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CED 595 – Project Seminar
The goal of the Project Seminar is to teach students to understand and conduct graduate-level research that culminates in a final research paper.
Prerequisites: Matriculation in the MALS, MPS, or MS HRM degree program. Completion of 24 graduate credits within the program.
Note: There are no transfer credits or substitutions permitted for CED 595 Project Seminar. Students must earn a a minimum of a "B" grade in this course to fulfill the degree requirement.
CEI 505 - Research Methods in Social Sciences (Formerly: Foundations of Social Science Methodology)
This course explores the relationship between facts and theories in the social sciences. Various approaches to identifying research questions, applying or building relevant theory, and formulating and testing hypotheses are examined. Emphasis is placed on logical reasoning rather than technical sophistication .

CEI 585 – Principles of Adult Learning
Students will develop a critical understanding of issues and problems in the adult education field through a number of research/writing assignments and independent and group projects. Topics include: philosophical and historical foundations, administration and finance, effective teaching and advising, and creative developments in continuing education. *Effective Fall 2014, this course no longer counts toward the MS or AGC in Human Resource Management.

CEI 596 – Seminar on Leadership in Organizations
This seminar presents an overview of the research literature on leadership as a background for analyzing and assessing leadership behavior in a number of settings including business, educational, community, and volunteer organizations. Students will be responsible for extensive readings on organizational and leadership theory. They will also conduct and report on their own independent research projects.
Note: Some course work in sociology, psychology, or administration

CER 506/MBA 506 – Leadership, Team Effectiveness and Communications
This course focuses on organizational leadership, teamwork and communications.  It seeks to answer the following three questions: What do leaders really do?  What makes teams effective?  How do you create persuasive communications?  The course addresses such topics as leading organizational change, managing institutional crises, building motivated teams, and developing strategic communications.  It examines these topics with a goal of not only imparting knowledge about these managerial practices but also assisting students to acquire the skills necessary to become  organizational leaders, team builders and articulate communicators.  We will seek to bridge theory and managerial practice by using case studies and guest speakers to the class.

CES 510/ MBA 510 – Employee Benefits (pre-requisite: CES 515)
This course addresses an area of major social change: new developments in fringe benefit programs available to American workers. Topics include pensions, social security, savings and profit sharing plans, and other benefits in the working and retirement years. It also compares fringe benefits available to the individuals in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Future fringe benefit programs and policies will also be explored. This course is offered as both CES 510 and MBA 510.  *Effective Fall 2014, this course is no longer being scheduled.

CES 511/MBA 513 – Human Relations in the Workplace
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 flextime, 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. This course is offered as both CES 511 and MBA 513.

CES 513/MBA 531 – New Developments in HR Management (pre-requisite: CES 515)
This is an advanced course, designed to examine new developments and professional concerns in human resource management. The course focuses on such topics as productivity in the American workplace; developing union/management cooperation for productivity; methods of training in the workplace; impact of the computer revolution on the personnel field; and specialized personnel needs of the new workforce in a high-tech and service economy. *Effective Fall 2014, this course is no longer being scheduled.

CES 514/MBA 514 – Collective Bargaining in Public Sector (pre-requisite: CES 515)
This course presents an overview of the history, procedures, and problems of public sector labor relations, and comparisons with the private sector. The role of public opinion and politics in public sector bargaining will be explored. Students will role play the negotiation of a public sector contract: preparation of bargaining package, negotiation, mediation, fact-finding, arbitration. They will also prepare, present, and critique a public sector grievance case from its shop origins to its final disposition by arbitration. This course is offered as both CES 514 and MBA 514.

CES 515/MBA 532 -- Foundations of Human Resource Management
This is the mandated course in the human resource sector of the Human Resource Management curriculum. The course explores the basic elements of personnel administration: an overview of human resource functions; recruitment, selection, and placement; job classification and wage and benefit systems; employee supervision, counseling, discipline, and grievance; the legal framework of human resource administration; and approaches specific to union and nonunion environments. This course is offered as both CES 515 and MBA 532.

CES 516/MBA 533 – Survey of Employee Relations
This is the foundation course in the labor relations sector of the Human Resource Management curriculum. It addresses 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. This course is offered as both CES 516 and MBA 533.

CES 517/MBA 527 – Women in the Workplace (formerly: Women, Work and Dollars)
This course addresses the economic and social struggle of women to achieve workplace equality. It includes an examination of their labor force participation; the remuneration of women; segregated employment patterns; special problems of women in professional, managerial, and scientific disciplines; analysis of the corporate environment and the role of affirmative action in removing formal and informal barriers to progress. It investigates the campaign for comparable worth; alternative definitions of success; women's contribution to the world of work; the glass ceiling and the mommy track; work-family issues; child care; sexual harassment; and women as managers. The course will feature case analysis and guest speakers from different organizations.  This course is offered as both CES 517 and MBA 527.

CES 518/MBA 534 – Contemporary Issues in Employee Relations (pre-requisite: MBA 533)
This course covers collective bargaining in America: areas of union growth, stability, and decline. Examination of current labor-management agreements in the key areas of wages, productivity, retirement and health plans, employee security, and career advancement will be explored. The chief problems emerging in current negotiations in both the private and public sectors will be examined. This course is offered as both CES 518 and MBA 553.  *Effective Fall 2014, this course is no longer being scheduled.

CES 519/MBA 519 – Grievance Handling and Arbitration (pre-requisite: CES 516)
Grievance and arbitration procedures in a variety of private- and public-sector labor agreements are examined in terms of contract clauses, practical procedures, and problems characteristic of different employment sectors. Dispute settlement between parties themselves is explored, and the final recourse to arbitration is examined in terms of arbitrator selection, case preparation, presentations at hearings, and analysis of awards.
Prerequisites: CES 516 or MBA 533 or strong work experience in a position that requires familiarity with labor laws, such as FLSA, FMLA, ERISA, COBRA, and HIPPA.

CES 521/MBA 520 – History of Labor Relations
The course proceeds from the beginnings of labor organization in the guilds and crafts of the early 19th century, to the accelerating pace of change today. The peaking of union strength during World War II and its subsequent decline after Taft-Hartley are discussed, as well as the economic and social reasons for the gradual weakening of organized labor. A discussion of the future of organized labor concludes the course.

CES 523/MBA 523 – Human Resource Management Workshop
This course is designed for human resources practitioners who wish to prepare themselves for higher level executive positions: planning for the personnel function relative to organizational purpose and size of workforce; developing recruiting plans, job classifications, and wage schedules; establishing benefit systems; and training supervisors, systematizing employee supervision, and evaluation methods. Finally, the class will develop such motivational incentives as career development, job enrichment, and employee assistance programs and learn how to devise model affirmative action and employee safety procedures. This course is offered as both CES 523 and MBA 523. *Effective Fall 2014, this course is no longer being scheduled.

CES 524/MBA 524 – Employee Negotiations Workshop (pre-requisite: CES 516)
This is an advanced class in the negotiation of labor agreements in the private and public sectors. Through case studies and presentations students acquire an understanding of the attitudes and strategies of both negotiation parties, evaluation of the economic and political environments, gathering of essential information, determination of bargaining style and strategy, and role playing of negotiations using sample contracts. Guest lecturers critique class performance, offering suggestions for improving negotiation skills. This course is offered as both MBA 524 and CES 524.  *Effective Fall 2014, this course is no longer being scheduled.

CES 525/MBA 525 – Employee Law (pre-requisite: CES 516)
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 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.  This course is offered as both CES 525 and MBA 525.   
Prerequisite: MBA 533 or CES 516. Due to the demands and rigor of law-related content, it is strongly recommended that students avoid enrolling in another course when taking CES 525.

CES 526/MBA 526 – Job Evaluation and Compensation Systems (pre-requisite: CES 515)
An advanced course providing students with both theory and specific knowledge of job evaluation and compensation systems, including union issues, comparable worth and legal requirements: preparation of job analysis, descriptions, specifications and evaluations; 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. 
This course is offered as both CES 526 and MBA 526. 

CES 599/MBA 599 – Human Resource Management Internship
This internship is designed to accommodate SPD's Master of Science in Human Resource Management graduate students working on their internship project requirement while under supervision of an advisor. This course is offered as both CES 599 and MBA 599.

CEX 515/MBA 515 – Managing in a Global Economy
Because both the similarities and differences of organizations and management across national boundaries must be a part of the knowledge base of tomorrow's manager, this course examines proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, governmental regulatory agencies, public authorities, voluntary social services, multinational corporations, and strategic alliances, as well as combinations of these organizations, across sectoral and national boundaries.   *Effective Fall 2014, this course no longer counts toward the MS or AGC in Human Resource Management.

CEX 520 – Ethics in Management
This course aims at enabling students preparing for careers in management to bring to bear on problems of organizational life those ethical principles they have already adopted based upon religious, secular, and personal experience. Starting with relatively simple problems (bribery), the course progresses to more complex and ambiguous situations (government-operated lotteries, corporate greed). Practice is given in orally defending ethical opinions.

CEX 537/MBA 537 – Employee Learning and Development
This course provides an overview of employee training methods, training design, development programs, and evaluation procedures, including cost/benefit analysis. Emphasis is placed on how to perform a needs analysis, how to select the latest training technologies, and how to apply these technologies to maximize adult learning. In addition, development strategies are reviewed-for instance, when to train generalist managers and specialists, how to foster an atmosphere conducive to continuous learning, and how to reward supervisors for supporting their subordinates' development. Students apply these concepts to a specific organization for hands-on learning. In addition, a focus on career planning and development gives students a chance to take interest inventories and self-assessments of abilities and learning style. Students formulate their own career plans and develop action strategies.  This course is offered as both MBA 537 and CEX 537.

CEX 538/MBA 538 – Organizational Change Management (pre-requisite: CES 515)
The aim of this course is to acquaint students with types of organizational change and the roles of human resources managers as change agents. 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, and organizational structures.
Quality improvement, employee involvement, and professional development are studied as examples of change strategies. Students learn how to help themselves and their co-workers cope. This course is offered as both CEX 538 and MBA 538

CEX 547/MBA 530 – Employee Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management
The methods and procedures for reaching negotiated agreements.  Topics include reducing conflict and confrontation between contending parties, analysis of the techniques of win-lose and win-win negotiation, and mediation.  Students are expected to participate in a series of workshop activities and simulated cases to reveal how negotiation and mediation are applied to resolving difficulties in business management, labor relations, international and domestic affairs, patient/doctor/hospital relations, and other areas where negotiation and mediation play a significant role in modern life.

MBA 592 – Organizational Behavior
An approach to understanding the behavior of individuals in organizations is developed, with emphasis on implications for effective management.  This approach is used to analyze decision problems encountered in managing human resources.  Topics include individual and group decision-making skills, recruitment and selection, employee ability, motivation and incentive systems, job satisfaction, performance assessment and management, retention, training, and employee development. *Effective Fall 2014, this course no longer counts toward the MS or AGC in Human Resource Management.


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