a Stability Strategy
  • Implications of a Reduction Strategy
  • Strategy as a Source of Information
  • Economic Conditions as a Source of Information
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Job Analysis as a Source of Information
  • The Job-Analysis Process

Human Resource Management Module 6
Human Resource Decision Making in Organizations

  • Ethics and Human Resource Management
  • Rightsizing the Organizations
  • Dealing with Increased Demand for Employees
  • Strategies for Layoffs
  • Progressive Discipline
  • Employee Retention
  • Managing Terminations and Retention
  • Managing Voluntary Turnover
  • Managing Human Resources during Mergers and Acquisitions

Human Resource Management Module 7
Recruiting, Selecting, Training, and Developing Employees

  • Recruiting Employees
  • Internal Recruiting
  • External Recruiting
  • Internships
  • The Selection Process
  • Popular Selection Techniques
  • Employment Tests
  • The Selection Decision
  • Training and Development

Human Resource Management Module 8
Managing a New and Diverse Workforce

  • The Nature of Workforce Diversity
  • Dimensions of Diversity
  • The Impact of Diversity on Organizations
  • Diversity and Social Change
  • The Multicultural Organization 
  • Managing Diversity in Organizations
  • Managing Knowledge Workers
  • Human Resource Management and Social Issues

Human Resource Management Module 9
Compensation and Benefits

  • Developing a Compensation Strategy
  • Determining What to Pay
  • Wage and Salary Administration
  • The Nature of Benefits Programs
  • Mandated Benefits
  • Nonmandated Benefits
  • Contemporary Issues in Compensation and Benefits

Human Resource Management Module 10
Performance Appraisal and Career Management

  • Why Organizations Conduct Performance Appraisals
  • The Performance-Appraisal Process
  • Methods for Appraising Performance
  • Other Issues in Performance Appraisal
  • The Nature of Careers
  • Human Resource Management and Career Management
  • Career-Development Issues and Challenges

Human Resource Management Module 11
Managing Labor Relations

  • The Role of Labor Unions in Organizations
  • Trends in Unionization
  • Historical Development of Unions
  • The Unionization Process
  • The Collective-Bargaining Process
  • Negotiating Labor Agreements
  • Resolving Impasses
  • Labor Unions in the 21st Century

Human Resource Management Module 12
Safety, Health, Well-Being, and Security

  • Employee Safety and Health
  • Common Workplace Hazards and Threats
  • OSHA
  • The Physical Environment
  • Stress and Stress Management at Work
  • Workplace Security

Human Resource Management Module 13
Motivation at Work

  • A Basic Model of Performance
  • Motivation and Needs
  • Process Theories of Motivation
  • Reinforcement Theory
  • Expectancy Theory
  • Equity Theory
  • An Integrative Model of Motivation
  • Related Theories and Perspectives on Motivation

Human Resource Management Module 14
Managing and Enhancing Performance: The Big Picture

  • Enhancing Performance at Different Levels
  • Alternative Work Arrangements
  • Alternative Work Sites
  • Incentives and Performance Based Rewards
  • Performance Management and Feedback
  • Evaluating Performance Enhancement Programs
  • HR in the Headlines

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Ed4Career is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!

Upon successful completion of this Human Resource Management course, students will be prepared to sit for the HRCI certification exam to become an Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR).

**Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

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The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player