HR353 Intro to Human Resource Mgmt

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HR 353 Introduction to Human Resource Management


SP 2007 HO


Marx, Karen D.


Senior Instructor


B.A. Human Resources
M.A. Management
M.A. Human Resource Development

Office Location

McKay 30D

Office Hours

By Appointment Only

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

1/16/07 - 5/11/07

Class Days


Class Time

11:00 - 12:15 PM

Credit Hours



Human Resource Management
Robert L. Mathis and John H. Jackson
11th Edition
Thompson Southwestern
ISBN: 0-324-289-28958-8

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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:

My educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings.  As a facilitator I will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively eploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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:

Grades will be based on examinations, a research paper, and a presentation.  Quizzes and homework will be given according to the subject matter that we are studying at that particular time. 
Attendance is also part of the student's grade. 


Grades will be based on the following:
Exams (3) @ 100 =                300
Attendance (2) pts. per class    64
Paper                   =                100
Presentation         =                 100
Final                     = +             200
Quizzes, Assignments              200
 Total                                      964
On the final exam, students who do not have a grade of 60% or higher will be considered to have not completed the course.
Details will be given at the appropriate time for the paper and the presentation.
Your grades at the end of the semester will be based on your accumulated points and will be converted to grades based on the following scale:
90% - 100%   = A
80% - 89%     = B
70% - 78%     = C
60% - 69%     = D
below 60%      =F

All final exams will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes.  If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth.  Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Associate Dean.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Cell phones are expected to be turned off when you enter the classroom. 
Excessive coming and going is disruptive to the classroom environment and is not acceptable behavior.  If you become ill, it is probably best not to spread the problem to others.
Those who are observed to be reading or working on material from other coursees will not be credited with having been in attendance.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week # 1 - Chapter 1 January 19th
Week # 2 - Chapter 2 January 22nd
Week # 3 - Chapter 3 January 29th
Week # 4 - Chapter 4 Feb. 5 Exam 1 on Friday the 9th
Week # 5 - Chapter 5 Feb. 12
Week # 6 - Chapter 6 Feb. 19 No Class - President's Day
Week # 7 - Chapter 7 Feb. 26
Week # 8 - Chapter 8 March 5th Exam 2 on Friday the 9th
Spring Recess March 12th - 16th
Week # 9 - Chapter 9 March 19th
Week # 10 Chapter 10 March 26th
Week # 11 Chapter 11 April 2nd
Week # 12 Chapter 12 April 9th Exam 3 on Friday the 13th
Week # 13 Chapter 13 April 16th
Week # 14 Chapter 14 April 23rd
Week # 15 Chapter 15 April 30th
Week # 16 Chapter 16 May 7 Final Exam over last 4 chapters on Friday, May 11th

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: .

Additional Information:


There will be no make-up exams given in this class.  There will be four 100 point exams and you will be given the opportunity to drop the lowest score of the four.  This pertains only to exams, it does not have anything to do with presentations or research papers etc.  If you should miss an exam you will get a zero.




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