Syllabus for HRM-550



Regardless of industry, business unit, or department, people are every organization's key source of competitive advantage. In the war for talent, organizations have two choices: (1) develop strategic HR systems that support the recruitment and selection of highly qualified employees, or (2) hire employees with a poor fit, draining organizational resources and resulting in poor outcomes. Not only is recruiting the right people a difficult and daunting task, but selecting the best organizational fit is a significant challenge. Organizations must design a recruitment and selection process from a strategic perspective to successfully win the talent war. This course will focus on the best practices of strategic HR planning. Throughout the course you will be introduced to successful recruitment and selection programs and methods that can be adapted to any organization.



After completing this course, you should be able to:

     CO1    Analyze the value of integrating a systems approach in developing a recruitment and selection


     CO2    Analyze the role, importance, and principal uses of job and work analysis in the context of

                 employee selection.

     CO3    Create a staffing strategy to meet organizational objectives using job analysis data to meet

                 specific strategic needs.

     CO4    Assess and clearly articulate the uses and value of quantitative and qualitative methods of

                 testing in selecting the best-fit candidate for the organization.

    CO5    Develop an argument for a specific recruitment strategy to increase the effectiveness of an

                organization and the best-fit selection of candidates.

     CO6    Formulate a selection checklist to increase the effectiveness of the evaluation and interview

                 process resulting in the selection of the best candidate.

     CO7    Support an approach to continuous improvement of the strategic recruitment and selection


     CO8    Evaluate how financial results are used to support the costs of a strategic approach to

                 recruitment and selection.


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 Textbooks

      systems approach. United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

ISBN-13: 978-1857885989

      Boston, MA: Nicholas Brealey Publishing.

ISBN-13: 978-1780528106


Strategic Recruitment and Selection is a three-credit, online graduate course consisting of eight modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


Your formal work in the course will include discussion forums, written assignments, a midterm assignment, and a final project.

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Promoting Originality

One or more of your course activities may utilize a tool designed to promote original work and evaluate your submissions for plagiarism. More information about this tool is available in this document.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in seven graded discussion forums. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the courses modules. There is also an ungraded but required introduction forum in Module 1.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete two written assignments.

Synchronous Event

You will participate in a Synchronous Event that focuses on preparation for your final paper and presentation.

Final Project

The final paper will involve using the strategy developed throughout the course to create a business case for a strategic systems-based approach to recruitment and selection with an included budget for implementation of the plan. The project will also include a video presentation.


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). 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:


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

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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.

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