Course Description

This course is an introduction to the strategic contribution of human resource management to the total business enterprise. This course provides an overview of basic human resource management functions: workplace law and regulations, human resource metrics and cost analysis, recruitment, total rewards, compensation and benefits, training and development, and organizational behavior. Also included in the overview are basic elements, including understanding the functions of HRM within an organization, typical designs of HRM departments, the responsibilities and roles of HRM personnel, and an exploration of HRM as a career. The instruction lays a broader foundation for topics that are covered throughout the certificate, which include the following:

  • Ethics
  • Motivational theories
  • Needs assessments
  • Contracts and requests for proposals
  • Communication
  • Adult learning theories

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the class, students will be able to:

  • Explain the strategic contribution of human resource management to the total business enterprise
  • Define HR’s function within an organization
  • Differentiate among typical designs of HRM departments
  • Summarize the responsibilities and roles of HRM personnel
  • Explore HRM career options
  • Characterize the basic human resource management functions including workplace law and regulations; human resource metrics and cost analysis; recruitment; compensation, benefits, and total rewards; training and development; and, organizational behavior


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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6:00PM to 9:00PM
Apr 05, 2023 to Jun 14, 2023
Web-based Instruction
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Web-based Instruction
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (4 units) $650.00
Potential Discount(s)
Available for Credit
4 units
Section Notes

Late Registrations Notice: 

Self enrollment will be available until 11:59PM PT of the second business day after the 1st class session (i.e. If the first class starts on Thursday, self-enrollment is open until the following Monday at 11:59pm).  If you wish to enroll after that time, please contact PaCE Support at help@professional.ucsb.edu

Students must have a UCSB NetID to access their online course.  If you do not already have a UCSB NetID, you will receive an email with instructions on how to create a NetID within one business day of late enrollment.  All students with a UCSB NetID will be added to the online course within two business days of late course registration. Students will then be able to access their course at gauchospace.ucsb.edu.


How to Access Your Online Course:


One business day after enrollment but no sooner than 2 weeks before the beginning of the course, you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your online course. You don’t need to take any action until you receive that email. Please note that you will not be able to access your online course until all the steps highlighted in that email are complete.

Required Textbook(s):
Students are required to purchase the textbook(s) below prior to the first class meeting. Textbooks can be purchased from the vendor of your choice.
The Big Book of HR, 10th Anniversary Edition (2022)
Barbara Mitchell, and Cornelia Gamlem
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1632651947
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1632651945

No refunds after 04/16/23