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Week 1 Individual Assignment Human Resource Management Overview

Prepare a 700- to 1,050-word paper using the Week One readings, articles, and your personal experiences to address the following questions:

• What is human resource management?

• What is the primary function of human resource management?

• What is the role of human resource management in an organization’s strategic plan?

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Films: 1. Personnel, 2. Feedback on the Job: Acccepting Criticism, 3. Busniss Plan: SWOT Analysis

Watch these films that are located in the univerisal library and use them as references.

Refer to Main classroom forum for directions to access them.

Week 1 DQ 1

What are the major functions of human resource management (HRM)? What is the most important function of human resource management? Explain your answer and provide a workplace example to support your response.

Why is diversity important in the work environment? What can organizations do to encourage diversity? How is HRM involved in the area of diversity?

The HRM department at fictional Hancock Manufacturing is planning to recruit new employees at a local university career fair. To attract qualified applicants, the department has decided to design a brochure to advertise the department at the career fair. A graphic artist has been assigned to create the graphic design for the brochure and your team has been asked to provide the text for the brochure. The text your team writes must focus on communicating to potential employees how the department is addressing changes in technology, diversity, globalization, and ethics. This assignment is due in Week Two.

Create the text information for the brochure for the HRM department at Hancock Manufacturing.

When referencing the Brochure create the reference from the APA Publication Manaual using Hancock Manufactiring, year brochure made and edition and the names of your Learning Team members using sections:

• B. Books, Brochures, and Book Chapters

• Brochure, coporate author

• Example:

Research and Recruiting Center for New Hires. (2011). Guidelines for staffing procedures at Hancock Manufacturing (5th ed.) [Brochure]. Walker, D: Author.

• Two Part Assignment

• Include the following details in your Brochure text information. This will be in a written paper format with references:

• Title of brochure

• An opening paragraph introducing the human resources department of Hancock Manufacturing

• Three to four paragraphs addressing HRM changes in technology, diversity, globalization, and ethics

• Text in Brochure is separate from PowerPoint presentation slide text

• Submit in Microsoft Word Format

• PowerPoint Presentation

• PowePoint Presentation to include 6 slides including reference slide (references may include some of the same references from the written Brochure). This presentation will be in support of your Brochure with slides of each of the major headings (technology, diversity, globalization, ethics, history of Hancock Manufacturing. In presentation you may use items used in ABC Publishing to enhance your presentation.

• Please include downloaded pictures from the Internet or ClipArt to support your PowerPoint Presentation.

• Submit assignment in PowerPoint format.

• Submitting it through assignment links will be two attachments. Assignment links will take these attachments, one at a time.

• Two items will be handed in through the assignment links (written brochure and PowerPoint presentation of Brochure. Assignments will be loaded into same assignment link. There will be one grade for the two part assignment.

Films: 1. Managing Diversity in Business, 2. Communication Skills, 3. The Age of Wal-Mart: Inside America’s Most Powerful Company

4. Business Communication: Writing 5. Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment and How to Confront It

Watch these films that are located in the univerisal library and use them as references.

Refer to Main classroom forum for directions to access them.

Week 2 DQ 1

What is sexual harassment and what items cause this offense to occur in the workplace? What methods of discourse do employees have when sexual harassment takes place?

Week 2 DQ 2

Assume you are the human resources (HR) manager at ABC Publishing. The company has recently received several complaints of sexual harassment. The HR department has decided to create a sexual harassment policy. What should the policy include? How should the policy be implemented and enforced?

Week 3 Individual Assignment Employment Laws Chart

Resources: Weekly readings and additional research, if necessary

Complete Employment Laws Chart found on the student web page for Week Three. The chart includes descriptions, court cases, importance of, and application of employment laws.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

For Law citations please use D.03 Court Case Decisions (BlueBook Rule 10) found in APA Publication Manual.

Refer to the University Material: Equal Employment Opportunity and Employee Rights Review located on the student website, for List A and List B.

Use the lists to complete the assignment.

Select two laws from List A and one law or issue from List B.

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper addressing the following:

• Provide a general summary describing your chosen laws or issues.

• For each selected law or issue, locate a present-day court case that has challenged your selected law or issue.

• What, if any, are the implications for HR departments in managing the employer-employee relationship in the context of the law or issue?

• For each law or issue selected, write an example of a HR policy that shows compliance with the laws or acts discussed.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

For Law citations please use D.03 Court Case Decisions (BlueBook Rule 10) found in APA Publication Manual.

Films: 1. Business Ethics, 2. Employer/Employee Rights and Responsibilities

Watch these films that are located in the univerisal library and use them as references.

Refer to Main classroom forum for directions to access them.

Ch. 5 of Fundamentals ofHuman Resource Management introduces five job analysis methods including observation, individual interview, group interview, structured questionnaire, technical conference, and diary method. Select two job analysis methods. For each method chosen, describe a situation which is most appropriate to apply the job analysis method. What are some disadvantages associated with each method you have chosen?


Decenzo, D. A., & Robbins, S. P. (2007). Fundamentals of human resource management (9thed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Week 3 DQ 2

Employee selection methods introduced in Ch. 7 of Fundamentals of Human

Management includes applications, employment tests, interviews, background investigations, and medical or physical examinations. Select three selection methods that you feel are most useful. For each selection method chosen, discuss the reliability and validity of the method. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the selection methods you have chosen?


Decenzo, D. A., & Robbins, S. P. (2007). Fundamentals of human resource management (9th ed.). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Conduct an interview with someone who has a job position that is different from your own.

Identify the duties associated with his or her position, as well as any skills and abilities necessary for the position.

Gather the information from the interview, as well as the Week Three readings, to complete the Job Description and Recruiting Strategies Worksheet found on the student Web page for Week Four.

Answer each question in paragraph format.


Your Learning Team has been selected to conduct a recruiting and staffing training to a group of new human resource management (HRM) employees at your company.

Note. Your instructor will assign each Learning Team a company from the Virtual Organization. Use the assigned company and the above scenario to complete this assignment.

Resource: Virtual Organization

Create a 7- to 10-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation in which your team trains new employees on the role of HRM planning and its relationship to the strategic plan of the organization.

• Include an overview of the process and steps of HR planning, recruiting, interviewing, selecting, and hiring of employees.

• Consider using visual aids and graphics to enhance your presentation.

• Include clear and specific presenter’s notes.

Cite three references and use three APA in-text citations.

Films: 1. Managing Change in a Large Organization, 2. Managing Diversity in Business

Watch this film that is located in the univerisal library as use it as a reference

Example of Assignment: Use the virtual organization assigned to you.

In this assignment you have already recruited and selected a group of Human Resource Management employees that work for Baderman Island. Your job is to train and develop them on Baderman Island’s process of just recruiting, selecting, and hiring new employees, hourly and management. You have existing employees with the new hires to orientate to your Human Resource Program, but also what items may cause potential candidates to want to work for you.

When you put it together, try to reflect on convincing me, as a potential employee and an existing new hire that that I made the right decision in coming to work for Baderman Island in the job description you need to fill for the organization.

Your group may introduce a training program for employees. This would just be an explanation to the new hires that you have one at Baderman Island for new hires to enter into when hired.

Explain the current Baderrman Island overview (policies and procedures) in the area of recruiting and staffing and if you want to add improvement areas, please do so. Research the organization (Baderrman Island) first and include their procedures on how they do it. After explaining their recruiting and staffing methods, add to it if you think it will help the recruiting and staffing process. Be sure to label and document these sources. If you do add to it, identify what you did and label it for me.

Please do this for the virtual organization you are assigned to.

Refer to Main classroom forum for directions to access them.

Week 4 DQ 1

Explain the effects a learning organization may have on employees in today’s organization. What are the HRM implications of this effect?

Week 4 DQ 2

“If management treats employees well, pays them a fair wage, communicates with them, and ensures that they have a safe and healthy work environment, there is no need for a union.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Explain your position.


Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper addressing the following:

• Explain the role of training in an organization’s development.

• Describe different employee development methods and their benefits.

• Analyze the relationship between employee development and organizational development.

• Describe the role of human resource management in career development.

• Reflect on your personal career development. Where do you see your career in 5 years? How can your company or your future company assist you with your career development? Will your company’s career development opportunities be sufficient for your needs?

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.


Resource: Company assigned to you by your instructor.

Use the company in the Virtual Organization assigned to you by your instructor in Week Four.

Write a 1,400- to 1,750-word paper, due in Week Five, addressing the following:

• Identify two jobs within your assigned company.

• Describe the general function of performance management systems. If your assigned company does not use a performance management system, would you recommend it use one?

• Suggest two job evaluation methods for each of the positions your team has chosen. What would be the advantages and disadvantages of these methods, based on the positions you have selected?

• Compare and contrast possible compensation plans for the two positions.

• Explain the importance of providing employee benefit plans to employees working in the chosen positions.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Week 5 DQ 1

What is the purpose of performance management systems within an organization? What are some ethical concerns of performance management systems? How can a human resource management (HRM) department ensure a performance management system is ethical?

Week 5 DQ 2

Decenzo and Robbins (2007) in Chapter 11 discuss three classifications of rewards. They are intrinsic versus extrinsic rewards, financial versus nonfinancial rewards, and performance-based versus membership based rewards. What are the strengths and weaknesses associated with each type of reward? Which type of reward is most successful in the business environment and why?


Decenzo, D. A., & Robbins, S. P. (2007). Fundamentals of human resource management (9th ed.). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Final Exam Guide

Prepare to take a Final Examination.

1. ____Today’s managers have found that employees do not set aside their cultural values and lifestyle preferences when they come to work. The challenge is to make organizations more accommodating to diverse groups of people by addressing different lifestyles, family needs, and work styles.

2. ____The part-time, temporary, and contract workers used by organizations to fill peak staffing needs or perform work not done by core employees is called the contingent workforce.

3. ____Quality management’s objective is to create an organization committed to continuous improvement or one that leads to achieving an effective and lean work force. A well-managed organization according to W. Edward Deming was one in which statistical control reduced variability and resulted in uniform quality and predictable quality of output.

4. ____Work process engineering will generate its benefits only if Human Resource Management does train its employee population.

5. ____ Causes of stress can be grouped into two major categories: motivational and personal

6. ____Technological changes have required HRM to address or change its practices when it deals with such activities as recruiting as recruiting and selecting employees, motivating and paying individuals, training and developing employees, and in legal and ethical matters.

7. ____Drug testing in today’s organization is conducted not to eliminate illegal substance at the point of hire, but only to catch those using it in the workplace.

8. ____Type A behavior is characterized by a procrastinated sense of time urgency, excessively competitive drive, and difficulty accepting and enjoying leisure time.

9. ____The purpose of job analysis is only concerned with the amount of money that is paid to the employee for following their job description.

10.___A financial protection plan for executives in case they are released from the organization is called a golden parachute.

11.___Social Security does not provide a source of income for American retirees, disabled workers, and surviving dependents of workers who have died.

10. ___Employees cannot assume that well-publicized sexual harassment policies will constitute reasonable care to prevent religious harassment. This was the issue in Agay v. City of Benton Harbour1998.

13.___Some stress in organizations is absolutely necessary; without it, workers lack energy.

14.___Safety committee’s which follow the Occupational Safety and Health Act in the workplace are used to prevent employee related accidents.

Multiple Choice: Please select your answer and place it in the space before the question (16 * .20 each = 3.20 points)

15 ____Primary functions of management include which of these items.

a. Planning b. organizing c. leading d. controlling e. all of the above

16 ____The Human Resource Management process consists of which basic functions?

a. staffing b. training and development c. motivation d. maintenance e. all of the above

17 ____The Civil Rights Act that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, and national origin was first coupled with the fourteenth amendment to the Constitution in what year?

a. 1865 b. 1938 c. 1964 d. 1867 e. none of the above

18 __Effective communication programs involve which element?

a. employment b. Mary Parker Follet c. effective upward communication d. employee relations e. an effective code of ethics

19 ___ Sexual harassment case which examined the fault of the victim and the organization.

__Albemarle Paper Company v. Moody b. Griggs v. Duke Power Company c. Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, (1996) d. Toussaint v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan e. none of the above

20 ___Sexual harassment is defined as having which one of the elements?

a. Quid pro quo b. Health Maintenance Organizations c. a hostile environment d. none of the above e. a & c

21 ___The implied employment contract was an issue in which employment law case concerning retirement age?

a. Toussaint v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan b. Washington v. Davis c. McDonnell-Douglas Corporation v. Green d. Connecticut v. Teal e. all of the above

22 ___An employee handbook is for which reason?

a. policies and procedures of company the employee works for b. who is dating who c. ways to insult your employer d. how to destroy employer property e. ways to insult the customer

23. A training technique in a department?

a. job rotation b. development c. learning d. leadership e. socialization

24.____When a senior employee takes an active role in guiding another individual in leadership abilities, what do we call this activity?

a. mentoring b. exploration c. career counseling d. outsourcing e. organizational development

25.___What is it called when the employer provides the employee with repeated opportunities to discuss performance before any reward or punishment consequences occur that will eliminate surprises at the formal annual review?

a. upward appraisal b. ongoing feedback c. 360-degree appraisal d. training e. validity

26.__What term refers to the act of employees using their organization’s Internet access during work hours to surf non-job-related Web sites and to send or receive personal emails.

a. Intranet b. firewalls c. cyber bullying d. cyber email e. cyberloafing

27.___There are two goals of recruiting. One is recruiting to generate a large pool of applicants. The other one is?

a. How to discipline employees’ b. how to compensate employees’ c. provide enough information for individual’s to self-select out of the process d. look for ways to increase recruiting costs e. look for ways to damage diversity

28.____Typically, OSHA enforces the standards based on a five-term priority listing. One of them it is a serious accident that has occurred within the past ___ hours.

a. 75 b. 24 c. 48 d. working week e. none of the above

29.____Organization officials have a legal responsibility, if not a moral one, to ensure that the workplace is free from unnecessary hazards and that conditions surrounding the workplace are safe for employees’ ___.

a. physical b. to prevent incident rates c. physical and mental health d. to prevent immediate danger e. job safety programs

30. ___ When OSHA was originally passed and put into legislation an inspector had the right to levy a fine against the organization and award a fine with a maximum penalty of $ 10,000. Today, with the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 the $10,000 penalty can increase to which dollar amount ___.

a. $ does not increase b. $ 20,000 c. $80,000 d. $70,000 e. $100,000

Short Answers. Explain in Short Sentences to Answer the Question Underneath the Question. Pick Six Questions and Answer them. There are one point each. Total = Six Points. Credit = 5.75 Points

31. Explain the difference between employee development and organizational development?

32. What is the Occupational Safety and Health Act and when was it passed

33. Explain one of the major functions of Human Resource

34. Management and how does it relate to the job description?

35. What is the purpose of a S.W.O.T. analysis?

36. What is an Employment-at-Will contract and list and explain one way it can be broken?

37. What is the purpose of an employee handbook

38. What is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission?

39. Explain two methods of employee recruitment?

40. What is the difference between Management and Human Resources? I am referring to the elements each comprises.

41. List an intrinsic and extrinsic reward and explain how it is helpful in the workplace to increase validity?

42. What is collective bargaining and what members are involved in the process?

One Long Essay. Answer the Following Question in One to Three Paragraphs in Your Own Words. No In-Text Citations. I Will Count Off For This. (Three Points). Credit = 3 points

43. Why is the ‘Global Village’ an important part of diversity as it relates to Human Resource Management?


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