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2022-2023 College Catalog 
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HRS 101 - Introduction to Human Resources Management

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Practical applications for success in personnel management. Includes human resources management in perspective, meeting requirements, the challenge, function/environment, recruitment, compensation, incentive plans, training and development, and labor relations.

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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply HR related legislation affecting HR subject matters.
  2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of recruitment, selection, and organizational needs.
  3. Understand components of bargaining processes, management rights, and the role of labor unions in the private and public sectors.
  4. Identify ethical and unethical behavior in analyzing related HR policies.
  5. Recognize different compensation resources, and explain implementation processes to meet competitive practices.

Performance Objectives:
  1. Identify how firms gain sustainable competitive advantage through people.
  2. Discuss some of the challenges that have an impact or influence on human resources management (HRM).
  3. Discuss the primary demographic and employee concerns pertaining to HRM.
  4. Explain the reasons behind passage of EEO legislation and discuss the major laws affecting equal employment opportunity.
  5. Describe sexual harassment, bona fide occupational qualification, and religious preference as equal employment opportunity issues.
  6. Describe affirmative action and the basic steps in developing an affirmative action program.
  7. Discuss the relationship between job requirements and the performance of HRM functions.
  8. Explain the various sections of job descriptions and list the various factors that must be taken into account in designing a job.
  9. Discuss basic approaches to human resources planning.
  10. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of recruiting from within the organization and of external recruitment
  11. Explain the objectives of the personnel selection process and identify the various sources of information used for personnel selection.
  12. Explain the value of different types of employment tests.
  13. Discuss the different approaches to conducting an employment interview and describe the various decision strategies for selection.
  14. Explain employer concerns in developing a strategic compensation program.
  15. Discuss various factors that influence the setting of wages and the issue of equal pay for comparable worth.
  16. Discuss the major provisions of the federal laws affecting compensation.
  17. Describe the characteristics of a sound benefits program and list the types of benefits that an employer may provide.
  18. Discuss the recent trends in retirement policies and programs and describe the major factors involved in the management of pension plans.
  19. Discuss the basic requirements for successful implementation of incentive programs and the reasons for implementing incentive plans.
  20. Discuss the need for training and development and describe training programs that are currently popular.
  21. Explain how a career development program integrates individual and organizational needs.
  22. Discuss the conditions that help to make a career development program successful.
  23. Discuss due process, the employment-at-will principle, and the implied contract and the job expectancy rights of employees.
  24. Explain the process of establishing disciplinary policies and discuss the meaning of discipline and how to investigate and correct a disciplinary problem.
  25. Discuss the role of ethics in the management of human resources.
  26. Discuss the principal federal laws that provide the framework for labor relations.
  27. Cite the reason employees join unions and discuss the reasons unions organize employees and gain recognition as their bargaining agent.
  28. Discuss the overall structure of the labor movement and the functions labor unions perform at the national and local levels.
  29. Discuss the differences between private-sector and public-sector labor relations.
  30. Discuss some of the effects that changing conditions are having on labor organizations.
  31. Discuss the bargaining process and describe the forms of bargaining power that a union and an employer may utilize to enforce their bargaining demands. Give examples of current collective bargaining trends.
  32. Discuss the major provisions of a labor agreement and the issue of management rights.

  1. The Challenge of Human Resources Management
    1. Competitive challenges
      1. Going global
      2. Embracing new technology
      3. Managing change
      4. Developing human resources
      5. Responding to the market
    2. Demographic and employee concerns
      1. Demographic changes
      2. Social issues
      3. Cultural changes
    3. The partnerships of line managers and human resources (HR) departments
      1. Responsibilities of the HR manager
      2. Competencies of the HR manager
      3. Role of Line Manager
  2. The Human Resources Function and Environment
    1. Equal employment opportunities
      1. Historical perspective
      2. Government regulations
      3. Other EEO issues
      4. Enforcing EEO legislation
      5. Affirmative action
    2. The Legal and Regulatory Environment
  3. Meeting Human Resources Requirements
    1. Job requirements and employee contributions
    2. Human resources planning and recruitment
    3. Selection
  4. Recruitment
    1. Relationship of job requirements and HRM functions
    2. Job analysis and design
    3. Human resources planning (HRP)
    4. Elements of effective HRP
    5. Recruiting within and outside the organization and protected classes
    6. Matching people and jobs
    7. Sources of information about job candidates
    8. Employment tests
    9. The employment interview
    10. Reaching a selection decision
  5. Compensation
    1. Strategic compensation planning
    2. Components of the wage mix
    3. Job evaluation systems
    4. The compensation structure
    5. Governmental regulation of compensation
    6. Significant compensation issues
    7. Employee benefits programs
    8. Employee benefits required by law
    9. Discretionary major employee benefits
    10. Employee services
    11. Reasons and requirements for incentive plans
    12. Setting performance measures
  6. Incentive Plans
    1. Non-management
    2. Management
    3. Executive
  7. Developing Effectiveness in Human Resources
    1. Training
    2. Career development
    3. Appraising and improving performance
  8. Labor Relations
    1. Employee rights
    2. Disciplinary policies and procedures
    3. Appealing disciplinary actions
    4. Alternative dispute-resolution procedures
    5. Organizational ethics in employee relations
    6. Governmental regulation of labor relations
    7. The labor relations process
    8. Structures, functions, and leadership of labor unions
    9. Labor relations in the public sector
    10. Contemporary challenges to labor organizations
    11. The bargaining process
    12. Trends in collective bargaining
    13. The labor agreement
    14. Administration of the labor agreement

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2018/19

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