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Essentials of Human Resource Management

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I.  University Course Catalog Description

This course prepares managers to contribute to the development and implementation of human resource policies and practices.  Legal issues and relationships with other business functions are emphasized.


II. Course Overview

The course will be divided into six content units including human resource management basics, hiring employees, developing employees, compensating employees, motivating employees, and protecting employees.  In each of these units, students will review written and video materials prior to class meetings, practice applying the concepts and principles in class, and participate in evaluative assignments designed to show mastery of those concepts.  Larger themes that cross content units include adhering to legal requirements and aligning human resource strategies and practices with overall business strategies and functions.  In addition, many of the in-class activities and evaluative assignments will require students to work in small teams, make oral presentations, and produce a variety of short written products.  The class will include a formal final examination.


III. Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students will have had practice in:

  • Analyzing ethical issues faced by human resource management practitioners;
  • Describing how human resource management functions complement and support other business functions;
  • Applying relevant federal employment laws to business scenarios;
  • Presenting their analyses of, and solutions to, problematic human resource management issues;
  • Interpreting output of common human resource information systems;
  • Developing human resource management policies appropriate for meeting specific organizational objectives; and
  • Defending their recommendations for effective human resource management practices using quantitative reasoning.


IV. Course Prerequisites

To enroll in this course, students must be accepted into the College of Business Administration as Integrated Business majors.  This means students will have completed their Primary Business Core courses with a grade point average of 2.0 or greater.  Please refer to the Integrated Business web page for other program and college prerequisites.



V. Required Texts and Materials

Students will access a variety of written and web-based materials to prepare for class meetings and to complete their assignments.  In particular, we will make extensive use of the online text found at:  This text is published by the Saylor Academy (  To cite to this text, use:

Schmitz, A. (2012). Human resource management.  Location unknown: Saylor Academy.


VI. Course Topics

The topics in this course roughly mirror the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam body of knowledge published by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).  You can view the entire HRCI body of knowledge at  A comparison of the HRCI body of knowledge and the contents of this course is presented in the table below.

HRCI Functional Area % of Exam MAN3302 Module # Weeks
Business Management and Strategy 11% HRM Basics 2
Workforce Planning and Employment 24% Hiring Employees 3
Human Resource Development 18% Training Employees 3
Compensation and Benefits 19% Paying Employees 3
Employee and Labor Relations 20% Motivating Employees 2
Risk Management 8% Protecting Employees 1


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