Seminar in Human Resource Development

Course Details

Course Number
COUN 4943/ 6943
Section Number
COUN 4943/ 6943
Fall 2017
Dr. Michaelle Kitchen (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives



  1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the human resource function strategic planning process.
  2. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of equal employment legislation, discriminatory employment practices and how to avoid them, affirmative action programs, Supreme Court decisions affecting employment law, and workplace diversity.
  3. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the recruitment and job placement process from job analysis through interviewing and selecting employees.
  4. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the training and development process.
  5. Develop a compensation and benefit program for a unionized company.
  6. Demonstrate a working knowledge of labor relations to include the collaborative bargaining.
  7. Develop an employee safety program and/or an employee wellness program.
  8. Develop and teach program/s informing employees of the human resource function to be used in a business environment.



Grading Standards



Students will be evaluated based upon ;one outside projects* to be selected by the student: shadow a HR manager, research paper, or review of journal articles; class participation. All assignments will have a cover page and be placed in a folder with student’s name on the front cover.

*Must be pre-approved by Instructor.

1.Outside project -  Complete one from the following list:      


  1. Shadow” a HR manager (10 hours) and write a brief report about your    experience/s minimum 3 pages in length, double spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 in. font.


  1. Research a topic that interests you that is pertinent to some aspect of human resource management and/or development and write a paper covering the subject (minimum 5 pages in length, double spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 in. font.) EXAMPLES OF TOPICS: Affirmative Action: Yea or Nay; The U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding sexual harassment and how it has affected the workplace; Is OSHA a dirty word or is it REALLY necessary; Cultural Diversity – Why is it important (or unimportant) at work; Employment Laws and how they help or hinder the average company and its workers.


  1. Read 3 journal articles and write a brief review of the article (at least one page in length per review, double spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 in. font.).


All assignments are to be double spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 font. They are due on November 26th.


                 2.    Weekly discussions.

Course Grading:

1.         Weekly discussions                30%

2.         Outside Project                         30%

                                3.         Final Exam                                 40%




Final Exam


Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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