Syllabus for HRM-550
STRATEGIC RECRUITING, RETENTION, AND SUCCESSION PLANNING
Regardless of industry, business unit, or department, people are every organization's key source of competitive advantage. In the war for talent, organizations have two choices: (1) develop HR systems that work together to recruit, retain, and motivate staff, or (2) lose their most valuable workers to organizations who do value and develop their employees. Not only is finding the right people a difficult and daunting task, but keeping those people is a significant challenge. An organization that not only finds but also keeps valued employees and provides an environment that develops and rewards employees can be termed an Employer of Choice. An Employer of Choice responds to market conditions and continually adapts to meet the needs of the workforce. Becoming an Employer of Choice begins with a well-designed recruitment and retention strategy. This course will focus on the best practices of strategic planning, recruitment, evaluation and measurement, selection, retention, and development. Throughout course you will be introduced to successful recruitment and retention programs that can be adapted to any organization.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
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.
Strategic Recruiting, Retention and Succession Planning is a three-credit online graduate course, consisting of ten (10) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, complete a case study, take a proctored midterm examination, and take a final exam. See below for more details.
Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.
You are required to participate in ten (10) graded discussion forums. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the courses modules. There is also an ungraded but required introduction forum in Module 1.
During this course you will complete a project that proposes a best practice that might be implemented at your company or a company you are familiar with, one that would satisfy particular organizational goals/objectives. The project will be developed throughout the course with submission points as follows:
Module 4: Selection of Topic and Paper Description
Module 7: Progress Report and Literature Review
Module 9: Paper of 12 to 15 pages and PowerPoint Presentation
The course modules explain this project in greater detail.The calendar provides guidance for submission points.
Note about research: The use of Wikipedia or other online encyclopedias for graduate-level papers is inappropriate. Aside from the uneven quality of the information that may be found in these sources, the real issue is that the information presented in these sources is "already digested." Use of such sources is an unacceptable shortcut for the graduate student. Students gathering information from these sites are essentially obtaining analyses done by someone else, not doing the work themselves. Rather than exploring the literature on a subject, such students are merely using the words of others who have already taken this vital step in academic research. It is imperative that graduate students be able to search the more academically-oriented literature, sift through useful (and not so useful) information, analyze, synthesize, and report the results of their activities. All of these steps are bypassed if information is cited from an online site such as Wikipedia. To sum up: Using information summarized or annotated by someone else is an unacceptable shortcut for a graduate student.
The midterm project covers material from modules 1 to 4. You will answer five questions. Each of your responses should be 250 to 300 words long, about one page per question. You are encouraged to discuss your own real life work-related examples to illustrate your answers. If you use outside sources to inform your work, be sure the cite them. However, do not use Wikipedia as a source.
Your final project will be a 2- to 3-page executive summary of an assigned case study: A Market-Driven Approach to Retaining Talent by Peter Cappelli. Assignment details are available in Module 10.
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:
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:
Consider the following study tips for success:
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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 takes the following forms:
Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.
A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.
If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.
Using someone else's work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. 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, 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.
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