Students in the Certificate are required to take five (5) EMPR courses. The 200-level courses are offered in-class and online. The introductory courses do not require any prerequisites, but as 200-level courses, self-enrollment does require second year standing.

We also offer electives on campus that are open to all Queen's Students.

Please note that not all of these courses are offered each year.  Please visit our timetable page, or solus to view current course offerings.
The Certificate in Employment Relations consists of 15.0 units of required degree-credit courses.

(*Eligible course as part of the Certificate in Employment Relations )

EMPR 100 Introduction to Employment Relations: This is a survey course designed to introduce students to contemporary challenges and the primary academic fields in the study and practice of employment relations: Human Resource Management, Organizational Behaviour, Labour Relations, Negotiations and Conflict Resolution, Labour and Employment Law, and Workplace and Labour Market Policies.
EMPR 110 Workplace Communication and Interpersonal Skills: This first year course introduces students to the critical interpersonal competencies and communication skills required in contemporary workplaces. Students will gain and apply knowledge of foundational theories in communication and organizational behaviour to develop their professional written, oral, and interpersonal skills. EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from COMM 105.
*EMPR 200 Work and Employment Relations in Canada: This is an introductory course which focuses on the key factors which shape work and employment relations in Canada. Topics covered include aspects of labour and employment law, labour relations, human resources management, human behaviour in organizations, and labour markets and labour policies that govern workplace relations. NOTE Also offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary. PREREQUISITE Level 2 or above.
*EMPR 210 Employment Relations and Labour Law: This introductory course will provide students a foundation to understand employment law in Canada. The course will examine the principles of employment law with a primary focus on current provincial and federal legislation affecting human resource management in a non-unionized setting. NOTE Only offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online. PREREQUISITE Level 2 or above. EXCLUSION No more than 1 course from EMPR 210; LAW 560/4.0; LAW 567.
*EMPR 220 Conflict Resolution: This course overviews the nature of conflict in the workplace. Specifically, it examines the complex role that conflict resolution plays at all levels of the Canadian workplace and in the determination of terms and conditions of employment, including collective bargaining. NOTE Only offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online. PREREQUISITE Level 2 or above.

*EMPR 230 Managing Human Resources and Employment Relations: This course will provide an overview of the key components of an effective organizational human resource management system, running the spectrum from recruitment and selection practices that ensure that an organization is staffed appropriately, to management approaches aimed at bringing out the best in employees once hired. NOTE Also offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary. PREREQUISITE Level 2 or above. EXCLUSION No more than 3.0 units from COMM 181; EMPR 230.

*EMPR 240 Workplace Policies and Governance: The accelerating pace of market, economic, and technological change present many challenges to modern Canadian workplaces. This course examines how employers, employees, and governments seek to resolve workplace problems. By enacting workplace policies, it is hoped that workplaces maximize productivity while delivering fairness to its workforce. NOTE Also offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary. PREREQUISITE Level 2 or above.

*EMPR 250 Managing Workplace Health, Safety, and Wellness: This course introduces students to employment relations practices and legislative frameworks related to workplace health and wellness. The course examines roles and responsibilities of employers, employees, and unions in occupational health and safety. Students will explore efforts to address stress and promote wellness, including mental health. PREREQUISITE Level 2 or above.

*EMPR 260 Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace: The course considers the workplace policies, laws, and human resource management and labour relations practices that advance equity and diversity in the workplace. This course examines the nature and extent of diversity in the Canadian labour force and the implications for establishing and supporting equitable, diverse and productive workforces. PREREQUISITE Level 2 or above.

*EMPR 270 Introduction to Organizational Behaviour This in an introductory survey course of theory and research on individual and group processes (including personality, motivation, communication, and leadership), as well as structural and economic forces (including organizational design, power relations, interā€organizational ties, social norms, and laws) that shape the contemporary workplace. PREREQUISITE Level 2 or above. EXCLUSION(S) COMM 151/3.0; COMM 251/3.0

*EMPR 280 Finance and Accounting for HR Professionals This course focuses on the fundamentals of accounting in the operations of the business, the type of information presented in financial statements, and the importance of accounting in relation to HR and employment relations. The course is designed to provide a foundation for HR professionals and other nonā€financial managers. PREREQUISITE Level 2 or above. EXCLUSION(S) COMM 111/3.0; COMM 211/3.0; COMM 112/3.0; COMM 212/3.0

EMPR 320 Workplace Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution: This course introduces students to the various models of mediation used in the modern workplace to resolve conflicts as well as a variety of other emerging alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes. Students are introduced to the theory, process, and practice of workplace mediation. PREREQUISITE EMPR 200 or EMPR 220.

EMPR 330 Strategic HR Management: Building High Performance Workplaces: High performance work systems (HPWS) refer to a series of interrelated practices in the management of human resources. In this course, students will learn how to design, implement, and manage a variety of high performance work practices in accordance with organizational strategy and culture. PREREQUISITE EMPR 230.

EMPR 335 Managing Employee Attitudes for Organizational Success: There is increasing recognition of the critical role of managers in shaping key employee attitudes (job satisfaction, motivation, and engagement), with important effects for organizational performance. Students will explore a range of theories and practices that are demonstrated drivers of employee attitudes and organizational success. PREREQUISITE EMPR 200 or EMPR 230.

EMPR 370 Human Resource Analytics: This course introduces students to the foundational logic, metrics, analysis, and interpretation needed to link human resource practices to broader indicators of business strategy and organizational performance. Students will learn to gather, analyze, and interpret HR metrics to make better decisions about managing people in organizations. PREREQUISITE 3.0 units from EMPR at the 200-level.



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