MBA633 Human Resource Management

for S2P 2012

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MBA 633 Human Resource Management


S2P 2012 DL


Walker, Stephanie L.


Adjunct Faculty


MBA - Park University
B.S. - Park University

Office Hours

Available as needed by Appointment


Semester Dates


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:
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, thoughtfulness, relevancy to course, correct spelling/grammar.

Article Review. Points for article relevancy to course, article relevancy to assignment, accuracy of content, thoroughness, thoughtfulness, and correct spelling/grammar.

Team Written Project/Group Presentation. Points for project relevancy to assignment, accuracy of content, thoroughness, thoughtfulness, proper research and supporting citation, correct spelling/grammar, and professional written and group presentation.

Quizzes. 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. Points will be given weekly for participation. Acceptable participation includes response to weekly discussion questions and thoughtful interaction/discussion with at least 2 other classmates in each discussion thread.

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

 Methods of evaluation:



Weekly homework assignments from chapters (7 @ 30 pts)


Review of HRM article (1 @ 35 pts)


Quizzes (7 @ 10 pts)


Weekly Discussion activities ( 8 @ 20 pts)


Team Project ( 1 @ 40 pts)


Exam over Learning Objectives (1 @ 250 pts)


Total possible points


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)




Late Submission of Course Materials:
Coursework is considered late if not submitted in the Park online classroom dropbox by the date/time it is due.  Late submissions will not be accepted without prior approval from the Instructor.  The acceptance of late work and applicable point deduction will be determined by the Instructor on a case by case basis.  Work must be submitted in Microsoft Word format, with student name and ID at the top of the page.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1

Chapter 1: Introduction to Human Resource Management
Chapter 2: Strategic Human Resource Management

Week 2

Chapter 3: Human Resource Planning
Chapter 4: Job Analysis: Concepts, Procedures, and Choices

Week 3

Chapter 5: Equal Employment Opportunity: The Legal Environment
Chapter 6: Recruiting and Job Search
Chapter 8: Assessing Job Candidates: Tools for Selection Development

Week 4

Chapter 9: Human Resource Development
Chapter 10: Human Resource Approaches to Improving Competitiveness

Week 5

Chapter 11: Performance Assessment and Management
Chapter 12: Compensation System Development

Week 6

Chapter 13: Incentive Compensation and Benefits
Chapter 14: Safety and Health: A Proactive Approach

Week 7

Chapter 15: Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining
Chapter 16: Employment Transitions

Week 8

Chapter 17: Managing Human Resources in Multinational Organizations

Final Exam

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 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21


Plagiarism is 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 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21

Attendance Policy:

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 Graduate Catalog Page 25

Disability Guidelines:
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