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HRM 923 - Human Resource Planning C01 (In Person)

Academic Credit Value:
3 units
Course Delivery Mode:
Hours of Study:
39 hours
Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Anti-requisite(s):
Instructor Name:
Yvone Defreitas
Course Dates:
01/13/2020 - 04/13/2020

Required Course Materials:
Belcourt, M and M. Podolosky. Strategic Human Resources Planning. 7th Ed. ITP Nelson 2018 ISBN 13: 978-0176798086
Optional Course Materials:
Course Description:
Participants will learn the theory behind Human Resource Planning.  Specific areas of discussion include, setting the foundation for Human Resource planning, job analysis, manpower and forecasting, management development, HRIS, and program implementation.
Learning Outcomes:
This course of study has been arranged in a number of subject areas as they concern the H.R. practitioner.  Within each section a series of topics will be examined, supported by readings from the text and other references of interest.  The text and the various reference materials would constitute a valuable subject library for the H.R. practitioner.
Course Evaluation

Attendance  10%
Participation  10%
Mid Term 40%
Final Exam 40%

Total 100%

Course Format:
Assignment Submission:
Late Coursework:
Late assignments will be subject to a 2% per day late penalty (includes weekends and holidays) for up to seven (7) days. After this date, no assignments will be accepted and a grade of zero (0) will be applied.  Extensions for course work must be approved by the instructor before the due date (see Academic Regulations below), and will be granted for illness or emergencies only. Students may be asked to submit supporting documentation for an extension request. 

Policy & Procedures:

Academic Regulations (Attendance, Coursework, Tests/Exams):

In accordance with McMaster University’s General Academic Regulations, “it is imperative that students make every effort to meet the originally scheduled course requirements and it is a student’s responsibility to write examinations as scheduled.” Therefore, all students are expected to attend and complete the specific course requirements (i.e. attendance, assignments, and tests/exams) listed in the course outline on or by the date specified.  Students who need to arrange for coursework accommodation, as a result of medical, personal or family reasons, must contact the course instructor within 48 hours of the originally scheduled due date. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Program Manager/Program Associate to discuss accommodations and procedures related to deferred tests and/or examinations within 48 hours of the originally scheduled test/exam, as per policy.  Failure to contact the course instructor, in the case of missed coursework, or the Program Manager/Program Associate, in the case of a missed test/examination, within the specified 48 hour window will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam and no further consideration will be granted. 

*Note: Supporting documentation will be required but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).

Academic Integrity

(Please note that CCE will adhere to a zero tolerance application of the policy)

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.  Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that result or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained, including copying solution sets.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Academic Accommodations:
Students who require academic accommodation should contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS).  Staff at SAS will evaluate your learning needs and, if required, will provide a letter for the course instructor. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor and Program Manager of any accommodation requirements at the start of the course.  For more information, contact SAS at ext. 28652 or visit
On-line Elements:
Material for this course may be accessed through McMaster’s learning system, Avenue to Learn. Your instructor will notify you if, or when, you will be required to log in and use the tools and materials available through this on-line system. Computers are available for use in various locations across McMaster main campus including all libraries and computer labs. To access Avenue to Learn go to: You will be required to enter your MAC ID (login and password). To activate your MAC ID, contact University Technology Services.
In this course, we will not be using Turnitin.
Course Changes:
The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly.
Course Withdrawal Policy:

7 calendar days before the last scheduled class date.   Students withdraw from courses in MOSAIC's student center (do not send withdrawal request email to CCE).

To review refund deadlines please read Resources and Policies:

Storm Closure Policy:
In the event of inclement weather, the Centre for Continuing Education will abide by the University’s Storm Closure Policy:, and will only close if the University is closed. All in-class courses, exams and room bookings by internal and external clients will be cancelled if the Centre for Continuing Education is closed. On-line courses will take place as scheduled.
Grading Scale:




90  - 100 %



85  -   89 %



80  -   84 %



77  -   79 %



73  -   76 %



70  -   72 %



67 -    69 %



63  -   66 %



60 -    62 %



57 -    59 %



53 -    56 %



50 -    52 %



0  -     49 %

Course Schedule:

Sessional Outline


Human Resource Planning




Strategy Management


Aligning HR with Strategy


Environmental Influences on HRM (2 Chapters)


The HR Forecasting Process


Determining HR Demand


Ascertaining HR Supply


Succession Management


Information Technology for HR Planning


Change Management (2 Chapters)


Downsizing and Restructuring


Strategic International HRM


Mergers and Acquisitions (2 Chapters)