The personnel/industrial relations function from a managerial perspective. Selection, compensation, performance appraisal, and training and development. Special emphasis on union-management relations and relevant behavior science research. Offered: A.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a broad introduction to human resources management (HRM). HRM is the implementation of organizational behavior knowledge to effectively manage people at work. My goal in this course is to provide an intellectually challenging environment in which students of various backgrounds and career interests can gain practical understanding of HR policies and procedures. The specific topics we will study include legal issues, job analysis, recruiting and selection, performance appraisal, compensation, benefits, training and development, and career planning. You will also learn to critically evaluate the merits of trendy approaches to selecting and maintaining an effective workplace, from both legal, scientific, and practical perspectives.
OBJECTIVES: In order to successfully complete this course will need to: 1. analyze HR policies and procedures in terms of their strategic impact and legality. 2. understand and apply the principles underlying the HRM practices of: -job analysis -recruiting and selection -performance evaluation -compensation and benefits -training and development -career planning 3. become familiar with current issues or controversies in HRM 4. enhance your writing and analytical skills.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The emphasis in this class will be upon experiential learning. I find that students tend to remember things better when they have had a chance to interact with the material and talk about it with others. Toward this end, the course will be comprised of interactive lecture, class discussion and exercises, and written assignments. Ultimately, my hope is that you will leave this class able to walk into a job that requires you to implement the knowledge and skills of HRM. As such, many of your assignments are actual work products that someone in an HR job would complete.
Class assignments and grading
Two exams: multiple choice midterm and essay final. Four written "skill builder" assignments.