Monday, November 19, 2012
Human Resources Management is essentially the backbone of any successful company. The Human Resources department is responsible for a variety of duties including recruiting, interviewing, hiring, employee conflict resolution, terminating contracts and firing employees. As the people in Human Resources Management positions require a vast amount of knowledge to carry out said tasks, their post-secondary training should cover a wide range of topics and offer an opportunity for application prior to graduation. Centennial College's three-year Business Administration – Human Resources program does just that, as it is not just focused on dealing with employees’ issues but also other aspects of the company’s issues.
Taking three years to complete and resulting in an Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Business Administration – Human Resources incorporates current trends in the strategic management of human resources, the affirmation of diversity and human rights and the promotion of positive union and management relations. To apply to Human Resources Management, students must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be19 years of age or older. They must also have finished the compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent and the Math 11C, M or U, or 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent.
The offering begins with three semesters that are common to most of Centennial College's Business School offerings. This ensures that students have a solid overview of business before specialization. During these three semesters, Human Resources Management includes courses such as: Fundamentals of Business, Mathematics of Finance, Microcomputer Applications Software (such as Excel, Access and SAP), Business of Operations, Principles of Marketing and more.
Once students understand the basics, they move onto studying more specific business administration and human resources management areas. Among the topics included in this training are: human planning, recruitment, selection, orientation, employee training and development, occupational health and safety, compensation and benefits, employee relations, labour relations and human resource management systems. The program also covers analyzing and interpreting financial and accounting information for decision-making purposes. Legal issues are taught from a proactive, rather than compliance perspective. Finally, the use of integrated human resource systems software and computer skills to manage information and support decision-making is taught.
To graduate from the human resources management and business administration training, students must maintain a minimum C grade average (2.0 GPA).
Once students complete their human resources management business administration courses they are comfortable with: staffing vacancies; recruiting, interviewing and selecting applicants; conducting new employee orientation and serving as the liaison between management and employees when handling questions about contracts and other work-related problems; providing current and prospective employees with information about policies, job duties, working conditions, wages, opportunities for promotion and employee benefits; and more.