General Course Information for HRM433: Pay & Benefit Admin, & HR Tech

Course: HRM433 - Pay & Benefit Admin, & HR Tech
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to:

Course Description: This course reviews the fundamentals of wage and salary programs, including the development of job descriptions, performing job evaluations, conducting salary surveys, adjusting pay structures, considering area differentials, and relating pay to performance. Benefit programs and related employee incentive and service programs are also covered. Ways to link performance to both monetary and non-monetary rewards will be reviewed, including profit sharing, bonus plans, stock options, awards and special rewards for managerial personnel. Legislative restraints and tax treatments are discussed and behavioral theories are highlighted as they apply in this area. The incorporation of technology as it relates to Human Resource Management Systems that increases efficiency in pay, benefits administration, and aligning HR with organizational activities are also covered. The synthesis of pay, benefits administration and HR technology integrates the selection, development and administration of practical programs and systems for attracting, motivating, and retaining human resources.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Perform a job analysis, write job descriptions, evaluate the value of specific jobs within an organizational structure.
  • Design and conduct a salary survey and develop a pay structure.
  • Identify and describe the types of government and union influences on compensation and benefit practices and management techniques for dealing with these influences.
  • Describe various kinds of compensation and incentive programs and the situations in which such programs would be effective.
  • Develop and manage a total compensation program, including communicating that program to employees.
  • Write a compensation policy manual for an organization.
  • Make recommendations to management regarding different forms of compensation for employees in different jobs and at different levels in the organizations.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Major in Human Resource Management
    • Conduct a job analysis to identify staffing needs as part of the human resource planning process.
    • Design a recruitment and selection plan for attracting and retaining qualified candidates for employment.
    • Formulate a compensation and benefits plan linked to performance and motivation of employees.
    • Recognize situations that pose legal risks of liability to the employer and implement policies concerning legal compliance of workplace laws.

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