Human Resources Program (HR) Management – Online

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Our online Human Resources Program gives you the skills to manage a company’s organisational success.

The online Human Resources program is taught by expert instructors who have many years of professional experience in HR. The courses are taught through live online classes, using the very best in webinar technology, to deliver a fully interactive learning experience.

This Human Resources program is both theoretical and practical in its organization, and it explores how human resources management deals with the management of an organization’s workforce, from the most junior member of staff to the chief executive. Success in any business or organization depends upon developing more cost-effective methods of recruitment and selection, motivation and reward, training and development, grievance and discipline, performance management and career progression. The focus is on Human Resources skills that build effective relationships at all organizational levels, and to maintain the company’s wellbeing using coalitions to make strategic contribution to organizational success. The advantages and disadvantages of HRIS software are explored.

In today’s fast moving business environment, Human Resources departments are facing the threat of downsizing and outsourcing if HR professionals cannot prove their added value for the organization. Human Resources Management supports all of the activities related to challenges facing Canadian organizations in the context of managing their workforce. Take the Human Resources Management program at Ashton College and gain the critical HR knowledge needed to navigate the challenges encountered in today’s workplace.

Ashton's DHRM program has given me the basis for every possible aspect and area that I'm working on. The instructor was very approachable, very informative, extremely skilled and knowledgeable about a multitude of facets in HR.

Leah Klein - DHRM Graduate

Program Structure

The Diploma in Human Resources Management program is offered online, using a combination of Adobe Connect’s webinar technology and Google Apps for Higher Education. The result is a fully interactive, virtual classroom experience where the instructor and the students collaborate online in an active learning environment. You will be able to connect with your instructor and your peers, participate in online discussions using forums, chat rooms and document comments, and can actively contribute through forums and presentations.

The full Human Resources program extends over a nine-month period and comprises six courses, each lasting for six weeks. Students will be required to attend at least two 90-minute webinars each week.

Webinars take place twice a week  on  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5.00pm – 6.30pm (PST).

To receive credit for each course, the student must achieve a final grade of at least 65 per cent.

Technical Requirements

Students should possess a webcam and a headset, or a microphone and headphones, to participate in webinars. High speed Internet access is also required. For full technical requirements for Adobe Connect, please click here.

Ashton College uses Adobe Connect, an award winning service, for our live webinars. To participant in webinars, online students should possess a webcam and a headset, or a microphone and headphones. You will also need high speed internet access. For full technical requirements for Adobe Connect, please click here.

You can also access the webinars through your mobile or tablet device by downloading the Adobe Connect mobile app .

You can test whether your device will run Adobe Connect by clicking here.


Tuition cost: $3600.00

Course Descriptions

DHRM 01-Professional Practice in Human Resources

Introduces the importance of professional practice within human resources in the context of the industry’s growing professionalism. Topics include: strategic contributions to an organization’s business plan and overall success; human resources functional dimensions as defined by the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) and their Required Professional Capabilities (RPCs©).

DHRM 02-Organizational Effectiveness

Applies the principles of lean management, change management and strategic HR to assess the effectiveness of an organization’s processes, and then recommend interventions that will improve said processes and build the organization’s capacity to achieve and sustain a desired capability and behaviours. Other topics covered are an overview of the principles of project management; accounting and finance principles; business economics; design and implementation of HR initiatives.

DHRM 03-Total Rewards

Learn to identify the elements of a systematic framework for designing an optimal reward system for encouraging desirable behaviours. Also, examine the strategic and behavioural framework for compensation, critical elements of rewards strategy, compensation values, performance pay and indirect pay.

DHRM 04-Employee and Labour Relations

Learn the best practices in union and non-union relations, effective grievance management and dispute resolution processes including mediation and arbitration. Highlights include controversies and issues related to the structure and function of today’s industrial relations system; the practical- and process- oriented sides of labour relations; overviews of laws, regulations and guidelines for the HR professional;  occupational health and safety with reference to HR functions; Workers’ Compensation and disability management; types of hazards, control procedures; and case studies.

DHRM 05-Organizational Learning, Development and Training

Learn the importance of organizational learning, development, and training in regards to developing clear job and organizational expectations, improving job performance and reducing employee anxiety. Reflecting on science and practice, you will be provided a comprehensive study on the fields of training and development, as well as explore major trends in training, the changing role of trainers, outsourcing, the aging workforce and e-learning.

DHRM 06-Staffing

Learn the evolving best practices in the fields of recruitment and selection, while being provided specific examples that modify best practices because of different organizational or environmental contexts. To complement staffing and the other HR functional dimensions, you will be introduced to the principles and common practices associated with human resources information systems (HRIS).