MBA633 Human Resource Management

for F2P 2012

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MBA 633 Human Resource Management


F2P 2012 MBD


Walker, Stephanie L.


Adjunct Professor


Master of Business
BS Management/Human Resources

Office Hours

As needed

Daytime Phone

As needed


Semester Dates

October 22 - December 16, 2012

Class Days


Credit Hours



Cascio, W. (2013). Managing Human Resources: Productivity, Quality of Work Life, Profits. New York: McGraw-Hill (ISBN: 978-0-07-802971-2).


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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, discussion, quizzes, and exams.  Lectures and outside resources will supplement the readings to highlight important concepts. Class discussion and group interaction will be highly emphasized 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:

Discussion  (15 points/week, 105 points total)

  • Description: Students will be expected to actively participate in class discussion and group breakout sessions each week.  Simply attending class does not count as active participation.

Quizzes (15 points/week, 90 points total)

  • Description: There will be 15 multiple choice questions assigned weekly, to be completed by Thursday each week. These questions are intended to reinforce the material read in the text.

Homework (15 points/week, 105 points total)

  • Description: In Weeks 1 through 7, a case analysis based on chapter cases are due to the Instructor via the drop box by Thursday midnight CT (Central Time). The case analysis will be roughly 2-3 pages double spaced. When citing information use APA format.

Team Project (150 points)

  • Description: In week 7 there will be a Team Project due on the topic of “the relationship between competitive advantage and training and development in the workplace.” The project will include a 10 page research paper and 10 minute powerpoint presentation.  The paper will be developed in stages. There will be a verbal presentation by all groups in Week 7.
  • The topic and thesis statement is due by Week 3
  • The outline of the paper is due by Week 4
  • A rough draft is due by Week 5
  • The final paper is due by Week 7

Final Exam (200 points)

  • Description: In week 8, there is a final exam. This exam will consist of short answer questions, comprehensive questions, and essay questions.  Questions will be based on the application of course material.  The Final Exam will be taken in Week 8.





Point Distribution and Grading Scale

Activity Points
Discussion (15 points each x 7) 105
Quizzes (15 points each x 6) 90
Homework (15 points each x 7) 105
Team Project 150
Final Exam 200
Total 650


Grading Scale

A = 100-90%
B = 89-80%
C = 79-70%
D = 69-60%
F = less than 60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Coursework is considered late if not submitted 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 dedcution will be determined by the Instructor. Please double check dropbox submissions. Incomplete or missing attachments will be considered late.

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 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 21-22


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 course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools. Park University 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 26

Disability Guidelines:
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