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1 MGT465.01/Human Resources Management TuTh 1:10-2:25 Spring 2007 Peter Dorfman [email protected] Phone: 646-4086 Office: GU 113 Office hours: 2:35-3:35 TTh, 1:30-2:30 W & by appointment Group Evaluation Required Texts: 1. Annual Editions: Human Resources 06/076, 16th Edition, by Fred Maidment (Ed.), McGraw Hill. 2. Applications in Human Resource Management, Fifth Edition, 2005, Thompson, South-Western by Nkomo, Fottler, & McAfee, NOTE: IT IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL THAT EACH STUDENT HAS A COPY OF EACH TEXT AND BRING BOTH BOOKS TO CLASS EACH DAY Readings: Eye of The Beholder article online at Objectives: This course is a natural extension of the Management 332 course—Human Resources Management. In that course you learned about basic HRM functions in organizations. You should have a better understanding of the kinds of problems & situations managers must deal with frequently. In this course, you will be able to apply your basic knowledge to very real every-day practical HRM management problems. You will face many of these issues as an employee, & some day as a manager. This course will be organized around complementary teaching techniques. Most of the classes will consist of class discussions, exercises, incidents, and case studies. From time to time, I will present a mini-lecture. As a general format, on Tuesdays we will discuss articles, incidents, and perhaps complete an in-class exercise. On Thursdays, we will discuss case studies and complete more extensive in-class exercises. In other words, the primary means of learning will be extensive discussions on Tuesdays and ―hands-on exercises‖ on Thursdays. For each class, there will be at least one hour out-of-class preparation required of you prior to the class. On Tuesdays, you will fill out a “Test your Knowledge Form” prior to the class. On this form, you will complete the first question (Briefly State the Main idea of this article), and at least one other question of your choosing from the form. You will turn in these forms for 2 of the assigned articles at the beginning of the Tuesday class. Prior to the Thursday class, you will need to read each case or exercise but there will be no written assignment except as noted for specific exercises. Objectives: The main objectives of this course are for students to: 1. Gain in-depth knowledge of key contemporary HRM issues and the dilemmas managers confront in modern organizations. 2. Be able to assume both an HR manager’s and a general manager’s perspective on these key concepts. 3. Use analytical and critical thinking skills through research and complex problem solving.2 4. Use the internet and data base searches to provide information related to the HRM issues 5. Apply concepts to ―real-world‖ HRM problems. Practice the following skills: written and oral presentation; communication and negotiations skills in small groups. Prerequisites for this Course: Students need to have taken MGT 332 (Human Resource Management) and TWO additional management courses. It would be desirable to have taken either MGT 333 (Training & Development), MGT 334 (Labor Relations), MGT 451 (Selection, Placement & Performance Evaluation), or MGT 460 (Compensation Management). If you do not meet the prerequisites, you must have my approval to take this course. Exams: There will be no exams in this course (except an optional final). Instead you will be graded using the following procedure. Grading Item Points Grades Group Topic Reports (4 @ 50 pts ea) 200 A = 360 points & above B = 320-359 Participation 100 C = 280-319 points Final Group Research Project 100 D = 240-279 points Total Points 400 F = 239 points & below To receive an S grade you must earn a C or better (70% of 400 points, or at least 280 points). Academic Misconduct. Honesty and effort are rewarded in this course. Therefore cheating in any form will be subject to the appropriate sanctions (a zero on the assignment, an F grade for the course, and/or may subject the student to further disciplinary action, including possible dismissal from their academic program or from the University). If you have any questions regarding what constitutes Academic Misconduct, you should speak with the instructor, or consult the online student handbook section on this at The following is excerpted directly from the NMSU student handbook: Academic Misconduct: Any student found guilty of academic misconduct shall be subject to disciplinary action. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following actions: o Cheating or knowingly assisting another student in committing an act of cheating or other forms of academic dishonesty; o Plagiarism, which includes, but is not necessarily limited to, submitting examinations, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, undocumented quotations, computer-processed materials, or other material as one's own work when such work has been prepared by another person or copied from another person; o Unauthorized possession of examinations, reserve library materials, laboratory materials, or other course-related materials; o Unauthorized changing of grades on an examination, in an instructor's grade book,3 or on a grade report; or unauthorized access to academic computer records; o Nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other University records in, or for, academic departments or colleges. Students who engage in disruptive activities in an academic setting (e.g., classrooms, academic offices or academic buildings) are subject to disciplinary action in accordance with Section IV-Non Academic Misconduct-All Students. Such students are also subject to administrative actions in accordance with the NMSU Graduate and Undergraduate Catalogs. The syllabus is a contract of sorts. It outlines the expectations I have of you, and what students can expect of me in my course. Read it FULLY and understand the terms of your participation in this course. Some expectations that students should give particular attention to are: Student Expectations & Classroom Etiquette o If you come in late to class due to a circumstance beyond your control, please do so quietly. If you must leave early on occasion, inform the instructor at the beginning of the class & sit near the door. These guidelines should

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