HRMG - Human Resources Management


2014-2015 GRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Effective 1 June 2014?31 May 2015

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Course Descriptions

HRMG 5000 Managing Human Resources (3)

This course is a comprehensive view of personnel policy development with emphasis on the interdependence of personnel and operating functions. Students analyze personnel functions of recruitment, development, training, compensation, integration into the workforce, and maintenance of personnel for the purpose of contributing to organizational, societal, and individual goals.

HRMG 5660 Issues in Human Resources Management (3)

Students examine current and significant issues in human resources management. The course focuses on existing theories and practices, with emphasis given to new and emerging topics in the field. Topics such as cultural diversity, global competition, organizational downsizing, and self-directed work teams are covered. Course may be repeated for credit if content differs.

HRMG 5690 Workforce Retention and Transitions: Theory and Practice (3)

This elective course examines the concepts relevant to the development and maintenance of a loyal, satisfied, and productive workforce. This course will illustrate how human resources management practices affect workforce retention and transitions. After reviewing theories of employee motivation, organizational commitment, job satisfaction, and withdrawal cognition, students will examine common organizational strategies and practices for retaining valuable human resources. Students will learn methods for assessing the causes of employee turnover and transfers, how to maximize the retention of good employees, how to design fair and effective layoff or reduction in force policies, and how to design and implement promotion, succession planning, and transfer programs in organizations. This elective course builds upon and supplements the core human resources management courses. Students must complete HRMG 5000 before taking this course. It will be helpful to have completed HRMG 5800 as well.

HRMG 5700 Employment Law (3)

This course provides an overview of legal issues affecting human resources management. It focuses on the impact of law on individuals in organizations, recognition of legal problems, and the legal impact of human resource decisions. The course content includes laws, regulations, and court decisions covering labor- management relations.

HRMG 5800 Staffing (3)

This course introduces students to the basic principles and techniques of staffing the workplace. Students will be introduced to basic and intermediate level theories and strategies utilized in staffing, planning, recruiting, and selection. Topics covered include: job analysis, recruitment, selection, and performance assessment. Prerequisite: HRMG 5000.

HRMG 5920 Compensation (3)

This course addresses tangible and intangible compensation and the use of compensation to motivate and reward employee performance. The course also covers job analysis, job description, and job evaluation on the basis of compensable factors as well as designing an equitable pay structure. In addition, students analyze the influence of unions and government in determining the compensation of the labor force, including compensation of both hourly workers and managerial employees. Prerequisite: HRMG 5000.

HRMG 5930 Labor-Management Relations (3)

Students examine legislation concerning labor-management relations and focus special attention on contract negotiations, contract administration, and the creative resolution of employee-management differences in the context of a formal contract. The course focus is on employee relations characterized as being outside of a negotiated agreement.

HRMG 5960 Employee Benefits (3)

"Employee benefits" refers to compensation other than wages and salaries, such as health insurance, social security contributions, pensions and retirement plans, vacations, and sick days. This course introduces the "how and why" of employee benefits to students who are, or wish to be, in human resources management. First, the course introduces students to the entire range of employee benefits commonly used in the workplace. Second, the course will help students analyze employee benefits programs and identify the critical issues associated with different types of benefits. As an introductory course in benefits, this course does not cover in detail the tax consequences of different types of benefits or the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). This elective course supplements the Compensation (HRMG 5920) core course. Prerequisite: HRMG 5000.

HRMG 6000 Integrated Studies in Human Resources Management (3)

The student is expected to synthesize and integrate the learning experiences acquired in human resources management and to evaluate the research and current topics relative to this major. Techniques used to accomplish these goals may vary. Prerequisite: completion of other required courses in this major.

HRMG 9950 Travel Course-Issues in Human Resources Management (3)

Students examine current and significant issues in human resources management. The course focuses on existing theories and practices, with emphasis given to new and emerging topics in the field. Topics such as cultural diversity, global competition, organizational downsizing, and self-directed work teams are covered. Course may be repeated for credit if content differs. This course includes a mandatory short -term travel component.