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Human Resource Management

Course Number: BA 224
Transcript Title: Human Resource Management
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), audit


WR 115, RD 115, MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Attention is given to human behavior, employment, employee development, performance appraisal, wage and salary administration, employment and job rights, discipline and due process, and labor-management relations. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115, and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

A letter grade is issued for this course. At the beginning of the course, the instructor will detail the methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade. The methods may include one or more of the following tools: Examinations, quizzes, homework assignments, research papers, small group problem-solving of questions arising from application of course concepts and concerns to actual experience, oral presentations.

Course Activities and Design

Human Resource Management is an important course for the student planning on a career in business administration. Legal implications concerning employment make this course critical for those interested in human resource management.

Instructors may choose to use a variety of methods in teaching the course depending on their background and experience. The Business Division recommends the following as samples of interactive processes to be used in this course:

  1. Group interaction in discussion of current human resource management issues impacting decision making and reporting.
  2. Guest business "experts," lecturers, and speakers.
  3. Student tours of active, progressive human resource management departments.
  4. Panel discussions of pros and cons of various human resource management issues.
  5. Videotaped presentations relating to human resource management.
  6. Lecture/discussions on various human resource management topics.
  7. Student discussion of decisions on problems, questions, cases, etc., from the student's textbook, supplements, or case studies provided by the instructor.
  8. Instructor and student use of various media to express concepts, vocabulary, decision making, and participation in human resource management.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  1. Acquire general understanding of various human resource management perspectives.
    1. Development of human resource management.
    2. Environment of human resource management.
    3. Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.
  2. Identify factors that meet the human resources requirements.
    1. Job requirements.
    2. Human resource planning and recruiting.
    3. Selection techniques.
  3. Acquire insight to the various aspects of motivation as they relate to job satisfaction, compensation, and security.
    1. Motivating employees.
    2. The role of communication in human resource management.
    3. Employee rights and discipline.
    4. Managing compensation.
    5. Incentive compensation.
    6. Benefits and services.
    7. Nonfinancial motivation techniques.
  4. Investigate effective methods of training and developing employees.
    1. Performance appraisal.
    2. Career development.
    3. Training.
  5. Describe current federal and state regulations pertaining to employment, and explore ways to strengthen employee-management relations.
    1. The dynamics of labor relations.
    2. Collective bargaining and contract administration.
  6. Understand human resource management in the international environment.
    1. International human resource management.