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PRDV401: Introduction to Human Resources Management

Unit 1: The History of Human Resources   To begin your journey in HR101, you must explore the early stages of Human Resources. The history of human resources had its formal beginnings with the Industrial Revolution explosion. Around the 1780’s, how you treated your employees was completely subjective and without any laws to guide and govern said treatment. Basic treatment of human beings in the workplace was at the forefront of this new discipline. 

Many key players, such as psychologists, were putting their theories into practice in actual workplaces, including the military. Personnel management, the predecessor of HR, began to measure and tactically select and hire employees. Traditional human resource then gave way to more strategically and purposeful human resource management as it aligns with HR Law and a more global perspective.

Unit 1 Time Advisory
This unit should take you approximately 3.25 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 1.1: 1.25 hours

☐    Subunit 1.2: 1 hour

☐    Subunit 1.3: 1.25 hours

Unit1 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  • Identify key factors in the Industrial Revolution that gave birth to the need for Human Resources.
  • Match key psychologists who impacted the rise of Human Resources to their theories.
  • Differentiate between personnel management and Human Resources management.
  • List key components of current strategic human resource management.

1.1 Human Resource (HR) Beginnings   1.1.1 Industrial Revolution   - Reading: Michael Losey’s “HR Comes of Age-History of Human Resources” Link: Michael Losey’s “HR Comes of Age-History of Human Resources” (HTML)

 Instructions: Please click on link above, and read the entire
article as it covers important topics such as the beginnings of
human resources directly connected to master craftsmen and
apprentices, the Industrial Revolution, and HR transformation. 
After reading this article, you will understand how the beginnings
of HR were impacted by how people were not treated fairly in the
workplace.  This reading will cover the topics outlined in
sub-subunits 1.1.1-1.1.2.  

 Reading and note-taking should take approximately 1 hour to
complete.  

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1.1.2 Government Involvement in Early HR   Note: This topic is covered by the reading assigned below sub-subunit 1.1.1.  In particular, focus on pages 1 and 2 to learn about government mandates and involvement. 

1.2 Personnel Management vs. Human Resources Management   1.2.1 Administration vs. Operations   - Reading: Bright Hub PM's “Are You an HR Manager or a Personnel Manager?” Link: Bright Hub PM's “Are You an HR Manager or a Personnel Manager?” (HTML)

 Instructions:  Please read the entire article as it the difference
between Human Resources and Personnel Management. This reading will
cover the topics outlined in sub-subunits 1.2.1 and 1.2.2.  

 This reading should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.  

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displayed on the webpage above.   

 *Note: resource replaced 01/06/14.*
  • Activity: The Saylor Foundation's "Unit 1 Activity" Link: The Saylor Foundation's "Unit 1 Activity" (PDF)

    Instructions: Please click on the link above, and follow the instructions provided to complete the activity for Unit 1.  After you have completed the activity, check your answer against the Saylor Foundation's "Solutions to Activities for Units 1-10." (PDF)
     
    This resource should take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

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1.2.2 Workforce Centered vs. Resource Centered   Note: This topic is covered by the reading assigned below sub-subunit 1.2.1.  In particular, focus on the text below the heading “Main Differences between Personnel Management and HRM.”

1.3 Strategic Human Resource Management   1.3.1 HRM Model   - Web Media: Slideshare: Singapore Institute of Commerce: Dr. Ernesto Dimaculangan’s “Human Resource Management” Link: Slideshare: Singapore Institute of Commerce: Dr. Ernesto Dimaculangan’s “Human Resource Management” (PPT)
 
Instructions:  Please click on link above, and scroll through the PowerPoint presentation (skipping slides 2 and 3) as it covers important definitions, models, and policies that describe strategic human resource management (SHRM).  In addition, understanding best practices in SHRM, as well as specific strategies of current HR Departments are covered.  This reading will cover the topics for sub-subunits 1.3.1 and 1.3.2.

 This resource should take approximately 1 hour to complete.  

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  • Assessment: Captus’s “General HRM Quiz” The Saylor Foundation does not yet have materials for this portion of the course. If you are interested in contributing your content to fill this gap or aware of a resource that could be used here, please submit it here.

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1.3.2 Organizational Alignment   Note: This topic is covered by the resource assigned below sub-subunit 1.3.1.  In particular, focus on the chart provided to show organizational alignment.