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Required Human Resource Management Courses

MANA 5340 Strategic Human Resource Management

Course Description

This course examines how modern corporations use human resource management (HRM) to enhance organizational capabilities and achieve strategic objectives. The primary focus of the course is on how the acquisition, deployment, assessment and retention of an organization’s workforce impacts productivity and firm performance in various contexts.

Readings will cover the theory and research on strategic HRM as well as detail the various parts of a typical HR system. Some of the topics we will discuss include HR planning, recruitment strategies, methods of selection, competency modeling and job design, training and implementation of performance management processes. Case discussions will be used to focus on specific strategic issues faced by companies including retention, talent management, mergers and acquisitions, incentive pay, and HR metrics.

Course Objectives

On completion of this course, students will:

  • Understand the important terminology, facts, concepts, principles, analytic techniques, and theories used in the field of human resources management.
  • Be able to effectively apply important terminology, facts, concepts, principles, analytic techniques, and theories in the field of human resources management when analyzing complex factual situations.
  • Be able to effectively integrate (or synthesize) important facts, concepts, principles, and theories in the field of human resources management when developing solutions to multifaceted human resource management problems in complex factual situations.
  • Be able to develop appropriate strategies for implementing solutions to human resources management problems that reflect their knowledge and explaining of the interrelationships among training, staffing, compensation, and employment law.
  • Be able to evaluate the quality of their proposed solutions to human resources management problems against appropriate criteria, including organizational constraints.

MANA 5341 Staffing and Performance Management

Course Description

This course covers the acquisition, deployment, assessment and retention of an organization’s workforce. Basic knowledge of human resources, organizational behavior, and business statistics is required. Class material covers recruitment strategies, methods of selection, development and validation of selection and employee appraisal instruments, and implementation of performance management processes.

In addition to learning the theory and topics of human resource management through readings and classroom lecture, this course will require you to participate and model some of the behaviors we will discuss in class including interviewing and conducting performance evaluations. The approach of the course will be practical guidance for making staffing and management decisions in organizations based on explanatory theory and scientific research.

The course material is not only useful for working in human resource departments. At some point in your career, your ability to succeed is likely to depend on your ability to recruit and evaluate others. Ultimately, the tools and skills developed in this course should help you become more effective contributors to organizations.

Course Objectives

On completion of this course, students will:

  • Understand the practice of human resource staffing and performance management in modern corporations.
  • Demonstrate practical skills in job analysis, writing help wanted ads, interviewing, judging job candidates, and conducting performance evaluations.
  • Know quantitative skills to analyze reliability, validity and adverse impact.
  • Appreciate the legal environment for employers in testing, hiring, and performance appraisal.
  • Understand concepts and approaches to align staffing and performance management systems with business strategy.

MANA 5322 Compensation and Benefits

Course Description

This course addresses tangible and intangible compensation in 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.

Course Objectives

On completion of this course, students will:

  • Understand the importance of viewing and implementing compensation systems strategically to advance the mission and goals of an organization.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of regulatory environments for compensation systems.
  • Possess factual knowledge and learn fundamental principles and theories related to compensation management.
  • Understand the job analysis process and the relationship between job analysis, job evaluation and internal structure and consistency.
  • Understand the development and implementation of external, internal and individual issues associated with compensation systems.
  • Be able to discuss the considerations given to special groups, unions, and government in compensation.
  • Be able to discuss the administration and strategic development of benefits and compensation with a view to creating a Total Rewards package.

MANA 5323 Training and Development

Course Description

The purpose of the course is to provide exposure to the major topics in training and development, including the nature of the training and development function in the organization, basic learning processes, assessment of training needs, designing and implementing training programs, evaluating training programs, characteristics of specific training programs and organization change and development.

Course Objectives

  • On completion of this course, students will:
  • Know essential components of human resource development (HRD), consistent with current professional definitions and practices.
  • Understand theories of adult learning, and be able to design and deliver a training module based on adult learning principles.
  • Demonstrate an ability to evaluate training, and measure learning outcomes within organizational.
  • Be able to link HRD planning and actions to organizational goals and strategies.
  • Be able to design and deliver training with a sound understanding of ethnic and cultural diversity.
  • Be able to design and implement their own professional career development plan.

MANA 5327 Human Resource Law

Course Description

This course focuses on the primary areas from which human resource law is created, including state and federal laws, landmark court cases, and federal regulations. Such laws, cases, and regulations involve a broad area of topics, including collective bargaining and labor relations, safety and health in the workplace, wage and salary administration, benefits administration, recruiting, and career development.

This course tracks the law from a historical perspective, and discusses the philosophies and the political influences that are behind many of these laws originally being passed. Participants will also learn the many different government agencies which have been created to administer these laws, and what requirements the law places on companies when audited or investigated by these agencies.

There are numerous legal issues facing human resource professionals today, and this course seeks to advise supervisors and managers on how they may avoid lawsuits, and what the best procedures are for dealing with such suits should they be filed against one’s company.

Course Objectives

On completion of this course, students will:

  • Know the major state and federal laws, landmark court cases, and federal regulations that influence today’s Human Resources Departments.
  • Understand these laws from a historical and philosophical perspective.
  • Understand of the myriad of different government agencies, and their separate legal requirements, which have been created to monitor and/or enforce state and federal employment laws.
  • Know how to avoid lawsuits which may be filed by current or former employees, and how to deal with them should they filed against your company.

MANA 5334 Organizational Consulting

Course Description

The aim of this course is to provide graduate students with a theoretical and practical examination of applied organization science research methods along with an introduction to the process of consulting in organizations. Each student, through their own program of study and other life experiences, has the potential to develop their own area of expertise. This will be accomplished through class lectures, class discussions, course readings, group work, examination and finally through the semester project.

Course Objectives

On completion of this course, students will:

  • Understand the major causes of organizational change and how these changes can affect the organization in meeting overall strategies, goals, objectives, and mission of the organization.
  • Understand how change agents can work internally or externally with consultants to bring about change for the organization.
  • Possess the skills necessary to evaluate work processes and develop external consultant skills necessary to conduct needs assessments and assist in making final recommendations to senior leadership for implementation of recommended changes to organization.
  • Understand the difference between the role of the consultant and the role of the change agent in organizational development interventions.

Required research courses

BSTAT 5325 Advanced Statistical Methods in Business

Course Description

Advanced statistical methods designed to prepare graduate students to become competent producers and consumers of statistical methods and to use statistical thinking to approach managerial decision making in their careers. They should be able to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of applicable techniques and when additional statistical expertise is required. Topics include multiple regression, correlation, experimental design and analysis, time series and other statistical methods with emphasis on their application to managerial decision making.

Course Objectives

On completion of this course, students will:

  • Fit and evaluate simple regression models and make and interpret inferences in this context when appropriate.
  • Fit and evaluate multiple regression modes and make and interpret inferences in this context when appropriate.
  • Build, interpret, and use multiple regression models using specified variable selection criteria.
  • Analyze time series data using the classical decomposition model.
  • Forecast using time series models with linear trend and seasonality.
  • Distinguish experiments from observational studies and restrict causal inference to experiments.
  • Be able to evaluate the quality of their proposed solutions to human resources management problems against appropriate criteria, including organizational constraints.
  • Define, identify, design, analyze and interpret completely randomized oneway and factorial designs and randomized block designs.
  • Build regression models and make appropriate inferences; analyze and forecast a time series variable; and design and analyze and interpret using appropriate software.
  • Apply the above statistical methodologies to business decision making and risk assessment.

MANA 5329 Methods of Organizational Research

Course Description

The aim of this course is to provide a theoretical and practical examination of organization research methods. The course introduces the basic principles of applied research in organizations including research design, data collection and hypothesis testing. You will gain practical knowledge in how to collect data, choose appropriate statistical tests, interpret findings and write feedback reports. The examples in class will focus on human resource decisions in organizations. You will learn a number of quantitative decision making techniques for common human resource management issues such as recruiting, absenteeism, turnover, training evaluation, performance management and others. While the focus is in human resource management issues, the skills learned in this course will allow all managers to make evidence based decisions through data collection, analysis and presentation.

Course Objectives

On completion of this course, students will:

  • Understand organizational research process and its application through HR analytics.
  • Appreciate the techniques used to link HR metrics to strategy and organizational performance.
  • Understand the rationale and tools for using a data driven approach to the design, implementation and evaluation of management practices.
  • Demonstrate applied skills in developing hypotheses and research designs appropriate for hypothesis testing.
  • Demonstrate applied skills in using statistical techniques including correlation, t-test, ANOVA, Chi-square,and multiple regression.
  • Demonstrate applied skills in data presentation and technical report writing.

Required Capstone Course

MANA 5336 Strategic Management

Course Description

The focus of this course is on the management of the entire organization. The underlying premise is that successful companies base their organizational strategies on more than gut instinct. The strategic management process entails environmental analysis, assessment of competencies and weaknesses, analysis of competitors and the formulation and implementation of effective strategies that result in competitive advantage. It requires students to apply the knowledge they have gained in previous courses in an integrated fashion and also introduces them to the critical business skills of planning and managing strategic activities. The course also seeks to develop students’ capacity to identify issues, to reason carefully about strategic options and improve their ability to manage the organization process by which strategies get formed and executed. It attempts to encourage an integrated, multifunctional, "general management" perspective.

Course Objectives

On completion of this course, students will:

  • Understand the role strategies play in determining the direction of an organization.
  • Understand how strategic thinking and planning integrates with an organization’s mission.
  • Understand how an organization’s values affect its strategies.
  • Possess the skills to identify an organization’s strategies and determine if the strategies are congruent with its mission and values.

Management Electives

MANA 5320 Organizational Behavior

Course Description

The course covers a broad range of topics at the individual, group, and organizational level of analysis. Topics include employee motivation, groups and teams, conflict, perception, decision making, personality, leadership, ethical issues, and international management. The content is designed to be both theoretical and practical.

Course Objectives

On completion of this course, students will:

  • Be able describe and successfully apply the critical concepts in organizational behavior.
  • Be able to use OB concepts to understand, evaluate, and recommend improvements in the effectiveness of individuals, groups and organizations.

MANA 5330 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution

Course Description

This course focuses on developing students negotiating skills in a variety of contexts. Throughout the course, students will diagnose negotiation situations, strategize and plan for negotiations, and learn how to engage in more effective negotiations. The course also focuses on developing interpersonal conflict resolution skills and strategies.

Course Objectives

On completion of this course, students will:

  • Understand how to diagnose negotiation situations.
  • Understand how to strategize and plan negotiation situations.
  • Be able to engage in more effective negotiations.

MANA 5332 Diversity in Organizations

Course Description

The purpose of this class is to introduce students to theoretical ideas about diversity in organizations, and improve ability to address diversity as a manager and employee. We will learn about historical bases of diversity in the U.S. and in U.S. organizations, about inter- and intra-national diversity, about legislation related to diversity, and about trends in diversity via cases, videos, readings, and class discussions. This is not a diversity-training course, although some course concepts will be useful for those interested in diversity training. The course is an educational course, instead.

Diversity in organizations is a broad topic, affected by many issues outside of organizations, including historical views of men’s and women’s roles (societal norms, socialization), legislation, demographic trends, and other issues. As historical foundations and perspectives provide the opportunity to level-set and increase understanding of present day issues, some of these issues will be covered as well. We will spend time investigating stereotypes and myths, and will use data to help dispel them. As each of us is diverse in many regards, we will have some individual experiences to share regarding the material.

Course Objectives

On completion of this course, students will:

  • Understand of the concept of diversity in organizations.
  • Understand how to couch individual and anecdotal evidence against data.
  • Possess the ability to address diversity as a manager and employee.