MGMT 332 Human Resource Management Course Guide

Course Description:

An interdisciplinary investigation and analysis of theories, principles, and practices of human resources management. The contents encompass: viewing organizations and human resources as inter-related systems; a review of human resources functions and programs; staffing the organization and its various components; human resources training and development; the role and impact of the work environment on employees, management, and the organization; the development and role of employee relations; and kinds and importance of remuneration and security programs. (ATTR: BUS)

Prerequisite Knowledge:

MGMT 332 is an elective business course, and is required for students who are majoring in Management. MGMT 211 is the only prerequisite.

Specific, Assessable Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, students will be able to: 

1.                   Explain the strategic importance of human resource management to achieving corporate goals.

2.                   Apply the principles of good practice in planning, recruiting, selecting, developing, training and retaining employees in a diverse workforce.

3.                   Gather and analyze information, define problems and opportunities, evaluate alternatives, and recommend actions that consider the legal issues and moral implications involved in human resource management.

4.                   Write an effective argument paper, using a variety of sources, for the purpose of informing, influencing, motivating and counseling organizational members on human resource issues. (mastery)

Statement of Expectations:

The knowledge and skills students gain in this course will enhance students’ understanding of how organizations operate and the importance of people in facilitating organizational success. Students are expected to come prepared for class discussion and activities and to participate in class actively. Class time will be used to apply the course content to business situations.

Course Outline:

The Strategic Role of Human Resource Management

1.                   The Changing Environment of HRM

2.                   Measuring HR’s Contribution

3.                   Equal Opportunity and the Law

4.                   Diversity Management

5.                   Strategic Human Resource Management

Recruitment and Placement

1.                   Job Analysis

2.                   Personnel Planning and Recruiting

3.                   Employee Testing and Selection

4.                   Interviewing Candidates

Training and Development

1.                   Training and Developing Employees

2.                   Performance Management

3.                   Performance Appraisal

4.                   Managing Careers


1.                   Establishing Strategic Pay Plans

2.                   Pay for Performance and Financial Incentives

3.                   Benefits and Services        


Recommended Teaching Methodology:

This course should use different methods of instruction.  Although some lecture may be required to disseminate relevant information about the concepts, terms, and theories related to human resource management, class time should include activities and exercises that require students to apply course content.  Teaching methods such as group work, library and electronic media research, case analysis and discussions, experiential exercises, and current event discussions can be used to give students the opportunity to apply course content.

The readings will come from the required text as well as relevant materials obtained from current periodicals and publications. Class discussions will be centered on relating the outside readings to the textbook materials. 

Recommended Assessment Measures:

The following evaluation instruments may be used to assess the end-of-the-semester objectives (“1” through “3”):  

  • Multiple-choice exam questions that broadly cover the content areas; and/or

  • Short-answer and essay exam questions that require application of learnings to unique situations; and/or

  • Written responses to questions or scenarios that require application and analysis of course content; and/or

The 4th Learning Objective (i.e.: “write an effective argument paper”) must be assessed using an assigned multi-page written argument paper (e.g.: “compare and contrast”) that integrates evidence from a variety of sources, as “mastery” of this major/program learning goal is being assessed in this course.

Academic Integrity:

Student-teacher relationships are built on trust. Any student found violating this trust undermines the educational process and is subject to significant disciplinary action.  

The concept of academic integrity lies at the very heart of any college. This is particularly true of Siena with its strong Franciscan tradition and its dedication to fostering sound moral growth. In such an environment, academic dishonesty cannot be tolerated. Students who commit such acts expose themselves to punishments as severe as dishonorable dismissal from the college. Academic dishonesty can take different forms, including, but not limited to, cheating (dishonesty in a test situation), plagiarism (dishonesty in the presentation of materials in a paper or report), and computer abuse. In any situation in which a student is unsure of what constitutes academic dishonesty, it is the student's responsibility to raise the question with his or her instructor. It is also the student's responsibility to be familiar with the student guidelines on academic honesty, "Academic Integrity and the Siena Student." Alleging ignorance of what constitutes academic dishonesty or of the College's policy on the subject will not be considered a valid explanation or excuse. 

Students suspected of violating academic integrity will be referred to the Academic Integrity Committee for final determination. 

Institutional Mechanism for Providing Feedback for Continuous Quality Improvement:

The Marketing and Management Department will review the assessment results for this course at the end of each semester. The assessment results for each learning outcome will be analyzed and any deficiencies in the achievement of the learning outcomes will be addressed. Appropriate changes will be made in the process in order to improve students’ mastery of the learning objectives.