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  • Bachelor of Commerce - Human Resources Strategy and Technology Degree

    Bachelor of Commerce - Human Resources Strategy and Technology Degree


Program Code:HST
Duration:8 Semesters (4 Years)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Bachelor of Commerce

Program Description

Seneca's Human Resources Strategy and Technology business degree program educates and shapes tomorrow's top HR professionals. As a student, you will benefit from small classes, experienced professors, connections to industry, access to leading–edge technology like SAP, co–op placements and opportunities to pursue further designations. Through theory and practical application, you will develop in–depth knowledge and critical skills in HR, technology and business. The general business skills acquired enable you to understand the role of HR in a business context, apply competencies in various areas of HR and use technology to conduct business functions.

As a graduate, you are fully prepared to meet the requirements of Human Resources as a strategic partner in the business world.

Program Learning Outcomes:

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Illustrate sound knowledge of Canadian businesses, their underlying organizational structure and how these functions are integrated, including:
    • Marketing
    • Accounting & Finance
    • Accounting & Finance
    • Specialized Understanding of Human Resources
  • Demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem solving skills:
    • As a team member
    • In communication with management and employees
    • In an employee setting
  • Demonstrate effective research skills to:
    • Investigate legislation
    • Gather planning information
    • Conduct benchmarking
    • Conduct “what if” analysis
    • Plan and act within applicable laws and regulations, including:
      • Employment law
      • Basic contract law
      • Privacy laws
  • Employ mathematical skills and concepts to accurately:
    • Perform cost/benefit analysis
    • Evaluate the effectiveness and return on investment of proposals and/or projects
    • Prepare budgets
    • Project staffing requirements
    • Conduct competitive analysis of direct and indirect compensation plans
    • Project the cost of amendments to a collective agreement
  • Understand how human resources influences Canadian businesses to:
    • Build an environment that fosters effective working relationships
    • Improve decision making by gathering, analyzing, and incorporating relevant business and industry information
    • Incorporate ethical and legal issues into decision making
    • Develop a departmental or project budget
  • Apply and evaluate knowledge of organizational effectiveness to:
    • Evaluate employee feedback systems that support the organizational direction and culture
    • Develop programs designed to increase employee involvement
    • Maintain an inventory of Human Resources talent
    • Design programs designed to recognize and reward employees
  • Apply knowledge of employee and labour relations to effectively:
    • Evaluate Human Resources policies
    • Advise on the establishment, continuation, and termination of bargaining rights
    • Advise on the establishment, continuation, and termination of bargaining rights
    • Process grievances
    • Collect and analyze information required in collective bargaining and rights arbitration
  • Apply training and development concepts to:
    • Conduct needs assessments
    • Select an appropriate delivery format for training
    • Design training based on the principles of adult learning
    • Facilitate the delivery of training
    • Evaluate the impact of training on organizational performance
    • Develop training budgets
  • Employ effective staffing techniques and concepts to:
    • Develop a corporate identity
    • Build a talent pool
    • Use appropriate selection tools in the assessment of candidates
    • Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of staffing activities
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of total compensation by:
    • Recommending direct and indirect compensation plans that support organizational objectives
    • Evaluating the competitiveness of the total compensation program
    • Ensuring compliance with legal requirements
    • Developing employee communication tools about direct and indirect compensation plans
    • Ensuring payroll guidelines meet relevant legislation, tax laws, company policies, and contractual pay requirements
  • Assess workplace health and safety practices to:
    • Ensure practices meet legislative requirements
    • Analyze risk to the health and safety of employees
    • Determine appropriate preventative measures
  • Select and apply current workplace technology, including:
    • HRIS software
    • Microsoft Office
    • Communication software
    • Internet
    • Web design software
    • Course management systems
    • Project management systems
  • Apply knowledge of human resource information management to:
    • Ensure compliance with legislated and contractual requirements for information management
    • Prepare reports
    • Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Human Resources functions
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal and team skills, including:
    • Listening and questioning skills
    • Demonstrating respect for views and perspectives of others
    • Contributing creative and innovative ideas to a team project
    • Using appropriate verbal and non-verbal communications
    • Conflict resolution
    • Decision making
    • Fulfillment of commitments
  • Demonstrate professional level written communications abilities through:
    • Preparation of appropriate reports, proposals and case studies
    • Development of contract language
    • Accurate use of grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence mechanics
  • Demonstrate effective communications skills, including:
    • Organizing information for a variety of purposes and audiences
    • Making presentations to groups
    • Facilitating learning with groups
    • Interviewing
  • Practice lifelong learning skills through:
    • Self-directed learning
    • Team learning
    • Web-based learning
    • Career planning
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the society and culture in the world, genre of a traditional liberal arts education

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Six Grade 12 (U) or (M) courses with a minimum 65% average including:
      • Grade 12 English: ENG4(U)
      • Grade 12 Mathematics: any (U) level Mathematics 
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s) or their equivalent(s).


  • In accordance with PEQAB requirements, this program has a minimal overall acceptable achievement for progression.
  • Scholarship opportunities are available for candidates with distinguished academic records in their high school careers. A variety of scholarships and bursaries are available to students based on merit and financial needs.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.



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Your Career

In today’s competitive environment, there is a high demand for individuals who can manage a company’s most important asset – their people. Human resources is taking an increasingly important role as organizations deal with changing demographics, including an increased number of retirements. In light of this, there is an increasing demand for qualified human resources professionals. As a graduate of this program, you will be able to adapt to the changing responsibilities of Human Resources professionals and will work in positions such as HR Administrator, HR Business Partner, HR Specialist, HR Consultant, Recruiter, Trainer or Compensation Analyst. In addition, you will have the required knowledge to pursue several key industry designations including the CHRP designation through the Human Resources Professionals Association and the Microsoft Office Specialist Certificate through Microsoft.

Co-operative Education

Enhance your education with real–life, relevant work experience. This degree program offers the advantage of a paid co–op work–term for all students. During the co–op placement, you will have the opportunity to become involved in real–life work experiences where critical thinking, problem–solving and interpersonal skills are used. This work experience will help you to improve your marketability as a professional in the field. The work–term is scheduled over the summer semester.

Co-op Work Term Model
  Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Vacation
Year 1   Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Vacation
Year 3 Semester 5 Semester 6 Co-op Term
Year 4 Semester 7 Semester 8 Graduation

Turn Your Diploma into a Degree

If you have completed three or more semesters of a business or human resources diploma program, you may be eligible for block transfers for your program, within the maximum credits allowed. This block transfer may allow you to turn your diploma into a degree, helping to build your credentials for a successful future. Please contact the Admissions Advisor or Program Coordinator for more information.

Liberal Studies Electives

Liberal studies electives will be offered to students in semesters 3 to 8.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BAB100 Introduction to Canadian Business 3
BAB110 Financial Mathematics 3
BAB120 Computer Applications for Business I 3
BAB140 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
ENG106 Writing Strategies 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
HST430 Organizational Behaviour 3
BAB220 Computer Applications for Business II 3
BAB231 Introduction to Business Law 3
BAB235 Introduction to Marketing 3
BAB240 Management Accounting 3
ENG205 Applied Communication for Business and Industry 4
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
HST300 Introduction to Human Resources 3
HST310 Business Ethics 3
HST530 Organizational Staffing 3
LSP240 Micro Economics - Theory and Practice 3
LSP320 Interpersonal Communications 3
LSOXXX Liberal Studies Elective 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BAB210 Business Statistics 3
HST420 Computer Applications for Business 3 3
HST610 Pensions and Benefits 3
HST640 Training and Development 4
LSP400 Presentation Skills 3
LSOXXX Liberal Studies Elective 3
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
HST400 Operations Management 3
HST510 Payroll Compliance Legislation 3
HST520 Employment Law 3
HST540 Compensation 3
HST720 Occupational Health and Safety 3
LSOXXX Liberal Studies Option 3
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
HST330 Business Finance 3
HST410 Business Decision Making and Problem Solving 3
HST620 Human Resources Research and Information Systems 3
HST750 Industrial Relations 3
HRM845 Industrial Relations 3
LSP700 Applied Research Methodology 3
LSOXXX Liberal Studies Elective 3
Semester 7 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BAB905 Project Management 3
HST830 Performance Management 3
HST860 Technology Enhanced Learning 3
LSP800 Applied Research Project 3
LSOXXX Liberal Studies Elective 3
CPP600 Co-op Professional Practice 2
Semester 8 Course Name Hrs/Wk
HST810 Advanced Issues in Organizational Development 3
HST840 Multidisciplinary Business Case 3
HST850 Human Resource Planning 3
HST870 Advanced Applications in Human Resources Information Systems 3
CPP700 Co-op Integration and Career Planning 1

Seneca has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a 5-year term starting January 28, 2014. In conformity with the Minister’s criteria and requirements, Seneca will submit an application for the renewal of the consent for this program 12 months prior to the expiration of the consent. Seneca shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

Contact Us

For more information, please visit:
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Melissa Nava-Fernandez
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22818
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Randy Ramnanan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22460
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Elaine Nethery
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26233
Program Coordinator: Puneet Luthra
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26179
Co-op Coordinator: Drew Atamanuk
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22228
Program Chair: Chris Dudley
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22386
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"Human Resources professionals today must have a strong combination of business acumen and technical HR skills. The role of HR in organizations is more and more becoming recognized as a key factor in driving organizational success. Aside from the strategic role HR plays, it still continues to be important to deliver efficient and effective data management and service to employees; more and more this is done through information technology. The Seneca College Bachelor of Commerce – Human Resources Strategy and Technology Degree has been established with this in mind. It is designed to provide graduates with the grounding they require in all three key areas: business, human resources and technology."

Heather Pawlett, C.H.R.P.
Director, Human Resources, Marketing,
Marketing Services and CIS, KRAFT Canada
Chair, HR Program Advisory Committee

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