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HR 353 Introduction to Human Resource Management
Smith, Allan M.


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.
CourseHR 353 Introduction to Human Resource Management
SemesterF1OO2004
FacultySmith, Allan M.
TitleAdjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesMasters
Office LocationFTLW
Office HoursMonday Thru Friday: 9:30-3:30
Daytime Phone573-329-2798
E-MailAllan.Smith@pirate.park.edu
park1lighthouse@yahoo.com
Semester DatesFall 1
Class DaysMondays
Class Time5:00 - 10:00 PM
PerquisitesMG 352 or HC 351
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
David A. Decenzo & Stephen P. Robbins (2002) Human Resource Management. (7th ed). John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Additional Resources:
American Psychological Association. (2001) Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (5th ed). Washington, DC: Author.

Course Description:
Theory, methodology and application of human resource planning and development techniques, staffing analysis and planning, career management, management succession and development, and performance improvement. Prerequisite: :  MG352 or :  HC351. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this course, student should be able to:
1. Define the term “human resource management.”
2. Explain how organizations can gain a sustainable competitive advantage through human resource management.
3. Describe the functions and activities of human resource management.
4. Identify three areas of legal concern for the management of human resources.
5. Explain the concepts of Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Diversity.
6. Describe the activities associated with the creation of a new position or job within an organization.  
7. Define the terms “job analysis”, “job description”, and “job specification.”
8. Describe the activities associated with the recruitment and selection of new employees.
9. Describe three alternatives that may be used as opposed to layoff of workers.  
10. Describe the process of lawful termination of workers.

Course Assessment:
1.  Write an eight-page research paper in the American Psychological Association (APA) format.
2.  Complete three (in-class) quizzes (true/false, multiple choice, ID terms).
3.  Take two examinations (in-class) that consist of mid-term and final (multiple choice and essay questions).
4.  Give a 10-minute oral presentation on research paper (must use power point presentation).
6.  Participate in class discussions and small group activities.


RESEARCH PAPER:
Each student will complete an ten-page research paper, which is included in the final grade.  The paper will be typed, double-spaced, APA format, with a minimum of five reference sources.  It is expected that each student has the competence and ability to write, use a dictionary, thesaurus, spell checker, English handbook or grammar book, APA manual, and applicable library resources.  The required references must be from primary sources (e.g., journals, abstracts, etc.) rather than from secondary sources (e.g., literature reviews, books, etc.).  Journals are periodicals with an editorial board of well-known and qualified authorities of the subject matter.  Furthermore, the articles are reviewed for academic value and accuracy before receiving acceptance for publication.  Several examples of journals are listed below; this list is not all-inclusive so be sure to check with the Learning Resource Center in the Truman Education Center.
H.R. Management Personnel Journal
American Journal of Psychology  H.R. Development
Monthly Labor Review American Journal of Sociology Training & Development Journal Organizational Dynamics

Grading:
Class Attendance & Participation 100%
Quizzes 200%
Research Paper                          250%        
Mid-Term Exam                        150%
Final Exam                              150%
Oral Presentation                150%

1000-900%……….A (Excellent)
890-800%…… ….B (Good)
790-700%……… .C (Average)
690-600%……… .D (Poor)
590-Below..….F (Failure)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Without prior arrangement the instructor will not accept assignments late. Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero”.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes. Cellular phone interruption will be considered inconsiderate and disrupting.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
(16 Aug)
Week 1 Reading Assignment: Chapters 1 and 2
Lecture and Discussion: Review Syllabus, Library and Internet Research Introduction; HRM in a Dynamic Environment, Fundamentals of HRM
Activity:    Discuss Paper; Form Research Support Groups

(23 Aug)
Week 2 Reading Assignment: Chapters 3 and 4
Lecture and Discussion: Equal Employment Opportunity; Employee Rights
Activity:    Approve Topics for Research Paper
QUIZ #1 Chapters 1, 2, 3 & 4

(30 Aug)
Week 3 Reading Assignment: Chapters 5, 6 and 7
Lecture and Discussion: Employment Planning and Job Analysis; Foundations of Selection.
Activity:    Students submit outlines for papers and references
Review for mid-term exam;
QUIZ #2 Chapters 5, 6 & 7

(6 Sep)
Week 4 Reading Assignment: Chapters 8 and 9
Lecture and Discussion: Socializing, Orienting, and Developing Employees; Managing Careers
Activity: MID-TERM EXAM (2-hour exam that covers
Chapters 1-7, lectures, discussion, handouts, etc.)
One-on-one progress reviews with instructor

(13Sep)
Week 5 Reading Assignment: Chapters 10 and 11
Lecture and Discussion: Evaluating Employee Performance; Establishing Rewards and Pay Plans
Activity: One-on-one progress reviews with instructor

(20 Sep)
Week 6 Reading Assignment: Chapters 12 and 13
Lecture and Discussion: Employee Benefits; Safety and Health Programs
Activity: QUIZ #3 Chapters 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13
One-on-one progress reviews with instructor

(27 Sep)
Week 7 Reading Assignment: Chapter 14 and 15
Lecture and Discussion: Effective HRM Communications; Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining
Activity: Review for Final Exam; Oral Presentations

(4 Oct)
Week 8 Reading Assignment:   None
Lecture and Discussion: None
Activity: FINAL EXAM and Oral Presentations
Due!!! Research Papers

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 2004-2005 Undergradute Catalog
Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergradute Catalog Page 100


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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