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HR 353 Intro to Human Resource Mgmt
Rocha, Dana R.


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 353 Introduction to Human Resource Management

Semester

S1SS 2008 RA

Faculty

Rocha, Dana R.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

BS (BMGT) – University of Maryland, College Park, MD
MA - (HRDV) Webster University, St. Louis, MO
MA - (MGMT) Webster University, St. Louis, MO

Office Location

Ft Sam Houston, TX

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 07:00AM - 4:00PM or by email anytime

Daytime Phone

(210) 221-8526 (W)

Other Phone

(210) 313-4371(C)

E-Mail

Dana.Rocha@park.edu

Dana.Rocha@amedd.army.mil

Drocha3937@aol.com

Semester Dates

14 Jan – 9 Mar 2008

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

4:55 - 7:35 PM

Prerequisites

MG352

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

French, Wendell L., Human Resources Management, 6th Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company College Division, ISBN 0618123350, 2007

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Supplemental handouts will be provided as needed by the instructor throughout the tenure of the course.  Randolph AFB, Library; San Antonio Public Library; http://www.workforce.com; also the Park University Library; http://www.park.edu/library/index.aspx has very useful information and access to free database information
 

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:

Provide quality education through interactive lectures, readings, discussions, and dialog; introduce supplemental data to enhance real life experiences; provide students with practical knowledge of current human resources issues; local, national and international, and allow students to conceptualize and synthesize material as it applies to a multitude of contemporary organizational scenarios.

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

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

In addition to the midterm and final exams, students will select an article from a current journal and present a 5-7 minute speech using a brief outline.  Students will research a topic of their choosing related to a Human Resources issue and submit a research paper in accordance with APA standards as follows:  1) Font/Font Size: 12/New Times Roman or Courier New, 2) Title page, 3) Abstract (2 paragraphs), Titles/Headings in the body, and references cited I.A.W. APA standards with Author/Web Site and Date, Ex. (Rocha 2006), Reference Page (use references from 4 different sources, i.e., Books, Periodicals, Web Sites, and Experts).   **Note: Your textbook cannot be your only reference source.
Your topic must be approved by the instructor to ensure the topic is appropriate and is related to Human Resources.

Grading:

Grades will be determined by a total point system. A student may earn a total of 100 points for the course. The following grading standard will apply:
 
90 - 100............A
80 - 89..............B
70 - 79..............C
60 - 69..............D
BELOW 60.......F

Grading Breakdown:
Mid-Term Exam...........................25 Points
Final Exam...................................30 Points
Topical Speech............................10 Points
Research Paper............................25 Points
Attendance/Class Participation…………………10 Points  
**Unexcused or excused absences will result in a deduction of participation points per class session.

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 unless the classes missed are for legitimate reasons such as illness or temporary duty.  However, the student must make up the missed work and provide a copy of official TDY orders.  Late assignments will be lowered by 5 points.  All Exams will be taken according to the class schedule - no exceptions.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to treat their classroom obligations as they would any professional engagement. In addition to taking responsibility for information shared during the instructor's lecture, students will:
1) Arrive promptly for class.
2) Prepare and take part in discussion of assigned readings and exercises.
3) Adhere to deadlines and timetables established by the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

CLASS MEETING AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE:

1st Week of 15 - 17 Jan 08
Introduction to Human Resources Development
HR Exercises - Videos - Articles
Chapter 1
Chapter 2

2nd Week of 22 - 24 Jan 08
Assignment of Journal Article Topics
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Bring 1 current HR Journal Article to each class for discussion. 

3rd Week of 29 - 31 Jan 08
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Bring 1 current HR Journal Article to each class for discussion.

4th Week of 5 - 7 Feb 08
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Bring 1 current HR Journal Article to each class for discussion.
Mid Term Examination Review - (Chapters 1 - 8)

5th Week of 12 - 14 Feb 08
MID TERM EXAMINATION (Chapters 1 - 8) - 12 Feb 08
 14 Feb 08
Chapter 9
Bring 1 current HR Journal Article to each class for discussion.

6th Week of 19 - 21 Feb 08
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Bring 1 current HR Journal Article to each class for discussion.

7th Week of 26 - 28 Feb 08
Chapter 12
Chapter 13 
Bring 1 current HR Article to class for discussion. 
Final Examination Review
*** Term Papers Due - Week 7*** - 28 Feb 2008

8th Week of 4 - 6 Mar 08
HR Exercises - Videos - Articles
Final Examination -  (Chapters 9 - 13) - 6 March 2008

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
Explain how a firm's human resources influence organizational performance.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Provides a very thorough, in-depth explanation of how human resources are the  main way organizations perform, including examples from actual organizations. Explains how an organization's human resources can contribute to the achievement of organization objectives and performance. Provides a incomplete, vague,  or inaccurate explanation of the relation between human resources and organization performance. No significant answer or unrelated material. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Creates and throroughly describes situations and examples as well as identification of the HR initiatives to respond to workplace changes including diversity, globalization, and downsizing. Describes how Human Resource initiatives may be used to address workplace changes including diversity, globalization and downsizing. Provides a incomplete, vague or inaccurate description of the use of HR initiatives to address change. No significant answer or unrelated material. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
Explain why employees join unions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Submits a thorough explanation of more three reasons employees join unions and examples to support each reason. Provides an explanation of at least three reasons employees join unions. Provides a incomplete (less than three reasons), vague or inaccurate explanation of why employees join unions. No significant answer or unrelated material. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
Define “human resource management.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Defines “human resource management” with an in-depth explanation of the relation between HRM and the other organizational functions, and examples to support the definition and explanation. Defines “human resource management” to include the relation to other managerial functions and the role of HRM in organizations. Provides a incomplete, vague or inaccurate definition of the term “human resource management.” No significant answer or unrelated material. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
Explain why compliance with HR law is an important part of doing business.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Submits a thorough explanation of all aspects of HR law compliance and supports the explanation with examples. Explains  why compliance with HR law is important in terms of operating a business that includes legal and societal relations. Provides a incomplete, vague or inaccurate explanation. No significant answer or unrelated material. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
Describe the process of job analysis, components of a job description, and those of a job specification.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Provides a thorough, complete description and explains the relation between the three activities, the risks, and the positive outcomes of processes. Describes the process(es)  of job analysis, components of a job description, and those of a job specification.

 
Provides a incomplete, vague or inaccurate description of the process. No significant answer or unrelated material. 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
Explain how a firm's human resources influence organization performance.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
An extensive description and explanation which includes the historical background and projects different scenarios for the future. Explains how an organization's human resources can contribute to the achievement of organization objectives and performance. Provides a incomplete, vague or inaccurate explanation. No significant answer or unrelated material. 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
List the factors influencing worker motivation that are under managers' control.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Provides an extensive background on the theories supporting the factors as well as the factors under a managers control. Provides a complete list of the factors that a manager may influence or control in terms of worker performance. Provides a incomplete, vague or inaccurate list. No significant answer or unrelated material. 

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