MBA633 Human Resource Management

for U1P 2011

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MBA 633 Human Resource Management


U1P 2011 DLA


Walker, Stephanie L.


MBA - Park University
B.S. - Park University

Office Hours

Available as needed by Appointment


Class Days



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:

Lecture; Readings; Cases and Exercises; Discussion; Article Reviews; Examinations.

Other requirements: Students are expected to actively participate in all class discussions.


Grading Rubrics:

Discussion (weekly points possible:  20)

  1. 10 points for posting under each topic by Thursday midnight.
  2. 10 points for responding to at least two other students under each topic in a thoughtful and analytical manner by Sunday midnight

Homework (weekly points possible: 30)

  1. 10 points for answering the correct questions and submitting by midnight on Sunday.
  2. 20 points for effort, thoughtfulness, and thoroughness of the responses, including application to weekly subject matter.

Quizzes (weekly points possible: 10)

  1. True/False, Multiple Choice, and Fill-in-the-blank questions from the weekly readings; 1 point each. To be completed by Sunday midnight.

Article Reviews (points possible:  25)

  1. 10 points for selection of relevant article and proper citations
  2. 15 points for analysis and application to course

Team Project (points possible: 25)

Details of the group project can be found in Week 5

Final Exam (points possible: 250)

  1. Comprehensive exam covering all chapters discussed in the course
  2. Essay questions graded on application to course, thoughtfulness/thoroughness of responses

Methods of evaluation:

Assignment Points
Weekly homework assignments from chapters (30 pts each week) 210
Reviews on HRM articles (2 @ 25 pts) 50
Quizzes (10 pts each week) 70
Weekly Discussion activities (20 pts each week) 160
Team Project 25
Exam over Learning Objectives 250
Total possible points 765

Method of conversion of points to grade at end of term:

90% -100% = A (689 - 765 pts)
80% - 89% = B (612 - 688 pts)
70% - 79% = C (534 - 611 pts)
60 - 69%     = D (457 - 533 pts
50-59%      =  F (456 - below)

Final grades will be based on performance on (a) examinations, (b) Conference Discussion participation, (c) reports on human resource management articles, and (d) position paper on a human resource management issue. 


Late Submission of Course Materials:

Coursework is considered late if not submitted by the established deadlines.   Late submissions will not be accepted without prior approval from instructor.  The acceptance of late work and applicable point deduction will be determined by the instructor on a case by case basis.


Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Course-Specific Policies

Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy.  If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification. Online Course Policies

Observation of "Netiquette"

All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course.  What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism.  Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online and netiquette

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
An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term.  PLEASE NOTE:  Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation.

Only in exceptional circumstances will an "I" (incomplete) be given. A contract with written expectations for completion will be signed by the student and the instructor before the end of the semester. Incompletes can only be given for 60 days and only to students who do not have excessive absences. Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog page 33.

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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