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HR 491 Senior Seminar in Human Resources Development
Cotham, Jeffrey D.


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.
CourseHR 491 Senior Seminar in Human Resources Development
SemesterS1B2005
FacultyCotham, Jeffrey D.
TitleSenior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesMaster of Public Administration, John Jay College, 1994
Bachelor of Science in Management, Park University, 1991
Office HoursCall anytime, I will return your call as soon as I can if I do not answer immediately.
Daytime PhoneCell (915) 474-8249
Other PhoneHome (915) 778-9409
E-MailJeffrey.Cotham@pirate.park.edu
jdcotham@hotmail.com
Semester DatesJanuary 7, 2005 to February 25, 2005
Class DaysFriday
Class Time5:00 - 10:00 PM
PerquisitesEN-306B
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Managing Human Resources, Prentice-Hall, 4th ed.,  ISBN: 0-13-100943-5

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

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.  Pre-requisite:  :  EN306B.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I will serve as your facilitator and will work with you to take responsibility for your learning processes and work. You will learn how to perform research for your case studies and discussion topics using the World Wide Web and your text.

Learning Outcomes:
The major purpose of this course is to develop your ability to think strategically and weigh things from the perspective of what is best for the business while taking the worker into consideration. The concepts needed to accomplish these goals are reinforced and expanded in our textbook, Managing Human Resources, Prentice Hall, 4th ed.

The learning objectives of this course are to: 1. Explain  the roll of the Human Resource Manager. 2. Describe in detail Human Resources and Corporate Strategy. 3. Identify and discuss the influence of government regulation on Human Resources Management practices. 4. Detect sexual harassment and establish sexual harassment prevention programs in the workplace. 5. Explain the affects 9/11 had on the workplace. 6. Write job requirements when it comes to planning, selection and recruitment. 7. Develop various methods to motivate employees to perform. 8. Differentiate between Human Resource Development and training. 9. Design employee compensation packages for the modern company.

I will work to stimulate your interests and learning. However, you will be expected to display initiative and a program of self study as well. As a result, another objective of the course is to provide you with an environment that will reward your own intellectual effort. I hope this course will be one of the best courses you have had -- that it will be instrumental in making you: (1) competitively superior, (2) successful in your career; and (3) much wiser to the secrets of Human Resource Management.

Course Assessment:
The student will be be required to submit examinations, presentations, and case studies.

Grading:
2 Examinations at 15 points each = 20 points
4 Case studies at 10 points each = 40 points
1 Term paper at 30 points.       = 30 points
                           Total 100

The term paper will be seven pages double spaced, written to APA standards. The subject will be "My Idea of an Effective Human Resource Manager."

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submissions will not be accepted without prior arrangement with the instructor, no exceptions.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class starts promptly at the appointed time, you are expected to be on time, ready to work. If you are going to be late for class you are required to notify the instructor BEFORE the start of class. Absolutely no exceptions! Those students that are habitually late will be dealt with in am appropriate manner.  

DateClass ActivitiesAssignmentsGrading Activity
January 7Introductions, Cover chapters 1&2Read chapters 1&2
prior to class
Expectations of Instructor
January 14Cover chapters 3&4 Read chapters 3&4
prior to class
Case Study #1
January 21Cover chapters 5&6Read chapters 5&6
prior to class
Exanination #1
January 28Cover chapters 7&8Read chapters 7&8
prior to class
Case Study #2
February 3Cover chapters 9&10Read chapters 9&10
prior to class
Case Study #3
February 11Cover chapters 11&12Read chapters 11&12
prior to class
Examination #2
February 18Cover chapters 13&14Read chapters 13&14
prior to class
Case Study #4
February 25Presentations Present Term Paper

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

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

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


Unexcused absences will not be taken lightly. One unexcused absence will result in a deduction of two letter grades from the final grade. Two unexcused absences will be result in the student being dropped from the course with a letter grade of "F".

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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