Syllabus for HRM-760-OL



Talent management builds a practical framework for managers and business leaders to understand how the strategic management of people improves performance. This course will help participants maximize the performance of their employees and learn techniques that result in superior organizational performance.  It also presents a comprehensive overview of how to effectively develop a talent management strategy. Topics covered include turnover analysis, job and skills analysis, performance management, recruiting and selection, and designing effective rewards systems. 


After completing this course, you will be able to:


  1. CO1 - Apply the systems approach to talent management with the human resources function.
  2. CO2 - Assess the causes of organizational turnover and quantify the costs of turnover.
  3. CO3 - Apply current techniques for job analysis.
  4. CO4 - Develop measurable and effective competency models.
  5. CO5 - Evaluate the key activities that develop a positive organizational brand.
  6. CO6 - Explain best practices in recruiting strategies.
  7. CO7 - Evaluate the effective usage of selection tools.
  8. CO8 - Apply behavioral interviewing techniques to improve selection.
  9. CO9 - Summarize and explain the key features of an ideal performance management system.
  10. CO10 - Explain why job descriptions must be linked to the organization’s and unit’s strategic plans.
  11. CO11 - Develop performance standards that are related to the position, concrete, specific, measurable, realistic and achievable, and regularly reviewed.
  12. CO12 - Design an effective communications plan for a performance management system implementation.
  13. CO13 - Explain the role that a direct supervisor plays in the design and implementation of a development plan.
  14. CO14 - Synthesize the key skills managers need to manage the performance of their employees effectively.
  15. CO15 - Evaluate reward systems effectively so that they produce the intended effects.


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

  1. Aguinis, Herman (2013).  Performance Management (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall. ISBN-13: 9780132556385

  1. Phillips, Jack J. & Edwards, Lisa (2009). Managing Talent Retention: An ROI Approach (1st ed.).  San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons.  ISBN-13: 9780470375952


Human Resource Management is a three-credit online course, consisting of eight (8) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and assignments. Module titles are listed below.

  1. Module 1: Talent Management 
  2. Module 2: Competency Models and Job Analysis

  1. Module 3: Recruiting
  2. Module 4: Selecting Employees

  1. Module 5: The Performance Management Process 
  2. Module 6: Implementing a Performance Management System

  1. Module 7: Employee Development and Performance Management
  2. Module 8: Compensation and Reward Systems


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in eight (8) graded discussion forums, two (2) synchronous events, and to complete four (4) written assignments. You are also required to complete a comprehensive midterm assignment and a final project.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

This course requires you to participate in eight (8) graded discussion forums. There are also one ungraded but required introduction forum in Module 1. In addition, there are two discussion forums for synchronous events. Click to view Online Discussion Grading Rubric.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete four (4) written assignments. The written assignments require you either  discuss the topics covered in the modules or analyze related case studies.

Synchronous Events

You are required to participate in two synchronous events during Week 3 and 7 of the semester. You will dial into a teleconference number (provided by your mentor) at a set time. Your mentor will work with the class to propose a time that works best and accommodates the majority. One synchronous event discuss an online talent management group  and the other will focus on a case study. See the Module 2 and Module 4 areas of the course web site for further details.

Comprehensive Midterm Assignment

You are required to complete a comprehensive midterm assignment that covers modules 1 to 4. The midterm assignment consists of four (4) problems similar to problems in written assignments. You will submit this midterm assignment by Saturday of midterm assignment week (see the course Calendar), doing it in the same way you have for your other written assignments in this course.

The midterm assignment is located in the Midterm Assignment area of the course Web site.

Final Project

You are required to complete a talent management practice analysis as the final project for the course. This final project includes several steps which include to identify an organization with well-established talent management practices and the contact person you plan to interview who is familiar with the talent management practices in the organization, compose an interview questionnaire, conduct the interview, and write a report.

See the Final Project area of the course web site for further details.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

  1. Discussion forums (8)—24%
  2. Written assignments (4)—24%
  3. Synchronous events (2)—8%
  4. Midterm assignment (Modules 1–4)—20%
  5. Final project—24%
  1. Final project preparation 1: Interviewee (1%)
  2. Final project preparation 2: Questionnaire (2%)
  3. Final project paper (21%)

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.). Students must maintain a B average to remain in good academic standing.


First Steps to Success

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

  1. Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.
  2. Take time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course, and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State College.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.
  4. If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

  1. To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.
  2. Check Announcements regularly for new course information.


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 takes the following forms:

  1. Cheating
  2. Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
  3. Fabricating information or citations
  4. Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others
  5. Unauthorized access to examinations or the use of unauthorized materials during exam administration
  6. Submitting the work of another person or work previously used without informing the mentor
  7. Tampering with the academic work of other students

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 the 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 the 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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