Syllabus for MAN-331



Human Resources Management is a three-credit, upper-level under­graduate course that focuses on human resources as the dynamic founda­tion for organizational competitiveness in a change-driven environment. It examines processes for plan­ning, developing, and managing human resources within the context of a partnership relationship among leaders, managers, and employees.

The course is structured around three fundamental beliefs:

  1. Human resources represent a critical organizational asset.
  2. Human re­sources are the linchpin for organizational change.
  3. Human resources are a source of competitive advantage.


Human Resources Management has two overall objectives: (1) to intro­duce concepts and practices essential to successful human resources planning, devel­op­ment, and management and (2) to build your skills in critically applying concepts and practices to realistic situations across a variety of industries and sectors.

After completing Human Resources Management, you should be able to:


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

ISBN-13: 978-1-111-58022-3

Course Documents

In-Sites are mentor-created commentaries on topics relevant to the units in which they are assigned. They are located in the Course Documents area of the course Web site.

The appendixes are located in the Course Documents area of the course Web site.


Human Resources Management is a three-credit course consisting of ten modules. Modules include an overview, study materials, and activities. You must prepare six analytic written responses (written assignments), participate in five graded online discussions, and conduct three supplemental inquiries. You are also required to take a proctored midterm examination and complete a final project.

Unit study assignments include readings from the required textbook, "In-Site" commentaries and appendices found in the Course Documents area of the course Web site, and supple­mental inquiries.

Module titles are listed below.

Required Readings

You will have weekly reading assignments in the Jackson, Schuler and Werner text that will include both chapter narratives and case studies.

You will also be required to read the assigned "In-Sites," which relate concepts to practice. In-Sites (located in Course Documents on the course Web site) are remarks that highlight or expand on readings, enabling you to assess and compare personal or professional expe­riences with readings.

Where indicated in the appropriate study assignments, you should study certain textbook chapters for answers to specific questions relating to your final project. See the Final Project area of the course Web site for more information.

Study assign­ments also include reading appendixes A–C during the assigned weeks. These are also located in Course Documents.

Supplemental Inquiries

Modules 2, 4, and 6 each include a supplemental inquiry that encourages you to venture beyond the text for additional learning opportunities.

In choosing your supplemental readings, please follow these steps:

Step 1--Review the topics below for which you need to select supplemental readings.

Step 2--Find readings (articles, books, Websites, or the like) that apply to these topics.

Step 3--Submit a proposal to your mentor in which you identify the two readings you have chosen for each inquiry, giving full citations and a brief description of each reading and how it relates to the topic.

Note--Include in your proposal a brief description of the on-the-job analysis you plan to conduct as your module 4 supplemental inquiry.

Your mentor will comment on and approve your selections. Please keep your mentor apprised of any changes to your selected readings or on-the-job analysis as the course proceeds.

Please note that the supplemental inquiries do not require the writing of additional papers. Rather, they are meant to enhance your knowledge.


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

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

Human Resources Management requires you to participate in periodic online class discussions. In addition to an ungraded introduction forum in Week 1, you are required to participate in five graded class discussions.

Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct assignments: an initial response to a posted question (discussion thread) and at least two subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement. You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

 For posting guidelines and help with discussion forums, please see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete six written assignments, which are the chief means of demonstrating your analytic, assessment, and expressive abilities.

The purpose of the written assignments is threefold:

  1. To provide experience in data gathering, critical analysis, and realistic applica­tion of concepts and practice.
  2. To present your findings in a written document that is professional in content and appearance.
  3. To reinforce the textbook, supplemental inquiries, and In-Sites.

Follow these guidelines when researching and writing these assignments:

Prepare your written assignments using whatever word processing program you have on your computer. Include your name at the top of the paper, as well as the course name and code and the semester and year in which you are enrolled.

Before submitting your first assignment, check with your mentor to determine whether your word processing software is compatible with your mentor's software. If so, you can submit your work as you prepared it. If not, save your assignment as a rich-text (.rtf) file, using the Save As command of your software program. Rich text retains basic formatting and can be read by any other word processing program.

For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Midterm Examination

For a list of key concepts that may appear on your exam(s), refer to the study guide(s) available in the Examinations section of the course Web site.

Human Resources Management requires you to take a proctored online midterm examination. Consult the Course Calendar for the scheduling of this exam.

The midterm exam is a closed-book examination that covers all the material assigned through module 5. It is two hours long and consists of four fictional but realistic mini-cases, or scenarios, in which you apply conceptual and practical knowledge to answer questions, solve problems, or make recommendations.

For the midterm, you are required to use the University's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.

Online exams are administered through the course Web site. Consult the Course Calendar for the official dates of exam weeks.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during an exam. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in an exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.

Final Project

You are required at the end of the semester to submit a final project in the form of a case analysis. The final project will be worth 20 percent of your final grade for the course.

For details of the final project case analysis, see the Final Project area of the course Web site. Be sure that you read about the final project when you start the course so that you know what is required. The section called "Case Analysis Strategies for Success" will give you information about the timing of your work on this project, noting that you should work on your project as you study the relevant elements of the course. Do not leave your preparation of the project to the end of the semester. For details regarding the due date, see the Course Calendar.


For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.


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 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).


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, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

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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