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HR 353 Intro to Human Resource Mgmt
Nelson, Steven


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

S2B 2009 BL

Faculty

Nelson, Steve

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates


MA (Management) Webster University
BS (Management Studies) UMUC - Europe

Office Hours

Mon - Fri (8 - 5)

Daytime Phone

(915) 525-0945

E-Mail

Steven.nelson@pirate.park.edu

Semester Dates

March 17 - May 07, 2009

Class Days

Tuesday & Thursday

Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Human Resource Management: Sixth Edition, Wendell L. French; Houghton Mifflin Company, 0-618-50721-3

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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:

Learning is centered on the student therefore all activities focus on course outcomes with the student is responsible for learning those outcomes.

The instructor is responsible for presenting the course learning objectives in an environment conducive to learning along with clarifying and /or elaborating on those outcomes.  Further, the instructor must guide the student to an understanding of concepts and the application of theories presented in the course.

Students will have the opportunity to articulate their knowledge of course outcomes by building a student portfolio, posting responses, participating in group discussions, and other forms of evaluation.

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:

Mid-term Examination  25%
Final Examination         30%
Written Presentation   25%
Oral Presentation        10%
Class Participation       10%

Grading:

A > 90 - 100
B > 80 -  90
C > 70 -  80
D > 60 -  70
F =  00 -  60

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:
All course work must be submitted on the date indicated in the syllabus, to include examinations.  The research paper must be submitted at the end of the last class meeting.  Late submissions will result in the drop of a letter grade for each day submitted after the suspense date.  Suspense dates are those listed in the syllabus.  Any missed class meeting (lecture) will require the student to submit a one page summary of each chapter discussed during the absence to maintain their participation grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Academic dishonesty will result in immediate release from the class and a failing grade. Students are expected to attend all classes on time and be prepared to be an active participant in the class.  Student participation will be reflected in the student's final grade. Attendance will be recorded at each class meeting.  It is the student's responsibility to notify the instructor of any expected absence(s), and to arrange with the instructor to make-up any missed assignments. Each absence will require a make-up assignment.  Unexcused absences will be forwarded to the Park University Administrative Office.  Please refer to the Park University Handbook for the attendance policy.  If an unanticipated absence should occur students are encouraged to contact the instructor at either of the telephone numbers listed on the first page of this syllabus.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1:
17 March 2009

• Administrative notes and course overview
19 March

• Lecture & discussion of chapters 1 & 2
(read prior to class)

Week 5:
14 April

• Lecture & discussion of chapters 12 & 13
(read prior to class)

• Group work - Case study
16 April
• Lecture & discussion of chapters 14 & 15
(read prior to class)

• Group work - Case study
Week 2:
24 March
• Lecture & discussion of chapters 3 & 4
 (read prior to class)
• Group work - Case study
26 March
• Lecture & discussion of chapters 5 & 6
 (read prior to class)
• Group work - Case study

Week 6:
21 April

• Lecture & discussion of chapters 16 & 17
(read prior to class)
23 April
• Lecture & discussion of chapters 18 & 19
(read prior to class)

Week 3:
31 March
• Lecture & discussion of chapters 7 & 8
(read prior to class)
• Group work - Case study
02 April
• Lecture & discussion of chapters 9 & 10
(read prior to class)
• Term/research paper topic due

• Group work - Case study
• Review for Mid-Term

Week 7:
28 April
• Lecture & discussion of chapters 20
(read prior to class)
• Review for Final Examination
30 April
• Final Examination
• Group work - Case study

• Special interests

Week 4:
07 March
• Mid-Term Examination
09 March
• Review of the Mid-Term
• Lecture & discussion of chapters 11 
(read prior to class)
• Group work - Case study

• Special interests

Week 8:
05 May
• Review of Final Examination
• Student Presentations
• Group work - Case study
• Special interests
07 May
• Student Presentations
• Group work - Case study
• Special interests

• Course Summary and Critiques

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 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: 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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