This course will focus on legal, ethical, and political issues in HR management. Topics include: the policies and practices of recruitment, selection, training, development, and compensation of employees, the importance of recruiting and maintaining a diverse workforce, employee rights, and collective bargaining. (3 credits)
This course meets the following CAHIIM competencies for HIM Majors.
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- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Understand the role of the human resources function, its development, and its characteristic organizational structure.
- Comprehend the difference between Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action Planning.
- Understand the major laws affecting equal employment opportunity.
- Write a job description capable of serving as an effective guide for recruitment.
- Understand the components of a human resources planning and forecasting process and be able to explain their importance to the organization.
- Identify a variety of internal/external recruiting sources and the advantages/disadvantages of each.
- Conduct a human resources selection interview that adheres to the EEOC guidelines.
- Understand the elements of an orientation program well enough to develop an orientation program.
- Identify various training and development methods.
- Describe career-impacted life stages.
- Evaluate a job using a point-factor job evaluation plan.
- Formulate effective goals, develop an effective performance appraisal tool, and conduct an effective appraisal interview session.
- Understand the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and its impact on pay practices and job evaluation.
- Become familiar with government regulations regarding employee benefits.
- Evaluate various types of pay practices.
- Understand employee benefits, benefits mandated by law, and the cost of benefit programs.
- Define the role that OSHA plays in an organization.
- Demonstrate techniques for positive discipline.
- Understand labor relations, grievance procedures, common reasons for joining a union, and know the difference between arbitration and mediation.
- Identify attributes found in a good HR manager.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Individual Assignments (Weeks 1-8)
Discussion Board Participation (Weeks 1-8)
Summary Paper (Week 8)
- This course uses Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are openly licensed, educational resources that can be used for teaching, learning and research. OER may consist of a variety of resources such as textbooks, videos and software that are no cost for students. All course materials are provided in the course.
Course Schedule (Note: Course week runs Monday 12:00 am EST - Sunday 11:59 pm EST):
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Introduction to the Role of Human Resources
Topic: Equal Employment Opportunity
Topic: The Hiring Process
Topic: Performance Appraisals
Topics: Compensation & Safety
Topics: Union and Employee Relations
Topic: Organizational Behavior
Topics: International HRM, Summary, and Evaluation
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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