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MGMT 4311 - 25025 Fall 2013

Course Number MGMT 4311 - 25025
Course Title Human Resources Management
Location Online
Prerequisites MGMT 3303
Instructor Barjinder Singh
Office Hours Face2Face: Mondays, 6 PM to 6.50 PM; Online office Hours: Mondays, 4pm to 5pm;
Phone 281-275-8834
Faculty Homepage/URL http://

Prerequisite Policy

Prerequisites for a course exist because the School of Business Administration faculty have determined that the knowledge, skills, and/or exposure students receive through the prerequisites is critical to their success in the course and their ability to contribute to their fellow students' learning experience. In addition, taking your core courses and concentration or elective courses in a prescribed sequence prepares you to integrate the knowledge and skills you are acquiring properly. Students bear the responsibility for verifying that they have the appropriate prerequisites for their courses. Students who enroll in a course without completing the prerequisites risk being dropped from the class at any time during the semester should their lack of prerequisites come to light. In addition, students who enroll without the prerequisites and as a result find themselves at a disadvantage in meeting course objectives will have no redress with the instructor.

Course Description

A survey of human resource management (HRM) activities within the organization. Topics include the functional areas of HRM as integrated components of business strategy, HR planning, recruitment, selection, and diversity, job analysis and design, training and development, employee and labor relations, compensation, and the legal framework for the practice of HRM. Cross-listed with HCAD 4353. Credit will not be given for both MGMT 4311 and HCAD 4353.

The development, application and analysis of programs for managing human resources in organizations. HRM encompasses the study of the essential functional areas of traditional personnel administration placed in a contemporary strategic nomological context. The topics to be covered include strategic HRM, employee staffing and selection, discrimination and employment law, compensation/reward systems, performance appraisal, work and job design, training and development, ethics in HRM, and labor relations.

Textbook Information

Angelo DeNisi & Ricky Griffin, HR, 2nd ed., Cengage, ISBN 9781133604518(Required)NOTE: A new book must be purchased in order to receive the online access card. ISBN-10: 0538474238, ISBN-13: 9780538474238.

Information on Buying Textbooks

The Victoria College Bookstore carries textbooks for all UHV SBA courses.

Students may use the publishing information posted above to order their textbooks from their favorite book vendor. However, before doing so you should find out what your vendor's anticipated shipping time is, and what their return policy is. Also, you should not write in or remove shrinkwrap from any textbook or materials you purchase from any vendor until the first class day in the event that:

  • the vendor supplies you with the wrong edition of your text,
  • the course instructor is forced to make a late change to the required textbooks,
  • you are forced to make a last-minute change to your schedule due to missing prerequisites, or
  • your course is canceled due to low enrollment.

In addition, be aware that, on occasion, certain outside vendors may substitute an international version of a textbook for the version you have requested without notice. International versions of textbooks may be quite different from the editions we require.

Course Relationship to Program Mission

The School of Business Administration prepares students for entry level and professional positions in business. BBA graduates will:

  • Comprehend the business environment and functions.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills.
  • Demonstrate computer usage skills.
  • Employ ethical principles in all business situations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively on teams in diverse organizations.

AACSB Accreditation Standards

The School of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International, the hallmark of excellence in management education. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education. AACSB International accreditation adds value to your degree. The AACSB International accreditation standards require you to:

  • Operate with integrity in your dealings with faculty and other students.
  • Engage the learning materials with appropriate attention and dedication. (This standard recognizes the role students play in the creation of high-quality education. You cannot be passive, nor can your participation be superficial.)
  • Maintain your engagement when challenged by difficult learning activities.
  • Contribute to the learning of others. (Regardless of the delivery mode of the program, students should have opportunities to work together on some learning tasks. Students need to acknowledge their responsibilities to their fellow students by actively participating in group learning experiences.)
  • Perform to standards set by faculty.

Course Objectives

As a result of this course, students will:

  1. To comprehend and apply human resource management models and practices to solve real world human resource management problems.
  2. To comprehend challenges in managing the employment relationships in a diverse workforce and apply theoretical knowledge in managing the employment relationships.
  3. To analyze the role of business environment and its influence on the human resource management functions in organizations.
  4. To comprehend the role of human resource management function as a strategy for effectively creating sustainable competitive advantage

Course Evaluation Process

Grading Scale:

Your letter grade is determined using the grade distribution that follows. You can calculate your percentage grade at any time in the semester by dividing the points you have accrued by the total points available up to that point. This percentage is then matched to a letter grade.

A 90% or higher
B 80 to 89%
C 70 to 79%
D 60 to 69%
F Less than 60%

Course Assessments:

Discussions Boards & Class Participation10 %
Back of Chapter Case Assignments20 %
Job Analysis Assignment10 %
Exam 120 %
Exam 220 %
Quizzes20 %

Discussions Boards & Class Participation

We learn best when we are active, therefore participation in the class via discussion board activities is very important; you are not just supposed to reply to my discussion question but also reply or comment to another post by your fellow student. The idea is to stimulate a healthy and informative classroom discussion. I expect each student to participate and interact with the class every week, regularly and diligently. Your discussion board participation grade will be based on your posting the discussion board assignments by the deadline -- no exceptions for late submissions, responding to the comments of others, raising relevant questions that you may have in your mind, and overall enhancing the value of learning in the classroom. Please refer to the discussion board procedures in the classroom for the depth and breadth of participation needed from you. Please refer to Blackboard for details. Aimed at achieving learning objectives 1 to 4

Back of Chapter Case Assignments

Short cases are given at the back of each chapter and are titled as "closing cases". I want students to turn-in three closing case assignments on the chapters listed below. While writing-up the case reports students must try to answer all the questions that are asked in the closing cases. I want students to turn-in three closing case reports on these case studies from the following chapters: 1. Chapter 6 (HR Decision Making) 2. Chapter 7 (Recruiting, Selecting, Training, Developing employees) 3. Chapter 13 (Motivation at work) Aimed at achieving learning objectives 2 and 3.

Job Analysis Assignment

As part of this assignment, I want students to conduct job analysis of their current job, if you are not employed at this time, then you can either conduct job analysis of your most recent job or a job that you would like to take-up in future. While conducting job analysis, please focus on two things: a) Job description and b) Job Specification. You may refer to chapter 5 for more detailed information on this job analysis. Aimed at achieving learning objectives 1 to 4.

Exam 1

Questions will be based on chapter materials. Both general and scenario based questions will be included, mainly multiple choice questions, with a few true/false questions. You will have two-hours to complete the exam. The exam will be an open book, open notes exam. The date for the exam and the chapters to be covered is given in the tentative schedule. If you experience any difficulty in taking the exam on the specified date, please let me know so that alternate arrangements can be made. Aimed at achieving learning objectives 1 to 4.

Exam 2

Questions will be based on chapter materials. Both general and scenario based questions will be included, mainly multiple choice questions, with a few true/false questions. You will have two-hours to complete the exam. The exam will be an open book, open notes exam. The date for the exam and the chapters to be covered is given in the tentative schedule. If you experience any difficulty in taking the exam on the specified date, please let me know so that alternate arrangements can be made. Aimed at achieving learning objectives 1 to 4.


Almost every week there will be a Quiz on Chapter materials. Quiz will have 10 to 20 questions, and will be multiple-choice in nature. No make-ups for missed quizzes. Aimed at achieving learning objectives 1 to 4.

Reading Assessments

Your capacity to contribute to class discussions is directly related to your commitment to completing all reading assignments by the dates listed on the course schedule. Class participation grades will reflect both the quantity and the quality of your participation.

Makeup Exams

Make-up exams will only be given at the discretion of the instructor. Students are strongly cautioned to notify the instructor immediately if legitimate and insurmountable obstacles prevent them from participating in a scheduled exam session.

Late Assignments

The due dates for all assignments will be strictly followed. Late assignments may or may not be accepted at the instructor’s discretion; should the instructor accept a late assignment, he or she may reduce the grade of the assignment the equivalent of one (1) letter grade for each day the assignment is late.

Attendance Policy

According to the UHV Student Handbook, students are expected to be diligent in their studies and regular in class attendance. A student whose absences are determined by the instructor to be excessive shall be dropped prior to the last day to drop a course or withdraw from UHV with a grade of W or F. For students enrolled in online courses, "absence" connotes a failure to engage in class participation activities on a weekly basis. If an unforeseen crisis (including family emergencies, professional obligations, and technical difficulties) prevents you from fulfilling your course obligations, you are responsible for alerting your instructor to the reason for and anticipate duration of your absence.

Teaching and Learning Partnership

Teaching and learning is a partnership between faculty and students. I will fulfill my partnership obligations by serving as advisor, consultant, mentor and purveyor of general comments and clarifications of difficult or confusing concepts. To this end, I will respond to questions within 72 hours.  You will fulfill your partnership obligations by being a fully participative, responsive, helping, and working team member of the class.  You should check your UHV email frequently and respond to faculty in a timely fashion. Good business and professional etiquette is expected. No derogatory comments should be made. You may certainly disagree with others in class discussions, and you may state your disagreement (if you choose to); however, please do so in a polite manner.

Homework, take-home exams, case assignments and bulletin board participation all play an important role in your education in this course. They are an essential part of the learning process in that they require the synthesis and extension of concepts. They also help both the student and the instructor to evaluate one’s progress in mastering the material. Past experience indicates that generally the course material cannot be adequately mastered without active involvement on your part.

Discussion of homework assignments with others who are also struggling with them can be highly beneficial and is encouraged. Most real-life problems are solved through team efforts, and it is important to learn how to solve problems cooperatively. The interaction with others working on the same problem often reveals different approaches to common difficulties.

Academic Honesty

Each student is responsible for maintaining high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior. In order that each student understands what is (or is not) acceptable behavior, the following guidelines are offered.

  • Discussion of assignments with other students and members of the faculty is both permitted and encouraged as a constructive educational practice.
  • Students are expected to write their exams, quizzes and papers on their own, based on their individual level of progress with the material.
  • Copying of another’s work and representing it as one’s own work is a serious academic offense, and will be treated as such.
  • Students are encouraged to review materials other than those required for the course in preparing assignments, but should always properly cite any sources used in assignment preparation.

UHV’s Student Handbook contains a detailed description of the university’s Academic Honesty Policy. In addition, tutors at the Academic Center (see section below) are available to assist you in providing proper citations for your source materials.

Disabled Student Policy

The University of Houston System complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, pertaining to the provision of reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids for students with a disability. In accordance with Section 504 and ADA guidelines, each University within the System strives to provide reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids to students who request and require them. If you believe that you have a disability requiring academic adjustments/auxiliary aids, please contact your University’s student disability services center. University of Houston–Victoria, Office of Disability Services, Cheryl Worley, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St., Suite 132-B University West, Victoria, TX 77901. Office phone – 361-570-4287; E-mail; Website -

Student Absences on Religious Holidays

Per Texas state law, students will be excused from attending class and other required activities, including examinations, for the observance of a religious holy day, including travel for that purpose. A student whose absence is excused on these grounds will be allowed to take an examination or complete an assignment within one (1) week of the excused absence.

Sexual Harassment

Students who feel they are the victims of sexual harassment may contact the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at 361-570-4290 and/or the Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action at 361-570-4800.

Grievance Procedures

Students who have non-academic grievances or complaints may contact Student Services at 361-485-4409.

Student Success Center Services

The Student Success Center offers writing assistance to all UHV students in the form of paper reviews by peer tutors. Tutors will aid students in looking more critically at their own writing to examine issues such as organization, structure, and development of ideas. To submit a document for online tutoring, or to schedule an appointment for face-to-face tutoring, please visit the Student Success Center online For more information about the Student Success Center and its library of online resources, visit the Center's Web site at or stop by Suite 129 (University West in Victoria).