MBA633 Human Resource Management

for S2P 2011

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MBA 633 Human Resource Management


S2P 2011 MB


Walker, Stephanie L.


MBA - Park University
B.S. - Park University

Office Hours

Available as needed by Appointment


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.


Weekly Assignments

  • Points for assignment accuracy, thoroughness, and relevancy to course

Article Review

  • Points for article relevancy to course, article relevancy to assignment, accuracy of content, and thoroughness

Team Written Project/Group Presentation

  • Points for project relevancy to assignment, accuracy of content, thoroughness, proper research and supporting citation, professional written and group presentation


  • Quizzes over weekly course subject matter, including core learning objectives
  • Quiz structure:  True/False, Short Answer, Multiple Choice

Weekly Participation/Discussion

  • Class discussion and group interaction will be the main method of learning in this course. Students are expected to participate in weekly class discussions and group break-out sessions. Points will be given weekly for participation.

Final Exam

  • The Final Exam consists of a comprehensive review of subject matter reviewed during the course, including core learning objectives
  • Exam structure: short answer questions, comprehensive questions, and essay question



   Points Schedule

·         Weekly assignments from chapters (6@ 15 pts)          90

·         Article Review (1 @ 35 pts)                                     35  
·         Team Written Project/Group Presentation                   100                                                
·        Quizzes    (6 @ 10 pts)                                            60  

·        Weekly Participation/Discussion  (6 @ 15 pts)               90  

·         Final Exam                                                             150  
     Total course points                                                    525
Grade range:
90% -100   = A
80% - 89% = B
70% - 79% = C
less than 70% not acceptable in graduate program

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Coursework is considered late if not submitted electronically, via email  (, by 5:30 p.m. CST on the class date it is due.  Late submissions will not be accepted without prior approval from instructor.  The acceptance of late work and applicable point deduction will be determined by Instructor on a case by case basis.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


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 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 20


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 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 20

Attendance Policy:

Instructors 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 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 24

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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