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HR 491 Senior Seminar in Human Resources Development
Lewis, Leslie H.


Mission Statement: 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.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

HR 491 Senior Seminar in Human Resources Development

Semester

S2A 2006 BE

Faculty

Lewis, Leslie H.

Title

Assistant Professor

Degrees/Certificates

MBA Management Systems University
BBA Economics and Management
BS Social Psychology Park University

Office Location

Austin Campus Rm 108

Office Hours

Mon. & Wed. 1-5pm, Sat. 7-8am Sat.

Daytime Phone

Office (512) 385-7275

Other Phone

Home (512) 836-5421 Leave message

E-Mail

leslie.lewis@park.edu

theaustinprof@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

Mar. 13 to May 6, 2006

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

5:10 - 7:50 PM

Prerequisites

EN306

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Human Resources 05 / 06
• Required • Edition: 15TH 05 • Dushkin group / Maidment, Fred H.
Fifth Discipline : The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization
• Required • Edition: 94 • Senge, Peter M.
Human Resource Champions : The Next Agenda for Adding Value and Delivering Results
• Required • Edition: 97 • Ulrich, David

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Supplementary reading in Organizational Behavior, HR and Management periodicals, Internet sites, and other publications as assigned.  Several of these including Human Resource Journal and Personnel are available in the Austin Resource Center.
Hersey, Paul; Blanchard, Kenneth H.; Johnson, Dewey E.; Management of Organizational Behavior: Leading Human Resources, 8th Edition, 2001.

Harvard Business Review; the Academy of Management Review; Management Journals; Management Magazines; Current Newspapers, Web Articles, Professional Publications.


Course Description:
This course is intended to integrate concepts and techniques from the Human Resources curriculum into a framework of applied programs.  This course is designed for the advanced student and will give the student an opportunity to investigate and synthesize various concepts of Human Resources management and to relate them to 'real world' situations.  Pre-requisite:  :  EN306B.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I develop each class with the idea that “We are all Life Time Learners” and that adults learn better if they are part of the learning process itself.  In order to succeed in this course, the student must first and foremost participate each week in class.  The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on the assumption that the student must conscientiously prepare for class by reading the text prior to participation.  The student must satisfactorily complete all examinations, term paper, and homework which is developed to emphasis the course's Core Learning Outcomes. All methods of teaching are designed to transfer new material by clarifying and emphasizing subject areas presented in the text, current news topics, and experiences.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify three characteristics of learning organizations.
  2. Explain how an organization's human resources can contribute to the competitive advantage, fulfillment of the mission, and getting things done.
  3. List three potential barriers organizations encountering their attempts to change their use of HRM.
  4. Describe how changing demographics, in our population, are impacting the compensation packages and the expectations of employees.
  5. Describe three challenges HR has facing diversity in the work place.
  6. Describe two frustrations expressed by current applicants for entry-level positions in organizations.
  7. Identify at least five competencies for HR professionals.


Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:
Course Assessment:
1.       Each student is required to read all assigned material before class and be prepared to participate in class discussions and activities.  Class Participation Grading will be based on class participation, two exams, homework, pop test, and research paper. The two exams will be a made up of multiple choice and essay questions.  The research will be based on logic, depth of analysis, ability to relate the subject to the text and your other sources.

2.      CLASS PARTICIPATION:
Discussion policy: Students will receive 8 points or ½ point per class for participation in class discussions. Only timely and relevant discussion will be evaluated positively.  A lack of participation in class and case discussions will lead the instructor to conclude the student is not prepared to participate and could have a negative effect on the student's participation grade.  

3.        RESEARCH PAPER/PRESENTATION: Students are required to turn in a research report of not less that 8 pages (double spaced, 12 font) in a research paper format on a current economic trend or problem in the U.S.  The report publication guideline used is MLA, Park's standard.  An oral and digital presentation with handouts to the class, not to exceed 15 minutes, of the report's high points and solution is also required for each student.   You need a minimum of two references from printed material other that your text and a minimum of two references from the Internet.

All assignments which includes the mid term, final exam, research paper, and class discussions are developed to
cover the seven learning objectives of the course as reiterated below:
1. Identify three characteristics of learning organizations.
2. Explain how an organization's human resources can contribute to the competitive advantage, fulfillment
of the mission, and getting things done.
3. List three potential barriers organizations
encountering their attempts to change their use of HRM.
4. Describe how changing demographics, in our population, are impacting the compensation packages and the expectations of employees.
5. Describe three challenges HR has facing diversity in the work place.
6. Describe two frustrations expressed by current applicants for entry-level positions in organizations.
7. Identify at least five competencies for HR professionals.

Grading:
The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:

Mid-Term Exam                               20%
Final Examination:                           20%
Research Paper:                              15%
Topic Presentation                             5%
Case analysis                                    20%
Homework & WEEKLY POP TEST 12%
Class Participation:                           8%
                                                      100% (100 points)

Final grade will be determined using the following criteria:
A --90.0 - 100.0 cumulative average (c.a).
B --80.0 - 89.9 c.a.
C-- 70.0- 79.9c.a.
D --60.0 - 69.9 c.a.
F-- 0.0 - 59.9 c.a.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Exam Make Up:  If students miss an exam, they will have 1 week to take a makeup exam after returning to class.  The second (final) exam, however, must be made up within 24 hours of the assigned date or an F will be given for the exam.
If students miss the date turning in the research paper, the grade will be reduced one letter grade per day.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
The degree of concentration, material covered and specific methodology to be utilized in each area will be determined by the amount of classroom time available. Methods used to achieve these learning objectives will include lecture, reports, self-study, and most importantly, class discussion and student participation.  All methods of teaching are designed to transfer new material by clarifying and emphasizing subject areas presented in the text.  The lecture relies on the fact that you have read the assigned material and have completed any assignment relating to it.  The student is grades in each class for participation (see assessment).

Student Communications:  Remember that all cell phones and alpha and digital pagers must be turned off.  Use your devices outside the building.
   Also, the official method of communications between the university and students at Park is Pirate Email.  Each of you has an account.  If you have not activated your account, go to www.park.edu/piratemail.  Please check your mail every day.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Date Class Activities Assignments Activities
March 18 Introductions,  Class Discussions  Read chapter 1
prior to class Fifth Discipline Expectations of Instructor

March 25 Class Discussions                                            Fifth Discipline


April 1

Class Discussions
Fifth Discipline
Human Resource Champions

April 8 Exam
Class Discussions
Human Resource Champions :
Mid term

April 15
Class Discussions
Human Resource Champions

April 22
Class Discussions
Human Resource Champions :

April 29
Class Discussions
Human Resources 05 / 06

May 6
Class Discussions
Human Resources 05 / 06

May 6
Exam
Presentations
Present Term Paper

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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. It is 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 the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:

STUDENT RESOURCES


 








McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.


Park University Online Bookstore - Select "Distance Learning - Graduate," or "Distance Learning Internet," and then click on the appropriate course code (ex. AC 201, PA 501) to see the list of required and optional texts for each course that you are enrolled in. 


Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Your Campus Center Administrator can provide advising to you, please contact them for assistance.  If you need contact information for your Campus Center, click here.


Online Tutoring Services - Park University has arranged for Online students to receive five hours of free access to Online tutoring and academic support through Smarthinking. If you would like Online tutoring, please contact me to receive their recommendation and information on how to access the Online tutoring.


Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.


Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275).  To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.


Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024.


Concordia University Library


Park students can use the resources of Concordia University Library located at I-35 and 32nd.  You will need your Park ID.


 


Austin Campus Resource Room


The resource room is located in room 210 in the Austin Center.  It is opened 8 am to 10 pm on Monday through Thursday.  The room has a wide selection of current business and academic journals, magazines and a limited number of subject related videos, texts, and books.  The room also has three PCs wit an Internet connection and a printer.


 


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GOOD LUCK AND GOOD LEARNING!        


Les

Copyright:

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