Quarter Academic Credit

This course is designed primarily to provide instruction in the administration of the Human Resource (HR) function in organizations. Topics covered provide a broad overview of the wide scope of content that makes up the HR field, including: organizational and HR strategy; equal employment opportunity, workforce planning and selection, training and talent management, compensation and benefits, performance management, employee and labor relations, affirmative action, HR technology, investigations, and workplace health, security and safety.

Students will focus on current practices in the HR field using readings and case studies, lectures, audio-visual materials, classroom and online discussions, presentations prepared by students, and guest speakers. By the end of the course, each student will have a working knowledge of Human Resource management and sufficient classroom experience to apply this knowledge in the work environment. Anyone seeking both a strategic and operational overview of the human resources function will find value in this course.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the value of both strategic and operational HR concepts and the positive impact they can have on the ability of the organization to achieve its goals. 
  • Understand the connection between organizational strategy and HR strategy.
  • Gain overview knowledge of the EEO arena and of the investigation process.
  • Job design and job analysis activities, including employee knowledge, skills and job satisfaction.
  • Understand the concept of employee engagement, and how to build and measure it.
  • How to acquire the right employee at the right time for the right role, and improve retention.
  • Laws impacting on selection and placement.  Effective ways to “discover” the work pool.  Equal employment opportunity guidelines and affirmative action.  Selection and placement procedures.
  • Be aware of the importance of “fit” in selection and explore ways to discover that.
  • Understand the importance of effective orientation and onboarding practices on job satisfaction, retention, and the organization’s ability to achieve its goals.
  • Understand the principles of ADDIE and how it can be used in a variety of HR core functions in addition to Training
  • Understand the strategic and operational value inherent in effective management and leadership development programs.
  • Gain solid overview of performance appraisal and compensation topics in preparation for future courses.
  • Understand the connection between effective performance management and compensation programs on retention and job satisfaction.
  • Gain solid overview of employee benefits topics in preparation for future courses.
  • Understand the strategic connection between employee benefits recruiting, and retention.
  • Psychological and physiological conditions related to occupational safety and health.  Cost-benefit relationship of safety and health to the needs of the organization.  Legal implications of the safety and health issue.
  • Overview of employees’ rights, how to balance needs with organizational needs.
  • Purpose and value of unionization to employees and to employers.  Historic beginnings and legal underpinning of unionization.  National labor relations act, labor-management relations act, labor-management reporting and disclosure act, and Presidential executive orders as legal considerations for unionization.
  • The collective bargaining process, and the labor-management relationship.  The negotiating process, labor contract administration, conflict resolution and grievance procedures
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