HR353 Intro to Human Resource Mgmt

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HR 353 Introduction to Human Resource Management


F2U 2006 LU


Vaughan, Shaughna


Adjunct Faculty


M.A. - Human Resource Development
B.A. - Human Resources w/Emphasis in Law Enforcement

Office Location

Surprise Police Department

Office Hours

8:00am - 5:00pm, Mon-Fri

Other Phone


E-Mail (preferred)

Semester Dates

October 23 - December 17, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

4:50 - 10:10 PM


MG 352 or HC 351

Credit Hours


Managing Human Resources, 5th Edition, 2006, Gomez-Mejia, Balkin and Cardy

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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:

As adult learners, I expect students to fully participate and engage in the weekly assignments, activities, and facilitated discussions.  It is your responsibility to read the theory and foundation of the subject in the textbook.  I do not expect memorization and regurgitation from the textbook; I expect discussions based on your real world experiences and how the theory of the subject applies to you.  It is my responsibility to bring the real world application of the topic to the classroom and introduce principles and practices as they apply to the subject.  Together we will make a great team who will work hard, learn, and have fun!

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.         Complete all reading and written assignments = 34 points (34%)

2.         Complete a research paper on a topic from the textbook and present in class = 25 points (25%)

3.         Final Exam = 25 points (25%)

5.         Attendance and participation = 16 points (16%)


100 – 90 points = A

89 – 80 points = B

79 – 70 points = C

60 – 69 points = D

59 – 0 points = F


‘A' students have demonstrated, both verbally and in written form, mastery of the entire course content.  The ‘A' student can expound on any topic covered in the course and can be held as an example for others.


‘B' students have demonstrated both verbally and in written form, a mastery of most of the course content.  The ‘B' student is steady and solid with regard to over 80% of the content and a majority of the work can be used as an example for others.


‘C' students have demonstrated, both verbally and in written form, mastery, retention and effort at a level over and above minimal.  A ‘C' grade is an acceptable grade.

‘D' students have demonstrated minimal retention, mastery and/or effort to display only a rudimentary basis of the course content. 


‘F' students have failed to demonstrate even minimal levels of retention, mastery or effort of course content.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late assignments will only be accepted the following week after the original assignment was due.  For example, assignments will be due on Fridays when we meet for class.  In the event you are not present for that class or do not bring your assignment, the assignment for that week of class will only be accepted on the following Friday.  After that date the assignment will not be accepted and all points will be lost.  The same holds true for the midterm exam; it will only be allowed to be taken or proctored within our scheduled week.  The exam must be complete prior to the next week of class.  If not, all points will be lost.  As for the final term project, it will not allowed to be turned in late.  In the event you do not submit your term project by the last class, all points will be lost.  In the event you are not present in class to make the presentation of your term project, 50% of your points will be lost.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students and faculty will respect each other's opinions, beliefs, cultures, and values.  Disagreement regarding subject topics is encouraged on a professional level.  Only one person at a time will speak.  Side bar conversations or in-class gossip will not be tolerated.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Date of Class

Topic for Current Session

Assignment for Next Session




Module I

October 27

Introduction and Overview; Preview of Textbook, Supplemental Readings, and Syllabus; Term Project Assigned and Discussed.  Discussion of make-up class or assignment for Labor Day Weekend.

Read Chapters 1 thru 4 in Part One and Two.  Answer one critical thinking question at the end of each chapter and be prepared to discuss in class.  Assignment due on November 3




Module II

November 3

Chapter 1:  Meeting Present and Emerging Strategic Human Resource Challenges

Chapter 2:  Managing Work Flows and Conducting Job Analysis

Chapter 3:  Understanding Equal Opportunity and the Legal Environment

Chapter 4:  Managing Diversity

Read Chapters 5 and 6 in Part Three .  Bring an article to class on any topic from each chapter for presentation and discussion in class.  Assignment due on November 10.




Module III

November 10



Chapter 5:  Recruiting and Selecting Employees

Chapter 6:  Managing Employee Separations, Downsizing, and Outplacement

Read Chapters 7 thru 9 in Part Four. Answer one critical thinking question at the end of each chapter and be prepared to discuss in class. Assignment due on November 17.




Module IV

November 17

Chapter 7: Appraising and Managing Performance

Chapter 8: Training the Workforce

Chapter 9: Developing Careers

Read Chapters 10 thru 12 in Part Five.  Bring an article to class on any topic from each chapter for presentation and discussion in class. Assignment due on December 1.




Module V

November 24

Thanksgiving Weekend - Class will not be held.

Read Chapters 13 and 14 in Part Six.  Answer one critical thinking question at the end of each chapter and be prepared to discuss in class. Assignment due on December 1. 




Module VI

December 1

Chapter 10: Managing Compensation

Chapter 11: Rewarding Performance

Chapter 12: Desiging and Administering Benefits

Chapter 13: Developing Employee Relations

Chapter 14: Respectings Employee Rights and managing Discipline

Read Chapters 15 thru 17 in Part Six.  Bring an article to class on any topic from each chapter for presentation and discussion in class.  Assignment due on December 8.




Module VII

December 8

Chapter 15: Working with organized Labor

Chapter 16: Managing Workplace Safety and Health

Chapter 17: International HRM Challenge

Finish term project.  Assignment due on December 15.




Module VIII

December 15

Final Presentations of Term Project

Final Exam

Summary and Conclusion



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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