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HR 491 Senior Seminar in Human Resources Development
Macharoni, Frank A.


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

S1HH 2006 PA

Faculty

Macharoni, Frank A.

Title

Senior Instructor

Daytime Phone

937-223-1130

E-Mail

Frank.Macharoni@park.edu

macharoni.dayton@worldnet.att.net

Semester Dates

January 3 - March 12, 2006

Class Days

----R--

Class Time

5:30 - 10:30 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Becker, Brian E., The HR Scorecard: Linking, People, Strategy, and Performance, Harvard University Press., 2001.  ISBN: 1-57851-136-4 (required)

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore


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:
III Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to define the human resource manager's role in working with all levels of an organization and/or business.  They will learn to explore and develop an appreciation for the contemporary issues in human resources; understand the aspects of a total human resources program; understand forecasting models, applications and human resource needs; and identify how to improve organizational performance through an effective human resources program.  Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:  identify three characteristics of learning organizations; explain how an organization's human resources can contribute to the competitive advantage, fulfillment of the mission, and getting things done; list three potential barriers organizations encounter in their attempts to change in their use of human resources; describe how changing demographics in our population are impacting the benefit packages and expectations of employees; describe three challenges for white males facing more diversity in the work place; and describe two frustrations expressed by current applicants for entry-level positions in organizations.

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.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:  identify three characteristics of learning organizations; explain how an organization's human resources can contribute to the competitive advantage, fulfillment of the mission, and getting things done; list three potential barriers organizations encounter in their attempts to change in their use of human resources; describe how changing demographics in our population are impacting the benefit packages and expectations of employees; describe three challenges for white males facing more diversity in the work place; and describe two frustrations expressed by current applicants for entry-level positions in organizations.
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:
All students must active participate in both individual and group discussions of textbook cases, class assignments, and class exercises; complete both an oral and written presentation of a Human Resource topic; and successfully complete of all course examinations.

Grading:
Course grades will be based on a written paper and related oral presentation, two exams, and participation in class discussion/exercises.  The weight assigned to each factor of the course grade is as follows:
1st Exam 15% Grading Scale
2nd Exam 15% A = 90 - 100
Paper 35% B = 80 - 89
Oral Presentation 15% C = 70 - 79
Class Participation 20% D = 60 - 69
Max. Possible 100% F = below 60
An “Incomplete” will only be given in place of a grade in extenuating circumstances beyond the student's control (excessive TDY, hospitalization, etc.).  If a student does not show up for the final exam -- an “Incomplete” is never automatically given.  Only if you contact the Instructor and provide written documentation for an excused absence will an “Incomplete” be given.  A student has 60 days from the last day of the term to make up the “Incomplete”.  If not made up, an “Incomplete” will become an “F”.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class participation is expected and will form a part of the final grade.  Students are expected to come to all classes and be on time.  Roll will be taken during each class.  Classes missed for legitimate reasons, e.g., illness, temporary duty, work schedule change, etc. can be considered an “excused absence”; however, the student is still responsible for the missed assignment(s).  Students will only be credited with an “excused absence” if they provide the Instructor with written documentation, e.g., copy of TDY orders, letter from supervisor on unit or company letterhead explaining how the absence was work related.  Students must contact the Instructor to make up a missed exam or should extenuating circumstances arise.  Plagiarism or any other form of dishonesty will not be tolerated.  Any student caught cheating in any form will receive a '0' (zero) for that portion of their grade.  Blatant plagiarism will result in the student receiving a failing grade ‘F' for the course and could result in dismissal from Park University.
Park University's course withdrawal policy is as follows:
A student must request a withdrawal in writing no later than 2/3 of the way through a term in order to receive a grade of “W.”  Failure to withdraw by this date will result in a grade of “F.”  Any student who is either absent from classes for two consecutive weeks or absent three times during the term without an approved “excused absence” will be withdrawn from the class by the university and assigned a grade of “F.”  The date of withdrawal in all cases will be the last recorded date of attendance.  Any refund will be calculated as of that date.  A student may request a Leave of Absence to avoid a university-initiated withdrawal and cut off of financial aid.  See Park University catalog for further details or contact the Park University Office.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
IX Class Meeting and Examination Schedule:
Class Date Assignment

1. 12 January Chapter 1
2. 19 January Chapter 2
3. 26 January Chapter 3
4. 2 February Exam 1; Chapter 4
5. 9 February Chapter 5
6. 16 February Chapter 6
7. 23 February Chapters 7 & 8
8. 2 March Exam 2; All Papers due at the beginning of class; Student Presentations
9. 9 March Student Presentations

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 .

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