Human Resources Management (MGT-5033)

MGT-5033

Term: Summer 2024

Location:  On-Line

Course Dates:  May 13 – July 26, 2024

Course Days and Times:  Virtual

 Prerequisites: None.

Instructor:  Bonnie Anderson, Ph.D.

E-Mail Address: bonnie27406@gmail.com and bjones@fit.edu

Phone Numbers: (910) 987-9837

Office Hours:  By Appointment 

NOTICE TO COURSE PARTICIPANTS

Availability: The best way to contact me is through email. I will check the FIT email account daily (Monday – Friday, except Federal Holidays). However, please send emails to both email addresses above. 

Course Learning Objectives:

All organizations must monitor their operations, evaluate overall performance, and plan. This course is designed to investigate the central role Human Resource Management plays in organizational success.

 Content-Specific Objectives:

Core Objectives:

Supplemental Description:

 From the machine age to the service age and finally the information age, the lifeblood of any conventional business or entrepreneurial undertaking flows through its people or Human Capital. Managing in the 21st century requires more interaction with the largest investment, human capital, as contrasted with the 20th century, and reflects the evolution of the economic development lifecycle. Investing in Human Capital (HC) has become more strategic as the transition from age to age continues. It is becoming increasingly clear that the traditional raw materials used by the old General Motors have transitioned into the new raw material of Microsoft and Google, i.e. “people”. As we proceed into the 21st Century, it has been postulated that your people can be a differentiator. Whether you possess the entrepreneurial spirit independently or as part of an organization there are common denominators and principles of Human Resource Management that you can apply to give you the “edge”. Our viewpoint is through the eyes of the owner/manager/leader who desires a dynamic human capital organization.

The ideas and concepts emphasized will be through a systems approach, integrating the components of HRM into entrepreneurial thinking and conventional planning. The focus will be on the types of programs, procedures, and safeguards that must be in place and addressed in a unified manner to avoid a scattered, undisciplined approach.

TEXTBOOKS AND INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

Title: Managing Human Resources (Looseleaf) - With Access 

Edition: 19TH 

Author: Snell, Scott A. / Morris, Shad S.

ISBN 13: 978-0-357-71651-9   

ISBN 10: 0-357-71651-5   

MBS Direct SKU #: 7242620

Publisher: Cengage Learning

Required? Yes

NOTE:  Here is the link to purchase the book from the FIT Virtual Bookstore: https://bncvirtual.com/fit.htm. Students are free to purchase textbooks from any source but if purchased from the Florida Tech bookstore MBS, it will have a different ISBN 978-1-337-73812-5 for the Textbook with MindTap. However, you do not need to purchase the MindTap tools for this course.

Cases, readings, and documents posted to the “Course Materials” sections on CANVAS.

I suggest business students maintain an awareness of current events and trends. Regular reading of the following types of journals, papers, and periodicals is recommended: The New York Times; Washington Post; The Economist; Academy of Management Journal; The Wall Street Journal; Forbes, Academy of Management Review; Business Week; Fortune; Academy of Management Executive; Harvard Business Review; Journal of Applied Psychology; Organizational Behavior and Human Performance, and etc.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Explore issues surrounding the employment of human resources in various organizational settings using lectures, guided discussions, and case studies. Other topics may include recruitment/selection, job analyses/evaluation, equal employment opportunity, sexual harassment in the workplace, training/development, compensation/benefits, appraisal, labor relations, health and safety, and separation/retirement. There will also be an overview of the classical and contemporary management philosophies and theories discussed.

METHODOLOGY

This is intended to be a challenging, exciting, and practical course. This course is about YOU developing your own “supported” teachable point of view (TPV) regarding human resources management issues! It is a course about identifying the basic problems, practices, and modern techniques employed in human resource management. This course will help students recognize the impact human resources programs have upon business organizations and their domestic and international operations.

The content of the course has all the ingredients needed to keep your interest and attention. The glamor and the grand sweep of human resources, along with managing, and leading an enterprise down the road of success, make this course current, fascinating, and fun. I sincerely hope this course will be one of the very best courses you have ever taken--that it will prove to be instrumental in making you; 1) competitively superior, 2) successful in your career, and 3) much wiser about the secrets of first-rate human resources management.

The course is an online course with several methods of instructions, which will consist of presentations, threaded discussions, and problem-solving. Additionally, experiential exercises will be used to provide practical applications and to reinforce learning objectives. This course emphasizes individual research, responsibility, and active participation in discussions. Students will be required to prepare supported opinions and solutions.

COURSE OUTLINE/ASSIGNMENTS

Pre-class Assignment: none

GRADING POLICIES

This course is evaluated on a point system.  Students have multiple opportunities to build course points, but they are limited by the course requirements. 

Electronic assignments must be submitted according to the posted instructions.  These will not be accepted via hand-delivery, facsimile, or email.  No late assignments will be accepted unless pre-approved.  The consistent meeting of deadlines is critical to success in this course.

 Item

Points Each

#

Total Points

Percentage

Homework

17

6

102

20%

Threaded Discussions

20

5

100

20%

Mid-Term Examination

100

1

100

20%

Final Examination

100

1

100

20%

Research Paper

100

1

100

20%

Totals:

502

100%

Homework assignments may be brainstormed in groups, but each student is expected to submit his/her work individually.  Assignments that are exactly or virtually identical will result in each student involved receiving a zero for that assignment.

 CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION

Grading and Assignments: Evaluations are based on the timely performance of the items listed above.

Grading Scale:

90-100   A

80-89     B

70-79     C

60-69     D

 <60      F

Weeks Chapters & Presentations Homework and Threaded Discussion Initial Post Due Dates (Tuesdays): Threaded Discussion Two (2) Peer Response Due Dates (Sundays) Description
Week 1 Syllabus Review/Introduction 5/13/2024   Class Begins-Introductions-Not Graded
Week 2 Chapter 1-3 5/21/2024 5/26/2024 Homework -External Citation Not Needed;  Threaded Discussion Initial Post Due Tuesday-External Citation Required for Initial Post, 2 Peer Responses Due Sunday-External Citations Not Required for Peer Responses
Week 3 Chapter 4-5 5/28/2024 6/2/2024 Homework -External Citation Not Needed;  Threaded Discussion Initial Post Due Tuesday-External Citation Required for Initial Post, 2 Peer Responses Due Sunday-External Citations Not Required for Peer Responses
Week 4 Chapter 6 -7 6/4/2024 6/9/2024 Homework -External Citation Not Needed;  Threaded Discussion Initial Post Due Tuesday-External Citation Required for Initial Post, 2 Peer Responses Due Sunday-External Citations Not Required for Peer Responses
Week 5 Chapter 8-9 6/11/2024 6/16/2024 Homework -External Citation Not Needed; Mid-Term Issued to Students-Refer to Quizzes Section
Week 6 Chapter 10 6/18/2024 6/23/2024 Threaded Discussion Initial Post Due Tuesday-External Citation Required for Initial Post, 2 Peer Responses Due Sunday-External Citations Not Required for Peer Responses
Week 7 Chapter 11-12 6/25/2024 Homework -External Citation Not Needed; Mid-Term Due
Week 8 Chapter 13 7/2/2024 7/7/2024 Threaded Discussion Initial Post Due Tuesday-External Citation Required for Initial Post, 2 Peer Responses Due Sunday-External Citations Not Required for Peer Responses; Final Exam Issued to Students-Refer to Quizzes Section
Week 9 Chapter 14 7/9/2024 7/14/2024 Homework -External Citation Not Needed
Week 10 Chapter 15-16 7/16/2024 Final Exam Due
Week 11 ______________   7/23/2024 Research Paper Due

Written Assignments:

Students will be assigned homework assignments, threaded discussions, open book mid-term and final exams, and a final paper during the class. The due dates for each are included above and posted in the online classroom.  Details for each of these items are included in the Course Resource area.

On-Line Threaded Discussion with Two Peer Responses: 

The preponderance of the on-line component of this class is built around the readings and discussion threads. We will utilize the online discussion threads to exchange knowledge and invoke dialogue within the class. Also, the participation within these threads will ensure that each student practices crafting concepts and theories learned, discuss knowledge, and shares personal perspectives with the topic at hand.

Every week, you should expect to provide an initial posting and post a substantive response to (2) of your peers per question. 

Initial Post: Initial postings (250 minimum to 500 words) are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday of the week assigned (Except Veteran’s Day). This gives others time to reply within the assigned period.

Students are expected to use scholarly articles to support their opinions and recommendations. The goal is to help students develop critical thinking skills and comprehension of course content.

Threaded discussions are not simply a way for students to demonstrate what they know or their opinion. It is a way for students to understand what they know and demonstrate their ability to analyze and interpret different approaches and perspectives that may support or refute his/her perspective. These postings and responses should not be simple. They should be a supported in-depth reply. So, points will be deducted if you do not cite an external source in your initial post. Citing the textbook or merely including a web link is not appropriately citing an external source and points will be deducted.

Peer Responses: Two peer responses (200 minimum to 400 words) to two other students are due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday of the week assigned.  

Students do not need to cite an external source for peer responses. However, both peer responses must meet the 200 minimum word count requirement and both submissions must be made by 11;59pm on Sunday of the week assigned to receive full credit.

Points will be automatically deducted from your Threaded Discussion Assignments in 5 point increments for the following reasons: 

-Citing the textbook as the only external source for your initial threaded discussion post (-5)

-Not including an external citation at the bottom of your initial threaded discussion post (-5)

-Merely including a web link as a citation at the bottom of your initial threaded discussion (-5)

-Not meeting the word count requirements for your initial post and peer responses (-5 each)

-Missing peer response (-5 each)

The FIT library will be a valuable tool for this course.

Homework Assignments:

Homework assignments are due by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday of the week assigned.

Homework assignments are less formal than the threaded discussions and do NOT require an external citation. 

Research Paper/Literature Review:

Students will develop a research paper on a topic related to human resources management. The topic must be approved in advance by the instructor.  The research paper must meet the two conditions: (1) it must be a research project (i.e., involve research articles and analysis) and (2) it must be clearly relevant to human resources and personnel management.

The research paper will be a minimum of 5 (five) pages and a maximum of 7 (seven) pages, it should reference a minimum of 6 (six) scholarly articles. This page count does not include the title page, abstract, tables, graphics, and reference pages. Each student is expected to find relevant, recent, and credible research. Under no circumstances will references from dictionaries, the classroom textbook, or encyclopedias be accepted as references, including online sources such as Wikipedia.

NOTE: I am very strict on plagiarism and APA formatting. I strongly suggest you review your originality report and ensure that less than 15% of your paper is from other papers, periodicals, journals, etc. and you must appropriately cite all your sources. Submitting a paper that you previously turned in for another class is unacceptable and will result in a 0.

Student papers are expected to be clear and to the point, well researched, well-referenced, and without typographical or grammatical errors. Students are expected to make good use of the writing tools available to you in Microsoft Word. Additionally, students are expected to write their research papers in the proper research style using APA guidelines. Students can consult with the Student Resource Center, as well as writing manuals and the APA web site for assistance in using APA guidelines.

The research paper will be like a Literature Review. A Literature Review is the process of reading, analyzing, evaluating, and summarizing scholarly materials about a specific topic. Here is a link from the University of Wisconsin, which gives a more in-depth explanation. http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/ReviewofLiterature.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Sample topics could be:

The Impact of COVID on Remote Work Environments, Recruitment Strategies for Millennials, Generations in the Workplace, The Pros and Cons of Labor Unions, Effective Recruitment and Retention Tools During a Pandemic, Benefits and Consequences of Telework.

Also, the FIT Library has a full database of scholarly, peer-reviewed articles, books, etc. dedicated to HR, which can be useful in writing your paper.

http://libguides.lib.fit.edu/content.php?pid=111335&sid=838537 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Mid-Term and Final Exams:

Students will be permitted to use their textbook and course materials to find the correct answers and complete each exam. However, students may not obtain assistance from peers (No Peer-to-Peer Cheating).

Both the Mid-Term and Final exams are formatted as follows:

General Class Policy:

Late Assignments:

Points will be deducted for late submissions.

Make-ups and Rewrites:

Only extreme or emergency situations merit a make-up. Since any make-up exam will be more difficult than the original exam, they are strongly discouraged. Any uncoordinated, unexcused missed assignment or exam will result in a score of zero. Please let me know in advance and keep me informed of any situation that may result in a request for make-up.

Attendance Policy:

Regular attendance and class participation is expected in the online course room.

Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is highly valued in Florida Tech's online courses. The student must always submit work that represents original words or ideas. If any words or ideas are used that do not represent those original words or ideas, the student must cite all relevant sources and provide a clear definition of the extent to which such sources were used.

Words or ideas that require citation include but are not limited to all hard copy or electronic publications, whether copyrighted or not, and all verbal or visual communication when the content of such communication clearly originates from an identifiable source. In the Florida Tech online course, all submissions to any public meeting, bulletin board or private mailbox fall within the scope of words and ideas that require citations if used by someone other than the original author.

Academic dishonesty could involve:

Any of these practices could result in charges of academic dishonesty.

Confidentiality

We are all bound by confidentiality in this class. Possibly, students may want to discuss their company and its policies and procedures as applied to the class material. Perhaps the student will want to provide a paper on a company confidential project. To assure that we can have a free and open discussion, it is expected that each student will respect the confidentiality of any materials that classmates are willing to share.

E-mail: You must be able to access your fit.edu email and be able to send and receive e-mail using this account. The choice of an e-mail program is up to you.

Sending attachments: You must be able to send and receive e-mail and e-mail attachments using Microsoft Word and Excel file formats. If you use one of the recommended browsers, it will automatically take care of setting the preferences that your computer will need for sending and receiving attachments. Note that you will also need an application suite that can read and write these file formats (such as MS Office, OpenOffice or iWork) installed on your computer.

Antivirus Software: Current antivirus software is required for use of the LMS system. Symantec Antivirus or McAfee Antivirus is highly recommended.

Library Resources and Services

Library resources and services are available to distance learners through the http://lib.fit.edu/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. See the Distance Learning / Off Campus Library  (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.site on the LINK for access and other information.

LMS Assistance

Should you require assistance setting up your user account or enrolling in your course, send an email to support@courses.fit.edu and a technical representative will contact you as soon as possible.

DISCLAIMER

This syllabus is subject to change according to the needs of the class as deemed appropriate by the instructor.  Any necessary changes will be communicated to you via the online component in the "Announcements" section of the Course Home and will remain posted for one week.

Academic Honesty Definitions & Procedures: Is located in the student handbook at https://www.fit.edu/policies/student-handbook/standards-and-policies/academic-honesty/ Title IX Statement: The university’s Title IX policy is available at https://www.fit.edu/policies/title-ix/ Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Florida Institute of Technology policy also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Florida Tech faculty are committed to helping create a safe learning environment for all students that is free from all forms of discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. If you, or someone you know, have experienced or is experiencing any of these behaviors, know that help and support are available. Florida Tech strongly encourages all members of the community to take action, seek support, and report any incident of sexual harassment or gender discrimination to Fanak Baarmand, Title IX Coordinator at 321-674-8885 or fbaarman@fit.edu. Please note that as your professor, I am required to report any incidents to the Title IX Coordinator. If you wish to speak to an employee who does not have this reporting responsibility, please contact the Student Counseling Center at 321-674-8050. Academic Accommodations: Florida Tech is committed to equal opportunity for persons w/disabilities in the participation of activities operated/sponsored by the university. Therefore, students w/documented disabilities are entitled to reasonable educational accommodations. The Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) supports students by assisting w/accommodations, providing recommended interventions, and engaging in case management services. It is the student’s responsibility to make a request to OAR before any accommodations can be approved/implemented. Also, students w/approved accommodations are encouraged to speak w/the course instructor to discuss any arrangements and/or concerns relating to their accommodations for the class. Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR): Telephone: 321-674-8285 / Email: accessibilityresources@fit.edu Website: https://www.fit.edu/accessibility-resources Recording Disclosure: Portions of this course will be recorded and available to course participants. Students are subject to having their images and voices recorded during certain activities for the purpose of self-evaluation, peer-evaluation, presentations, assessments, and/or discussions. Course participants should have no expectation of privacy regarding their participation in classroom presentations, discussions, or peer activities 

Academic Honesty Definitions & Procedures:  Located in the student handbook at

https://www.fit.edu/policies/student-handbook/standards-and-policies/academic-honesty/

 

Title IX Statement:  The university’s Title IX policy is available at https://www.fit.edu/policies/title-ix/

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities.  Florida Institute of Technology policy also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.

Florida Tech faculty are committed to helping create a safe learning environment for all students that is free from all forms of discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. If you, or someone you know, have experienced or is experiencing any of these behaviors, know that help and support are available.

Florida Tech strongly encourages all members of the community to take action, seek support, and report any incident of sexual harassment or gender discrimination to Grace Gamage, Title IX Coordinator at 321-674-8885 or ggamage@fit.edu.

Please note that as your professor, I am required to report any incidents to the Title IX Coordinator. 

If you wish to speak to an employee who does not have this reporting responsibility, please contact the Student Counseling Center at 321-674-8050.

Academic Biography:

Dr. Anderson holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; M.S. in Human Resources from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University; a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University; and a Ph.D. in Organization and Management from Capella University. Dr. Anderson is also a student at FIT and she is pursuing an M.S. in Information Systems with a focus in Cybersecurity. 

Prior to joining the government in 2002, Dr. Anderson worked for Wal-Mart, Bank of America, and Oakwood Acceptance Company. Dr. Anderson began her government career as a human resources intern at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center. Since that time, she has expanded her career and has served in multiple occupations within the government, which include Human Resources Specialist, Administrative Officer, Manpower Team Leader, Chief of the Management Support Office, Contract Officer Representative, and Senior Program and Budget Analyst. Throughout her government tenure, she has worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs; Court Services and Offender Services Agency; Department of Army; National Institutes of Health, and currently works for the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Anderson is also a Certified Professional Resume Writer and independently owns and operates Anderson & Skylar Administrative Services and Supply Center, LLC. 

Since 2012, Dr. Anderson has had the privilege of teaching Organizational Behavior, Management Thought and Theory, and Human Resources Management at Florida Institute of Technology Extended Studies. She also taught Emotional Intelligence, Workforce Development, and Global Leadership at Central Michigan University Global Campus.