Learn HR Fundamentals for a Career in Human Resources
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Learn HR Fundamentals for a Career in Human Resources

Human Resource Management is key to developing any business or organization. Learn core HR roles and responsibilities.
4.3 (1,929 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
4,964 students enrolled
Last updated 6/2015
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What you'll learn
  • Develop a general understanding of the Human Resources function.
  • Apply key HR concepts and principles in the workplace.
  • No prior knowledge is necessary.

Whether new to Human Resources, interested in learning about the function or need to establish a more robust HR department, this course will give you the overview necessary to meet your goal. It provides an introduction to the HR profession. Each topic serves as a building block for a holistic understanding of Human Resource Management. The course is constructed to help the student develop their knowledge, using the previous lesson as a foundation for the next one. Subscribers will learn about the changing role of HR including a historical overview, key processes and responsibilities of an HR Professional and current trends affecting the evolution of HR practices.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is designed for those who are new to Human Resources or would like to establish an HR department. No prior knowledge is necessary.
Course content
Expand all 17 lectures 41:47
+ Setting the Foundation
2 lectures 05:42

The first lecture will provide a review of course content including objectives.

Preview 01:41

The class begins with a brief history lesson explaining how Human Resources developed as a profession.

Preview 04:01
+ Human Resources Management Today
3 lectures 08:45

This lecture provides an overview of Human Resources Disciplines or areas of focus and knowledge in the Human Resources profession.

Preview 05:26

A career in HR can be separated into two high level categories. In this lecture, students will learn about the career path of an HR Generalist.

HR Generalist

The second high level category in a Human Resources career is an HR Specialist. This lesson will provide an overview of the various specializations.

HR Specialist
+ Employment Cycle - a Roadmap for HR Roles and Responsibilities
2 lectures 06:49

While working for any company or organization, an employee moves through several phases related to key HR activities including recruitment, orientation, performance management and career progression. This lecture gives an overview of these employment cycle phases.

What is the Employment Cycle?

The employment cycle is a foundation for understanding major responsibilities of the Human Resources function. The lesson explains how HR facilitates and oversees the employment cycle.

How does HR manage and support the employment cycle?
+ Foundational HR Topics outside the Employment Cycle
5 lectures 11:26

In today's global business environment, it is more important then ever to ensure an organization is recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. In addition, management must develop an inclusive workplace. This lecture reviews HR's role in accomplishing these goals.

Diversity and Inclusion

Human Resources Information Systems are imperative to the maintenance of any business. Whether providing timely, accurate pay checks or maintaining employee records, an HRIS can streamline highly administrative processes for more efficient service. This lesson explains what an HRIS is and why it is important.

Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS)

Local, state, and federal regulations continue to grow in number and complexity. A Human Resources professional must have a general understanding of employment law and access to credible resources. This lesson provides an overview of how best to manage such a complicated subject.


Although not a discipline of Human Resources, ethics is a fundamental topic for all professionals. This is a brief overview with special attention to how HR helps set the stage for establishing an ethical work environment.

+ Current Trends and Challenges
3 lectures 06:52

As the function of Human Resources has evolved, organizational leaders are expecting HR professionals to be a business partner, someone who helps guide and fulfill an organization's strategic plan. This lecture explores what it means to be an HR business partner and why it can be very difficult to earn the title.

Being a Business Partner

Creating and utilizing metrics is trendy but what is workforce analytics? Why should HR professionals care about this topic? The lesson provides an overview as well as reasons for implementing metric driven processes.

Workforce Analytics
+ Conclusion
2 lectures 02:13

The course ends with a summary of topics and key takeaways.

Course Wrap Up