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Course Syllabus: Human Resources Management 101

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Course Description

Many professionals who enter into the world of human resources believe that they will succeed in their new found field simply because they have a knack for relating with people from all walks of life. While having "good people skills" is certainly a positive attribute for working in the human resources field, being in tune with the ever-changing policies and procedures that successfully make a team or company tick, is just as important as being the boss that everyone loves. Managing your rules and guidelines works in tandem with managing "your humans."

Today, many managers enter the world of human resources simply because they are exceptional managers. They have climbed the rank and file of the corporate ladder, succeeding at each rung, to the point where they are now managing a team, which may include "kids" fresh out of college or professionals who have been in the workforce for some time, sometimes even longer than the manager himself. Having the ability to create synergy on his team, to drive productivity and provide opportunities for employee growth while developing policies and procedures that apply to all are just a few of the trademarks that make a great manager.

Others enter the human resource field by choice. They are the "people" people who want to work in the actual Human Resources department of a company to become "the people that staff and operate an organization … as contrasted with the financial and material resources of an organization. The organizational function that deals with the people ..." Whether its entering the world of human resources by choice or by being thrown in because of your professional successes, the basic principles remain the same: you not only want to get the job done, but also you want to get it done with good people who work collectively and cooperatively toward a common goal successfully. Hiring the right people, training them, affording them opportunities for growth, all while setting parameters and guidelines, is the key to great human resource management.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics



-Getting the Best from Human Nature-


A.   HR Management: Overview

B.   HR Management: HRM versus HRD (Development)

C.   HR Management: HRM in Today’s Workplace


A.   Overview of the Labor Department

B.   Unions

C.   The Personnel Department

D.   Human Resource Movement


A.   Where to Find the Right People

B.   Posting a Truthful Job Description

C.   Important Laws to Remember

D.   Reviewing A Resume and The Application Form

E.   Thought-provoking Interview Questions & What NOT to Say

F.    You’re Hired – Well, Almost


A.   Determining Pay Rates For Positions

B.   Hourly, Salary and Incentive-Based Pay

C.   If Money Doesn’t Motivate

D.   Time Off

E.   Health, Dental & Life Insurance

F.    Retirement Plans

G.   Other Perks


A.   Employee Policies and Records

B.   Laws, Topics and Issues

C.   Ethics

D.   Basic OSHA Standards

E.   Creating a Safe and Healthy Work Environment

F.    Alcohol, Drugs and EAP

G.   HIV/AIDS in the Workplace

H.   Sexual Harassment


A.   Employee Orientation

B.   Personal, Management and Leadership Development

C.   Training Tools

D.   Motivating and Recognizing Staff Members

E.   Performance Assessments and Reviews

F.    Taking Disciplinary Action


A.   Training and Development Activities

B.   Individual Career Development Plan

C.   Management Trainee Programs


A.   Legal Termination

B.   When An Employee Quits

C.   Cuts and Layoffs

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course with 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what Human Resources Management is.
  • Describe the history of Human Resources.
  • Describe the practices to find and hire the best employees.
  • Describe compensation and benefits.
  • Describe how to stay in compliance and methods to create a safe workplace.
  • Describe training, employee recognition and discipline policies and procedures.
  • Summarize professional development requirements and policies.
  • Describe termination and resignation procedures, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Lesson 1: HR Management and DevelopmentAssignment30
Quiz for Module I - Introduction to Human Resource ManagementExam3
Lesson 2: HR Management and HR MovementAssignment30
Quiz for Module II - History of Human ResourcesExam9
Lesson 3: Employee Selection ProcessAssignment25
Quiz for Module III - Finding and Hiring the best “Human” for the jobExam8
Lesson 4: Components of PayAssignment30
Quiz for Module IV - Compensation and BenefitsExam9
Lesson 5: Employee HandbookAssignment30
Quiz for Module V - Staying within compliance & creating a safe workplaceExam10
Lesson 6: Motivation and HR ManagementAssignment30
Quiz for Module VI - Training, Employee recognition and disciplineExam7
Lesson 7: Leadership Programs and Employee GrowthAssignment25
Quiz for Module VII - Professional developmentExam10
Lesson 8: Legal Termination of EmployeesAssignment30
Quiz for Module VIII - Calling it quitsExam7
HR Skills: Lesson 9 ExamExam50
HR Skills: Lesson 10 ExamExam35
HR Skills: Lesson 11 ExamExam40
HR Skills: Lesson 12 ExamExam30
HR Skills: Lesson 13 ExamExam45
HR Skills: Lesson 14 ExamExam35
HR Skills: Lesson 15 ExamExam30
HR Skills: Lesson 16 ExamExam20
The Final ExamExam31
Total Points:609
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