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HR 491 SrSem in Human Resources Mgmt
Reams, Christopher Darcy


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 491 SrSem in Human Resources Mgmt

Semester

S1T 2012 DL

Faculty

Reams, Christopher Darcy

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MS Human Resource Management
BS Management / Human Resources

Office Location

Avondale Arizona

Office Hours

Online Course

Daytime Phone

623-764-0131

E-Mail

christopher.reams@park.edu

Semester Dates

January 16, 2012 - March 11, 2012

Class Days

Online Class

Class Time

Online Class

Prerequisites

EN306B, HR353, HR422 and MG365

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
No textbook required for this course. Course reading links available in the classroom

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Students will be requiered to reseach publications, journals, and other outside references
throughout the course

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.


Course Description:
HR 491 Senior Seminar in Human Resources Development: This course is intended to integrate concepts and techniques from the Human Resource 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. 3:0:3. Prerequisites: EN306B, HR353, HR422 and MG365

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is based on student interaction and full participation in
all course requirements and activities. The facilitator will engage the entire class in participative
online activities and assignments.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify three characteristics of learning organizations.
  2. Explain how an organization's human resources can contribute to the competitive advantage and fulfillment of the mission.
  3. List three potential barriers organizations encounter in their attempts to change in their use of human resources.
  4. Describe how changing demographics in our population are impacting the benefit packages and expectations of employees.
  5. Describe three challenges for white males facing more diversity in the work place.
  6. Write a brief assessment of the implementation and use of diversity programs and the effectiveness of these programs.
  7. Describe two frustrations expressed by current entry-level applicants for positions in organizations.
  8. Identify and describe three or more Human Resource Management Jobs for the future , the typical educational background of future HR professionals, and explain how these jobs will impact the other functions of the organization, as well as the organization's strategic plan.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain the relationship between an organization's competitive advantage and its HR
  2. Describe how an organization can enhance the environment for its employees
  3. Describe how an organization can enhance the chances of success for entry level
  4. Explain the manager's role in preparing employees to accomplish the goals and objectives
Core Assessment:
Final examination

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
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:

Grading:

Weekly Article Analysis 140 points ( 20 points each) 14% of final grade

Participation in conference discussion 140 points 14% of final grade

Course Reading Analysis 70 (points) 10 points each week) 7% of final grade

Position paper 350 points 35% of final grade

Examination over learning objectives 300 points 30% of final grade

Total points possible 1000

Grading scale:

90 to 100 percent of total possible points = A

80 to 89 percent = B

70 to 79 percent = C

60 to 69 percent = D

less than 60 percent = F

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:
Any work submitted late will not receive full credit. All late assignments are subject to a grade
deduction each week. Discussion area inputs can not be made up after the end of each week

 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

All students are required to maintain a professional atmosphere throughout the course.
Professional dialouge is expected at all times. Students will only utilize the Park online
environment for Park coure related information

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Weekly Article Analysis Instructions:
Each week students are required to submit an article analysis. The article analysis will be a one page analysis (not including title page and reference section) of an article relating to the one of the discussion topics for the week. The student must show the relevance of the article to the week’s topic and include source work from at least two (2) sources to help enhance the synthesis of course material, the topic, and the article. The analysis is not a simple overview of the article, but a discussion of a key course concept with the article, additional source work and your discussion input as support for your understanding of the article. ASSIGNED COURSE READING CAN BE USED AS SOURCE SUPPORT BUT THE MAIN ARTICLE MUST BE A NEW ARTICLE.

The article analysis should include the following:

  1. Paper introduction: that provides an overview of the paper (what you will cover)
  2. The key course point you will be discussing with an explanation
  3. Analysis of the article as it relates to the key concept
  4. Conclusion of the paper (what you covered)
  5. At least two (2) sources

The paper will be a 1 - 2 page (not including title page or reference page) in APA format.

The grading criteria will be:

  1. Issue overview 7 pts
  2. Article Analysis 7 pts
  3. Paper structure (intro, body, conclusion) 3 pts
  4. APA Formatting 3 pts

Total 20 pts

Participation -

Students are required to participate in the discussion area each week and answer 1 of the posted discussion questions (as directed in your syllabus and also in the content menu). YOU MUST POST YOUR INITIAL ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS BY THURSDAY OF EACH WEEK IN ORDER TO RECEIVE FULL DISCUSSION AREA POINTS. If you miss the Thursday deadline three (-3) points will be deducted from the final discussion grade for the week. The Thursday deadline enhances the discussion area and provides others with an opportunity to comment on your posts.

The responses are to be discussed with your class members in the conference section, so post your answers as a reply to the discussion thread. Then, each of you should respond (reply) to at least two other student's posted answers. TWO (2) PEER RESPONSES ARE DUE EACH WEEK.
All initial responses should be at least one paragraph for each question with source work from at least two (2) sources to support your views and responses. The peer responses should be at least 100 words and clearly state your reason for agreeing or disagreeing with the post in a professional manner. Peer responses are not just short responses like: "I agree."
Participation Thread Point Values
  1. Initial Question 8 points
  2. Peer responses 3 points each
  3. Total available points 14 points
Course Reading Analysis:
Using the weekly readings weeks construct a question for your classmates. Be sure and respond to at least two of your classmates questions using at least one outside source properly cited and formatted. The response must be at least 200 words in length. The question is due no later than Tuesday of each week. The responses are due no later than Sunday of each week.
Course Reading Analysis Thread Point Values
  1. Initial Question 2 points
  2. Peer responses 4 points each
  3. Total available points 10 points

Position Paper (Term Paper) Instructions (Due Week 6): Each student will select an organization as the subject for the Position Paper. The organization can be one that the student works for or has worked for but employment in the organization is not a requirement. Any organization will be acceptable as a subject organization. The student will take a clear position as to whether the organization is successful or not based on an analysis of the following course subject areas:

  1. Competitive Advantage
  2. Change Management
  3. Diversity Management
  4. Recruitment and Selection
  5. Compensation and Benefits
  6. Organizational Climate

The successful Position Paper will be a Senior Seminar paper that draws on many past classes and the entire body of course topics. The final paper will consist of the following (minimum requirements):

  1. Overview of the Organization
  2. Analysis of course subject areas
  3. Clear position on organizational effectiveness (for or against) with supportive analysis
  4. APA Formatting

The time frame of the study must include current information

The paper format will be:

  1. A 8 – 12 page paper (not including the reference and title page)
  2. Double Spaced
  3. Formatted in APA style (All course assignments will be in APA style)
  4. Source support from at least six sources
  5. Papers will not include an abstract

The Position Paper is worth 350 points. The grading criteria for the paper will be based on the Position Paper grading rubric.

Paper topic is due at the end of week 2. All topics must be approved.

Final Exam - All final exams in all School of Business courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. The exam will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. The exam 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. The final exam will consist of 10 essay questions covering material studied throughout the course. Each question will be worth 30 points for a total of 300 points.

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

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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
8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Identify and describe three or more Human Resource Management Jobs for the future , the typical educational background of future HR professionals, and explain how these jobs will impact the other functions of the organization, as well as the organization's strategic plan Identify three Human Resource Management jobs for the future and explain how the education background is changing for human resource professionals.

 
Identification of less than three future HR positions, or  lack of explanations for there positions. Identification of only 1 job or no substantive answer. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Thorough description, explanation, and detailed references to instances when human resource specifically to fulfillment of organizational mission. Explain how an organization's human resources can contribute to the competitive advantage, fulfillment of the mission, and getting things done. No explanation or incomplete explanation. No explanation 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Expanded description to provide examples of how demographic changes both present and future will impact benefit packages and descriptions of alternative methods organizations may use to resolve differences. Describe how changing demographics in our population are impacting the benefit packages and expectations of employees.

 
No description

Listing of demographic categories or trends
 
No significant answer or unrelated material. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Assessment includes alternative methods to resolve or improve ineffective programs and description of methods which may be used to bridge diversity and affirmative action program outcomes. Write a brief assessment of the design, implementation, and use of diversity programs and the effectiveness of these programs.

 
No assessment

Incomplete assessment

A statement which reflects inadequate familiarity with HR-related terminology, or superficial response.

 
No answer or irrelevant material presented. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Assessment includes alternative methods to resolve or improve ineffective programs and description of methods which may be used to bridge diversity and affirmative action program outcomes. Write a brief assessment of the design, implementation, and use of diversity programs and the effectiveness of these programs.

 
Inadequate assessment of present conditions in HR practices. Relating to diversity in the workforce. No concepts presented or irrelevant material submitted. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Description of characteristics in detail, including strategies used to promote organizational learning. Identify three characteristics of learning organizations. Lack of identification, or incomplete identification of characteristics of learning organizations No application or irrelevant material submitted. 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
A description of barriers and thorough review of alternative methods that may be used to lower or eliminate the barrier. List three potential barriers organizations encounter in their attempts to change in their use of human resources.

 
Lack of identification of potential barriers. No barriers submitted or irrelevant material submitted. 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
5 & 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Thorough description expanded to include methods for overcoming the challenges, and predictions for new challenges as the workforce continues to change.

Thorough description expanded to include methods for resolving the frustrations, and predictions for new frustrations as the workforce continues to change.
 
Describe three challenges for white males facing more diversity in the work place.

Describe two frustrations expressed by current entry-level applicants for positions in organizations.


 
Lack of description or incomplete description of the challenges for white males.

Lack or incomplete description of frustrations expressed by current entry-level applicants.
 
No description of challenges or irrelevant material submitted.
No description of frustrations or irrelevant material submitted.
 

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