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2021-2022 Catalogue

Human Resource Management

Employment of Human Resource (HR) managers is projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028 – faster than the average of all occupations. This is not by accident: as advancements are made in best practices and new technologies within HR departments, companies are willing to pay up to find the most talented individuals available, as they recognize the value of having highly talented people in those positions. HR managers have a tremendously valuable impact not just on the companies they work for, but on individual co-workers within the organization, and play an integral role in the modern economy.

As the role of an HR professional within the workforce changes, students will need to adapt their skill sets in order to land these lucrative and prestigious positions. The increasingly focused skill set desired by major employers is no longer served by general business degrees. In today’s economy, it is essential that aspiring HR professionals receive training and experience in coordinating the administrative functions of an organization, hiring and training employees, handling inter-company disputes, working with HR software, and other skills that will be important to their job on day one. The Human Resource Management minor* is intended to provide students with the relevant skills to address these areas and to succeed as the highest performers in this burgeoning field. While they will also receive a traditional business education, graduates from this program will be able to point to specific skills they have learned and developed in HR that will allow them to stand out amongst all applicants.

*Human Resource Management is also offered as a concentration for Business Administration majors; please see the Business Administration page of the course catalogue for additional details.

Required Courses (18 hours)
Each course listed is 3 hours. Courses with an asterisk are available online through the Rize consortium.
•     BUS 317: Organizational Behavior
•     BUS 318: Human Resources Management
•     BUS 319: Total Compensation Management*
•     BUS 329: Training and Development*
•     BUS 331: Employment and Labor Law*
•     BUS 334: Human Resource Risk Management*

Course Descriptions:

BUS 317: Organizational Behavior
Goal: To examine the three components of an organization - the individual, the group, and the system.
Content: This course will study the relationships of these components, the effects on decisions, and the strategies to employ to best meet organizational needs.
Taught: Fall
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 3 hours

BUS 318: Human Resources Management
Goal: To examine human resource strategies and to acquaint students with human resource functions in business organizations.
Content: Studying the major human resource functions-recruitment, selection, planning, job analysis, orientation, training and development, career planning, performance appraisal, compensation management, employee benefits, safety and health, employee relations, collective bargaining, and research-in an organizational context.
Taught: Annually
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 3 hours

BUS 319: Total Compensation Management
Goal: To provide the student with an overview of the total compensation management function in business, as evidenced through the human resource framework. Major areas of activity will include job analysis, job evaluation, establishing pay structures, and benefits. 
Content: Strategic compensation, contextual influences on compensation practice, traditional bases for pay, incentive pay, person-focused pay, building internally consistent compensation systems, building market-competitive compensation systems, building pay structures that recognize employee contributions, discretionary benefits, legally required benefits, compensating executives, compensating the flexible workforce, compensating expatriates, pay and benefits outside the United States, and challenges facing compensation professionals.
Taught: Annually
Prerequisite: BUS 318
Credit: 3 hours

BUS 329: Training and Development
Goal: To help students develop knowledge and skill in the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of organizational training as well as to help students build skills in creating effective performance improvement programs, a vital resource in talent retention that is often overlooked. 
Content: Instructional System Design (ISD), the ATD Competency Model, key roles for training professionals, strategic training, needs assessment, learning and transfer of training, program design, training evaluation, traditional training methods, technology-based training, development, career management, mentoring, legal issues, managing diversity, career challenges, and the future of training and development.
Taught: Annually
Prerequisite: BUS 318
Credit: 3 hours

BUS 331: Employment and Labor Law
Goal: To examine the scope and role of HR in the occupational health and safety arena, the fundamental components of comprehensive programs and, more importantly, the interplay between these considerations and how important HR professionals are in their success.
Content: OSHA requirements, risk management and loss prevention, management of safety & workers’ compensation, employee assistance plans, preventative health issues, emergency response and preparedness, and developing a culture of safety, amongst others. There will be focus on the fundamental components of a comprehensive health and safety program to protect the employees in an organization and costly liability.
Taught: Annually
Prerequisites: BUS 310, BUS 315
Credit: 3 hours

BUS 334: Human Resource Risk Management
Goal: To provide the student with an overview of various laws and regulations that determine the rights and obligations of employees and employers.
Content: Topics covered include the nature of the employment relationship and common law principles, prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of certain protected characteristics such as race and gender, wage and hour law, the Family Medical Leave Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and other similar areas of labor and employment law. The primary focus is on federal laws governing the employment relationship, but there will also be discussion of state and local laws.
Taught: Annually
Prerequisites: BUS 318, BUS 331
Credit: 3 hours

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