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HR 491 SrSem in Human Resources Mgmt
Buckingham, Dale E.


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

U1L 2012 WT

Faculty

Buckingham, Dale E.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Masters Business Administration
MA, Human Resources
BS, Accounting

Office Location

None

Office Hours

As arranged

Daytime Phone

(660) 563-2846

Other Phone

(660) 238-1052

E-Mail

dbuckingham@park.edu

bbcbdb@embarqmail.com

Semester Dates

June 4 - July 29, 2012

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

4:55 - 7:35 PM

Prerequisites

EN306B, HR353, HR422, and MG365

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Annual Editions, Human Resources 11/12; Twentieth Edition; Fred H. Maidment; McGraw Hill, New York 2011; ISBN 978-0-07-352867-0

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

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.
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http://www.shrm.org
http://www.eeoc.gov
http://www.astd.org
http://www.workhealth.org
http://www.bos.scsb.edu

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:
This course will encompass lectures, exams, quizzes, videos, projects, group work, case studies and website interaction.  During the course we will extensively use interactive discussions to solidify points for those chapters covered. 

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. List reasons human resource functions are outsourced
  2. Understand how values, beliefs, and assumptions affect and organization
  3. Describe challenges facing human resource professionals
  4. Support and defend organizational development
Core Assessment:
Final examination

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Students will be required to complete all assignments.  Class attendance and participation are absolutely essential.  Current event reports and oral presentation assignments will be critical parts of this course.  Satisfactory participation in this course may prove difficult if the student has not completed the required reading assignments.
 
Please refer to the Rubric below for grading expectations.
 
Mid-Term Exam - All 10 essay questions answered correctly using texts, powerpoints, and video sources.  Mid-Term Exam will be closed notes and closed book.  Time limit will be 2 1/2 hours.
 
Final Exam - All 10 essay questions answered correctly using texts, powerpoints, and video sources.  Final exam will be closed notes and closed book.  Time limit will be 2 1/2 hours.
 
Student Paper/Presentation - Research Paper written in APA or MLA format, 8-10 pages in the body of the paper, at least 5 references.  Quality of the paper must be senior level with spelling, grammer, and format.  The topic of the paper must be concerning a Human Resources topic and must be approved by the instructor.  Each student will present the information obtained in their research using MS PowerPoint.  This presentation must be presented to the class and be approximately 15 to 20 minutes in length.  Due in the 7th week.
 
Class Participation - Students must participate in class discussions and exercises during each class period.  Unexcused absences can affect the participation grade.  Discussions will be a part of the current event portion of the class during the period of class each evening.  
 
Four Student OD Current Event Reports - Each student must provide 4 current event reports to the class for discussion during the first 7 weeks of the course.  Each current event is worth 50 points of the 200 possible points.  Current events must be related to Human Resources Management.  Students will screen news items related to the class topic.  Students must then put the information concerned in their own words in a single page document.  The news article information will be presented and discussed in class and the document handed in.  The actual article will not be accepted.   

Grading:

Please refer to the Rubric below for grading expectations.
 
Mid-Term Exam - 20% - 200 Points of 1000 Total Points - All 10 essay questions answered correctly using texts, powerpoints, and video sources.  Mid-Term Exam will be closed notes and closed book.  Time limit will be 3 hours.
 
Final Exam - 30% - 300 Points of 1000 Total Points - All 10 essay questions answered correctly using texts, powerpoints, and video sources.  Final exam will be closed notes and closed book.  Time limit will be 3 hours.
 
Student Paper/Presentation - 20% - 200 Points of 1000 Total Points - Research Paper written in APA or MLA format, 8-10 pages in the body of the paper, at least 5 references.  Quality of the paper must be senior level with spelling, grammer, and format.  The topic of the paper must be concerning a Human Resources topic and must be approved by the instructor.  Each student will present the information obtained in their research using MS PowerPoint.  This presentation must be presented to the class and be approximately 15 to 20 minutes in length.  Due in the 7th week.
 
Class Participation - 10% - 100 Points of 1000 Total Points - Students must participate in class discussions and exercises during each class period.  Unexcused absences can affect the participation grade.  Discussions will be a part of the current event portion of the class during the period of class each evening.  Experiential learning exercises will consist of the Red Bead Experiment, the Diversity Game, and the Keirsey Temperament Sorter and each student will be expected to participate..
 
Four Student OD Current Event Reports - 20% - 200 Points of 1000 Total Points - Each student must provide 4 current event reports to the class for discussion during the first 7 weeks of the course.  Each current event is worth 50 points of the 200 possible points.  Current events must be related to Human Resources Management.  Students will screen news items related to the class topic.  Students must then put the information concerned in their own words in a single page document.  The news article information will be presented and discussed in class and the document handed in.  The actual article will not be accepted.   
 
Grading Scale
 
A   90-100% - 900 to 1000 Total Points
B   80-89% - 800 to 899 Total Points
C   70-79% - 700 to 799 Total Points
D   60-69% - 600 to 699 Total Points
F   59 - 599 or fewer Total Points or 3 unexcused absences

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:
Late submissions are only authorized by prior contact with the instructor.  For those request not having prior approval a one grade reduction will be assessed. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Classroom Etiquette—Your Instructor’s Expectations*

Please arrive at class on time or before the starting time. Please attend all classes unless there is good reason to miss. If you must miss class, please inform your instructor ahead of time, by phone, by e-mail, or in person.

Please come to class prepared for the work to be done and in a positive frame of mind so that you are ready to learn. Please complete readings and other assignments on time. Please bring all necessary course materials such as paper, pencil, required books, handouts, and notes.

Please try to be pleasant and positive in your classroom behavior. Show respect for all class members. Address legitimate grievances appropriately, preferably outside of normal class time. If you have a problem with your instructor, please try to solve the problem with him or her before appealing to a higher authority.

When responding to classroom questions, please do not interrupt a fellow student or the instructor. Take your turn. When you respond to another student’s comment, please try to acknowledge the other’s position. When responding, please try your best to call other class members by name.

Please turn off all cell phones and pagers while in class. If you must be on call, set the device on vibrate and quietly leave the room before answering the call.

Please treat the furniture and equipment in the classrooms and computer labs as if they were your own. Throw any trash away on your way out.

Please remember that for the protection of our facilities and equipment, food and drinks are not allowed in the classrooms or labs. Under no condition is smoking or other tobacco use acceptable in the classroom.

Leave classrooms and labs as you find them, turning off equipment as necessary and pushing in chairs. Before leaving your computer, please log off the network. Also reset the printer so that the paper is wound back out of the platen and not left in the “tear off” position. If you have moved any equipment (keyboard, mouse, etc.), please put it back in its proper place before leaving the classroom. Also, please dispose of all discarded printer paper and torn-off perforated edges.

Most classes begin on time and end on time. If you need to know about schedule or assignment changes, please ask about them at the beginning of class. If you have a real need to leave early, please inform your instructor and leave quietly.

You will do better if you are interested in the class, and the best way to be interested is to get involved. Talk to your friends about the material, and look for current applications or examples about the course issues in newspapers or popular magazines and on the Web. If you can make connections between yourself and the course materials, you will be a happier and a better student.

Most of all, keep in touch with the class syllabus, the instructor, and your classmates. You will do better when you feel you are a real part of the class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 Introductions, Syllabus Review
  • Introduction to Change and HR
  • Unit 1
Week 2 - 
  • Unit 2, 3
Week 3 
  • Unit 4
  • The Learning Organization
  • Review for Mid Term Exam 
Week 4 
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Mid-Term Exam
Week 5 
  • Unit 5, 6
  • The Glass Ceiling
Week 6 
  • Unit 7
Week 7 
  • Papers/Presentations
  • Review for Final Examination
Week 8 
  • Finish Papers/Presentations
  • Complete Final Examination

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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