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HR 434 Compensation Management
Karcher, Donald


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 434 Compensation Management

Semester

S1OO 2006 WO

Faculty

Karcher, Donald

Title

Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

MA HRD
BS History

Office Location

FTLW #10 573-329-2798

Daytime Phone

573-774-6177

Other Phone

573-774-5701

E-Mail

karcherd@park.edu

karcherw@missouri.edu

Semester Dates

15 January - 11 March 2007

Class Days

-M-----

Class Time

5:00 - 10:20 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Henderson, R. (July 2000) Compensation Management in a Knowledge Based World. (8th ed.)
Prentice Hall, Inc.

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Course Description:
A study of compensation theories, policies, systems and practices with emphasis on the design of effective compensation programs. The course views compensation basically from the employer's point of view. 3:0:3.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify three key processes and systems in the compensation management field.
  2. Describe three current, Compensation Management issues
  3. Identify the differences between direct and indirect compensation and define each of the direct and indirect forms of compensation described in the text.
  4. Apply the Key Steps to Formulate a Total Compensation Strategy.
  5. Identify the dimensions that comprise a pay structure and factors that influence the structure.
  6. Explain the differences between job-based, knowledge-based and competency-based pay structure.
  7. Describe the legally required benefits by employee class.


Core Assessment:
Final Exam and Case Study Report

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

This course comprises a detailed study of the ways in which organizations reward employees for work accomplishment. Core topics include motivational factors in the work place, the evolution of compensation systems, factors that influence compensation, non-monetary incentive programs, job analysis, job description, determining pay structure, measuring job performance, employee benefits, and administration of compensation systems, policies and procedures relating to compensation.

Grading:
Grading:
EXAMS:  (mid-term and final)             40 POINTS (20 EACH)
RESEARCH BRIEFING                           5   POINTS
CURRENT EVENT BRIEF                      10  POINTS
COMPENSATION POLICY BRIEF          10POINTS
COMPENSATION POLICY                    35POINTS
          TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS        100
(Additional points may be awarded for research briefings, as approved by the instructor)
GRADING POLICY: Grades will be calculated as follows:


GRADE SCALE:
90 TO 100 POINTS: A
80 TO 90   POINTS: B
70 TO 80   POINTS: C

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Participation in each class is expected and will be included as an element of the final grade. Students missing class for legitimate reasons must contact the instructor or Park University FLW prior to the absence. The student is responsible for making up work missed during the absence. Two consecutive unexcused absences will result in the student receiving an academic withdrawal from the course. Two or more non-consecutive absences may result on administrative withdrawal and a grade of "F". A student with unexcused absences may ineligible to receive a grade of "Incomplete".

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week/Date            Topic (s)            Reading Assignment                          Assignment

1/15 Jan         Macroeconomic                        Chaps 1 thru 5                                       Current event/history research                             compensation concepts                                                                   Development of notional organization


2/22 Jan         Legislation and         Chaps 6 thru 9                                                       Job analysis, description and
                       Compensation-                                                                                            Current event/history brief.                                                 Microeconomic
                    Compensation concepts


3/29Jan          Surveying market pay              Chaps 10 thru 12                                                 Mid-term exam
                      Designing pay structure                                                                                           preparation
                    Review for mid-term exam                                                                


4/5 Jan          MID-TERM EXAM                Chaps 13 thru 14 (in class)                                  Brief job analysis.
                                                                                                                                               Description/evaluation
                                                                                                                                      Prepare compensation policy

5/12 Feb          Incentive systems                  Chaps 15 thru 16                                                 Situational exercises
                                                                                                                                    Prepare policy/procedures brief


6/19 Feb         Benefits and services               Chaps 17 thru 18                               Conduct policy/procedures brief


7/26 Feb         Briefings on                               Review for final                                                   Final preparation
                      Policy/procedures                                                                                            Turn in policy/procedures


8/5 March          FINAL EXAM                                            




Class will break at 45 minute intervals


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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 "W".
  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.

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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1 - Examine the current state of compensation decision making.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Explains the current state of compensation decision and. recommend at least three ways to deal with the issues, and supports the recommendations by referring to specific theories and concepts. Explains the issues surrounding the organization and recommends at least two ways to deal with the issues. Provides an incomplete or inaccurate analysis and/or less than two alternative solutions. No answer or insignificant explanation 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2 - Articulate the implications of recent theoretical and research developments related to compensation decisions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Provides an explanation of the implications of recent theoretical and research developments related to compensation decisions. Provides a minimal explanation of the implications of recent theoretical or the research developments related to compensation decisions Provides an incomplete or inaccurate explanation of the implications of recent theoretical or the research developments related to compensation decisions No answer or insignificant explanation 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
2, 10, 21 - Describe the difference between direct and indirect compensation and define each of the direct and indirect forms of compensation described                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Submits a very complete, thorough articulation and description of the difference between direct and indirect compensation and define each of the direct and indirect forms of compensation described by the text.



 
Articulates the difference between direct and indirect compensation or defines a minimum of the direct and indirect forms of compensation described by the text.



 
Provides an incomplete or inaccurate articulation of the  difference between direct and indirect compensation or defines one of the direct and indirect forms of compensation described by the text No answer or insignificant explanation 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 25 - Explain the application of “The Pay Model” as presented in the text.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Provides an accurate and complete presentation of the application of “The Pay Model” as presented in the text.



 
Provides a partial description of the application of “The Pay Model” as presented in the text.



 
Provide an incomplete or inaccurate description the application of “The Pay Model” as presented in the text No answer or insignificant explanation 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
6, 7 - the principles of employee motivation and compensation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Explains accurately 100%  the principles of employee motivation and compensation and

develop a total reward system/pay for performance plan.



 
Articulate 80% of the principles of employee motivation and compensation and

Demonstrate a minimal total reward system/pay for performance plan.



 
Provides the 50% of the principles of employee motivation and compensation.

develop a minimal total reward system/pay for performance plan.



 
No answer or insignificant explanation 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
3, 17, 20, 22, 25 - Explain the Key Steps to Formulate a Total Compensation Strategy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Articulate accurately the Key Steps to Formulate a Total Compensation Strategy. Articulate accurately a three or less of the Key Steps to Formulate a Total Compensation Strategy Inarticulate the Key Steps to Formulate a Total Compensation Strategy No answer or insignificant explanation 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
13, 7, 8, 14 - Illustrate how to design strategies that can be used to improve the accuracy of performance appraisals.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Explain how to design strategies that can be used to improve the accuracy of performance appraisals. Articulate a 80% of the process how to design strategies that can be used to improve the accuracy of performance appraisals. Inaccurately explain the process of how to design strategies that can be used to improve the accuracy of performance appraisals. No answer or insignificant explanation 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
5, 6, 7, 8, 24 - Explain the advantages and disadvantages of Person-Based Internal Structure and how to develop both a Person Based Skill and Competencies based structure.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Articulate accurately the advantages and disadvantages of Person-Based Internal Structure and how to develop both a Person Based Skill and Competencies based structure.



 
Explain a 80% of the advantages and disadvantages of Person-Based Internal Structure and how to develop both a minimal Person Based Skill and Competencies based structure.



 
Inaccurately explain the advantages and disadvantages of Person-Based Internal Structure and how to develop both a Person Based Skill and Competencies based structure.



 
No answer or insignificant explanation 

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