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HR 434 Compensation Management
Morin, Pamela Sue


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 434 Compensation Management

Semester

S2J 2010 IN

Faculty

Newman-Carter, Pam S.

Title

Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

BS - Accounting & Management
MBA

Office Location

None

Office Hours

None

Daytime Phone

816.885.0487

E-Mail

pam.newman@park.edu

Semester Dates

3/15/10 – 05/09/10

Class Days

W

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Compensation Management in Knowledge Based World, 10th ed. ISBN 0-13-149479-1

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Course Description:
A study of compensation theories, policies, systems and practices with emphasis on the design of effective compensation programs. The course views compensation basically from the employer's point of view. 3:0:3. Prerequisite: AC202 and HR 353

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 key processes and systems in the compensation management field.
  2. Describe three current, Compensation Management issues
  3. Identify the differences between direct and indirect compensation and define each of the direct and indirect forms of compensation described in the text.
  4. Apply the Key Steps to Formulate a Total Compensation Strategy.
  5. Identify the dimensions that comprise a pay structure and factors that influence the structure.
  6. Explain the differences between job-based, knowledge-based and competency-based pay structure.
  7. Describe the legally required benefits by employee class.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Elaborate on health care crisis and the impact on Compensation Management.
  2. Identify the way Compensation Management plays a part in the overall competitiveness of a company.
  3. Identify resources available to HR managers to keep them apprised of changing compensation laws.
  4. Describe the way to administer a compensation plan that includes a flex spending aspect.
Core Assessment:
Final Exam and Case Study Report

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 chapters as discussed on the first evening of class. 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.

  
Current Events

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 provide a copy of the article(s) to the instructor. Articles should be no older than 1 year and can be about any human resource compensation/benefit 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.

Grading:
 

Current Events                                                              10

Oral Presentations                                                         20

Quizzes/Assignments/Projects/Participation/Case Study    40

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 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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No late assignments are accepted.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

Week 1    Bring an HR Resource to Discuss in Class and a Newspaper Article about an HR Compensation Related Topic.
Week 2    Current Event #1 Due - Chapter Review

Week 3    Chapter Review

Week 4    Chapter Review - Oral Presentations
Week 5    HR Interview Due - Chapter Review
Week 6    Chapter Review- Current Event #2 Due
Week 7    Chapter Review – Final Presentations

Week 8    Final Exam
 

Specific Chapters for each week will be provided in class.

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

*Chapters for the week should be read and ready for discussion prior to class. Students are responsible for all information in the chapters whether or not the specifics are discussed in class.

*Instructor reserves the right to make changes to the session assignments schedule as needed and students will be notified of such changes in class.

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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
1 - Examine the current state of compensation decision making.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Explains the current state of compensation decision and. recommend at least three ways to deal with the issues, and supports the recommendations by referring to specific theories and concepts. Explains the issues surrounding the organization and recommends at least two ways to deal with the issues. Provides an incomplete or inaccurate analysis and/or less than two alternative solutions. No answer or insignificant explanation 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2 - Articulate the implications of recent theoretical and research developments related to compensation decisions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Provides an explanation of the implications of recent theoretical and research developments related to compensation decisions. Provides a minimal explanation of the implications of recent theoretical or the research developments related to compensation decisions Provides an incomplete or inaccurate explanation of the implications of recent theoretical or the research developments related to compensation decisions No answer or insignificant explanation 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
2, 10, 21 - Describe the difference between direct and indirect compensation and define each of the direct and indirect forms of compensation described                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Submits a very complete, thorough articulation and description of the difference between direct and indirect compensation and define each of the direct and indirect forms of compensation described by the text.



 
Articulates the difference between direct and indirect compensation or defines a minimum of the direct and indirect forms of compensation described by the text.



 
Provides an incomplete or inaccurate articulation of the  difference between direct and indirect compensation or defines one of the direct and indirect forms of compensation described by the text No answer or insignificant explanation 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 25 - Explain the application of “The Pay Model” as presented in the text.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Provides an accurate and complete presentation of the application of “The Pay Model” as presented in the text.



 
Provides a partial description of the application of “The Pay Model” as presented in the text.



 
Provide an incomplete or inaccurate description the application of “The Pay Model” as presented in the text No answer or insignificant explanation 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
6, 7 - the principles of employee motivation and compensation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Explains accurately 100%  the principles of employee motivation and compensation and

develop a total reward system/pay for performance plan.



 
Articulate 80% of the principles of employee motivation and compensation and

Demonstrate a minimal total reward system/pay for performance plan.



 
Provides the 50% of the principles of employee motivation and compensation.

develop a minimal total reward system/pay for performance plan.



 
No answer or insignificant explanation 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
3, 17, 20, 22, 25 - Explain the Key Steps to Formulate a Total Compensation Strategy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Articulate accurately the Key Steps to Formulate a Total Compensation Strategy. Articulate accurately a three or less of the Key Steps to Formulate a Total Compensation Strategy Inarticulate the Key Steps to Formulate a Total Compensation Strategy No answer or insignificant explanation 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
13, 7, 8, 14 - Illustrate how to design strategies that can be used to improve the accuracy of performance appraisals.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Explain how to design strategies that can be used to improve the accuracy of performance appraisals. Articulate a 80% of the process how to design strategies that can be used to improve the accuracy of performance appraisals. Inaccurately explain the process of how to design strategies that can be used to improve the accuracy of performance appraisals. No answer or insignificant explanation 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
5, 6, 7, 8, 24 - Explain the advantages and disadvantages of Person-Based Internal Structure and how to develop both a Person Based Skill and Competencies based structure.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Articulate accurately the advantages and disadvantages of Person-Based Internal Structure and how to develop both a Person Based Skill and Competencies based structure.



 
Explain a 80% of the advantages and disadvantages of Person-Based Internal Structure and how to develop both a minimal Person Based Skill and Competencies based structure.



 
Inaccurately explain the advantages and disadvantages of Person-Based Internal Structure and how to develop both a Person Based Skill and Competencies based structure.



 
No answer or insignificant explanation 

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