Syllabus for HRM-530



Human Resource Management examines the role of the human resource professional as a strategic partner in managing today’s organizations. Key functions such as recruitment, selection, development, appraisal, retention, compensation, and labor relations are examined. Implications of legal and global environments are appraised and current issues such as diversity training, sexual harassment policies, and rising benefit costs are analyzed. Best practices of employers of choice are considered.


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Apply the language and legislation of the H.R. profession. (CO1)
  2. Appraise the key HR functions in modern organizations such as recruitment, selection, training, performance management, compensation, and labor relations. (CO2)
  3. Compare and contrast the roles and activities of the human resource management function across organizations. (CO3)
  4. Evaluate the strategic importance of HR to organizational effectiveness. (CO4)
  5. Assess the distinctive human resource management practices of employers of choice. (CO5)
  6. Synthesize current literature on a timely HR issue and recommend guidelines for managers. (CO6)


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

ISBN-13: 978-0078112768

Reference Websites


Human Resource Management is a three-credit online course, consisting of six modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

Course objectives covered in this module include objectives 1, 3, and 4.

Course objectives covered in this module include objective 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Course objectives covered in this module include objectives 1, 2, and 5.

Course objectives covered in this module include objectives 1, 2, 4, and 5.

Course objectives covered in this module include objective 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Course objectives covered in this module include objective 1, 2, 3, and 4.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written activities, take a midterm assignment, and complete a final assignment. See below for more details.

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

This course requires you to participate in ten graded discussion forums. There are also one ungraded but required introduction forum in Module 1. In addition, there is one discussion forum for team project.

Please participate in online discussions as you would in constructive face-to-face discussions. You are expected to post well-reasoned and thoughtful reflections for each item, making reference, as appropriate, to your readings. A rule of thumb is that each answer should be at least 200-250 words.  Be sure to reference any outside information that you use in answering your questions using APA style. You are also expected to reply to your classmates' posts in a respectful, professional, and courteous manner. You may, of course, post questions asking for clarification or further elucidation on a topic.

 Online Discussion Grading Rubric.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete two written assignments - two individual case studies assigned from the textbook.  

Team Project

You are required to work on a team project. The team will be formed during the first two weeks and each group will include 3 to 5 members depending on enrollment.  The mentor will decide how the team will be formed. Each team will choose one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For 2014” according to Fortune Magazine and prepare a written paper and corresponding PowerPoint of the distinctive HR practices that make this company such a great place to work.

The written paper should be 10-12 double-spaced pages in APA format. The PowerPoint presentation should portray summary points of your findings.

Go to the Team Project area of the course web site for more details.

Midterm Assessment

You are required to take an unproctored midterm assessment that covers modules 1 to 3.  It consists true or false questions and essay questions that are related to module topics.  You will submit this midterm assessment by the due date as stated in the Course Calendar, doing it in the same way you have for your written assignments in this course.

The midterm assessment is located in the Midterm Assessment area of the course Web site.

Final Assessment

You are required to take an unproctored final assessment that covers modules 4 to 6. The final assessment consists of true or false questions and essay questions that are related to module topics.  You will submit your final assessment by the due date as stated in the Course Calendar, doing it in the same way you have for your written assignments in this course.

The final assessment is located in the Final Assessment area of the course Web site.

Comprehensive Examination

As part of your enrollment in a School of Business and Management degree program, it is required that you take a comprehensive exam to assess your foundational knowledge as well as to evaluate your achievement of the learning outcomes associated with the program of study. The primary purpose of this exam is to allow Thomas Edison State College to assess the quality of our academic programs so that we may continue to provide the best educational experience for our learners.

You will take this exam twice over the course of obtaining your degree: once in a course at the beginning of the program and once in a course at the end. The first (inbound) exam assesses your pre-program foundational knowledge; the second (outbound) exam assesses your knowledge after having completed the courses in the program. There is no need to prepare for the exam.

Please note that you will take the exam only once in any particular eight-week course.

The exam will take approximately 60 to 90 minutes to complete. You will not receive a grade on the exam, nor will your performance on the exam raise or lower your course grade. However, taking the exam and posting the exam completion certificate in this course is required, and you will not receive a passing grade in the course unless you have posted the completion certificate.

Documents containing information about the exam and instructions for registering for and taking it are linked in Module 1 of the course.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
























Below 73

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.


Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the College Catalog and online at




Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism 

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin


Disciplinary Process

First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:

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