HR491 SrSem in Human Resources Mgmt

for U1Q 2006

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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.

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HR 491 Senior Seminar in Human Resources Development


U1Q 2006 FE


Sherard, Robert  Oral


Senior Instructor



Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

(307) 421-7997

Other Phone

(307) 421-7997


Semester Dates

22 May - 30 July 2006

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours


The HR Scorecard: Linking People, Strategy, and Performance, Becker, Brian E., Huselid, Mark A., and Ulrich, Dave, Harvard Business School Press, Boston, MA, 2001

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.   Prerequisite:  EN306B.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The student will engage in an active learning process consisting of classroom academics, research, writing, analysis and oral interaction with the professor and fellow students.  All of this is aimed at learning through the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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.

Core Assessment:
Final examination

Class Assessment:
Students will be required to complete all assignments. Since we will ALL be sharing our educational and work life experiences during this learning process, class attendance and participation are essential. Reading, written HR In Action reports, and oral presentation assignments will be the launching point of many class activities. Satisfactory participation in this class may prove difficult if you have not completed the required reading assignments.

Points for Grades:
HR In Actions (4 @ 20 pts: 10 pts written product and 10 points oral presentation) 80
Attendance & Participation 20
Total points possible 100
A 90 – 100%
B 80 – 89%
C 70 – 79%
D 60 – 69%
F 59 and below

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will not accept assignments late. Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero”.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend class, be on-time and participate in class and group discussions.  A make-up assignment will be required for all classes missed.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1 - Introductions/ Syllabus Review/ Chapter 1 Textbook/ In-class Discussion
Week 2 – Chapter 2 Textbook/ HR In Action #1 Due /In-class Discussion
Week 3 – Chapter 3 Textbook/ HR In Action # 2 Due/ In-class Discussion
Week 4 – Chapter 4 Textbook/ In-class Discussion
Week 5 - Chapter 5 Textbook/HR In Action #3 Due/ In-class Discussion
Week 6 - Chapter 6 Textbook/HR In Action #4 Due/ In-class Discussion
Week 7 - Chapter 7 Textbook In-class Discussion
Week 8 - Chapter 8 Textbook In-class Discussion
*Items assigned for the week should be read and ready for discussion prior to class.
*Instructor reserves the right to make changes to the session assignments schedule as needed and students will be notified of such changes in class.

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 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. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

Additional Information:

HR In Actions

You will select, analyze and report on four (4) HR In Action topics. Reporting will include a one (1) page to two (2) page synopsis of the topic, as well as an oral report of three (3) to five (5) minutes. Excellent communication skills, and the ability to conduct research with these tools, newspapers, trade magazines, and Internet, are a necessity for success in the business world. You may utilize a variety of business resources such as  etc. Please provide a copy of the article(s) to the instructor. Articles should be no older than six (6) months and can be about any human resource topic of your choice.


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