Theoretical and experiential approaches to the study of human resource management while focusing on the enhancement of student understanding of relevant issues in human resource management. A Statement of Purpose for the Course
All organizations are comprised of three types of resources: financial and material capital, intellectual property, and people. Many contemporary organizations are finding that the people they employ—and the knowledge and expertise these people hold—are their best source of competitive advantage. The field of human resource management (HRM) has evolved to help organizations manage their people in a way that maximizes the organization’s success. This course takes an experiential approach to learning how HRM can enhance value in contemporary organizations. Course Objectives
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
Have an introductory understanding of the basics of HRM •
Understand the gap between actual HRM practices and HRM practice founded on
Explain the importance of measurement in HRM practice
Enhance critical personal competencies in the context of HRM Texts and Other Materials
Fundamentals of Human Resource Management (4th Edition) by Noe, Hollenbeck, Gerhart, & Wright You may buy the cheaper loose-leaf copy from CWU bookstore, or you may find a different binding of the 4th edition from another seller. I just wanted to make sure to have the cheapest option available for you. You will not find this at Lynnwood or DesMoines, so please make sure to plan accordingly, so you don’t get behind on the reading. Any additional readings (e.g. small business cases) will be posted on Blackboard. Course Requirements
I run a highly participative course, with many discussions, exercises, and video cases. Because of the amount of material to be covered in this course, there will also be lectures in order for me to communicate a large amount of information to you in a short time. While I will endeavor to make these sessions engaging and interesting, it is your responsibility to come to class prepared and motivated to learn. Here are the components of the course that will determine your grade: 1. Exams (200 points).
You will display your grasp of knowledge in OB through two exams. These exams will consist of 50 multiple-choice questions, and will be worth 100 points each. The second exam will not be cumulative, and will only include questions on material covered since the first exam. For each multiple-choice question, select the best answer. There is no penalty for guessing if you are uncertain about the correct answer. Do not leave blanks because they are automatically counted as wrong answers. Exams will be administered online via Blackboard, and they will be timed. Students with learning disabilities can coordinate with me and with the disabilities office to make other arrangements. The exam questions are not deliberately written to be tricky, vague, or ambiguous. The questions are meant to be straightforward and answerable by a student who has properly studied the chapters, attended all class sessions, completed all assignments, and completed all in-class exercises. Appeals of any questions must be presented in writing within 14 days of the day the exam results are posted. Make-up exams will only be given in emergency situations. 2. Research Presentation; 100 points
You may select a group of 3-4 members for the following project. The purpose of this research project is two-fold:
1. To provide hands-on experience in applying HRM to managerial problems.
2. To provide opportunities to try out management techniques in a low-risk, low-
pressure environment. Armed with the theory and principles that we discuss in this class, your job is to identify, analyze, and solve an
organizational problem of a real organization using multiple sources of research, in other words, do not just cite the book or a blog and assume that is enough. Make...
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