Course Syllabus

Winter 2011

Tamara Nordin

Course Overview

The goal of this class is to introduce you to the challenges facing managers and human resource management (HRM) professionals in designing and maintaining effective work forces for organizational systems. In an effort to accomplish that goal, the functional areas of HRM and the manner by which they support the organization's objectives will be discussed. Regardless of whether you plan a career in HRM, all of the topics presented in this course will be critical to your success in an organization.

Human resource management is a rather new approach within the framework of organizational behavior, which goes beyond the role of personnel administration. Effective human resources management entails attaining the maximum contribution from each member of an organization toward the attainment of organizational goals. Thus, it requires knowledge of the strategic long-range goals and objectives of the organization as well as knowledge of the complexities of human behavior. It requires knowledge of motivational techniques and principles and demands the objective measurement of performance. It recognizes the fact that each employee is capable of making a valuable contribution and seeks ways in which individual goals may be merged with organizational goals.

Human resource management goes beyond the "processing function" of personnel wherein employees are processed for pay, benefits, promotions, etc. The concept of human resources management is developmental in nature in that it actively seeks the promotion of any activity, which contributes to the increased productivity, and effectiveness, of the organization's members. Thus we find an increased emphasis upon training and development, which will enable contributors to handle more complex jobs. We find an emphasis upon the long-range personnel requirements in a rapidly changing social environment. People are encouraged to unleash their potential and to be innovative and creative. All of these factors should promote increased organizational effectiveness in the form of higher profits, better planning, increased communication, greater delegation of responsibility, increased problem-solving activity and increased job satisfaction.

Thus, human resource management recognizes the value of the employee as a key contributor. In so doing, it provides a management challenge necessitating the personal as well as professional development of the employee.

Course Textbook

Human Resources Management,Mesner, Bogardus & Isbell; Wiley Pathways 

Course Requirements
  • Completion of assigned readings.
  • Participation in general classroom and team exercises and discussions.
  • Completion of assigned cases, projects, and papers (oral or written responses/word processed).
  • Participation in team presentations.