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HR 491 SrSem in Human Resources Mgmt
Newman, Pam S.


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.

Course

HR 491 Senior Seminar in Human Resources Development

Semester

F2J 2007 IN

Faculty

Newman, Pam S.

Title

Adjunct Business Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

Bachelor of Science
Masters of Business Administration

Office Location

None.

Daytime Phone

816-729-4390

E-Mail

pam.newman@park.edu

Semester Dates

10/22/07 - 12/16/07

Class Days

---W---

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Annual Editions: Human Resources 06/07 - Publisher is McGraw Hill - ISBN 0-07-3528382 - 16th Edition

Additional Resources:

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:
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. Prerequisite: EN306B. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Instructor Newman’s educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning, focusing on the interactive.  Lectures, readings, quizzes, group work, class discussion, examinations, writing, and use of the Internet are significant components of this learning process.  Students will be required to analyze, criticize, and synthesize information learned. Students are encouraged to participate in the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify three characteristics of learning organizations.
  2. Explain how an organization's human resources can contribute to the competitive advantage and fulfillment of the mission.
  3. List three potential barriers organizations encounter in their attempts to change in their use of human resources.
  4. Describe how changing demographics in our population are impacting the benefit packages and expectations of employees.
  5. Describe three challenges for white males facing more diversity in the work place.
  6. Write a brief assessment of the implementation and use of diversity programs and the effectiveness of these programs.
  7. Describe two frustrations expressed by current entry-level applicants for positions in organizations.
  8. Identify and describe three or more Human Resource Management Jobs for the future , the typical educational background of future HR professionals, and explain how these jobs will impact the other functions of the organization, as well as the organization's strategic plan.


Core Assessment:
Final examination

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Students will be required to complete all assignments.  Since we will ALL be sharing our educational and work life experiences during this learning process, class attendance and participation are absolutely essential.  Reading, written current event reports, and oral presentation assignments will be the launching point of many class activities. Satisfactory participation in this class may prove difficult if you have not completed the required reading assignments.

 

Oral Presentations

 

You will complete various oral presentations throughout the class. You will be giving presentations on current events, assigned topics and topics of your choosing. Some assignments will be individual and others will be group assignments. Groups will be arranged on the first evening of class and details will be reviewed regarding various assignments.

 

You will be providing two current event oral assignments. These will be a review of one or more articles that you feel is relevant to the discussion taking place that evening. Appropriate communication skills are a necessity for success in the business world.  You may utilize a variety of business resources such as newspapers, trade magazines, Internet, etc. Please bring a copy of the article(s) to class. Articles should be no older than 1 year and can be about any human resource topic of your choice. Use your professional experiences to add insight in explaining the theory, topic or concept being explored. Be sure to answer the “So what?” question and explain what value this adds to you as a businessperson. Two to three minute

oral reviews will be given in class on each current event.

 

Cases/Assignments

 

Each student is responsible for facilitating discussions of various Human Resource topics. Various assignments will be given throughout the semester.

Grading:

Current Events (2 @ 5 pts)                                              10

HR Topic - Facilitation                                                     15

Attendance, Participation & In Class Work                       30

Book Review                                                                  15      

FINAL -                                                                         30

Total points possible                                                       100

 

A         90 – 100%

B          80 – 89%

C          70 – 79%

D         60 – 69%

F          59 and below

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business and Management courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. 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 Dean of the School of Business and Management.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

The instructor will not accept assignments late.  Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero”.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1. Instructor is not responsible for contacting absent students or providing items from missed classes.

2. Be prepared for class. This course will consist of class discussion, small group discussion, group work, and lecture. You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work. Your in-class participation is evident in your grades through the oral presentations, group discussions, etc. 

3. No makeup assignments will be given unless the student produces a written excuse signed by a doctor (with the doctor’s registration number) in the case of illness, or a tow bill from a tow company in the case of car problems. A written excuse from the campus nurse is acceptable. The same requirement applies to illness of children.

4. Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

5. No late assignments are accepted for any reason without the written excuses designated in #3. Excused absences producing late assignments received more than 1 week from due date are given a 0.

6. Attendance is taken at the beginning and end of class. You must be present at both at both times and have actively participated to receive the participation points in full for the evening.

7. Extra credit may be given equally to all students at the discretion of the instructor. Do not count on extra credit for your grade.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Session Assignments
Week 1 Syllabus Review - In-class Discussion

Week 2 Current Event # 1 Due In-class Discussion

Week3  Group projects

Week 4 Book Review Presentations

Week 5 In-class Discussion & Current Event #2 Due

Week 6 Group Projects 
Week 7 In-Class Discussion
Week 8 Final – Power Point Presentations

*Specific chapters to be covered will be outlined with dates on the first night of class.

* Surprise quizzes may be given at the discretion of the instructor on any night.

*Items assigned for the week should be read and ready for discussion prior to class.

Instructor reseves the right to make changes to this schedule as needed.

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Identify and describe three or more Human Resource Management Jobs for the future , the typical educational background of future HR professionals, and explain how these jobs will impact the other functions of the organization, as well as the organization's strategic plan Identify three Human Resource Management jobs for the future and explain how the education background is changing for human resource professionals.

 
Identification of less than three future HR positions, or  lack of explanations for there positions. Identification of only 1 job or no substantive answer. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Thorough description, explanation, and detailed references to instances when human resource specifically to fulfillment of organizational mission. Explain how an organization's human resources can contribute to the competitive advantage, fulfillment of the mission, and getting things done. No explanation or incomplete explanation. No explanation 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Expanded description to provide examples of how demographic changes both present and future will impact benefit packages and descriptions of alternative methods organizations may use to resolve differences. Describe how changing demographics in our population are impacting the benefit packages and expectations of employees.

 
No description

Listing of demographic categories or trends
 
No significant answer or unrelated material. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Assessment includes alternative methods to resolve or improve ineffective programs and description of methods which may be used to bridge diversity and affirmative action program outcomes. Write a brief assessment of the design, implementation, and use of diversity programs and the effectiveness of these programs.

 
No assessment

Incomplete assessment

A statement which reflects inadequate familiarity with HR-related terminology, or superficial response.

 
No answer or irrelevant material presented. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Assessment includes alternative methods to resolve or improve ineffective programs and description of methods which may be used to bridge diversity and affirmative action program outcomes. Write a brief assessment of the design, implementation, and use of diversity programs and the effectiveness of these programs.

 
Inadequate assessment of present conditions in HR practices. Relating to diversity in the workforce. No concepts presented or irrelevant material submitted. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Description of characteristics in detail, including strategies used to promote organizational learning. Identify three characteristics of learning organizations. Lack of identification, or incomplete identification of characteristics of learning organizations No application or irrelevant material submitted. 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
A description of barriers and thorough review of alternative methods that may be used to lower or eliminate the barrier. List three potential barriers organizations encounter in their attempts to change in their use of human resources.

 
Lack of identification of potential barriers. No barriers submitted or irrelevant material submitted. 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
5 & 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Thorough description expanded to include methods for overcoming the challenges, and predictions for new challenges as the workforce continues to change.

Thorough description expanded to include methods for resolving the frustrations, and predictions for new frustrations as the workforce continues to change.
 
Describe three challenges for white males facing more diversity in the work place.

Describe two frustrations expressed by current entry-level applicants for positions in organizations.


 
Lack of description or incomplete description of the challenges for white males.

Lack or incomplete description of frustrations expressed by current entry-level applicants.
 
No description of challenges or irrelevant material submitted.
No description of frustrations or irrelevant material submitted.
 

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