Syllabus for MAN-331



Human Resources Management is a three-credit, upper-level under­graduate course that focuses on human resources as the dynamic founda­tion for organizational competitiveness in a change-driven environment. It examines processes for plan­ning, developing, and managing human resources within the context of a partnership relationship among leaders, managers, and employees.

The course is structured around three fundamental beliefs:

  1. Human resources represent a critical organizational asset.
  2. Human re­sources are the linchpin for organizational change.
  3. Human resources are a source of competitive advantage.


Human Resources Management has two overall objectives: (1) to intro­duce concepts and practices essential to successful human resources planning, devel­op­ment, and management and (2) to build your skills in critically applying concepts and practices to realistic situations across a variety of industries and sectors.

After completing Human Resources Management, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the historical development and transition of human resources from a tactical role of order taker to a strategic role of self-initiator and manager.
  2. Discuss the shift from a confrontational to a cooperative relation­ship between management and nonmanagement personnel.
  3. Compare the relationship between human and other organiza­tional resources.
  4. Prioritize the external effects of globalization, increased competi­tion, and differentiated markets on human resources.
  5. Describe the internal effects of organizational, structural, and process change on human resources.
  6. Explain the impact of technology on human processes, skills, and capabilities within organizational environments.
  7. Compare emerging factors within human resources, including work force diversity, relationships between labor and manage­ment, and conflicts between global and local human resource dynamics.


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. Managing Human Resources, 10th ed., by Susan E. Jackson, Randall S. Schuler, Steve Werner (Mason, OH: South-Western, 2009).

ISBN-13: 978-0324568394

Course Documents

  1. In-Sites

In-Sites are mentor-created commentaries on topics relevant to the units in which they are assigned. They are located in the Course Documents area of the course Web site.

  1. Appendixes A, B, and C

The appendixes are located in the Course Documents area of the course Web site.


Human Resources Management is a three-credit course consisting of ten (10) modules. Modules include an overview, study materials, and activities. You must prepare six (6) analytic written responses (written assignments), participate in five (5) graded online discussions, and conduct three (3) supplemental inquiries. You are also required to take a proctored midterm examination and complete a final project.

Unit study assignments include readings from the required textbook, "In-Site" commentaries and appendixes found in the Course Documents area of the course Web site, and supple­mental inquiries.

Module titles are listed below.

  1. Module 1: Human Resources as the Competitive Edge (1 of 2)

  1. Module 2: Human Resources as the Competitive Edge (2 of 2)

  1. Module 3: Organizations in Environments of Change (1 of 2)

  1. Module 4: Organizations in Environments of Change (2 of 2)

  1. Module 5: Human Resources as Organizational Strategy I

  1. Module 6: Human Resources as Organizational Strategy II

  1. Module 7: Human Resources as Organizational Strategy III

  1. Module 8: Human Resources as Organizational Strategy IV

  1. Module 9: Human Resources as Organizational Strategy V

  1. Module 10: Human Resources as a Profession

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Required Readings

You will have weekly reading assignments in the Jackson, Schuler and Werner text that will include both chapter narratives and case studies.

You will also be required to read the assigned "In-Sites," which relate concepts to practice. In-Sites (located in Course Documents on the course Web site) are remarks that highlight or expand on readings, enabling you to assess and compare personal or professional expe­riences with readings.

Where indicated in the appropriate study assignments, you should study certain textbook chapters for answers to specific questions relating to your final project. See the Final Project area of the course Web site for more information.

Study assign­ments also include reading appendixes A–C during the assigned weeks. These are also located in Course Documents.

Supplemental Inquiries

Modules 2, 4, and 6 each include a supplemental inquiry that encourages you to venture beyond the text for additional learning opportunities.

In choosing your supplemental readings, please follow these steps:

Step 1--Review the topics below for which you need to select supplemental readings.

Step 2--Find readings (articles, books, Web sites, or the like) that apply to these topics.

Step 3--Submit a proposal to your mentor in which you identify the two readings you have chosen for each inquiry, giving full citations and a brief description of each reading and how it relates to the topic.

Note--Include in your proposal a brief description of the on-the-job analysis you plan to conduct as your module 4 supplemental inquiry.

Your mentor will comment on and approve your selections. Please keep your mentor apprised of any changes to your selected readings or on-the-job analysis as the course proceeds.

Please note that the supplemental inquiries do not require the writing of additional papers. Rather, they are meant to enhance your knowledge.


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

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

Human Resources Management requires you to participate in periodic online class discussions. In addition to an ungraded introduction forum in Week 1, you are required to participate in five graded class discussions.

Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct assignments: an initial response to a posted question (discussion thread) and at least two subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement. You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

 For posting guidelines and help with discussion forums, please see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete six (6) written assignments, which are the chief means of demonstrating your analytic, assessment, and expressive abilities.

The purpose of the written assignments is threefold:

  1. To provide experience in data gathering, critical analysis, and realistic applica­tion of concepts and practice.
  2. To present your findings in a written document that is professional in content and appearance.
  3. To reinforce the textbook, supplemental inquiries, and In-Sites.

Follow these guidelines when researching and writing these assignments:

  1. Conduct primary or secondary research as necessary to respond to the assignment. Primary research may involve interviews that you conduct yourself; secondary research uses published sources of information.
  2. Write up to four (4) pages per assignment. Your assignments should be professionally pre­sented, using clear syntax, correct grammar, and correct spelling. You must cite all sources of information according to MLA style, APA style, or The Chicago Manual of Style.

Prepare your written assignments using whatever word processing program you have on your computer. Include your name at the top of the paper, as well as the course name and code and the semester and year in which you are enrolled.

Before submitting your first assignment, check with your mentor to determine whether your word processing software is compatible with your mentor's software. If so, you can submit your work as you prepared it. If not, save your assignment as a rich-text (.rtf) file, using the Save As command of your software program. Rich text retains basic formatting and can be read by any other word processing program.

For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Midterm Examination

Human Resources Management requires you to take a proctored online midterm examination. Consult the course Calendar for the scheduling of this exam.

The midterm exam is a closed-book examination that covers all the material assigned through module 5. It is two hours long and consists of four (4) fictional but realistic minicases, or scenarios, in which you apply conceptual and practical knowledge to answer questions, solve problems, or make recommendations.

For the midterm, you are required to use the College's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.

Online exams are administered through the course Web site. Consult the course Calendar for the official dates of exam weeks.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during an exam. Cheating means:

  1. Looking up any answer or part of an answer in an unauthorized textbook or on the Internet, or using any other source to find an answer.
  2. Copying and pasting or, in any way copying responses or parts of responses from any other source into your exams. This includes but is not limited to copying and pasting from other documents or spreadsheets, whether written by yourself or anyone else.
  3. Plagiarizing answers.
  4. Asking anyone else to assist you by whatever means available while you take an exam.
  5. Copying any part of an exam to share with other students.
  6. Telling your mentor that you need another attempt at an exam because your connection to the Internet was interrupted when that is not true.

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in an exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.

Final Project

You are required at the end of the semester to submit a final project in the form of a case analysis. The final project will be worth 20 percent of your final grade for the course.

For details of the final project case analysis, see the Final Project area of the course Web site. Be sure that you read about the final project when you start the course so that you know what is required. The section called "Case Analysis Strategies for Success" will give you information about the timing of your work on this project, noting that you should work on your project as you study the relevant elements of the course. Do not leave your preparation of the project to the end of the semester. For details regarding the due date, see the course Calendar.


For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

  1. Online discussions (5)—15 percent
  2. Written assignments (6)—35 percent
  3. Midterm exam (proctored online, modules 1–5)—30 percent
  4. Final project—20 percent

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 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a nonarea of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).


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.

  1. Take the time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course, how to schedule exams, and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State College.

  1. Arrange to take your midterm examination by following the instructions in the Online Student Handbook. Then complete the "Proctor Request Form" and submit it to the Office of Test Administration (OTA). You must make arrangements to take your midterm examination and send in your "Proctor Request Form" to OTA before the end of the first week of the current semester

  1. 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.

  1. 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 your examination.

  1. You are encouraged to use the end-of-chapter study aids ("Terms to Remember," "Discussion Questions," and "Projects to Extend Your Learning") in the Jackson, Schuler and Werner text for review.

  1. Read carefully the Final Project area of the course Web site to make sure you know what is required for the case analysis.

  1. 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 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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