Aug 14, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman or sophomore year.

Catalog Description:

BUS1425 - Human Resource Management (3 hrs.)

This course is designed to help students understand the challenges of human resource management and develop the skills needed to manage a business’s most important asset - the staff you lead. Students will explore topics such as recruitment and hiring, supervision and performance evaluation, retention, and negotiations.



Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of human resource management. Topics for discussion include the HR function and its operating environment, employee staffing, training and development, equal employment and the workplace, and career development. The class provides a foundation that reflects current HR practices. Case studies and group projects are used to simulate practical application.

Learner Outcomes:

The student will develop a basic knowledge of the various aspects of human resource management needed to manage a small business.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following defines the minimum core content, not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other content as time allows.

UNIT 1: The Human Resource Environment

Outcomes: Upon completion of the unit, students will understand how human resource management can be used to gain a competitive advantage in a global business environment.

  • Understand the skills needed to effectively manage human resources
  • Understand how effective HRM can contribute to competitiveness
  • Understand the concept of strategic management
  • Understand how technology can be used in HRM to gain a competitive advantage
  • Understand the law surrounding equal employment opportunity
  • Discuss the different types of employee discrimination
  • Understand challenges in HRM such as sexual harassment, the ADA and OSHA
  • Discuss organizational structure
  • Understand the role of job analysis and design and its role in creating a competitive advantage

UNIT 2: Acquiring Human Resources and Recruiting

Outcomes: Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to effectively recruit and train human resources that will allow a firm to gain a competitive advantage.

  • Understand the need for human resource planning
  • Be able to discuss different options available to firms in recruitment
  • Be able to discuss various selections techniques and the advantages and disadvantages of each
  • Understand the importance of training in HRM
  • Discuss various training methods
  • Design basic training activities
  • Understand how an orientation program can lead to greater employee success
  • Discuss strategies for finding and keeping the best employees
  • Understand the role of technology in recruitment, selection, and training

UNIT 3: Assessment and Training of Employees

Outcomes:  Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to design training, development, and assessment programs for human resources.

  • Understand the use of performance measurement in HRM
  • Know the difference between validity, reliability, acceptability, and specificity in performance measurement
  • Be able to discuss rater error and ways to reduce it
  • Be able to discuss the use of performance feedback
  • Be able to discuss different approaches to employee development
  • Understand the importance of succession planning
  • Understand the role of mentoring in employee development
  • Understand the role of progressive discipline and involuntary separation in HRM
  • Understand how to manage turnover and voluntary separation

UNIT 4: Compensation of Employees

Outcomes:  Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to analyze and design human resource compensation packages that will motivate employees.

  • Discuss the various types of pay systems and the advantages and disadvantages of each
  • Understand the concept of equity theory and fairness in pay
  • Be able to discuss how to develop a job and pay structure
  • Understand the minimum wage, overtime, and the prevailing wage laws
  • Understand the role of employee benefits in compensation
  • Discuss reinforcement, expectancy and agency theory
  • Understand the role of merit pay, profit sharing and individual incentives in compensation
  • Understand the difference between social insurance and private group insurance
  • Understand government regulations related to employee benefits

Projects Required:

Employee handbook, mock interview recommended


Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Timeframe:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission, and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching, and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program:

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability, which may impact work in this class, which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.