Human Resources Management

People + Skills.

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Formats (Online / In-Person)

The Human Resources Program offers courses in three different learning formats (in-person, online and online-self-study).  It is important that you consider the learning format and its suitability for you in order to ensure that you have a successful learning experience. 

In-Person Format

  • Courses meet one time per week for three hours and run for 13 weeks.
  • Class size ranges from 13 to 50 students.
  • You should expect to allocate at least three hours per week for reading, study and assignments, in addition to class time.
  • Courses are held at McMaster’s Downtown Centre, Hamilton, unless otherwise indicated.
  • You should attend all classes as the classroom work represents a significant part of the learning experience.

Considerations for Taking an In-Person Course

  • Your schedule allows you to attend class at the same time each week.
  • You prefer interacting with your peers and feeling part of a classroom environment.
  • You prefer weekly feedback from an instructor.
  • You occasionally need reminders and reinforcements to get your studying done.
  • You prefer the instructor explain the readings and the assignments. 

Online Format

  • Teaching methods include weekly readings, facilitated discussion boards, videos, narrated PowerPoint slides, group and individual projects, assignments.  
  • You will be interacting with your classmates and your instructor each week.
  • You should expect to allocate approximately six to eight hours per week to complete your work but you don’t need to log on at a specific time.
  • A pre-course email with information on the course, course materials, etc. will be sent approximately 7 days before the course start date.  
  • Courses are made “live” in A2L by 12pm EST on the course start date.
  • Final examinations are in-person proctored exams. Review course description to see if your course has a final exam. Students have the option of writing at McMaster University or at a university or college in their area.  Students are responsible for any proctoring/mailing fees that the offsite testing centre may charge.

Considerations for Taking an Online Course

  • You are good at keeping yourself on task to complete a project.You are comfortable asking for clarification when needed and expressing yourself in written form through email or a discussion board.
  • You are able to read the textbook (and the assignments) on your own and understand the concepts.
  • You are able to work independently.
  • You have a quiet place to complete your work.
  • You are comfortable using technology. 

Online (Self-Study) Format

  • Courses are designed for you to work through and learn the course material on your own.  
  • You have access to a tutor to support your learning as required. The tutor marks all assignments and provides feedback where needed.
  • Deadlines are provided for completion of the course and for each assignment; however you may complete the courses at a faster pace, if you wish
  • Courses are made “live” in A2L by noon on the start date of the course.  
  • A pre-course email with information on the course, course materials, etc. will be sent approximately 7 days before the course start date.

Considerations for Online (Self-Study)

  • You are able to work independently.
  • You can keep yourself on task to complete a project.
  • You are able to learn without peer discussions or weekly feedback from an instructor.
  • You are able to commit to five to ten hours per week per course for course readings, exercises, case studies, assignments, etc.
  • You are able to read the textbook (and the assignments) on your own and work through the concepts.
  • You are comfortable asking for clarification when needed and expressing yourself in written form through email.
  • You have a quiet place to complete your work.You are comfortable using technology.