HRM Undergraduate Learning Objectives

Three Core Areas for Success in HRM

The curriculum in the programs within the SMLR HRM Department focus on different levels of study (ie. UG, Masters’, Ph.D.).  Across these programs, we strive to advance students' cognitive skills and processes, their knowledge of theory and application, and develop their professional skills. 

  1. Cognitive Skills and Processes
  2. Knowledge of Theory, Practice, and Application 
  3. Professional Development

 

Cognitive Skills and Processes

The cognitive skills and process area reflects the goal for SMLR HRM programs to help students develop skills central to lifelong learning and participation in society and the workplace.

I) Written & Oral Communication – Communicate effectively at a level and in modes appropriate to an entry level professional.

  • Communicate complex ideas effectively, in standard written English
  • Analyze and synthesize information and ideas from multiple sources to generate new insights
  • Produce quality research papers with proper convention of attribution/citation
  • Produce high quality executive summaries
  • Make an argument using contemporary and/or historical evidence
  • Present ideas and arguments in a logical and effective way

II) Quantitative Skills – Apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods for research workplace issues.

  • Formulate, evaluate, and communicate conclusions and inferences from quantitative information
  • Apply quantitative methods to analyze data for HR decision making including cost-benefit analyses, ROI, etc.
  • Apply qualitative methods appropriately, alone and in combination with quantitative methods

III) Research Skills – Demonstrate an ability to collect, analyze and synthesize information to make logical and informed decisions impacting the workplace.  Use evidence to evaluate hypotheses, theories and approaches to workplace issues.

  • Employ current technologies to access information, to conduct research, and to communicate findings
  • Analyze and synthesize information and ideas from multiple sources to generate new insights
  • Assess and critique relevant evidence and research findings
  • Access high-quality historical, qualitative, and quantitative evidence or research
  • Use evidence-based analysis to appraise the validity of various hypotheses, theories, and approaches to workplace issues

 

Knowledge of Theory, Practice and Application

The knowledge of theory and application area reflects the goal for SMLR HRM undergraduate programs to ensure that students learn the key theoretical and foundation areas of study in their domains and realize opportunities to apply that knowledge to practice situations.

IV) Theoretical Perspectives - Demonstrate an understanding of relevant theories and apply them given the background context of a particular work situation.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the practical perspectives, theories and concepts in their field of study
  • Evaluate and apply theories from social science disciplines to workplace issues

V) Understanding Context - Evaluate the context of workplace issues, public policies, and management decisions

  • Analyze the degree to which forms of human difference shape a person’s experience of, and perspectives on work
  • Analyze a contemporary global issue in their field from a multi-disciplinary perspective
  • Analyze issues related to business strategies, organizational structures,and work systems
  • Analyze issues related to the selection, motivation, and development of talent in a global context (HRM)

VI) Application – Demonstrate an understanding of how to apply knowledge necessary for effective work performance

  • Apply concepts and substantive institutional knowledge, to understanding contemporary developments related to work
  • Understand the legal, regulatory and ethical issues related to their field
  • Develop human resource management functional capabilities used to select, motivate, and develop workers
  • Understand the internal and external alignment and measurement of human resource practices

 

Professional Development

VII) Professional Development – Demonstrate an ability to interact with and influence others in a professional manner, and to effectively present ideas and recommendations 

  • Develop effective presentation skills appropriate for different settings and audiences
  • Develop career management skills to navigate one’s career
  • Understand cultural differences and how to work in a multicultural environment
  • Work productively in teams, in social networks, and on an individual basis
  • Develop cultural agility competencies
  • Demonstrate lifelong personal & professional development skills

 

Number

Short Name

Learning Categories

301

Introduction to HRM

V, VI

311

Staffing

II, VI

312

Training and Development

VI, VII

313

Compensation

II, VI

575: 315

Employment Law

I, V

533: 315

Global HRM

III, V, VII

317

Career Management

IV, VII

575: 345

Organizational Work and Behavior

IV, V

360HRM & FinanceII, VI

376

Corporate Governance

I, V

440

Statistics for HRM

II, III, VI

496/97Internship in HRMI, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII

Special Topics Courses

321-328

Organizational Change

IV, VI

321-328

Internal Consulting

I, VI, VII

321-328

Teams

IV, VI

321-328

Benefits

V, VI

321-328

Leadership

VI, VII

321-328

Diversity

IV, V

321-328

Economics and Demographics of Labor Markets

I, IV, V

321-328

Social Media

I, V, VI, VII

321-328

Benefits

I, II

321-328

HR & Health Administration

V, VI

321-328

Managing the 21st Century Workforce

V, VI, VII