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HR 434 Compensation Management
Gebhardt, David A.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

HR 434 Compensation Management

Semester

U1T 2012 DL

Faculty

Gebhardt, David A.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MPA/Human Resources
BS/Management

Office Location

Online

Office Hours

9:00am - 5pm (MST)

Daytime Phone

623-694-2487

E-Mail

david.gebhardt@park.edu

Semester Dates

June 4 - July 29 2012

Class Days

Online

Class Time

Online

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Compensation Management in a Knowledge Based World, 10th ed., by Richard I. Henderson. ISBN #: 0-13-149479-1

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Course Description:
HR 434 Compensation Management: 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 employers point of view. 3:0:3. Prerequisite: AC202 and HR 353

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, discussions, readings, and internet research.  The facilitator will encourage exploring ideas through course exercises and self study.

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. Describe income levels that determine social class structure.
  2. Explain major parts of a basic job description.
  3. Identify compensation plans employers offer to their employees.
  4. Describe the organizational budgeting process.
Core Assessment:
Final Exam and Case Study Report

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Examinations, homework assignments, class participation.

Final examination - An examination will be taken in person during the 8th week of instruction at
one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by your
Instructor where Park University sites are not available.  It will be the responsibility of the
student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who will be accepted and approved
by the instructor.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found at the Park
University Website.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of
the test.  A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so
that you can send your requested proctor to me for approval. 
 
Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate
courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade. All graded activities, assignments, quizzes/tests,
participation grade, projects, etc. that will be required should be listed here, and should include
due dates for each item. Each student will also be required to participate in classroom
discussions, develop a weekly reaction paper, and a course position paper.

Grading:
  Total course points = 1000pts 

  • Weekly Discussions = 175pts ( 25pts per week; a discussion question will not be given in Week 8)
  • Job Analysis Case Study = 125pts
  • Exam 1 = 100pts
  • Recruitment Case Study = 100pts
  • Research Paper = 100pts
  • Exam 2 = 100pts
  • Proctored Final Exam = 300pts
Proctored final examination/Project - If the course requires a proctored final, the information below should be included.  If the course is a graduate course and doesn't require a proctored final, the developer should include a detailed description of the projects activities, requirements, and due dates.
    • A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th (or 16th) week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website. 
    • Other Information on proctored exams:
      • It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. 
      • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor. 
      • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. 
      • Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

Course Grading Scale
 
A = 90- 100% (900 or Higher)
B = 80-89% (800 to 899)
C = 70-79% (700 to 799)
D = 60-69% (600 to 699)
F = < 60% (599 or 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:
  • Submission of Late Work:  If late, 10% will be deducted per day until the assignment is turned in. If not turned in within four days from the due date,  a grade of an "F" will be assigned. 
  • Classroom Rules of Conduct:
     

    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 the Park University academic honesty policies, which can be found on page 101 of the Park University Undergraduate Catalog or page 13 of the Park University Graduate Catalog.

    Definitions

    Academic dishonesty includes committing or the attempt to commit cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair advantage to the students.

    • Cheating includes, but is not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, exercises, projects, or class assignments which are intended to be individually completed.  Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student's academic conduct.
    • Plagiarism involves the use of quotation 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 assignments (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
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      • Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or faculty member.
      • Collusion with other students on work to be completed by one student.
      • Lying to or deceiving a faculty member.

    Procedure

    In the event of alleged academic dishonesty, an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report will be submitted to an Online Academic Director who will then investigate the charge.  Students who engage in academic dishonesty are subject to a range of disciplinary actions, from a failing grade on the assignment or activity in question to expulsion from Park UniversityPark University's academic honesty policy and related procedures can be found in full in the 2004-2005 Park University Undergraduate

    Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

    During Week 1 read Chapters One, Two and Three.  Chapters One and Two will discuss compensation systems and how they integrate into business environments.  Chapter Three describes major components of a compensation program.

    Week One Assignment

    Reading Assignment:


    Chapter 1 - Compensation in a Knowledge-Based Global Economy
    Chapter 2 - The Reward System: Compensation & Non-compensation Dimensions
    Chapter 3 - The World of Pay and Compensation

    Class Activities:
    Answer the course discussion questions (10 pts each).

    During Week 2
    read Chapters Four, Five and Six. Chapter Four describes exempt and non-exempt employee pay systems. Chapter Five discusses pension reform and ERISAs impact in organizations. Chapter Six describes various roles of a job analyst and their functions.    

    Week Two Assignment 

     Reading Assignment:

    Chapter 4 - Organizational Structure:  Strategic And Tactical Compensation Issues
    Chapter 5 - Legislation And Compensation
    Chapter 6 - Job Analysis Case Study

    Class Activities:
    Answer the course discussions questions (10pts each). Job Analysis Case Study due (100 pts). Take Practice Quiz (Not Graded).

    During Week 3 read Chapters Seven, Eight, and Nine. Chapter Seven discusses various elements of the job description. The elements discussed include job title, job summary, duties, responsibilities, accountabilities, and job employment standards. In Chapter Eight you’ll learn about methods used in job evaluations. Chapter Nine will give you an understanding of the Factor Evaluation System (FES).

    Week Three Assignment 

    Reading Assignment:

    Chapter 7 - Job Description
    Chapter 8 - Job Evaluation
    Chapter 9 - A Point-Factor Method of Job Evaluation

    Class Activities: Answer the course discussions questions (10pts each). 

    During Week 4 read Chapters Ten and Eleven. Chapter Ten lists major problems that restrict the gathering an analysis of pay survey data. Chapter Eleven gives design characteristics of pay structures.

    Week Four Assignment 

    Reading Assignment:

    Chapter 10 – Surveying Market Pay & Compensation Practices
    Chapter 11 – Designing A Base Pay Structure

    Class Activities: Answer the course discussions questions (10pts each). Exam 1 is due (100pts). Take Practice Quiz (Not Graded).

    During Week 5 read Chapters Twelve, Thirteen, and Fourteen. Chapter Twelve describes design and work teams. Chapter Thirteen discusses performance pay and job appraisals. Chapter Fourteen describes the impact of short term incentives and how it impacts organizations.  

    Week Five Assignment 

    Reading Assignment:

    Chapter 12 – Team-Based Pay In A Knowledge-Based World
    Chapter 13 – Measuring and Paying For Performance
    Chapter 14 – Short Term Incentives

    Class Activities: Answer the course discussions questions (10pts each). Recruitment Case Study due (100pts).

    During Week 6 read Chapters Fifteen and Sixteen. Chapter Fifteen discusses employee benefits such as 401(k)s, IRAs, SEP and Keogh plans. Chapter Sixteen gives insight how executive pay impacts organizations. Also, this chapter gives an overview on tax legislation and corporate insurance programs.  

    Week Six Assignment 

    Reading Assignment:

    Chapter 15 – LongTermIncentives & WealthBuilding
    Chapter 16 – Executive & International Compensation

    Class Activities: Answer the course discussions questions (10pts each). Research Paper due (160pts).

    During Week 7 read Chapters Seventeen and Eighteen. Chapter Seventeen discusses the role of federal and state legislation in the design of a benefits program. This chapter will take a look at health care plans and employee benefit programs. Chapter Eighteen examines organizational budgeting processes. It’ll describe how pay adjustments affects employee compensation.  

    Week Seven Assignment 

    Reading Assignment:

    Chapter 17 – Benefits & Services
    Chapter 18 – Pay Delivery Administration

    Class Activities: Answer the course discussions questions (10pts each). Exam 2 is due (100pts). Take Practice Quiz (Not Graded).

    During Week 8 you’ll prepare for the final exam. Please review all reading assignments and practice quizzes. 

    Reading Assignment:

    None

    Class Activities: Proctored Final Exam (300 pts).

    Grading Criteria:

    Discussion Questions: 10pts each (Total for all weeks 140pts)

    Job Analysis Case Study: 100pts—Due in Week 2

    Take Home Exam 1: 100pts—Due in Week 4

    Recruitment Case Study: 100pts—Due in Week 5

    Research Paper: 160pts—Due in Week 6

    Take Home Exam 2: 100pts—Due in Week 7

    Proctored Final Exam: 300pts—Complete by end of Week 8

    Total Course Points: 1000

    Participation (Discussion Questions)

    Students are required to answer and participate in weekly discussions. Each week two discussion questions will be posted and should be answered completely. Each question is worth 10 points. Two peer responses are required. 10 points for each discussion will be given if the question is answered completely with the minimum of 2 peer responses. Points will be deducted for unclear and incomplete answers, not meeting minimum peer responses, and short answers such as: I agree, OK, Great thought, etc.

    Case Analysis Papers

    Each paper will be graded in accordance with the APA style of writing. Each paper should include a cover and reference page with at least three sources. Both research papers are 100 points each. Point breakdown is as follows: 20 points will be awarded for proper mechanics with no grammatical or spelling errors. 25 points will be awarded for research and information gathering. Minimum sources must be met. 20 points will be awarded for the suggested approach. Full credit will be given for an approach that identifies each step in a particular process or offers a complete and logical benefits package. 35 points will be awarded for your justified approach. The suggested approach must be back up with the significant ‘whys’ for choosing one approach over another.  

    Research Paper

    Your research paper will be graded in accordance with the APA style of writing. Each paper should include a cover and reference page with at least three sources. The research paper totals 160 points. Point breakdown is as follows: 30 points will be awarded for proper mechanics with no grammatical or spelling errors. 50 points will be awarded for research and information gathering. Minimum sources must be met. 30 points will be awarded for the suggested approach. Full credit will be given for an approach that identifies each step in a particular process or offers a complete and logical benefits package. 50 points will be awarded for your justified approach. The suggested approach must be back up with the significant ‘whys’ for choosing one approach over another. 

    Take Home Exams

    Take Home Exams are worth 100 points each. Each exam should have complete answers.

    Proctored Final Exam

    The proctored final exam is worth 300 points and due in Week 8.


    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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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    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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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    Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

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    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
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