Human Resource Management
Bus 34 Course Outline
Instructor: Patricia Stokke
Fax and Phone: Home
office (831) 684-9118
Phone at WVC: (408) 741-2151
check my email on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Please use the
email in Angel.
If it is imperative that you contact me immediately, email me at email@example.com
All assignments must be turned in to the email in Angel or by fax.
Office hours and location: Online
or telephone by arrangement.
Hours by Arrangement:
by arrangement are offered so that you may have additional time
to meet with your
Instructor to discuss class projects, papers and Internet assignments.
Contact me by
telephone or email to arrange a meeting.
research assignments may be completed on your personal computer
or in the computer
lab on campus.
Course meeting time: Online. Please turn in your assignments on Angel
Chat sessions: Online
in Angel on the second Wednesday of each month from
9:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Prerequisites: English reading and writing ability at the grade
Resource Management, 11th Edition by Gary Dessler,
Prentice Hall 2008
Companion Website: www.prenhall.com/dessler (This
text website will access the tests/
quizzes, study notes, PowerPoint presentations, and other resources)
Read the course syllabus carefully: Check the syllabus and course schedule
weekly. I recommend printing a copy and recording due dates in a
calendar to keep track
of your assignments.
Course Description: This course explores the central, strategic role
that HR plays in making
organizations more competitive. It examines personnel management
concepts and practices
including: recruitment and selection of employees; equal opportunity;
development; performance appraisals; compensation and benefits; and
This course has a special focus on the increase of globalization
and workforce diversity
in the high-performance organization.
Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course students
will be able to:
1. Describe the functions of HR management.
2. Provide examples of the new management practices
that are changing HR
3. Illustrate how building employee commitment can be
a cornerstone of an
employer's HR philosophy.
4. Present the basic processes for: developing job specifications;
interviewing, and placement of employees; compensation and benefits
conducting performance appraisals. Summarize the basic equal employment
opportunity laws regarding discrimination based on age, race, sex,
religion, sexual orientation, and disability.
5. Outline the organization's role in the career management
6. Describe occupational laws and how OSHA operates.
7. Explain labor relations and collective bargaining.
8. Assess comparable worth and explain its importance
Course Plan and Outline: The
course is a combination of participation, discussions, case studies,
readings, papers, tests, and group presentations. The following list
is an outline of the
1. The strategic role of HR management
2. Equal opportunity and the law
3. Recruitment and placement
4. Training and development
5. Managing organizational renewal
6. Appraising performance
7. Managing careers and fair treatment
9. Benefits and services
10. Labor relations and collective bargaining
11. Employee safety and health
12. Managing HR in an international business
Course Requirements: Grades will be based on the following evaluation
A = 90% - 100%
B = 80% - 89%
C = 70% - 79%
D = 60% - 69%
F = 59% and below
20% - Quizzes
20% - Papers: interview and lab papers
20% - Team project
20% - Participation: monthly chat sessions, teamwork, and weekly
20% - Question and answer discussions and autobiography
All papers must be typed,
double spaced with a one inch margin, and 12 point Arial or
New Times Roman font. I expect correct spelling and proper grammar.
Type your name,
class, section number, and date in the upper right corner, single
spaced. A title page is
not required; however, you must indicate the assignment either in
the title or in the upper
right corner. You must cite your research sources according to MLA
or APA guidelines.
Be careful not to plagiarize. If you are unfamiliar with citing sources
read about them on the internet or at the library. You may reference
however it will not be considered one of the required number of references.
You are required to write
2 lab papers on 2 of the topics listed below. Each paper
must be 2 to 3 pages in length. You are required to cite a minimum
of 3 references
from reputable sources on the Internet.
1. Strategic HR management
2. Employment law and legal considerations of HR
4. Training and organization development
5. Diversity in the workplace
6. International HR
Write a 1 to 2 page autobiography.
Tell us what type of work you do,
your experience in human resources (HR), whether you are a full time
time student, why you are taking this class, and your career goals.
Please post it on the
Discussion Forum. You access this by going to the homepage, clicking
Communications, then click on Autobiography; another box will come
up, and click
on New Post. A box will come up for you to type your message. Your
will help us get to know one another.
You will conduct an interview of
a HR professional on one of the following Human
1. Careers in Employee Relations
2. Careers in Training and Development
3. Careers in Benefits
4. Careers in Compensation
5. Careers in Recruitment
in Organization Development
Select an HR professional that
has responsibilities in one of the areas listed above that you
are researching. You may conduct the interview in person or over
the telephone. Don’t wait
until the last minute to arrange this as plans may need to be changed
at the last minute.
Develop appropriate interview questions. The questions must be
in written format and a copy
attached to your paper as an appendix. Read up on the subject
before you formulate the
questions. Your questions should center around the career path that
the individual has
followed to achieve his/her current position and the duties that
makeup their day.
Conduct the interview and analyze
your interview results, comparing the information you
gathered to your expectations you had going into the interview and
Write a 3-5 page paper reporting
your findings (follow the written assignments instructions
listed above). Be sure to properly cite the articles you used in
preparing and researching your
paper. Note that simply reporting the answers to the interview questions
is not sufficient.
Do not use a question and answer format for your paper.
At the end of the paper, type the
name of the person you interviewed, his/her title, business
address, and phone number. Be sure to send the person a thank you
Problem solving and critical
Case Study Assignment:
You will analyze a case study on an assigned employee relation issue
with a study partner.
You and your study partner will post a presentation of your case
study in Angel and write
a 4-5 page paper that is due to the instructor. Follow the directions
below to the 3 parts
of this assignment.
Paper: Include in the discussion of the case: a synopsis
of the case; the significant points;
the HR implications, impact of the situation on the organization,
employee/s, and management;
two possible recommendations; and the anticipated outcome of your
(also state which of the recommendations you would implement and
why). The paper is
different from the presentation and is due to the instructor. The
paper is more detailed than
your presentation. This means the completed paper and presentation
are different. You
are required to include a minimum of 2 references other than the
Presentation: The presentation may be in an outline format or
in PowerPoint. This will
include a short synopsis of the case, the HR implications, your recommendations
dealing with the situation, and why you decided on your recommendations.
presentation in Angel.
Evaluate Team Performance:
The third part of the team project is to evaluate your own
and your teammates performance. Each student must turn in a description
of each team
member's performance. Write 1 - 2 paragraphs about each team member.
evaluation is confidential, you will turn it in to the instructor
directly in an email. This part
of the team project is counted as participation points. If you fail
to complete the evaluation
or write it without honest reflection, you will lose points.
Your final grade for the
course will include how well and how much you participate. Although
we do not meet in the classroom face to face, participation is essential
to your learning process.
Writing about and doing what you are studying facilitates effective
learning. Since so many
organizations use virtual methods of communicating, the technology
we use in this class will help
you prepare for the workplace. If Angel and communicating online
is new to you, we will work
together to help each other through the technology. Your participation
will be evaluated in
the following ways:
and Answer Discussions: There
are 11 discussion questions located under
Communicate under Discussion Forum in Angel. The discussions are
your response to the questions and to other student responses after
the date listed on the
syllabus). Click on Communicate in the course software, then click
on Discussion Forums
and click on the appropriate discussion question to write in your
answer to the question. You
must also respond to at least one other students’ comment/answer
to the question. The dates
of the discussions are scheduled on the course calendar at the end
of this syllabus. You are
required to participate in 9 of the 11 sessions, Discussion #11 is
room discussions: We
will meet online, in the chat room, on the second Wednesday of
each month, from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. to discuss the assigned application
case, answer questions
about the subject material, and logistics of the class. These meetings
are required. If you have
scheduling conflicts contact the instructor before each chat session
to make other arrangements.
It is your responsibility to contact the instructor and ask for a
make up assignment. Come to the
chat session with questions about course content and/or assignments.
There are 2 chats in February to introduce you to the process – attend
one of the two.
Check In: You are
required to report your progress in the class to the instructor
week by email. This is included as part of your participation grade
for the course. If you fail to
report in you will lose participation points.
Partners (Learning Teams): You
will be assigned a study partner. You and your
study partner will work on projects together and act as a resource
in your learning.
The instructor will assign study partners by email, about the fourth
week of the
semester. You can use the course email, personal email, the chat
room, conference calls,
or other methods to communicate with your study partner. Use whatever
helps you work together.
are required to contact your study partner to discuss the methods
communication you will use to work with each other. One week after
you have been
assigned your partner, send the instructor an email to report how
you plan to
communicate with your partner.
is a quiz after every chapter that you will access on the textbook
You are required to complete 12 of the 17 of the quizzes.
quizzes are due by the date listed on the schedule at the end of
quiz is worth 50 points.
Other Important Information:
Assignments are due at the end of the week that they are assigned. The
listed on the course schedule at the end of this syllabus. For example,
assigned for the 1st week of class is due by Saturday night of that
week at 11:59 P.M.
Be sure you have a comprehensive virus program to protect yours,
mine, and fellow
students' computers from viruses.
Extra credit may be earned by:
1. Writing more than the 3 required Internet research
2. Participating in more than the 9 required discussions.
3. Complete more than the required 12 quizzes. You will
receive 20 extra credit points for
each of the additional 3 quizzes you complete.
4. Journal - 4 to 5 pages discussing your experience
during the course that is reflective of
your learning, reaction to, and evaluation of the class. The journal
is an experiential learning
tool. You may comment on your personal experiences as they relate
to the course. This is
an academic journal, so please write it in a respectful manner that
is relevant to the course
content. It should be written on a continuing basis. You may use
the format of your choice.
1. Late work will result in a reduction of your grade.
2. Plagiarism and/or cheating will result in a fail
3. Respect confidentiality.
4. Treat everyone with respect.
5. Use proper English and professional language at all
6. Follow email etiquette. Proofread your emails to
check for spelling, grammar, and
politeness. No profanity, disrespectful jokes or comments, or slurs
of any kind are
allowed. Remember once it is written it is never gone.
7. This is a business course; therefore, the expectation
is that you turn in professional
8. Follow class rule 6 for the chat rooms and discussions.
Keep all communication
9. It isn't possible to cover every eventuality. I will
attempt to be as fair as possible.
I expect you to respond in an adult manner.
10. The instructor may make changes to the
syllabus during the semester. It is the
student's responsibility to stay informed of these changes. Students
the instructor by email or phone. Students may also find a partner
whom they can contact
when they miss class.
Tips for students:
1. Read course materials carefully and follow instructions;
this is key to online learning.
2. All assignments
must be completed satisfactorily to pass the course with a
3. Be thorough in your work.
4. Spell check, proofread, and watch for grammatical
5. Participation is essential. Discuss the course material
and homework assignments on the
discussion board and in chat sessions. I am looking for comments
on the subject matter,
which are substantive and show depth of thought.
6. Papers and presentations should show a synthesis
of class discussions, readings,
research, personal learning, observations, opinions, and creativity.
If you haven't written
critical thinking papers before, it is recommended that you research
on the Internet how to
critically think and write.
7. Have fun and enjoy the learning process.
Students are required to follow all policies of the college. It is
responsibility to read and follow the policies.
It is the student's responsibility to add and drop
you neglect to add the
class you will not receive credit. If you neglect to drop the class
you will receive a FAIL
grade. Check the college schedule for the last day to add and drop
Any student who feels
s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability
should contact me to discuss your specific needs. DESP (Disability &
Program) located in the Learning Services building (408-741-2010)
may also be contacted to
coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with verifiable
have a complaint or someone has shared information with you as a
employee that is unlawful discrimination or sexual harassment, contact
Vice Chancellor of Human Resources at West Valley-Mission Community
Human Resources Department, (408-741-2060). If the Associate
Vice Chancellor of
Human Resources is not available, contact the President of the college in
which you attend
or are employed. For
College, contact the office of Dr. Philip Hartley at
Policy (from the WVC Catalog, p. 182)
Students are expected to attend all sessions of each class. Instructors
may drop students
from the class if they fail to attend the first class meeting, or
when accumulated unexcused
hours of absences exceed ten percent of the total number of hours
the class meets
during the semester. Moreover, an instructor may drop from the class
any student who
fails to attend at least one class session during the first three
weeks of instruction.
Policy on Academic
Dishonesty (from the WVC Catalog, p. 182)
The College's policy
on academic dishonesty covers in-class cheating, out-of-class cheating,
plagiarism, and furnishing false information. I strongly encourage
you to reference the policy
in the WVC Catalog. A definition of plagiarism is found in the policy.
has a website that explains what plagiarism is and how to avoid it,
I urge you to read it
carefully. The URL is http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/research/r_plagiar.html
Final Exams (please
check the WVC catalog and the final exam schedule
contained in the current schedule of classes)
Course Schedule and Reading Assignments:
The course schedule and assignments
are listed below. This is your road map to the
course, so please read it carefully.
*You are required to participate in a minimum of 9 of the 11 discussions
listed under "Discussion Forum"
*You are required to complete 12 of the 17 quizzes:
Quizzes are available
on www.prenhall.com/dessler. Click
on companion website
for Human Resource Management, 11e, by Dessler,
and then click on the corresponding
chapter to access student resources.
Email your completed quiz to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may use Profile in the
student resources of the Dessler website
to store my email address.
for Chapters 1-4 are due no later than March 10
for Chapters 5-8 are due no later than April 2
for Chapters 9-11 are dued no later
than April 14
for Chapters 12-14 are due no later than May 11
for Chapters 15-17 are due no later than May 22
*You are also required to:
1. Attend all chats. If you have scheduling conflicts
contact the instructor in advance of the
chat to make other arrangements. You lose participation points
when you miss a chat
session, so it is important to contact the instructor to ask for
2. Complete your autobiography.
3. Complete 2 Internet papers.
4. Complete an interview paper with an HR professional
and post a presentation.
5. Complete the team case study paper and post a presentation.
6. Contact the instructor once a week to update your
progress. You lose 5 points
when you don't contact the instructor.
Syllabus is subject to change.
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