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HR 353 Introduction to Human Resource Management
Curtis, Ronald J.


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 353 Introduction to Human Resource Management
Semester S1H2006
Faculty Curtis, Ronald J.
Title Senior Professor
Degrees/Certificates Ed.D., M.A., B.S.
Office Location MCAS Beaufort, Bldg. 596, Room 212
Office Hours Mon.-Fri. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Daytime Phone 843-228-7052
Other Phone 843-522-9123
E-Mail beau@park.edu
Web Page http://www.park.edu
Semester Dates 9 Jan-5 Mar06
Class Days -M-W---
Class Time 5:00 - 7:35 PM
Credit Hours 3

Textbook:
Byars & Rue, HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, Irwin, 7th Ed.

Additional Resources:
Periodicals-HR FOCUS, LABOR LAW JOURNAL, MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW, WORK FORCE, COMPENSATION & WORKING CONDITIONS.

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

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:
The student should be able to:
-Define human resource management(HRM).
-Explain sustainable competitive advantage through HRM.
-Describe the functions and activities of HRM.
-Identify three areas of legal concern for HRM.
-Explain Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Diversity.
-Describe the activities associated with creating a new position or job within an organization.
-Define job analysis, job description and job specification.
-Describe the activities of recruitment and selection.
-Describe three alternatives to the layoff of workers.
-Describe the process of lawful termination of workers.
-Outline wage, salary and incentive pay systems.
-Outline employee benefit programs.
-Identify the key aspects of unions/collective bargaining.
-Summarize employee relations procedures.
-Relate employee safety and health programs.
-Analyze an HRM element in an actual organization.

Course Assessment:
Students are required to read all assigned material prior to class and to be prepared to discuss questions relating to the assignments.  Students will participate in small group discussions along with class-wide discussions.  A term paper will be prepared (typewritten, double spaced, with all sources documented).  Two examinations will be given.  Discussions and group activities will form the basis for the class participation grade.

Grading:
Mid-term examination 30%
Final examination    30%
Term Paper           30%
Class participation  10%

Letter grade percentages:
90-100=A
80-89=B
70-79=C
60-69=D
Below 60=F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submissions will receive appropriately lowered grades.

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:
DATE   CHAPT.  TOPIC
09Jan  1,2     Overview of HRM and information technology.
11Jan  3,4     Equal employment opportunity.
16Jan  5,6     Job analysis, design and HR planning.
18Jan  7,8     Recruiting and selecting employees.
23Jan  9       Orienting and training employees.
25Jan  10      Management and organizational development.
30Jan  1-10    MID-TERM EXAMINATION.
01Feb  11      Career development.
06Feb  12      Performance appraisal systems.
08Feb  13,14   Rewards; base wage and salary systems.
13Feb  15,16   Incentive pay and employee benefits.
15Feb  17,18   Labor unions and collective bargaining.
20Feb          Term paper preparation.
22Feb  19,20   Employee relations, safety and health.
27Feb          STUDENT PRESENTATIONS. TERM PAPERS DUE.
01Mar          FINAL EXAMINATION.    

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 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101
Dishonesty will result in a failing grade in this course and may result in expulsion from the university.

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
Plagiarism will result in a failing grade for this course and may result in expulsion from the university.

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 Undergraduate 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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