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.
4.2 (105 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a
course's star rating by considering a number of different factors
such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the
likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
340 students enrolled
Take This Course
  • Lectures 17
  • Length 42 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
    30 day money back guarantee!
    Available on iOS and Android
    Certificate of Completion
Wishlisted Wishlist

How taking a course works


Find online courses made by experts from around the world.


Take your courses with you and learn anywhere, anytime.


Learn and practice real-world skills and achieve your goals.

About This Course

Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge is necessary.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Develop a general understanding of the Human Resources function.
  • Apply key HR concepts and principles in the workplace.

Who is the target audience?

  • 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.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Setting the Foundation

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


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

Section 2: Human Resources Management Today

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


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.


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

Section 3: Employment Cycle - a Roadmap for HR Roles and Responsibilities

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.


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.

Section 4: Foundational HR Topics outside the Employment Cycle
Introduction to Foundational HR Topics outside the Employment Cycle

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.


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.


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.

Section 5: Current Trends and Challenges
Introduction to Current Trends and Challenges

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.


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.

Section 6: Conclusion

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


Students Who Viewed This Course Also Viewed

  • Loading
  • Loading
  • Loading

Instructor Biography

Christina A. Danforth, Certified Sr Professional in Human Resources

Christina is an enthusiastic human resources professional with over a decade of experience. She specializes in Learning and Development as the owner of HR Jetpack, providing online training to HR professionals.

Christina began a career with UTC in 2006. She joined Carrier as a Leadership Rotational Program Associate moving across the country with assignments spanning from Labor Relations to Staffing. She placed off the program in Indianapolis as an HR Manager supporting over 250 employees. In 2010, Christina returned to CT as an HR Specialist in Employee Engagement and Diversity and Inclusion. She became an Achieving Competitive Excellence Associate, representing her expertise in lean processing and her passion for utilizing the Continuous Process Improvement philosophy. In 2012, she took on a role at UTC Aerospace Systems as an HR process leader in Performance Management and Diversity and Inclusion. In her most recent role, Christina served as a project manager focusing on change management.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Christina studied in Spain and spent a semester interning at the U.S. State Department. In 2006, she earned an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She also holds a SHRM-SCP and SPHR as the Vice President and Co-Director of Professional Development at the HR Association of Central CT (HRACC). Christina serves on the CT SHRM Council as well.

Ready to start learning?
Take This Course