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Vandra Lee Huber
B A 472
Seattle Campus

Managing Human Assets for Non-business Majors

Deals with understanding management of human resources in businesses and other organizations. Includes study of relevant theories and research, analyses of cases, and experiential exercises including overview of new work place, diversity, leading, deciding, negotiations, attracting, motivating and rewarding, and team management. Not open for credit to students pursuing a Business degree. Offered: Sp.

Class description

How to effectively manage human assets in organizations and how to proactively manage yourself in the work world. The course will cover the 1. Environment of changes that have affected the world of work, laws (primarily U.S.).My goal is to provide an intellectually challenging environment in which students from various backgrounds and career interests can gain a basic understanding of how human resources can be managed effectively in organizations.

Student learning goals

To learn the basic parameters of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Civil Rights Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Immigration Reform Act, ADEA laws as they apply to sourcing, hiring, retention and compensating of employees.

To acquire competency in writing job descriptions and developing a valid, and useful selection process including behavioral interview questions for a professional level position.

By participating in a simulation, learn the basic duties that separate managerial work from the work of individual contributors and professionals and non-exempt employees

To acquire skill in giving performance feedback and evaluating performance of employees

An understanding of the basic method of compensation management including individual and group rewards.

General method of instruction

There will be several out of class audio-powerpoint tutorials on human resources topics. In class time will be used to apply knowledge experiential. In class discussion will help clarify key learnings.

Recommended preparation

Junior or senior class standing An interest in the topic

Class assignments and grading

Quizzes and a final A group project which includes a written paper and oral group presentation. Most class periods will include an experiential exercise for which students will need to be prepared.

Participation Quizzes Group project (written and oral presentation and team evaluation)


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Vandra Lee Huber
Date: 02/08/2009