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PSA 355: Human Resources in PSA

Course Description

This course will examine policies, behaviors, and motives affecting recruiting, training, evaluation, and current legal issues in human resources as they pertain to the public safety area.

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Identify the values and perceptions of groups affecting recruiting, training, evaluation and current legal issues in human resources as they pertain to the public safety arena.
  2. Examine basic principles of human resource management.
  3. Identify various methodologies in use today in the management of human resources.
  4. Establish practice and policy that utilizes human resources to their utmost potential.
  5. Understand trends and dangers that are evident in human resources management; and examined various laws that affect human resources management.
  6. Examine various laws that affect the management of human resources

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Weekly Written Assignments

40%

Discussion Board

25%

Final Paper

35%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore)

  • Mathis, Robert and John Jackson. (2016). Human Resources Management: Essential Perspectives. 7th ed. ISBN-10: 1-305-11524-4 or ISBN-13: 978-1-305-11524-8

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1, 2

Topics: Human Resources' Role & Equal Employment Opportunity

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1
    • Chapter 2
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Post a summary of the Chapters (250+ words) and share how the HR practices/functions mentioned in the chapters are carried out in your current or most recent organization.
  • Participate in the discussions on the Discussion Board (post your thoughts, opinions, ask questions, etc.) Your posts on the Discussion Board should be of high quality and submitted on different days of the week to receive credit.
  • Write a paper (3-5 pages) on how HR plays a strategic role in an organization. CharterOak requires all papers be written in APA format (Title Page, Body of Paper, References Page)

2

5

Topics: Job Analysis & Recruiting

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 3
    • Chapter 4
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Post a summary of the Chapters (250+ words) and share how the HR practices/functions mentioned in the chapters are carried out in your current or most recent organization.
  • Participate in the discussions on the Discussion Board (post your thoughts, opinions, ask questions, etc.) Your posts on the Discussion Board should be of high quality and submitted on different days of the week to receive credit.
  • Write a paper (3-5 pages) on how accurate the current job description is for your current position and where you would change the description. Additionally, write five (5) pertinent interview questions you would use if you were interviewing someone for your job and what other criteria you would use to select the best candidate for the job.

3

3, 4

Topics: Talent Management & Succession Planning

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 5
    • Chapter 6
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Post a summary of the Chapters (250+ words) and share how the HR practices/functions mentioned in the chapters are carried out in your current or most recent organization.
  • Participate in the discussions on the Discussion Board (post your thoughts, opinions, ask questions, etc.) Your posts on the Discussion Board should be of high quality and submitted on different days of the week to receive credit.
  • Write a paper (3-5 pages) on how your current organization develops employees (internally and/or through external resources) and prepares them for career progression. If your current organization has a formal succession planning process, please share that as well.

4

3, 4

Topics: Compensation & Benefits

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 7
    • Chapter 8
  • Review assigned chapters
  • Post a summary of the Chapters (250+ words) and share how the HR practices/functions mentioned in the chapters are carried out in your current or most recent organization.
  • Participate in the discussions on the Discussion Board (post your thoughts, opinions, ask questions, etc.) Your posts on the Discussion Board should be of high quality and submitted on different days of the week to receive credit.
  • Write a paper (3-5 pages) on how compensation and benefits for your position were determined and, in your opinion, are they a contributing factor in how long you stay with an organization?  Why or why not?

5

6

Topic: Employee & Labor Relations

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9
    • Chapter 10
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Post a summary of the Chapters (250+ words) and share how the HR practices/functions mentioned in the chapters are carried out in your current or most recent organization.
  • Participate in the discussions on the Discussion Board (post your thoughts, opinions, ask questions, etc.) Your posts on the Discussion Board should be of high quality and submitted on different days of the week to receive credit.
  • Write a paper (8-10 pages) on how HR impacts you and your current organization and how the knowledge gained through this class will, if at all, benefit or guide you in the future.
  • Complete Course 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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Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.