Introduction to Human Resource Management

Course Number: BA 224
Transcript Title: Intro to Human Resource Mgmt
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: July 10, 2015
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Studies the basic principles, concepts and practices of Human Resource Management. Examines the specialty areas of job analysis and design, recruiting, selection/hiring, training and development, performance appraisal, compensation, labor-management and employee relations, and safety.Reviews key employment laws and cases to understand legal implications of employment decisions.  Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115, and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores.  Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply an understanding of the basic principles, concepts and practices of human resource management. 
  2. Understand the strategic role of human resource management.
  3. Interpret and explain basic legal implications concerning human resource management.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment methods may include: examinations, quizzes, homework assignments, research papers, and small group problem-solving of questions arising from application of course concepts and concerns to actual experience, oral presentations.

Course Activities and Design

Course activities may include: lecture, discussion, demonstrations, online lessons, in class activities, outside readings, written assignments, research projects, group project, guest lecturers/speakers, panel discussions, or other activities as selected by the instructor.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  1. Acquire general understanding of various human resource management perspectives.
    1. Development of human resource management.
    2. Environment of human resource management.
    3. Strategic Role of human resource management.
    4. Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.
  2. Identify factors of human resources requirements.
    1. Job requirements.
    2. Human resource planning and recruiting.
    3. Selection techniques.
  3. Acquire insight to the various aspects of motivation as related to job satisfaction, compensation, safety and security.
    1. Motivating employees.
    2. The role of communication in human resource management.
    3. Employee rights and discipline.
    4. Managing compensation.
    5. Incentive compensation.
    6. Benefits and services.
    7. Nonfinancial motivation techniques.
  4. Investigate effective methods of training and developing employees.
    1. Performance appraisal.
    2. Career development.
    3. Training.
  5. Describe current federal and state regulations pertaining to employment, and explore ways to strengthen employee-management relations.
    1. The dynamics of labor relations.
    2. Collective bargaining and contract administration.
  6. Understand human resource management in the international environment.
    1. International human resource management.