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HR 501 Human Resources

Improve your ability to problem solve when managing people.

8 weeks

Most people believe human resources is about matching the right people to the right jobs at the right time. As a human resources professional, you know it entails much more than just recruitment and onboarding employees. Human resources covers an array of functions from planning to performance reviews and beyond. In HR 501 Human Resources, you’ll examine the many topics that comprise the field of human resources and how you can gain a competitive advantage.

Course Overview

Human Resource Management (HRM) plays an important role in the corporate effort to gain a competitive advantage. You will learn to consider how a human resource management department and/or manager can boost a company’s productivity and profit through effective staffing, training, and compensation efforts. As you examine the strategic management process, you will begin to see how it integrates with human resource management functions during the strategy formulation stage.

Does the size of a company determine its need to engage in human resource planning?

Discuss these questions and more in HR 501.

Human resource management practices are governed by legislative bodies, regulatory agencies, and judicial bodies. You will review major laws and executive orders that affect the management of people, particularly those pertaining to elements of discrimination. You’ll gain an appreciation for the role of job analysis in strategic and human resource management as you analyze organizational structure, work-flow process and job design. As a student, you will also review the key steps in planning and recruitment as well as training and performance management.

As you focus on employee separation and retention, you’ll consider both involuntary and voluntary turnover and look at interventions that can be used to retain high performers. You’ll see how employee compensation is managed, from pay structure to bonuses and other types of incentives. Benefits are a substantial portion of labor costs and can be used to attract and retain employees. You’ll look at employee-tailored benefit models and learn how to better communicate the value of benefits to employees and candidates.

Sample Assignment

You’ll complete the Keirsey Temperament Sorter and analyze the results, both for what you learn about yourself and how this instrument can be useful for employee development.

Labor relations in the public sector differ from labor relations in the private sector and you’ll come to understand those differences. You’ll gain insight into collective bargaining, labor unions, contract negotiations, labor/management relations and more. Globalization, as it pertains to human resources management in different cultural contexts will be explored. You will also address and examine issues relating to the management of international employees.

Sample Course Topics

Throughout each week of the course, you’ll focus on core topics or themes. Sample topics are listed below and are subject to change based on the instructor.

  • Human Resource Management Gaining a Competitive Advantage; Strategic Human Resource Management
  • The Legal Environment — Equal Employment Opportunity and Safety; The Analysis and Design of Work
  • Human Resource Planning and Recruitment; Selection and Placement
  • Training; Performance Management
  • Employee Development; Employee Separation and Retention
  • Pay Structure Decisions; Recognizing Employee Contributions with Pay
  • Employee Benefits; Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations
  • Managing Human Resources; Strategically Managing the HRM Function

What You’ll Learn

In HR 501, you’ll gain foundational knowledge of the human resources function in organizational settings.

  • Know the functions of the human resources profession.
  • Understand the implications each function has on employees, managers, organizations, and society.
  • Describe the key techniques and steps required to execute key human resource functions.
  • Distinguish and explain various legal considerations that affect the workplace.
  • Apply course concepts and related laws to various workplace incidents and situations.
  • Develop a process for critically reviewing current human resource literature.
  • Improve your analytical, synthesis and evaluation skills.

Learn More

In HR 501, you’ll draw upon both current practices and relevant research to discover the impact of human resources functions on the workplace. For more information about The University of Scranton’s online Master of Science in Human Resources degree, request more information or call us today toll-free at (866) 373-9547.

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