HR353 Intro to Human Resource Mgmt

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HR 353 Introduction to Human Resource Management


F2A 2006 BE


Lewis, Leslie H.


Assistant Professor


MBA Management University of North Texas
BBA Economics and Management Baylor University
BS Social Psychology Park University Austin Center

Office Location

Austin Center Rm 108

Office Hours

1pm-5pm MW

Daytime Phone

512-385-7275 Ext. 208

Other Phone



Semester Dates

Oct. 23 - 17 Dec. 2006

Class Days


Class Time

5:10 - 7:50 PM



Credit Hours


Human Resource Management, Byars and Rue. 8th ed Irwin. ISBN: 0-07-298728-6-X

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

A copy of a intro to psychology and a principles of management text would be helpful references.  Also, a copy of the MLA style guide.


 Harvard Business Review; Human Resources Quarterly, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Business Week; current newspapers, Web articles, professional publications, etc


Concordia University Library. Park students can use the resources of Concordia University Library located at I-35 and 32nd.  You will need your Park ID.


Austin Campus Resource Room . The resource room is located in room 210 in the Austin Center.  It is opened 8 am to 10 pm on Monday through Thursday.  The room has a wide selection of current business and academic journals, magazines and a limited number of subject related videos, texts, and books.  The room also has three PCs with an Internet connection and a printer.

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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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: MG 352 or HC 351. 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. I develop my classes with the assumption that We are all Life Time Learners and that adults learn better if they are part of the learning process itself.  In order to succeed in this course, the student must first and foremost be in class for all meetings.  The student must conscientiously prepare for class by reading the text prior to class.  Taking notes on the reading will also be to the student's benefit.  The student should be prepared to answer questions and solve problems in class as well as cases.  The student must also satisfactorily complete all examinations and homework in the class.  All methods of instruction are designed to transfer new material by clarifying and emphasizing subject areas presented in the text.  The lecture relies on the fact that you have read the assigned material and have completed any assignment relating to it.  We can then take this learning and find situation to apply the new knowledge.

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:

1.       Each student is required to read all assigned material before class and be prepared to participate in class discussions and activities.  Class Participation Grading will be based on class participation, two exams, homework, pop test, and research paper. The exams will be a made up of multiple choice and essay questions.  The research will be based on logic, depth of analysis, ability to relate the subject to the text and your other sources.

Comprehensive Final will not be a take-home test and will be closed book and closed notes.

Discussion policy: Students will receive 8 points or ½ point per class for participation in class discussions. Only timely and relevant discussion will be evaluated positively.  A lack of participation in class and case discussions will lead the instructor to conclude the student is not prepared to participate and could have a negative effect on the student's participation grade.  

3.        RESEARCH PAPER/PRESENTATION: Students are required to turn in a research report of not less that 8 pages (double spaced, 12 font) in a research paper format on a current HR trend or problem in the U.S.  The report publication guideline used is MLA, Park's standard.  An oral presentation to the class, not to exceed 15 minutes, of the case's high points and solution is also required for each student.   You need a minimum of two references from printed material other that your text and two references from the Internet.


4. Student Chapter Presentation:  In order to enable the student to become conversant with the subject matter in the text and to perfect their presentation skills, each student will prepare and present two chapters from the text (not to exceed 50 minutes) this includes a brief outline, which is to be handed out to the class.  The chapter outline for the class should include the chapter's learning objectives.  The chapter will be one of the two chapters discussed in each class.  I will present the remaining chapter scheduled for that class.  Chapter choice must be made by the 3rd class period.  Student chapter presentations will begin on the 4th class period.  The student will use at lease one of our digital classroom's capabilities.

5. All assignments were developed to enable the student to master the stated Core Learning Outcomes.




                                      Test #1                                      30%

                                      Test #2                                      30

                                      Written Project                          20                                     

                                      Chapter Presentation                 12

                                      Class Participation                      8





Grading Scale:

                                      90-   100                    A

                                      80 -    89                    B

                                      70 -    79                    C

                                      60 -    69                    D

                                      Below 60                    F


Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late work will not be accepted without prior approval of instructor.


Exam Make Up:  If students miss an exam, they will have 1 week to take a makeup exam after returning to class.  The second (final) exam, however, must be made up within 24 hours of the assigned date or an F will be given for the exam.

If students miss the date turning in the research paper or homework, the grade will be reduced one letter grade per day.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The degree of concentration, material covered and specific methodology to be utilized in each area will be determined by the amount of classroom time available. Methods used to achieve these learning objectives will include lecture, reports, self-study, and most importantly, class discussion and student participation.  All methods of teaching are designed to transfer new material by clarifying and emphasizing subject areas presented in the text.  The lecture relies on the fact that you have read the assigned material and have completed any assignment relating to it.  The student is grades in each class for participation (see assessment).

Student Communications:  Remember that all cell phones and alpha and digital pagers must be turned off.  Use your devices outside the building. 

Also, the official method of communications between the university and students at Park is Pirate Email.  Each of you has an account.  If you have not activated your account, go to  Please check your mail every day.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Read the first two chapters before the first class meeting. Assignment detail will be available at the first class meeting.

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 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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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