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General Course Information for HRM409B: Survey in HRM & OD

Course: HRM409B - Survey in HRM & OD
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Course Description: The course provides an overview of human resources management and organizational development activities including employment, interviewing, career systems, compensation, benefits, training, organizational change, performance evaluation, discipline and employee assistance, labor relations, affirmative action and equal employment opportunity considerations, and health and safety.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the various human resources functions.
  • Complete a rudimentary job analysis process.
  • Identify key legal constraints and concerns for HR professionals.
  • Identify and describe three methods of selecting employees.
  • Identify and describe five methods of appraising employees.
  • Identify and describe key issues in the motivation and compensation of employees.
  • Identify and describe key elements to a successful discipline process.
  • Identify and describe common components of employee assistance programs.
  • Identify and describe key elements in health and safety programs.
  • Identify and describe common dynamics in management/labor relations.
  • Identify and describe common concerns in organization development.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze and evaluate management, leadership, and motivation theories.
  • Analyze the organizational and human aspects of the quality service in the hospitality industry to include key concepts of ethics, change management, communication, and managing resistance within today‚Äôs organizations.
  • Apply critical thinking skills and techniques in managerial decision-making processes.
  • Apply ethical principles to complex issues that arise in the workplace.
  • Communicate professionally and effectively with various levels of organizational leadership, customers, and team members in a variety of formats to include oral, visual, and written.
  • Define and discuss workplace diversity and its impact on an organization.
  • Describe elements of proper safety, health and security measures in the workplace.
  • Describe the basic functions of management and their practical implications on the operations of the organization.
  • Describe the basic functions of management and their practical implications.
  • Develop a training and orientation program to assist new employees in effectively integrating into the organization.
  • Discuss organizational theory and design as it relates to strategic HR planning and talent management.
  • Explain the effect of international business environmental factors (legal, economic, and cultural) on the conduct of global business.
  • Explain the principles and theories of ethical decision-making and their practical implications in the everyday conduct of business.
  • Formulate a compensation and benefits plan linked to performance and motivation of employees.
  • Identify labor relations issues in an environment of unionized employees and explain the organizational impact of union activities.
  • Identify organizational behavior, communications, and change theories and their practical implications.
  • Recognize situations that pose legal risks of liability to the employer and implement policies concerning legal compliance of workplace laws.
  • Synthesize business policy, market opportunity, and organizational development linking technology policy with organizational strategy.
  • Utilize information and knowledge resources to maximize workplace learning, problem solving, and decision-making.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:


Contact the Library:

  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures