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PRDV401: Introduction to Human Resources Management

Course Syllabus for "PRDV401: Introduction to Human Resources Management"

The purpose of Introduction to Human Resources Management is to provide a general overview of the concepts and applications of the many parts of Human Resources (HR).  This course is for the entry level HR Generalist who wants to explore how the interdependence of the major topics in HR are created and implemented.  Upon completion of this course, you will be able to apply your knowledge to real world HR issues.  While general topics such as benefits and compensation will be covered in other Human Resource Management courses, this course will focus primarily on the employee life cycle and each of its phases.  The employee life cycle is central to most of the functions and purposes of HR.  It is important to start at the beginning of any life cycle in an effort to understand how each component is dependent on the next. To begin with, you will take a look at the history of HR and determine the major events and champion theorists who brought HR to its humble beginnings.  The course will then cover the employee life cycle by first looking at the areas of recruitment, selection, and hiring.  Each area will be defined, described, and broken down into its measurable parts.  Next, after you have hired your employees, you must send them to the next phase of the life cycle: orientation.  This is where employees learn the written and unwritten rules of the company’s code of conduct.  In addition, an overview of employee services and benefits and how the role of HR impacts these services and benefits will be investigated.  In this course, you will also explore the HR role in performance management.  This is an area wherein clear expectations, policies, and management training are aligned with the performance management system used by the company, which in many cases are created by HR. This course will address many different HR laws that govern the topics mentioned above.  Understanding how HR law impacts each area of the employee life cycle is crucial to the legal and financial obligations of any HR Department.  Human Resource Departments play a very important role in creating a fair and legal working environment for its employees while keeping the company out of the court system.  Managing this balance is always quite the challenge for any HR employee. Lastly, you will look at an in-depth approach to global human resources by understanding the current trends and challenges in the workplace.  In Unit 8, you will survey important training topics in HR that will keep companies proactive and viable in an ever changing economy.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • identify the precursor events and theorists responsible for Human Resources’ beginnings;
  • draw and label the employee life cycle wheel;
  • define each area of the employee life cycle wheel;
  • describe the interdependence of each area with other areas on the employee life cycle wheel;
  • differentiate between ethics and sustainability;
  • define corporate responsibility and list two ways companies can do it;
  • define a performance appraisal process and its link to the job analysis;
  • explain the systematic process for organizational recruitment, selection, and retention;
  • list six major Human Resources Laws that relate to each topic on employee life cycle wheel;
  • define performance consulting;
  • describe how technology has impacted Human Resources and efficiency;
  • list four workplace issues performance consultants can assist with;
  • explain the steps in developing organizational and employee training;
  • list five current trends in Global Human Resources functioning; and
  • list four current challenges of Human Resources Departments.

Course Requirements

In order to take this course, you must:

√    have access to a computer;

√    have continuous broadband Internet access;

√    have the ability/permission to install plug-ins or software (e.g. Adobe Reader or Flash);

√    have the ability to download and save files and documents to a computer;

√    have the ability to open Microsoft files and documents (.doc, .ppt, .xls, etc.); and

√    be competent in the English language.

Course Information

Welcome to HR101:Introduction to Human Resources Management!  General information on the course and its requirements can be found below.

Course Designer: Dana Boyd, PhD

Primary Resources: This course is composed of a range of different free, online materials. However, the course makes primary use of the following materials:

Requirements for Completion: In order to complete this course, you will need to work through each unit and all of its assigned materials.  Pay special attention to Units 1 and 2, as these lay the groundwork for understanding the more advanced, exploratory material presented in the latter units.  You will also need to complete:

  • Unit 1 Activity
  • Subunit 1.3.1 Assessment
  • Unit 2 Activity
  • Subunit 2.2 Assessment
  • Unit 3 Activity
  • Subunit 3.2 Assessment
  • Unit 4 Activity
  • Subunit 4.1 Assessment
  • Unit 5 Activity
  • Subunit 5.1 Assessment
  • Unit 6 Activity
  • Subunit 6.2 Assessment
  • Unit 7 Activity
  • Subunit 7.1 Assessment
  • Unit 8 Activity
  • Subunit 8.1.1 Activity
  • Unit 9 Activity
  • Subunit 9.2.2 Assessment
  • Unit 10 Activity
  • Subunit 10.1.1 Assessment
  • The Final Exam

Note that you will only receive an official grade on your Final Exam.  However, in order to adequately prepare for this exam, you will need to work through the activities and quizzes listed above.
 
In order to “pass” this course, you will need to earn a 70% or higher on the Final Exam.  Your score on the exam will be tabulated as soon as you complete it.  If you do not pass the exam, you may take it again.
 
Time Commitment: This course should take you a total of 33.25 hours to complete, including quizzes and learning activities.  Each unit includes a “time advisory” that lists the amount of time you are expected to spend on each subunit.  These should help you plan your time accordingly.  It may be useful to take a look at these time advisories and to determine how much time you have over the next few weeks to complete each unit, and then to set goals for yourself.  For example, Unit 1 should take you 3.25 hours.  Perhaps you can sit down with your calendar and decide to complete Unit 1 (a total of 3.25 hours) on Monday night; Unit 2 (a total of 4 hours) on Tuesday night; etc.
 
Tips/Suggestions: As you are going through the units, it is helpful to take notes on each resource.  Later, you can make flash cards to study from your notes.  In addition, reading your notes into a recorder and then playing them back will also enhance learning.  We know in the psychology of learning and memory that in order to have material learned it helps to read, speak, write, and/or hear the material about seven to nine times.  These notes will be useful as a review for your Final Exam.  The problem sets provided will give you “hands on” experience with developing and creating many usable work products and documents from each unit.  Good luck! 

Preliminary Information

  • Course Textbooks

    Human Resource Management

    You will be prompted to read sections of this book throughout the course.  You may choose to download the text in full now and skip to the appropriate section as prompted by the instructions in the resource boxes below, or you can simply download the specific sections of the text assigned as you progress through each resource box.

    Reading: Human Resource Management (PDF)

    Terms of Use: This text was adapted by The Saylor Foundation under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License without attribution as requested by the work’s original creator or licensee.

    The Business Ethics Workshop

    You will be prompted to read sections of this book throughout the course.  You may choose to download the text in full now and skip to the appropriate section as prompted by the instructions in the resource boxes below, or you can simply download the specific sections of the text assigned as you progress through each resource box.

    Reading: The Business Ethics Workshop (PDF)

    Terms of Use: This text was adapted by The Saylor Foundation under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License without attribution as requested by the work’s original creator or licensee.