Masters of Management – Human Resources Course Descriptions

Management Core (19 credit hours)

BADM 6123 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (3 credit hours) 
This course examines organizational communication theory and process. Special emphasis is given to common and special problems associated with interpersonal and intergroup communication affecting business decisions and operations.

ECO 5003 THE ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT (3 credit hours)
This course examines economics from a historical perspective. Economic principles are discussed from a management perspective, including production, costs, exchange, distribution and consumption. Students apply economic concepts such as scarcity and opportunity costs, relationship between aggregate supply and demand, profit maximization, foreign trade and banking systems.

MGT 5133 MANAGEMENT OF ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (3 credit hours) 
This course deals with behavioral social systems in work organizations. Topics include individual and group behavior, leadership, organizational change and development, behavioral research, decision processes and motivation processes.

MGT 6143 LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF MANAGEMENT (3 credit hours)
This course provides the management student with a sound understanding of today’s legal environment. Lectures, reading, group activities and actual case studies are incorporated to assist the student in complying with the appropriate laws governing today’s business environment.

MGT 6153 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION (3 credit hours)
The focus of this module is to examine the functional areas of human resource management, including acquisition and placement, job analysis and design, training and development, performance management and rewarding of human resources. Extensive reading, writing, group discussions and case studies are analyzed.  

MGT 6131 MANAGEMENT SEMINAR (1 credit hour)
This course consists of three elements: 1) a two-night seminar, Entrepreneurship, 2) a Portfolio created by the student demonstrating his or her growth from entry to completion of the program, and 3) an Exit Interview.

Master of Science in Management – Human Resource Concentration 12 credit hours

MGT 6103 EMPLOYMENT LAW (3 credit hours)
Employment Law addresses human resource practices associated with each stage of the employment process and federal and state labor laws that regulate the employment relationship. Major topics include employee welfare and retirement benefits (ERISA), employee privacy, medical and drug screening, wage and hour protection, occupational safety and health, disabling illness or injury, and wrongful discharge. The course empowers students to understand the difference between what is legal and what is not, to recognize and avoid potential problems, and know when to turn to a lawyer. This course will cover the most important employment law topics in regard to the latest legislation, new regulations, and recent case law, including extended coverage of the rights of vulnerable employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act, racial discrimination, the use of background checks, the Family Medical Leave Act, and more.

MGT 5143 WORKFORCE PLANNING & EMPLOYMENT (3 credit hours)
Workforce planning, a core process of human resource management shaped by organizational strategy, ensures the right number of people with the right skills in the right place at the right time to reach short- and long-term organizational objectives. Workforce analysis involves three distinct phases including: Supply Analysis, Demand (or Needs) Analysis and Gap Analysis. Altogether, this process yields information that can be melded together with the other components of workforce planning to form a strategic plan designed to cope with workforce challenges of the future.

MGT 6103 EMPLOYMENT LAW (3 credit hours)
Employment Law addresses human resource practices associated with each stage of the employment process and federal and state labor laws that regulate the employment relationship. Major topics include employee welfare and retirement benefits (ERISA), employee privacy, medical and drug screening, wage and hour protection, occupational safety and health, disabling illness or injury, and wrongful discharge. The course empowers students to understand the difference between what is legal and what is not, to recognize and avoid potential problems, and know when to turn to a lawyer. This course will cover the most important employment law topics in regard to the latest legislation, new regulations, and recent case law, including extended coverage of the rights of vulnerable employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act, racial discrimination, the use of background checks, the Family Medical Leave Act, and more.

MGT 6133 COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS (3 credit hours)
Demonstrates the art and science of compensation practice and its role in a company’s competitive advantage. The course focuses on the context of compensation practice, the criteria used to compensate employees, compensation system design issues, employee benefits, the challenges of compensating key strategic employee groups, and pay and benefits around the world, preparing readers to assume the roles of successful compensation professionals.

MGT 6203 HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (3 credit hours)
Human resource development is the framework for helping employees develop their personal and organizational skills, knowledge, and abilities; that is, the integrated use of training, organization, and career development efforts to improve individual, group, and organizational effectiveness. HRD develops the key competencies that enable individuals in organizations to perform current and future jobs through planned learning activities. Human Resource Development includes staffing strategies that reinforce business strategies, staffing technology, and how to evaluate and improve staffing systems. This course also includes topics related to employee training, career development, performance management and development, coaching / mentoring, succession planning, key employee identification, tuition assistance, and organization development.