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HR 353 Introduction to Human Resource Management
Rogers, Billy J.

Whiteman AFB, Knob Noster, MO Fall I 2004
Course Number: HR 353
Course Title: Introduction to Human Resource Management
Instructor: Bill Rogers 647-3263
Work: (573)522-9011
Term Dates: 16 Aug - 10 Oct, 2004
Meeting Times: Tue & Thur 1700-1930
Site: Whiteman AFB, MO

VISION – Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for leaders within the global society.

The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.


I. Course Description:
An introduction into the theory, methodology and application of human resource planning, management and development techniques. The course content includes staffing analysis and planning, career management, management succession and development, and performance improvement.

II. Goals of the Course:
The course is designed to provide students an opportunity to explore the human resource management process and improve employee development techniques through the study of the human resource management process and practice of human resource management principles. Primary emphasis will be on the human resource management functions, various aspects of the employee development process, employee pay and benefits, and employee relations.

III. Learning Objectives:
Define human resource management (HRM) and describe its functions;
Summarize the types of assistance provided by the HRM;
Identify several challenges currently facing today’s HRM;
Define equal employment opportunity;
Explain the purpose of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA);
Define sexual harassment;
Explain the uses a of job analysis;
Define human resource planning;
Explain the purpose of a skills inventory;
Explain the advantages and disadvantages of hiring internal/external candidates;
Outline the steps of the selection process;
Explain the purpose of a needs assessment;
Explain the purpose of job rotation;
Define management development;
Define organizational development (OD);
Define career development;
Explain the purpose of a performance appraisal;
Define leniency, central tendency, recency, and the halo effect with regard to performance;
Distinguish between intrinsic and extrinsic rewards;
Define job evaluation;
Explain the two basic requirements of an effective incentive plan;
Define employee benefit;
Explain two common reasons employees are often unaware of their benefits;
Define collective bargaining;
Explain progressive discipline;
Define grievance procedures;
Explain due process;
Explain the three major causes of accidents in the workplace;
Explain the three basic types of employee assistance programs (EAP);
Identify specific things an organization can do to help prevent workplace violence;
To research, write a term paper, and make an oral presentation on an HRM related topic.

IV. Course Arrangements:
Lecture, discussions, and classroom activities.

V. Course Requirements:
Students are required to read all assigned material prior to class and be prepared to discuss the material. Classroom discussion over reading assignments and participation in activities will be the basis of class participation grade.

VI. Course Text:
Byars, Lloyd L., and Rue, Leslie W., Human Resource Management, Seventh Edition.

VII. Supplemental Resources:
Books, newspapers and magazine articles related to the reading assignments.

VIII. Class Meeting and Examination Schedule:

Date Chapter(s) Topic Study Assignment (pages)
17 Aug Course Introduction 1 HRM: Present & Future 3-22

19 Aug 2 Information Technology 23-40
3 EEO/The Legal Environment 41-62

24 Aug 4 Implementing EEO 63-86
5 Job Analysis/Job Design 89-114

26 Aug 6 HR Planning 115-134 7 Recruiting Employees 135-158

31 Aug 8 Selecting Employees 159-182

2 Sep 9 Orientation and Employee Training 183-202

7 Sep 10 Management and OD 203-224
1-10 Review - Midterm 3-224


14 Sep 11 Career Development 225-248

16 Sep 12 Performance Appraisal Systems 249-268
13 Organizational Reward Systems 269-288

21 Sep 14 Base Pay and Salary System 289-310
15 Incentive Pay Systems 311-328

23 Sep 16 Employee Benefits 329-356

28 Sep 17 The Legal Environment & Structure of Labor Unions 357-372
18 Union Organization Campaigns & Collective Bargaining 373-390

30 Sep 19 Employee Relations 391-408

5 Oct 20 Employee Safety & Health 409-433
11-20 Review - Final 225-433

7 Oct 11-20 FINAL EXAMINATION 225-433

IX. Class Policies:
Class attendance and participation are required and will form a part of the final grade. Forty hours of classroom contact time are required for satisfactory completion of this course. Students are expected to come to all classes and be on time. Attendance will be taken each class meeting. Classes missed for legitimate reasons (illness, death in family, work assignments, temporary duty) are excusable; however, students must inform the instructor or college office prior to the absence and must make up missed course work. Missed classes due to taking ordinary leave or vacation are not considered excused absences. Two or more unexcused absences are excessive and may be grounds for award of a failing grade for the course and will be reported to the Resident Center Administrator.

X. Academic Honesty:
Academic honesty is required of everyone in the learning community. Submitting someone else’s work as your own will not be tolerated. If determined by the instructor that academic dishonesty has occurred in any part of the course, the student(s) involved will normally be given an immediate grade of “F” and dropped from the course. Neither the college nor the instructor will tolerate any form of cheating or plagiarism on examinations, papers, or any other course work.

XI. Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.

XII. Grading Policy:
The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:
Midterm Exam 25%
Final Exam 25%
Term Paper 20%
Class Presentation 15%
Class Participation/Attendance 15%

The midterm exam will cover all lectures during the first four weeks and assigned reading from page 3 to page 224. The final exam is not cumulative but will be over all lectures during the last four weeks and all assigned reading from page 225 to page 433. There will be no curve in the grading nor will extra work be accepted for credit, except as previously described for participation credit for excused absences. All assignments are due on the date announced.

The following will be used to assign course letter grades:
90 - 100 A
80 - 89 B
70 - 79 C
60 - 69 D
Below 60 F (or three or more unexcused absences)

Reviewed/Approved by: Date:
Academic Director

Reviewed/Approved by: Beth Hicks Date: 07/07/04
Resident Center Administrator