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HR 491 SrSem in Human Resources Mgmt
D'Agostino, Donald J.


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 SrSem in Human Resources Mgmt

Semester

U1R 2008 SCX

Faculty

D'Agostino, Donald J.

Title

Adjunct Faculty: Instructor/HRM and Management

Degrees/Certificates

Liberal Arts - Rhode Island College, Warwick, Rhode Island
BSBA - Husson College, Bangor, Maine
MA/HRD, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri

Office Location

Scott Air Force Base, Illinois (SC005)

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 08:00AM - 5:00PM

Daytime Phone

(314) 244-7820

Other Phone

(618) 531-7772

E-Mail

SCOT@park.edu

dominic16@charter.net

donald_d'agostino@moed.uscourts.gov

Semester Dates

June 2 - July 27 2008

Class Days

Saturdays

Class Time

8:30 - 11:30 AM

Prerequisites

EN306B, HR353, HR422, and MG365

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Maidment, Annual Editions: Human Resources 06/07, 16th edition, 2006, Mc-Graw-Hill. ISBN: 0073528382

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Books, journals, publications and supplemental reading as assigned by the instructor.

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.
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.
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
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.


Course Description:
This course is intended to integrate concepts and techniques from the Human Resource 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. 3:0:3. Prerequisites: EN306B, HR353, HR422, and MG365

Educational Philosophy:

Provide quality education through interative lectures, discussions, and dialog; research and introduce supplemental data to enhance students knowledge of current management issues; and teach students to conceptualize and synthesize material as it relates to contemporary organizational structures and their personal research projects.
 
 

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 and fulfillment of the mission.
  3. List three potential barriers organizations encounter in their attempts to change in their use of human resources.
  4. Describe how changing demographics in our population are impacting the benefit packages and expectations of employees.
  5. Describe three challenges for white males facing more diversity in the work place.
  6. Write a brief assessment of the implementation and use of diversity programs and the effectiveness of these programs.
  7. Describe two frustrations expressed by current entry-level applicants for positions in organizations.
  8. Identify and describe three or more Human Resource Management Jobs for the future , the typical educational background of future HR professionals, and explain how these jobs will impact the other functions of the organization, as well as the organization's strategic plan.


Core Assessment:
Final examination

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Students are required to read all assigned material prior to class and be prepared to discuss review questions and exercises as they relate to the text. Students will also select an article from a current journal and present a 10 minute talk using a brief "Key Point" outline. In addition to a mid-term and final exam, the student will research a topic selected from the instructor’s handout or one of their choosing and submit a twelve (12) page research paper in accordance with APA standards as follows: 1) Font/Font Size: 12/New Times Roman or Courier New, 2) Title page, 3) Abstract (2 paragraphs), and clear transition of key points and cited references using the last name/source followed by a comma and the reference date (EX: D'Agostinom 2002).

Grading:

Grades will be determined using a total point system. Students can earn a total of 100 points for the course. The following grading standard will apply:
Mid-Term Exam......................................30 Points
Final Exam...............................................40 Points
Oral Presentation.....................................10 Points
Research Paper........................................20 Points

Grading Structure:
92 - 100...............................A
82 - 91.................................B
71 - 81.................................C
62 - 71.................................D
0 - 61...................................F

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business and Management courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business and Management.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

The instructor will not accept assignments turned in beyond their assigned due date unless for legitimate reasons such as illness or temporary duty. Students who miss classes for such legitimate reasons must make up the missed work by providing the instructor with a two (2) page outline for each chapter discussed during the students absence. If the student is going to be absent as a result of temporary military duty, they must provide the instructor with a copy of official orders.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to treat their classroom obligations as they would any professional engagement. In addition to taking responsibility for information shared during the instructor's lecture, students will:
(1) Arrive promptly for class.
(2) Prepare and take part in discussion of assigned readings and exercises.
(3) Adhere to deadlines and timetables established by the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

CLASS MEETING AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE:
Week One: 
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Discussion of Class Requirements and Reserch Project
 
Week Two:
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Oral Presentation 

Week Three:
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Class Project
Oral Presentation
 
Week Four:
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Oral Presentation
MidTerm Examination
 
Week Five:
Mid-Term Examination
Class Project
Oral Presentation
 
Week Six:
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Oral Presentation
 
Week Seven:
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Final Examination
 
Week Eight:
Class Project
Final Examination
 


 

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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. 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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Identify and describe three or more Human Resource Management Jobs for the future , the typical educational background of future HR professionals, and explain how these jobs will impact the other functions of the organization, as well as the organization's strategic plan Identify three Human Resource Management jobs for the future and explain how the education background is changing for human resource professionals.

 
Identification of less than three future HR positions, or  lack of explanations for there positions. Identification of only 1 job or no substantive answer. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Thorough description, explanation, and detailed references to instances when human resource specifically to fulfillment of organizational mission. Explain how an organization's human resources can contribute to the competitive advantage, fulfillment of the mission, and getting things done. No explanation or incomplete explanation. No explanation 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Expanded description to provide examples of how demographic changes both present and future will impact benefit packages and descriptions of alternative methods organizations may use to resolve differences. Describe how changing demographics in our population are impacting the benefit packages and expectations of employees.

 
No description

Listing of demographic categories or trends
 
No significant answer or unrelated material. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Assessment includes alternative methods to resolve or improve ineffective programs and description of methods which may be used to bridge diversity and affirmative action program outcomes. Write a brief assessment of the design, implementation, and use of diversity programs and the effectiveness of these programs.

 
No assessment

Incomplete assessment

A statement which reflects inadequate familiarity with HR-related terminology, or superficial response.

 
No answer or irrelevant material presented. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Assessment includes alternative methods to resolve or improve ineffective programs and description of methods which may be used to bridge diversity and affirmative action program outcomes. Write a brief assessment of the design, implementation, and use of diversity programs and the effectiveness of these programs.

 
Inadequate assessment of present conditions in HR practices. Relating to diversity in the workforce. No concepts presented or irrelevant material submitted. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Description of characteristics in detail, including strategies used to promote organizational learning. Identify three characteristics of learning organizations. Lack of identification, or incomplete identification of characteristics of learning organizations No application or irrelevant material submitted. 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
A description of barriers and thorough review of alternative methods that may be used to lower or eliminate the barrier. List three potential barriers organizations encounter in their attempts to change in their use of human resources.

 
Lack of identification of potential barriers. No barriers submitted or irrelevant material submitted. 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
5 & 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Thorough description expanded to include methods for overcoming the challenges, and predictions for new challenges as the workforce continues to change.

Thorough description expanded to include methods for resolving the frustrations, and predictions for new frustrations as the workforce continues to change.
 
Describe three challenges for white males facing more diversity in the work place.

Describe two frustrations expressed by current entry-level applicants for positions in organizations.


 
Lack of description or incomplete description of the challenges for white males.

Lack or incomplete description of frustrations expressed by current entry-level applicants.
 
No description of challenges or irrelevant material submitted.
No description of frustrations or irrelevant material submitted.
 

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