HR353 Intro to Human Resource Mgmt

for U1T 2006

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HR 353 Introduction to Human Resource Management


U1T 2006 DLC


Nelson, Steven

Office Hours

Evenings (Mon - Thur)

Daytime Phone

(915) 525-0945

Other Phone

(915)  821-7899


Semester Dates

5 June - 24 July 2006

Class Days

5 June - 24 July 2006

Class Time


Credit Hours


Human Resource Management: Fifth Edition, Wendell L. French; Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003.  0-61-812335-0

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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: MG352 or HC351. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Learning should be centered on the student, all activities focus on course outcomes with the student responsible for learning those outcomes.

The instructor is responsible for presenting the course learning objectives in an environment conducive to learning, along with clarifying and /or elaborating on those outcomes.  Further, the instructor must also guide the student to an understanding of concepts and the application of theories presented in the course.

Students will have the opportunity to articulate their knowledge of course outcomes by building a student portfolio, posting responses, participating in group discussions, and other forms of evaluation.

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:
Please review the Grading Criteria for HR353.  There is a total of 1000 possible points for the course.

HRM Quiz and Introduction
35 Points (35 Total Points)
Wednesday Midnight of Week 1

Case Studies (6)
30 Points Each (180 Total Points)
Case Study Grading Rubric Sunday Midnight of Week's 2-7

Literature Review 50 Points (50 Total Points)
Literature Review Grading Rubric Sunday Midnight of Week 4

Discussions (8)
30 Points Each (240 Total Points)
Discussion Grading Rubric Thursday and Sunday Midnight of Week's 1-8

Term Paper
175 Points (175 Total Points)
Term Paper Grading Rubric Sunday Midnight of Week 7

Quizzes (6) 6 at 20 Points Each (120 Total Points)
Immediate Online Feedback Sunday Midnight Week's 2-7

Final Exam 200 Points (200Total Points) Instructor Feedback Week 8 Friday (Determined by Proctor Schedule)

Proctored final examination

A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.  
Other Information on proctored exams: It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.  Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.  A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.  Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

A = 90- 100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%  
F = < 60%  

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will not be accepted without prior approval from the instructor.  Please let me know in advance if you can not complete an assignment by the due date. Ecampus is on Mountain Time and all due dates will correspond to this time zone.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Unless the Instructor requests a different due date or time, assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed by midnight (MST) Sunday of the week assigned. Writing assignments and formal papers should be completed and successfully posted in the course dropbox by the due date. Please review the due dates listed with the Class Assessment above.  Also, the dates are listed on the weekly homepages. Assignments posted after the established deadline (without prior authorization from the instructor)will be not be accepted, and will receive no credit.

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

Academic dishonesty includes committing or the attempt to commit cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair advantage to the students.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, exercises, projects, or class assignments which are intended to be individually completed.  Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student's academic conduct.

Falsifying academic records includes, but is not limited to, altering grades or other academic records.
Other acts that constitute academic dishonesty include:
Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or faculty member.
Collusion with other students on work to be completed by one student.
Lying to or deceiving a faculty member.


In the event of alleged academic dishonesty, an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report will be submitted to an Online Academic Director who will then investigate the charge.  Students who engage in academic dishonesty are subject to a range of disciplinary actions, from a failing grade on the assignment or activity in question to expulsion from Park University.  Park University's academic honesty policy and related procedures can be found in full in the Park University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
Professors are required to keep attendance records and report absences throughout the term. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands including temporary duty. The student is responsible for completing all missed work.  Any student failing to attend class for two consecutive weeks, without an approved excuse from their instructor, will be administratively withdrawn and notified via email that you have been withdrawn and a grade of "WH" will be recorded.

An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term.  PLEASE NOTE:  Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation.  Participation grades will be assigned by each individual instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

More details on the attendance policy can be found in the Park University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.

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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Last Updated:5/16/2006 2:35:12 PM