Syllabus for EDL-660



Human Resources Administration discusses the productive role of human resources administration within a school district and evaluates HR methodologies used by today’s school district managers. This course focuses on the key foundational components and HR strategies that will provide clear rules of engagement for employees while utilizing them as an advantageous asset. Human Resources Administration also discusses the effective and innovative processes that will allow school districts to acquire, develop, and retain "difference maker" employees. Also explored are the intricate challenges involved in creating competitive and cost-effective compensation and benefits programs. In the field of education, another key focus involves devising standards of performance and measuring and communicating these standards to employees. Other topics covered in this course are workforce development, risk management, employee relations, and high performance work systems.


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the challenges of constructing an effective human resources program within a school district and the concepts that underlie effective human resources strategic planning.
  2. Explain the importance of following a strict human resources compliance program and facilitating diversity into a school district.
  3. Explain the critical processes related to career development, job analysis, and job design; discuss means for creating clear rules of engagement for school district employees and the effective use of internal sources as well as external sources in the recruiting function.
  4. Engage in critical discussions pertaining to the talent acquisition and employee retention processes.
  5. Explain principles for devising an employee appraisal system, measurement standards, and measurement objectives; discuss the employee appraisal interview.
  6. Analyze the features of an effective total compensation system and an effective total benefits programs.
  7. Illustrate the foundational role of human resources in school district health and safety measures as well as violence mitigation.
  8. Discuss employer and employee rights, roles, and responsibilities.
  9. Analyze the dynamics of labor relations and their impact on the workplace.
  10. Explain and discuss high-performance work systems.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

  • Snell, S., & Bohlander, G. (2013). Managing human resources (16th ed.). Cengage.
    ISBN-13: 978-1111532826

Electronic Portfolio Registration

As a capstone experience in the Educational Leadership program, you will prepare an electronic portfolio that demonstrates your incremental achievement of the program standards. Each course in the program helps you to identify artifacts to place in your portfolio on completion of the course. To this end, you are required to purchase an electronic portfolio registration code upon your entry into the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program. Basic directions for purchasing access to and using your electronic portfolio are posted within the Educational Leadership Students Organization (online community).


Human Resources Administration is a three-credit online graduate course, consisting of eight modules. Modules include an overview, topics, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, complete a midterm assignment, and complete a final assignment. See below for more details.

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

Each week in the course has at least one online discussion forum.

Online discussions provide an opportunity for you to share your findings on a topic or question with your classmates. During this aspect of the course, you respond to prompts that assist you in developing your ideas, you share those ideas with your classmates, and you comment on their posts. Discussion forum interactions promote development of a community of learners, critical thinking, and exploratory learning.

Please participate in online discussions as you would in constructive face-to-face discussions. You are expected to post well-reasoned and thoughtful reflections for each item, making reference, as appropriate, to your readings. You are also expected to reply to your classmates' posts in a respectful, professional, and courteous manner. You may, of course, post questions asking for clarification or further elucidation on a topic.

Refer to the Guidelines for Coursework for your discussion forum assignments.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete five written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. For each assignment you are asked to submit a paper of between 500 and 800 words (with a typical font and spacing this will be between one and two pages. The writing assignments require you to write well-reasoned and thoughtful papers, making reference, as appropriate, to the readings and other sources of information. You are required to use APA format for your work and for all references.

Refer to the Guidelines for Coursework for your written assignments.

Midterm and Final Assignments

In module 4 you will complete your midterm assignment and in module 8 you will complete your final assignment. Each of these assignments consists of four equally-weighted questions that allow you to demonstrate your mastery of course objectives. Each of your essays should be between 500 and 800 words in length (with a typical font and spacing this will be between 2 and 3 pages). The midterm assignment covers modules 1 through 4 and the final covers modules 5 through 8.

You will find instructions for completing the assignments in the modules where they appear. You are required to use APA format in organizing your essay and for any citations.

See the Course Calendar for when to submit each assignment

Portfolio Artifacts and Reflective Narrative

The principal artifacts for this course are the midterm assignment and the final assignment. You should accompany the artifact with a reflective narrative that describes the process and how the artifact meets specific standards and prepares you for school leadership.

Place your artifacts in the Artifacts area of your e-folio. You can also link your artifacts (designated as "Work") to ISLLC standards listed in the Resources area of the e-folio. Keep your work in "draft" or "ready for feedback" status for now.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:


















Below 73

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.

Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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