12-Week Course
12 Continuing Education Units
23.25 PDUs
120 Military Clock Hours

About the Course

Whether you’re new to human resources or you simply want to strengthen your employee management skills, this course is the ideal place to start.

This HR training course gives you a broad overview of the human resource function. It covers real-life HR issues and critical competency and knowledge-based topics including strategic planning, recruiting, compensation, benefits and employee relations.

In the Human Resource Management program you will receive 18-months of access (spanning three test windows) to the complete 2023 SHRM Learning System digital materials. This includes the following:

  • Downloadable e-publications and online printable flashcards
  • Online content including introductory competency connection scenarios
  • 2,000+ knowledge and situational judgment questions
  • Tips and tools with additional information as well as resources built into topic group pages
  • An assessment, topic group practice tests and post-test for the SHRM-CP® and SHRM-SCP® level

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12 Week Course
Week 1
U.S. Employment Laws and Regulation
  • Discuss U.S. employment laws
  • Explain the employment litigation process
  • Describe laws that define equal opportunity for all workers
  • Explain workplace civil rights issues
  • Describe other types of discrimination in the workplace, such as age and disabilities
  • Explain workplace sexual harassment laws
Week 2
U.S. Employment Laws and Regulation
  • Examine equal pay laws
  • Discuss benefits legislation
  • Examine workplace laws pertaining to safety and health
  • Examine employee and labor law
  • Review employment consumer reports and the laws that govern them
  • Review employee records management
Week 3
HR Strategic Planning
  • Define mission, vision and values
  • Develop organizational strategy
  • Explore value creation and stakeholder concept
  • Detail the strategic planning process
  • Measure strategic outcomes, including financial measures and HR audits
  • Understand how to implement and evaluate strategy
  • Distinguish between leadership and management
Week 4
Talent Acquisition
  • Determine how to identify the staffing and talent needs of the organization
  • Discuss external and internal recruitment sourcing approaches
  • Evaluate external and internal recruitment techniques
  • Explain the role of job analysis and job documentation
  • Discuss the different uses and components of job analysis and job documentation
  • Use formal assessment methods and tools
  • Identify bona fide occupational qualifications
  • Examine interviewing techniques, job offer contingencies and employee cycle phases
  • Discuss employer value proposition and employment branding
  • Explore employee orientation and onboarding techniques
Week 5
Employee Engagement, Retention, Learning and Development
  • Define employee engagement
  • Demonstrate how to assess engagement
  • Identify what engagement looks like during the employee life cycle
  • Evaluate engagement
  • Build a business case for retention
  • Describe what the term “learning and development” is
  • Look at adult learners and different learning styles
  • Apply the ADDIE model to training components
  • Describe how HR can assist in career development
  • Determine leadership development
Week 6
Total Rewards
  • Summarize total rewards and the organizational strategy as it relates to the framework that impacts total rewards programs
  • Explain how to determine internal and external job value
  • Examine the variety of ways an organization can pay cash compensation to employees
  • Discuss the benefit programs offered by employers
Week 7
Structure of the HR Function and Organizational Effectiveness and Development
  • Explain the strategic role of HR and how the profession has evolved
  • Examine various designs, structures and aspects of the organization’s internal and external environments
  • Identify how to measure and demonstrate HR value
  • Define the organizational effectiveness and development concept
  • Identify OE&D solutions
  • Apply the ADDIE process in organizational effectiveness and development
  • Look at the tools used in the OE&D process
Week 8
Workforce Management and Employee Relations
  • Summarize the organizational workforce requirements
  • Describe workforce planning
  • Explain employee development
  • Examine knowledge management
  • Discuss rights of employers, rights of employees and the global ethical standards
  • Examine alternative dispute resolution options, strikes, disciplinary techniques, grievances and arbitrations and unfair labor practices
  • Explain the impact of third-party influences, such as labor unions, government and the political system
  • Review the collective bargaining process as well as contract administration
  • Explain sustainable employee relations
Week 9
HR in the Global Context
  • Define globalization and recognize its concepts
  • Explore the creation of a global strategy
  • Examine the global mind-set
  • Determine how to manage the process of globalization
Week 10
Risk Management and Technology and Management
  • Examine essential information about creating a risk-savvy organization
  • Identify and evaluate risk
  • Outline risk-identifying processes
  • Identify key risk indicators
  • Examine positive and negative risk
  • Outline the implementation of a risk management plan
  • Summarize how to utilize technology to gain efficiencies within the HR function
  • Support the use of data to optimize the HR function
  • Examine HRIS and select the appropriate system for the organization
  • Outline policies for technology in the workplace
Week 11
Diversity and Inclusion
  • Take an in-depth look at diversity and inclusion
  • Discuss why it is important to have a diversity and inclusion strategy
  • Examine HR’s role in the diversity and inclusion process
Week 12
Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Create a CSR strategy
  • Discuss special auditing techniques and corporate social responsibility
  • Examine community inclusion approaches
  • Identify corporate social responsibilities
Learning Objectives
Skills Learned
Leadership Team Management Organizational Effectiveness Business Strategy
What You’ll Study

HR Competencies

  • Leadership and Navigation
  • Ethical Practice
  • Business Acumen
  • Relationship Management
  • Consultation
  • Critical Evaluation
  • Global and Cultural Effectiveness
  • Communication


  • HR Strategic Planning
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Employee Engagement and Retention
  • Learning and Development
  • Total Rewards


  • Structure of the HR Function
  • Organizational Effectiveness and Development
  • Workforce Management
  • Employee and Labor Relations
  • Technology Management


  • HR in the Global Context
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Risk Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • U.S. Employment Law and Regulations (U.S. Only)
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Who Should Register?

This course is designed for everyone from junior HR practitioners to VPs. Anyone who is involved with hiring or managing employees will benefit including: human resource specialists, administrative support staff with human resource responsibility, middle and senior managers with team leadership responsibility, and those who want to enter the field of human resources. This course appeals to participants who simply want to learn more about human resources as well as more experienced professionals seeking to enhance their resume and professional skillset with the premier HR Certification.

Villanova Can Help You Prepare for HR Certification

Villanova University’s Human Resource Management course can help you prepare for the SHRM® Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) or SHRM® Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) exam. The course features content based on the SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge (SHRM BASK) and is designed to help you get ready for SHRM certification exams.

For students preparing to sit for a SHRM® Exam, there are additional prerequisites you need to meet before you are qualified to take the exam (i.e. hours of HR-related experience). These prerequisites can be found on the Society for Human Resource Management® website.

Tuition & Payment

Total Course Cost


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