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Human Resource Management

Course Details

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Fall 2010
Dillard College of Business Administration
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Days & Times

TR 5:30-6:50pm

Dr. Charles Ramser (view Profile)
Course Objectives

Competency in Speaking Within Common Business Scenarios
Students will practice their oral presentation skills in panel discussions on chapter cases
from the textbook. In each discussion, students on a panel will prepare a short oral presenta-
tion about the case topic, such as” EEO Compliance” or “interviewing.” Assessment: the
students ability to present their perspective will be evaluated and included in the point
profile for the course. Class members in the audience will be expected to actively
participate in discussions and answer panel questions, as will as ask their own.

Competency in writing about common business scenarios
Students will write three (3) two-page essays or reports comprised of commentaries and
analyses (not summaries) over several designated cases. Hence, practice of
written skills occurs through these assignments. Assessment takes place, as these
assignments are worth 7 points each of the total course point profile.
Exercise homework, further, will result in practice and there will be assessment of these
Items, as they are worth 4 points total in the course point profile.

Problem Solving and Decision Making Abilities Through Critical Analysis, Evaluation,
and Interpretation of Business Information
These critical skill areas are practiced through case applications in diagnostic and analytical
skills and in “incident” papers from chapter topics, such as “EEO Compliance.”
They are assessed through the point values given for these assignments and the larger
papers. Instruction in this skill area occurs as early assessments are reviewed and discussed
with students.

Students will demonstrate ethical reasoning skills within a business environment
Instruction in this skill area will take place primarily in discussion of chapters of the
textbook. Certification in HR requires ethical, professional decisions in all areas.
Application of this skill will occur through “ethical issues in HRM” sections of each chapter. Each of
these items will be assessed as part of the total class point schedule.

Students will know how to use team building and collaboration to achieve group
In the major topic areas of human resource planning, recruiting, selection, training and EEO
Compliance, “simulation” teams will form and perform exercises. Brief
instruction in technique will be followed with practice and subsequently, assessment.

Students will have an understanding of the influence of global and multicultural issues
on business activities
Instruction will occur through the sections in each chapter on international aspects.
There will be some application of this skill area in exercises and cases. Each of these items.
will be assessed through exams as part of the total class point schedule.

Students will be able to utilize available technology for common business applications
Students will practice this skill area by using word processing, data collection, and the
internet. Assessment is reflected in the evaluation of the assignments.

Course Expectations

Upon completing this course, the student should be able to:

1. Explain the development of the function of HR as it relates to its changing environment.
2. Outline the fundamentals of HR as an organizational function.
3. Explain equal employment and employee rights laws, guidelines, orders, and court decisions as they impact the organization.
4. Detail the functions of human resource planning and job analysis as the framework and building blocks of HR.
5. Explain the processes of recruiting and selection and their significance to the organization.
6. Relate concepts of effective orientation and training and individual and organizational development and their impact on organizational success.
7. Further practice in the application of these concepts, laws, and processes is offered through case analysis and discussion.

Grading Standards

This section includes assignments, responsibilities, grading and evaluation.
Class will be mostly presentation/discussion format, discussion panels, and some
exercises. We will do about 1 chapter every three sessions. In a typical

class I will start off with chapter observations and handouts from the real world of HR. Then we will proceed to interact about chapter elements: definitions, concepts, theories, ethical and international issues, internet exercises. There will also be case problems, incidents, and videos. Individual case papers and written work will make up 25% of the grade. There will be 5 exams over text concepts for 75% of the grade. Participation is expected: each class member will be involved in several discussions, focusing on cases and other items listed above. Some of the discussions will be in panel forum format. Panel assignments are significant as they represent participation points for the student who participates.

* WRITTEN WORK EXPLAINED (including grading and evaluation)
This section includes assignments, responsibilities, grading and evaluation.
Writing is required. Each person will write reports—analyses, commentaries--on
the cases, incidents, or exercises focusing on the topics. Case papers will have at least ONE
outside reference and all case papers will be made up of two double-spaced
pages at the minimum, with a font no larger than 12, and will be worth 7 points each,
There are 3 in number. Participation and exercise write-ups have a total value of 4 points.
Finally, there will be five (5) closed-book tests over text material for 75 points.
Make-up tests, often in different format and without class grade adjustment, will be offered for absences due to illness or emergency. The above weights may be slightly adjusted due to class redirection.

If a student misses a regularly scheduled exam, the student must immediately notify the instructor of his/her intention to schedule a make-up exam. The exam dates are tentative and subject to change. All papers have due dates which must be observed.

Keep all the exams, quizzes, and homework until the end of the semester to verify any discrepancy in records. If you happen to be absent on the day the exams or homework are returned in the class, you must come to my office to pick see or pick them up.

Some extra reading is required. Handouts about issues, problems and other topics
will be provided.

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.

Contacting your Instructor

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Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to attend all class meetings for this course, following the university attendance policy. (See Midwestern State University Undergraduate Catalog, Vol. LXXVIII, No.1, p. 78). Each meeting of the class will run as scheduled. So as not to disturb the class, you are not to walk in and out of the classroom during the class hour except for an emergency. Cell phone activity is prohibited. Distracting conversation between students sitting in proximity with each other is prohibited. Missed classes can be made up through e mail contact with the professor or with other students. REMEMBER: MISSED CLASSES LEAD DIRECTLY TO LOSS OF PERFORMANCE ON TESTS AND IN THE COURSE.

Other Policies

Disability policy: It is the policy of Midwestern that “no otherwise qualified person with a disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination” regarding, all aspects of this class. See page 21 of the University Catalog, 2010-2012 for further details It’s Volume LXXVIII, No. 1..
Academic integrity, dishonesty, and plagiarism policies are explained in the Student Handbook, in the section, Code of Student Conduct—Standards of Student Conduct, and in the Catalog Vol.LXXVIII, No.1 , p.19-20.. “By enrolling in this course the student expressly grants MSU a ‘limited right’ in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The ‘limited right’ shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and educational purposes.”

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

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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