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Effective Fall 2015*

HRM 532 Foundations of Human Resources
This required course explores the basic elements of personnel administration that includes an overview of human resource functions; recruitment, selection, staffing, and placement; job classification and wage and benefit systems; employee supervision, performance management, workplace health, safety and security, counseling, discipline, and grievance. The legal framework of human resource administration, workplace diversity, and approaches specific to union and nonunion environments is also covered. This course is offered as both HRM 532 and MBA 532.
HRM 533 Employee Relations and Labor Management
The focal point of this foundation course is the historical development of labor unions in the United States, the evolution of the legal framework governing labor relations today, and the major elements of collective bargaining and dispute resolution techniques used in the private and public sectors.  A discussion of the future of organized labor concludes the course. This course is offered as both HRM 533 and MBA 533.

HRM 537 Employee Learning and Professional/Career Development
This course provides an overview of employee learning methods, and includes design, development, and evaluation procedures in organizations. Emphasis is placed on how to perform a needs analysis, how to select the latest training technologies, and how to apply methodologies to maximize adult learning as well as organizational development. In addition, employee development strategies are reviewed—for instance, training generalist managers and specialists, how to foster an atmosphere conducive to continuous learning, and how to reward supervisors for encouraging and supporting employee development. This course is offered as both HRM 537 and MBA 537.

HRM 538 Organizational Development and Change Management
This course will acquaint students with types of organizational change and the roles of human resources managers as change agents and internal consultants. Cases, group exercises, and class discussions are used to examine change methods, employees' reactions to change, facilitation techniques, and evaluation methods. Roles of leaders, managers, employees, and human resources professionals are considered. Targets of change include job designs, interpersonal relationships, downsizing/rightsizing and organizational structures. Quality improvement, employee involvement, and professional development are studied as examples of change strategies. Students learn how to help their co-workers cope, as well as how to become trusted business advisors within the organization. This course is offered as both HRM 538 and MBA 538. Prerequisite: MBA 532/HRM 532

HRM 541 Human Relations and Workforce Planning
This course focuses on improving the quality of work life for employees, as a value in itself and as an incentive to greater productivity and reduced turnover. Students will explore:  the importance of communication—orientation of new employees, formal and informal consultation, quality circles, billboards, news bulletins, etc., and exit interviews; providing opportunities for job enrichment and career development-career planning assistance, practitioner training, cross training, job rotation, job sharing and flex-time, enriching each job as the employee progresses; employee assistance programs-financial planning, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, retirement planning, educational assistance, summer jobs for kids, etc.; recreational programs—athletic teams, holiday and seasonal celebrations, community service participation and contests. All of these activities contribute to developing the joint participation of employees and management which is the hallmark of the well-managed corporation.

HRM 545 Employment Law and Policy
This course is designed to give business and HR professionals insight into and practical knowledge of the various legal issues that inform today's employer-employee relationships.  Topics will include workplace safety and health, ethics, managing diversity and hiring practices, formation of the employment contract, laws governing the work relationship, investigation protocols and risk-reduction techniques, viewed against a backdrop of emerging employment trends. Prerequisite: HRM 533 Employee Relations and Labor Management.

HRM 546 Job Evaluation, Compensation Systems, and Benefits
An advanced course providing students with both theory and specific knowledge of job evaluation and compensation systems. Topics include comparable worth and legal requirements: preparation of job evaluation and job design, fringe benefits, pensions, social security, theory of compensation systems as they relate to job satisfaction and employee morale; development of wage and salary surveys, internal and external equity pay scales, performance-based pay systems, and salary administration procedures. An analysis of incentives—bonuses, stock options, salary deferrals and special benefits—will complete the course. Prerequisite: HRM 532 Foundations of Human Resources.

HRM 547 Performance Management in Organizations
This course provides insight to the importance of performance management and the behavior of individuals and teams in organizations. Emphasis will be placed on implications for effective human resource management, and the need to align organizational goals with performance management practices.  Approaches used to drive performance and analyze problems encountered in managing human resources will be discussed throughout the course. Additional topics include performance appraisal, individual and group decision-making skills, recruitment, selection, and employee orientation, employee ability, motivation and incentive systems, job satisfaction, retention, and employee engagement.

HRM 548 Diversity and Global Issues in the Workplace
This course examines contemporary practices and trends in the global marketplace. Topics include both the similarities and differences among people, organizations, and management across sectoral and national boundaries that must be a part of the knowledge base of tomorrow's human resource manager. Human resources from a global perspective, including issues for expatriates and repatriation, the European Union, health and safety, business ethics, employee benefits and unions will be covered.  Additional emphasis will be placed on understanding how differences among multi –national corporations, governmental regulatory agencies, public authorities, strategic alliances, political and cultural environments impact the management of human resources. Prerequisite: HRM 532 Foundations of Human Resources or HRM 541 Human Relations and Workforce Planning.

HRM 595 Strategic Human Resources Master's Project
This is an advanced course, designed to examine and research new developments and professional concerns in human resource management. The course focuses on such topics as strategic human resource management, productivity in the American workplace; developing union/management cooperation for productivity; methods of employee learning in the workplace; metrics and measurement in human resources; and specialized needs of the new workforce in a high-tech and service economy.  Students will be guided through professionally oriented activities designed to provide them with culminating experiences that result in a research project and final paper. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Prerequisites: completion of 24 credits of HRM coursework.  Grade of B or better required for degree clearance. No transfer credit or substitutions.

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