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PA 575 Developing Human Resources
McGregor, Neal L.

Mission Statement: The mission of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Park University is to provide leadership and directions to Park University's graduate and professional programs to assure that they are specialized, scholarly, innovative, and designed to educate students to be creative, independent, and lifelong learners within the context of a global community.

The Hauptmann School of Public Affairs offers a citizen-centered, professional program of graduate study that is grounded in the liberal arts tradition.  As participants in HSPA's vibrant academic community, faculty and students consider, with the coursework, the larger issues of democracy, stewardship, and technology.  In so doing, HSPA seeks to prepare students for the courage and discernment to act for the common good in the global context.  Going beyond competence, students develop knowledge, skills, and values requisite for leadership and service in and across all sectors of society, including government, business, and nonprofit.  HSPA cultivates public affairs as a life-long passion that is fundamental to citizenship in a free society.

Vision Statement: Park University's School of Graduate and Professional Studies will be an international leader in providing innovative graduate and professional educational opportunities to learners within a global society.

The Hauptmann School of Public Affairs will serve the common good by graduating leaders who exercise authority responsibly, make ethical decisions, act with moral courage, and advance human dignity world-wide.


PA 575 Developing Human Resources


F1P 2006 DL


McGregor, Neal L.


Senior Professor


A A Law Enforcement, Johnson County Community College
BS  Management/HR/Criminal Justice/Social Psychology, Park University;  MA in Religion, Park University
MBA University of Missouri;  Ph.D.  Walden University

Daytime Phone

816 881 9191 (pager)

Other Phone

816 224 4833 (Home)


Semester Dates

08/21/06 to 10/15/06

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Berman, E., Bowman, J., West, J., and Van Wart, M.  (2006). Human
management in public service. Paradoxes, processes, and
2nd. ed. 
London: Sage Publications Ltd.


Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore 


Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

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Course Description:
The management of relations between an organization and its work force; substantive issues and current practices in human resource management and development. A critical review of government's role in human resource development programs. Achieving harmony in labor-management relations. 2 cr.

Educational Philosophy:

The approach taken in this course is two-fold.  The first concern is academic understanding of the issues involved in the development of human resources.  This focus goes beyond the pop science and buzz so often associated with the topic.  Therefore, theories and models that attempt to explain these issues will have a large focus in the course.  The proper academic research and presentation of material used to complete assignments and discussions will be emphasized during the course.  

Secondly, a focus on practical application of theory is intended to give students a means to use the textbook ideas in business settings.  Combined, these approaches will help students to acquire an understanding of issues, application of theory, and proper written presentation and exchange of ideas related to the development of human resources.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will learn the basic elements of the Human Resource Management issues in a public sector organization.
  2. Student will learn to make logical, ethical, and fair decisions about human resources management issues in public sector organizations.
  3. Students will be able to effectively analyze situations about human resources management in public sector organizations.
  4. Students will learn how to select reference material, and to effectively present a scholarly presentation about human resources management issues.
Class Assessment:


During the course there will be the following assignments that will be used to assess the progress and learning of students.

6   Homework Assignments
7   Discussions
7   Current Issues
1   Draft of Term Paper
1   Final Term Paper



Current Issues                     105

Discussions                           210

Homework                           240

Draft of Term Paper          100

Term Paper                         345


A = 900-1000

B = 800-899

C = 700-799

D = 600-699

F = 599 or Below

Late Submission of Course Materials:

If you are unable to submit work on time, please notify the instructor prior to the deadline for the work.  Some reasons for the tardiness of the work may be considered as mitigating circumstances.  However, it should be assumed that there would be a 25% reduction of the grade for any late assignments.  Therefore, for your success in the course, it is best to complete and submit work as early as possible.  The deadline for all weekly assignments is at 11:59PM Sunday of that week.


Grades for assignment will be posted each week as soon as the assignments are graded.  Unless there are problem with the grading process, you should be able to view your grades in the ‘Grade Book' section of the site.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
E-Mail Procedures and Submitting


General e-mail: When sending e-mail other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all e-mail sent to me and/or other members of our class.


Dropbox use: Please use the dropbox for weekly submittal of assignments.


My Response Policy:  I will check my e-mail frequently. I will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours (unless I notify you previously that I will be unavailable).


File types: When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be Microsoft Word documents. Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy.  If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.





1) The file name should reflect the assignment.  For example, “McGregor Week 1 Homework”  “McGregor Final Term Paper ”  “McGregor Week 1 Current Issue.”  Please follow the pattern for the entire course.  Without a reasonable name on the file, it is difficult to recall the file or store the file.


2) All work should have the date, student's name and ID number in the body of the document.  It should also have a title relating to the work being submitted.  Please be consistent in the format that you use.


3) Please do not add any special effects to the material.  Web sites or other links are fine, but do not add shooting stars, sparkles, etc.  Consider the assignments as one would consider business correspondence.


4) Do not submit work as the body of an e-mail message.  I keep all work on file and this would require transferring the information to a word document.  Any such work received will be returned for proper preparation.


5) Do not send multiple copies of e-mails.  To verify delivery, use return receipt.


6) Students should keep a copy of all work generated for the course.


Current Issues and Discussions:


Each week students will post in the discussion section an overview of an article that they have reviewed.  The article may be from an academic journal, trade journal, web site, news periodical, newspaper, or something that was heard or seen on TV or radio.  The article must relate to the issues being studied for the week in the course.  The posting is not simple a copy of the article, but should be the student's interpretation of the article and how it relates to the course.  The source and author's information should be posted per the “Validation of Sources” document in the ‘Doc Sharing' section of the site.


ALL other students will respond to the posting with well thought out, critical academic postings.  All material must be documented in APA style.  These responses are not simply opinions.  They are to be academically based comments.  Responses such as ‘I agree fully George.' will not be considered a response.  Responses should reflect academic masters level research and writing.


Students will submit a copy of the posting for grading to the instructor.  This assignment is worth 30%+ of the course grade and should be taken seriously. 




Each week detailed assignments will be given to students.  These assignments must be done in manner that reflects masters' level work.  For example, a one or two sentence answer to a question is not sufficient.  The answer should include the text authors' ideas on the subject and may have other academics' point of view.  Students should then expand the answer to show practical application of the topic, or how the topic fits into the larger framework of human resources development.  The text is generally the only source needed to do the work.  However, if you find academic material outside the text it is welcome.  This includes any material that may not agree with the text authors' point of view.  All material used must be documented in APA format.




Final Project Information


Your final project is a written term paper.  Detailed instructions are posted in the ‘Doc Sharing' area of the course in the “Requirements for PA 575 Term Paper.”  This assignment is a major potion of the grade for the course.  The assignment should be started immediately, and it is in students' best interest to submit to the instructor a short description of the topic, issues to be covered, and how issues will be approached.  Any concern, regardless how insignificant it may seem, should be discussed as soon as possible with the instructor.   The final paper should be submitted no later than midnight of Sunday during the 8th week of course.  A draft of the paper is due the 5th week.  The draft or final paper may be submitted earlier than the above dates for feedback and evaluation by the instructor.  Your work may be revised as many times as you like before the due date.  You are the one who determines when you have completed the work.


This assignment will demonstrate not only what the student has learned in the course, but it will also be part of the learning process.  The paper is expected to be academic.  This means that any sources of information and references must be of academic quality.  Therefore, most web site materials will not qualify for the paper.  You will need to contact a library for materials.  Any material that does not meet the standards enumerated in the “Validation of Sources” document posted in the ‘Doc Sharing' section of the site will disqualify the paper.  All documentation and citations must be in APA style.  The document “APA Basics for Papers Submitted” in the ‘Doc Sharing' section of the site should be all that students need for the assignment.  However, if you need more information, get an APA Publication Manual, go to a library that has a publication manual, or got to .  Please let the instructor know if you have any trouble get appropriate material to satisfy the criteria of the paper.


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Weekly Reading Assignments:

Week 1- Academic Orientation / Course Requirements

Week 2- Context and Challenges Chapters 1 & 2

Week 3- Processes and Skills: From Start to Finish Chapters 3 & 4

Week 4- Processes and Skills: From Start to Finish Chapters 5 & 6

Week 5- Processes and Skills: From Start to Finish Chapters 7, 8 & 9

Week 6- Designing the Future Chapter 10

Week 7- Designing the Future Chapter 11

Week 8- To be assigned

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 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct. Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences in excess of four (4) class periods, in a 16-week semester (or 2, in an 8-week term) will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Dean, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified by mail that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 27

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: .

APA Basics for Paper Submitted.doc

Forces of the External Environment.doc


Validation of Sources.doc

Term Paper Requirements


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Last Updated:8/16/2006 1:24:58 PM