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HR 491 SrSem in Human Resources Mgmt
Orsak, Larry


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

S1AA 2012 LC

Faculty

Orsak, Larry

Title

Senior Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

MS - Management & Human Resources Development
BS - Psychology
AA - Paralegal Studies

Office Location

Lackland AFB, Texas

Office Hours

Anytime upon request

Daytime Phone

210-207-8130

Other Phone

210-849-0728

E-Mail

Larry.Orsak@park.edu

ImChief50@aol.com

Semester Dates

January 16 - March 11, 2012

Class Days

----R--

Class Time

4:45 - 10:10 PM

Prerequisites

EN306B; HR353; HR422: MG365;

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
No Textbook:  All materials will be provided.

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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 degree of concentration, material covered and specific methodology to be utilized in each area will be determined by the amount of classroom time available.  Methods used to achieve these learning objectives will include lecture, reports, self-study, and most importantly, class discussion and student participation.  All methods of teaching are designed to transfer new material by clarifying and emphasizing subject areas presented in the course.  The lecture relies on the fact that yhou have read the assigned material and have completed any assignment relating to it prior to class meetings.

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. Provide some examples of employer/employee challenges that the economic crisis may hve created and the impact it may have on production.
  2. Describe different leadership theories that leaders will need to motivate employees under the current economic conditions.
  3. Define how human resources management can take a strategic role in todays changing economic environment.
  4. Explain why the HR role has become more important to leadership in the receit past
Core Assessment:
Final examination

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

 

There will be a midterm and a final examination over all information covered in class. In addition there will be case studies, class discussions, an oral and written presentation presented to the class. Class participation is based on the fact that you are present for class each evening. If you are not present for class you cannot be given credit for participation on that particular meeting. All examinations are closed book, closed notes, and there will be no take home exams. It is required that the topic selected for your written project and oral presentation be directly related to subject matter discussed in class. Research or other material previously used for course credit cannot be used fort this course. The subject of your paper and presentation must be chosen no later than week two of the semester to ensure time enough to complete the project as well as time to grade it. The written project will be 10 – 12 pages, double spaced, grammatically correct (not including cover sheet, references, or attachments). The American Psychological Association (APA) publication style is required. Your references should be noted at the end of the paper. Plastic report covers and separate folders will not be accepted. A single staple is the preferred method of binding. Please include a cover sheet with your written document. All papers are due by week #7 (No Exceptions). Students are encouraged to use the Internet’s search tools. An oral presentation of 8 – 10 minutes is also required over the same topic of your written research paper. Half of the class will present their oral presentations on the date of the mid-term examination and the remainder will be presented on the date of the final examinations.

Grading:

Midterm Exam            200 points (20%)
Final Exam                 300 points (30%)
Research Project        200 points (20%)
Oral Presentation        200 points (20%)
Class Participation      100 points (10%)
 
GRADE SCALE FOR FINAL GRADE
A = > 90%
B = > 80% and <90%
C = >70% and <80%
D = >60% and <70%
F = <59%

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:
The instructor will not accept assignments late.  Assignments not submitted on the due date will be penalized one letter grade.  MAKE UP EXAMINATIONS: There will be 2 examinations, each of which will be taken with your class.  Any individual missing an exam must have an acceptable excuse in order for a make-up exam.  No exam will be taken early.  Failure to take a make-up exam will result in a zero for that particular examination.  Any make-up exam must be completed prior to the classes next meeting.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Turn off all cell phones.  Make arrangements to arrive to class on time so class may start on time.  In order to succeed in this course, the student must first and foremost be in class for all meetings.  The student must conscientiously prepare for class by reading and preparing the assignments prior to class.  Taking notes would also be of the student's benefit.  The student must be parepard to answer questions and solve problems in class.  The student must also satisfactorily complete all examinations and homework in the class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 

DATE

WEEK

ASSIGNMENT - All cases will be provided by instructor

1/19/12 – Week 1 – Discuss assignments for entire semester

Case Studies

a. Leveraging HR and Knowledge Management in a Challenging Economy

b. Building Sustainable Organizations

c. Stepping Up to the Table: The HR Professional’s Role in Corporate Strategy

1/26/12 – Week 2 – Discuss assigned case studies; Choose topics for presentations

a. Pushing ADA Beyond the Limits

b. Sexual Harassment 2.0: How to Combat Sexual Techno-Harassment in the Workplace

c. Six Ways to Strengthen Staffing

d. Playing IT Big Brother: When is Employee Monitoring Warranted?

e. Considering HR Outsourcing?

2/2/12 – Week 3 – Discuss Case Studies – Review for Mid-Term Examination

a. The Brain Drain: How to Get Talented Women to Stay.

b. Rewarding Outstanding Performance: Don’t Break the Bank.

c. Don’t Punish Employees with Training

d. Strategic Organizational Diversity: A Model?

e. Laid Off

2/9/12 – Week 4 – Mid Term Examination – ½ Class Oral Presentations

2/16/12 – Week 5 – Discuss Case Studies

a. Opening Keynote: Rethinking Pay for Performance

b. Putting the Hurt On

c. Workplace Bullying Threatens Employers

d. Making Benefits Matter

e. The New 401(k) Landscape: How Plan Sponsors Can Adapt

2/23/12 – Week 6 – Discuss Case Studies

a. Finding and Fixing Corporate Misconduct

b. Poor Performance & Due Process

c. Managing Part-Time Employees

d. Sharing Work

e. Fighting the Good Fight

f. Baking Ethics into Company Culture

3/1/12 – Week 7 – Discuss Case Studies – Written Projects Due

a. Global Outsourcing

b. America’s Other Immigration Crisis

c. Offshored Headquarters

d. Multiple Choice

e. Roots of Insecurity: Why American Workers and Others Are Losing Out

3/8/11 – Week 8 – Final Examination – Final Oral Presentations

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.

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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