ME 343




ME 343

ELL 310

T: 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.


Class Hours: 3.0 Instructor: Dr. Carol Decker

Credit Hours 3.0 Office Hours: T: 5:00-6:00 pm

Course Syllabus Office Location: Lawrence Hall 215

Spring 2014 Phone: 423-746-5270

Revised: 1/6/14 E-mail:

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Mission Statement

In keeping with the spirit of the liberal arts, Tennessee Wesleyan College seeks within

the framework of the Judeo-Christian tradition to provide for students the highest quality

educational experience, to promote personal integrity, responsibility, and purpose, and to

prepare for a life of leadership and service in an ever changing global community.


The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to be knowledgeable, to think critically

and creatively, and to develop a basis for effective judgment. In order that they may take

their places among those who lead and serve, the following goals are expected of


1. TWC Graduates will possess effective communications skills

2. TWC Graduates will possess effective skills in global and cultural awareness

3. TWC Graduates will possess effective analytical skills.

The following outcomes are expected of Tennessee Wesleyan College graduates with

regard to general education:

1. Use effectively the skills of reading, writing and speaking

2. Recognize the issues that affect social and political behavior in their historical and

cultural perspective.

3. Recognize and analyze contributions of the arts and literature.

4. Demonstrate mathematical computation skills, and basic computer applications skills

and demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method.

5. Think critically and develop a basis for effective judgment.

6. Access and evaluate information and its sources and use information effectively to

accomplish a purpose.

Mission of the Department:

The Department of Business Administration at Tennessee Wesleyan College strives to develop students intellectually, ethically, and socially in order for them to meet the demands of an ever-changing global society.

CATALOG COURSE DESCRIPTION: An examination of the management of human resources as a strategic process while emphasizing Equal Opportunity Employment requirements and initiatives. From a management perspective, issues in job analysis, recruitment, selection, training and development, compensation, and evaluation processes will be discussed.



Relate the nature of human resource (HR) management activities and their roles to the strategic managerial process Explain factors and HR policies and legislation influencing the HR managerial process Describe the EEO impact on human resource management Perform and explain the human resource management decision making process Perform and explain human resource recruiting and selection techniques for right-sizing Develop & explain human resource development/diversity methods and processes for performance improvement Develop & Differentiate between performance appraisal tools, problems, and effects Determine compensation and benefit alternatives for effective organization Explain the employee discipline process Describe the unionization and collective bargaining process Recognize safety and global considerations in HR management


· This course will prepare graduates to be knowledgeable, to think critically and creatively, and to develop a basis for judgment in the business setting, which is a part of Tennessee Wesleyan College's curriculum.· This course is a requirement for all management excellence majors as leadership skills are essential for effective managers and employees in any setting.


· This course provides human resource management knowledge and the following skills:o Application of human resources management components in EEO business settingso Application of human resource management decision making o Critical thinking, and research capabilities in the area of human resource management

· This course provides management excellence learning outcomes:· To employ professional ethical responsibility in managerial decision making· To examine and apply key concepts, practices and theories important to the management of organizations· To develop strategic decision making capabilities


Denisi/Griffin HR 4ltrPress Text. Cengage.


Training and Development


HR Focus

HR Magazine

American Society for Training and Development Literature

Society for Human Resource Management Literature

Bureau of Labor Statistics

United States Statistical Abstract

METHODOLOGY OF INSTRUCTION: This course will consist primarily of human resource concepts. Readings, Reflections, Case Analysis, Gaming, Testing, and Technical exercises apply to this course.


Attendance: Attendance requirements in accord with ME Student Guide.

If you do have to miss class for any reason, it is your responsibility to get notes, assignments, and exam/quiz information from a classmate NOT THE INSTRUCTOR. Absence is not an excuse!

Assignments: Assignments are due as required by the instructor and on the due date or before if you anticipate an absence. THERE WILL BE NO MAKEUPS FOR ASSIGNMENTS PERFORMED IN CLASS. All assignments should be typewritten, complete, and professional in order to receive credit. NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED!!!!

Participation: Your participation in this course is critical to the result you and others receive in this class. Participation will be evaluated according to your attendance, assignments, and performance in class exercises, and discussions. Class activities may include case discussions, problems, and concepts that will support class material. Points may be added or deducted from the final grade based on your positive or negative contributions to the course.

Grading: The following grade scale will be utilized in this course. In order to achieve a certain level on this scale you must obtain the score indicated.

A......... 94-100

A-....... 90-93

B+........ 87-89

B.......... 84-86

B-....... 80-83

C+........ 77-79

C.......... 74-76

C-....... 70-73

D+...... 67-69

D......... 64-66

D-....... 60-63

F...........Below 60


Human Resource Project/Presentations ,,,,,.............30% (25/5)


Final Exam................................................. .30%


Human Resource Project/Presentations: Human Resource Project/Presentation: This project should be completed individually and include the development of an HR Project for a current business area, a future business venture, or a recent/current business in the news, or an international firm (Must be approved by the instructor). Your responsibility will be to provide an HR project that includes making recommendations for an HRIS, a job analysis for a specific job in the organization, recruitment, selection, compensation, appraisals, training, and orientation. Your project will be evaluated on its professionalism and application of class and text material. There will be assignments throughout the course that will assist you in completing the HR Project. All assignments will be graded with feedback and should be included in the appendix of your project. You should be prepared to provide a 20 minute presentation. Presentations should include a job display and other visual aids to support your project.

Assignments: There will be 3 HR Project Assignments to complete within the course. Guidelines will be provided. Assignments (See outline of course content for due dates) will be made throughout the course, and performed in class, that parallel course content and the requirements of the overall HR Plan. Please see guidelines regarding assignments above. THERE ARE NO MAKUPS FOR ANY IN CLASS WORK! AND NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED!!!

Final Exam: The final exam will be in essay format. The questions on the exam will represent a comprehensive approach to the class material and will require your ability to recall material and assignments performed throughout the class. The exam will assess your ability and knowledge of human resource management from a holistic standpoint.

Participation: Please see participation guidelines above.

Disability Statement:

Any student who feels she/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a documented disability should contact the Academic Success Center to discuss specific needs. Please contact Dr. Patsy Ging, Director of Learning Support Service for Students with Disabilities at x5237, or via email at It is the students' responsibility to make initial contact with one of the coordinators in the Academic Success Center. Coordinators: Dr. Patsy Ging/, Dr. Patti, or Mr. John Gaston at


Learning Outcome



Use effectively the communication skills of reading, writing, and speaking.

Students will read required and assigned class materials, write HR plans, prepare assignments/essay exam responses, participate in class discussions and exercises, present HR plans, and listen to presentations for the purpose of offering critical questioning. Students will participate in interactive team decision making.

Exams worth 30%, HR plan presentation worth 30%, HR assignments worth 30% and participation worth 10%, will be used to assess student learning and class performance.

Recognize social and political behavioral issues in their historical and cultural perspective.

Students will read class materials Legal environment and diversity issues and apply the impact

This material will be assessed through exams worth 30% and a HR plan/assignments and presentation worth 60%.

Demonstrate mathematical computation and computer application skills.

Students will apply forecasting methods to HR planning.

Students will develop an HR plan utilizing a variety of computer application skills.

Mathematical, computer, and technology skills will be assessed through exams worth 30%, a written HR plan/assignments and presentation worth 60%.

Think critically and develop a basis for effective judgment.

Students are expected to respond to essay exam questions, develop a HR plan, prepare HR assignments which require critical thought and judgment.

Exam, HR plan, and assignments account for 90% of the final grade.

Access and evaluate information and its sources and use information effectively to accomplish a purpose.

Students are expected to prepare materials for the HR plan and presentation that are supported by research.

HR plan completion and decisions assess abilities at a total percentage of 30%.

CLINICAL/LABORATORY/FIELD EXPERIENCES: Students are expected to utilize outside resources (written and verbal) for completing reflection papers. These assignments may involve discussions with individuals presently working in management and other text readings related to management and the designated topics that will support any statements made in written work.

NOTE: Academic Integrity (from TWC Catalog 2013-2014)

The Tennessee Wesleyan College Honor System promotes academic integrity on the Tennessee Wesleyan College campus and increases awareness among different groups within the College community---students, faculty, staff, and administration—of the importance of academic honesty. Each student has the right and duty to pursue his or her academic experience free of dishonesty. The Honor System establishes the higher level of conduct expected and required of all Tennessee Wesleyan College students. Violation of academic integrity, either by plagiarism or by cheating in the classroom or elsewhere, is inconsistent with the philosophy of education at Tennessee Wesleyan College and the moral and ethical prescriptions of the Christian faith.

Instructor Policy on Academic Integrity: Any assignments found to violate the above will be considered as an F without the possibility of make-up opportunities. Continued violations will result in an F for the course. A violation on a final assignment or exam will result in an F for the course.

The instructor reserves the right to make adjustments to this schedule.


Week No./

Beginning Date

Class Date and Scheduled Topic

Required Readings & Assignments Due

1. March 25

3/25 Introduction ; The Strategic Nature Role of HR; Legal, Global, & Competitive Environments

Chapters 1- 4

2. April 1

4/1Human Resource Planning Decisions; Human Managing/Recruitment/Selection/Training & Development

Chapters 5-8; Company Outlook & Critique

3. April 8

4/8 Human Managing /Compensation; Performance Appraisals/Labor Relations/Safety & Health

Chapters 9-12; Job Analysis, Training and Development

4. April 15

4/15 Presentations

Performance Appraisal & Compensation; Projects Due

5. April 22

4/22 Final Exam