HR353 Intro to Human Resource Mgmt

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HR 353 Introduction to Human Resource Management


F2J 2006 IN


Rasmussen, Leah J.


HR Consultant/Adjunct Professor


M.A. Human Resource Development
M.A. Human Resource Management
B.A. Human Relations

Office Location

By appointment

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

816 853-5762

Other Phone

816 853-5762


Semester Dates

October 23-December 17, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours



Human Resource Management, 8th edition - by Lloyd Byars and Leslie Rue

ISBN: 0072987286


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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: MG 352 or HC 351. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Class participation and engagement is encouraged and expected.  The facilitator understands that we all have unique stories and life experiences - SHARE!

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define “human resource management.”
  2. Explain how a firm's human resources influence organizational performance.
  3. Describe how firms can use HR initiatives to cope with workplace changes and trends such as a more diverse workforce, the global economy, downsizing, and new legislation.
  4. List the factors influencing worker motivation that are under managers' control.
  5. Describe the process of job analysis, components of a job description, and those of a job specification.
  6. Explain why compliance with HR law is an important part of doing business.
  7. Explain why employees join unions.
  8. Describe the employment-at-will doctrine.

Core Assessment:
Final exam

Class Assessment:

Attendance: 10 points x 8 classes                     80

Participation: 10 points x 8 classes                   80

Quizzes: 2 x 50 points each                            100

Research Paper:                                              200

Group Presentation:                                        100

Comprehensive Final Examination                   300

Weekly current events assignment 20x7        140

1000 points total


900-1000        A

800-899          B

700-799          C

600-699          D

599 and below   F


Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will result in point reduction unless previously approved by the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Observe "The Golden Rule."  Agree to disagree.  Respect one another.  Be engaged.  Be active.  Participate.  Make a difference.  Be remembered.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Introductions/syllabus review/Lecture: Chapters 1-3: Group activities.

Week 2: Lecture: Chapters 4-6 - Group activities.

Week 3: Lecture: Chapters 7-9 - Group activities.

Week 4: Lecture: Chapters 10-11. Group activities. Quiz #1

Week 5: Lecture: Chapters 12-14 - Group activities.

Week 6: Lecture: Chapters 15-17 - Group activities.

Week 7: Lecture: Chapters 18-19 - Quiz #2 - Presentations

Week 8 - Final examination

**subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 "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.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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: .


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