Contemp Persp Human Rsrc Mgmt

Course Details

Course Number: MGMT 5413  Section Number: X20

Spring 2014

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: ONLINE

Days & Times:


Course Attachments

Syllabus  MGMT 5413 Syllabus Spring 2014-20140114-204835.doc

Assignment Information  MGMT 5413 Assignment Information-20140114-205405.doc


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Laura Martin   
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Course Objectives

General Learning Goals


            Students will develop more complex analytical and critical thinking skills 

Students will engage in complex problem solving to propose workable solutions to actual problems that HR Professionals face in their jobs.  This process will involve research, integration and application of concepts discussed and the synthesis and defense of the best possible decision.


            Students will display effective written communication

Students will write formal responses for multiple simulations involving actual decisions HR staff face in their work.  Essay questions on the exams will allow students to demonstrate professional written communication while under a time deadline.  Students will also engage in regular written discussions via a discussion board.


Course Specific Learning Goals

·         Gain deeper insight into current issues that are relevant in the HR field.  Concepts such as benefits, healthcare, compensation, selection, assessment, and diversity, among many others, are discussed.  Emphasis is on decision making using these concepts in the workplace.

·         Examine actual situations by studying cases of organizations in each chapter and acting as an HR decision maker in the simulations.  This provides a realistic look at the field of HR while honing decision making skills that are generalizable to any field and position.

·         Discover new knowledge of specific HR issues by examining current issues in the news.

Course Expectations

Graded Course Components

            First Week Assignments

During the first week of class, we will have assignments that are designed to familiarize you with the programs we will be using during the class.  Please see details of these assignments in the Assignment Information Document posted in D2L under Course Content.



There will be 3 non-cumulative exams in this course administered through D2L.  You will have 2 hours to complete each exam.  Exams will consist of multiple choice, true/false and essay questions.  You will have one attempt at the exam and no make ups are allowed.  You may take the exam anywhere, and any time during the exam days.  Exams will open at 12:01 am on Friday morning and are due by 11:59 pm on Monday evening.  All exams must be completed within that 4 day timeframe. Please see details of the exams in the Assignment Information Document posted in D2L under Course Content.





We will have weekly discussions via the discussion tool in D2L.  These discussions will be both about the content that we are covering that week in class and current issues that come from external sources.  These discussions will be graded on content, contribution, and professional writing.  These discussions are intended to allow you to explore some of the content areas we are studying in more detail and develop thoughts further about these topics with your fellow students.  Please see details of these discussions and the schedule for our discussion weeks in the Assignment Information Document posted in D2L under Course Content.



Each week, there will be a quiz over the chapter material we are covering in class.  These quizzes are due on Monday at 11:59 pm.  The quizzes are worth 15 points each and are administered in CourseMate.  You have an unlimited amount of time to take the quiz.  Your first attempt score is the score that will be your recorded grade.  Please see details of these quizzes in the Assignment Information Document posted in D2L under Course Content.



There are a total of 9 simulations you will complete over the course of the semester.  These simulations put you in the position of an HR decision maker in an organization.  You are presented with a situation that includes multiple HR components via videos from other stakeholders and background information from the organization.  Your job is to make and defend several situations that will solve the problem most effectively.  You will be graded on the quality and support of your decisions.  The simulations are due by 11:59 pm on 4/21.  The simulations are located in CourseMate, but you will submit your answers in the D2L “Tests” tool.  Please see details of these simulations, including the grading rubric, in the Assignment Information Document posted in D2L under Course Content.


Extra Credit

All students have multiple opportunities for extra credit throughout the semester by completing extra work and/or participating in course-related activities.  See the document titled “Extra Credit Opportunities” in D2L under Course Content for more information. 

Grading Standards

Grading and Evaluation

Many different tools are used to test your degree of success at achieving the different learning goals.  Here is the breakdown of points in this class:


            First Week Assignments                      20 points                                 =   20

            Exams                                                 3 @ 150 points each               = 450

            Discussions                                         14 @ 10 points each               = 140

            Quizzes                                               14 @ 15 points each               = 210

            Simulations                                         9 @ 60 points each                 = 540

            Total Available Points                                                                         = 1360


Grades will be determined on the basis of the total points earned.  Letter grades will be given according to the following scale:


                        A = 1224-1360 points

                        B = 1088-1223 points

                        C = 952-1087 points

                        D = 816-951 points

                        F = less than 816 points

Submission Format Policy


This is the University’s online platform for this course.  Students are expected to check this website for important course information, course documents, and correspondence from the instructor multiple times per week, regardless of when you actually complete your course work.  There is regular maintenance performed on D2L and the times for scheduled maintenance are posted on the first D2L page under “News” so that you can plan your work around this downtime.



This is the web-based program that complements our textbook.  Some work for the course will be completed via this site.  Multiple tools to enhance student success in achieving course learning goals are located on this website.  CourseMate undergoes scheduled maintenance.  The times for this scheduled maintenance are posted on the webpage where you enter your log-in credentials.  Please note this downtime so you can complete your work around it.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Late Work

Professionals are not late with their work, and it will not be accepted for any reason.  This class provides you the opportunity to work at your own pace and convenience within the stated deadlines, and this mirrors trends that are becoming more frequent in the workplace.  Without traditional borders of an 8-5 workday or formal class sessions, it is up to you to establish your own work schedule and to enforce yourself with discipline for your studies.  Just like in the workplace, there will be no extension of deadlines. Life happens, and a good professional will plan for “life to happen” and still meet their deadlines.  The best way to ensure that this happens is to work ahead of the deadline instead of opting for a “just in time” approach that will put your success of each assignment at risk if you have something personal to tend to. 

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

There are no in-class sessions for this course, however, you are expected to regularly log in to D2L and CourseMate.  The course will follow the university attendance policy.  

Other Policies

Assignment Information

A document titled “Assignment Information” is posted under Course Content in D2L.  This document provides details of all assignments for this course, including grading criteria and specific deadlines for each component.  The information contained in this document is an extension of the syllabus.  

Course Time

This course and all related deadlines will adhere to the local time of Midwestern State University.  All dates and times are in Central Time and Daylight Savings Time is observed.  If you are completing coursework in another time zone, please note the time difference and plan accordingly.  

Weekly Deadlines

Weekly deadlines occur each Monday, and these deadlines occasionally fall on holidays and/or days when the University is closed.  Please note that these deadlines are still effective because there are multiple days to complete each assignment.  If you choose not to do coursework on a deadline, please work ahead to give yourself a holiday.  If you have concerns about a deadline conflicting with a holiday and/or closure, please contact me early in the semester so that alternate arrangements can be made.


            Other Related Policies

Only students with authorized excuses (see University Class Attendance Policy) may make up missed examinations.  Make-up exams will be administered at the professor’s discretion, and the professor reserves the right to require documentation of reason for missing an exam. 


While this course does not meet in person, it does require that you create and maintain a schedule that works for you in order to stay on track with the course requirements.  You are responsible for due dates and deadlines, and missed deadlines cannot be made up.  Each week, I will post an outline of deadlines and assignments for the week to help keep you on track.


To reach me, please e-mail and include your first and last name and class in each correspondence.  Please do not call, as I will not get the message quickly.  I respond to all e-mails within 24 hours.  Every effort will be made to return graded simulations and exams within 1 week of submission.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.