MBA633 Human Resource Management

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MBA 633 Human Resource Management


S2P 2010 MB


Walker, Stephanie L.


MBA - Park University
B.S. - Park University

Office Hours

Available as needed by Appointment


Semester Dates


Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM


MG 352 or equivalent approved by Program Director

Credit Hours



Textbook:Fisher, Schoenfeldt, & Shaw, Human Resource Management, Sixth Edition: 2006. 

ISBN 0-618-52786-9

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Course Description:
MBA 633 Human Resource Management: This course is an extensive analysis of human resource management in the modern organization. Major functional areas including strategic human resource management, employment, compensation, benefits, employee, and labor relations, training and development, human resource planning, personnel policy and procedures are discussed. Prerequisite: MG 352 or equivalent approved by Program Director. (Formerly MG630)

Educational Philosophy:

The facilitator's educational philosophy centers around readings, case studies, quizzes, exams, and discussion questions. Lectures and outside resources will supplement the readings to highlight important concepts .  Class discussion and group interaction will be the main method of learning in order to allow the students to learn to apply concepts in a practical business setting. The most effective way to learn the topic is through application.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define the term “human resource management” (HRM).
  2. Define the term “competitive advantage”.
  3. Explain how effective human resource management may contribute to competitive advantage.
  4. Explain how the nature of work is changing and how this phenomenon impacts HRM.
  5. Describe how HRM practices are developed in response to an HR plan.
  6. Describe and explain how an organization conducts a job analysis.
  7. Describe and explain the choices involved in planning a recruitment strategy.
  8. Identify and describe three used in the selection process.
  9. Describe how training needs are assessed.
  10. Describe the steps involved in management succession planning.
  11. Specify the standards of effective performance appraisal systems.
  12. Describe three different types of appraisal rating systems.
  13. Explain how effective compensation systems enhance competitive advantage.
  14. Identify and describe three different pay-for-performance programs.
  15. Describe how employers should manage the risk of sexual harassment.
  16. Explain why workers join unions.
  17. Identify and explain the major causes of workplace accidents.
  18. Identify and describe three HRM practices that are issues in the management of host-country employees.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Methods of instruction to include:Lectures; Discussion Questions; Readings; Case Studies; Chapter Exercises;  Team Project and Presentations; Article Reviews; Quizzes; Exam.


·         MB630 Points Schedule

·         Weekly assignments from chapters (7@ 30 pts)     210

·         Article Review (2 @ 25 pts)                                          50  

·         Team Project                                                                  25

·         Quizzes    (6 @ 10 pts)                                                  60  

·         Weekly Participation/Discussion  (7 @ 20 pts)       140  

·         Final Exam                                                                    200  

·         Total course points                                                     685

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submissions will not be accepted without prior approval from Instructor.  Deadline for submitting approved late work and applicable point deduction will be determined by Instructor on a case by case basis

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1

Chapter 1: Questions 2 5 7 10 13

Chapter 2: Case 1.1, Exercise 2.3

Week 2

Chapter 3: Questions 1 2 3 8; Case 3.2; Exercise 3.1

Chapter 4: Questions  2 4 9; Exercise 4.2

 Week 3

Chapter 5: Questions 2 5 6 8 9

Chapter 6: Questions 2 5 13


Week 4

Chapter 8: Questions 12 17 20; Exercise 8.2

Chapter 9: Questions 2 6 8 14 17; Case 9.2
Chapter 10: Questions 8 9 14 19; Case 10.1
Week 5

Chapter 11: Questions 1 8 9 20; Case 11.1, Exercise 11.2

Chapter 12: Questions 3 5 6 12; Case 12.2

Week 6

Chapter 13: Question 3 4 7 9; Exercise 13.3

Chapter 14: Questions 3 12 13; Case 14.1; Case 14.2

Article Review

Week 7

Chapter 15: Questions 2 4 5 15 18; Case 15.3; Exercise 15.1

Chapter 16: Questions  9 10 12; Case 16.1
Team Project and Presentations

Week 8


Team Project and Presentations

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31-32

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 35

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: .


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