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HR 491 Senior Seminar in Human Resources Development
Sherard, Robert Oral


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HR 491 Senior Seminar in Human Resources Development
Sherard, Robert O.
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 S2H05
Faculty Sherard, Robert O.
Title Senior Instructor
Degrees/Certificates B.S., M.S.
Office Location Education Center, FEW AFB
Office Hours By appointment.
Daytime Phone 421-7997
Other Phone 421-7997
E-Mail SHERARD640@aol.com
Semester Dates 3/21-5/15/05
Class Days Tuesday
Class Time 5:00 – 10:00 P.M.
Prerequisites EN306B. Completion of all HR core courses desired
Credit Hours 3

Textbook: Becker, Brian E., Huselid, Mark, and Ulrich, David, The HR Scorecard, Harvard Business School Press, Boston, MA, 2001
Additional Resources: Videos
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.
Educational Philosophy: The student will be involved in active learning consisting of classroom academics, research, writing, oral interaction with the professor and other students, and examinations, all aimed at the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.
Learning Outcomes:

-Explain how an organization's HR can contribute to the competitive advantage, fulfillment of mission and getting things done.
-List three potential barriers organizations encounter in their attempts to change in their use of HR.
-Describe how changing demographics in our population are affecting the benefit packages and expectations of employees.
-Describe three challenges for white males facing more diversity in the work place.
-Describe two frustrations expressed by current applicants for entry-level positions in organizations.
Course Assessment: Typewritten double-spaced answers to each case study along with an oral discussion of the key points in the case and a final examination.
Grading: Attendance – 10%; Participation – 40%; Report – 25%; and Presentation – 25% A= 90 – 100%; B = 80 – 89%; C = 70 – 79%; D = 60 – 69%; and F = < 59%
Conduct: Students will have completed all assignments prior to the session in which they are due and be on time for all classes.
Dates Class Activities Assignments/topics covered
March 22 Chapter 1 Read and be prepared to discuss chapter. Bring in current articles, from reliable sources, e.g. The Wall Street Journal, pertaining to HR topics. These will be shared at the beginning of class.
TBD Chapter 2
April 5 Chapter 3
April 12 Chapter 4
April 19 Chapter 5
April 26 Chapter 6
May 3 Chapter 7
May 10 Chapter 8
May 17 Presentations
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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101 Academic dishonesty will result in a failing grade for this course and may result in expulsion from the University.
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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101 Plagiarism will result in a failing grade for this course and may result in expulsion from the University.
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 "WH".
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 site coordinator.
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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100
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. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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 .
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