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BMGT 3630 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

BMGT 3630 - Human Resources Management

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

Managing human capital is a challenge all business professionals face. This course addresses that challenge by retaining its unique orientation to overall practicality and real-world application incorporating technology, teams and virtual learning methods. This course will go over practical tips and suggestions to provide effective ways of dealing with problems in communication, leadership, discipline, performance appraisal, labor relations, and compensation administration.

Course Outcomes:
  1. Address current issues facing Human Resource managers and organizational leaders.
  2. Review Human Resource trends in the workplace and the projection of future developments.
  3. Present the basic concepts of Human Resource Management (HRM).
  4. Reinforce teambuilding, problem solving, decision-making, and planning skills.
  5. Enhance leadership skills in advising, counseling, disciplining, and supporting others.
  6. Consider legal and ethical issues in HRM and organizational leadership.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

BMGT 351 (for TTU students) or a general business management course.

Course Topics:

The Challenges of HRM, EEO, Job Requirements and Design, HRM Productivity, HR Planning and Recruitment, Selection, Training and Development, Career Development, Appraising and Improving Performance, Managing Compensation, Incentive Rewards, Employee Benefits, Safety and Health, Employee Rights and Discipline, Dynamics of Labor Relations, Collective Bargaining, Contract Administration, International HRM, Creating High-Powered Work Systems.

Specific Course Requirements:


Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

Web Resources:

1) Columbia Guide to Online Style by Janice R. Walker and Todd Taylor. 

Other APA sites for your reference are:

2) Visit the Library often Ensure that you take time to learn and visit the RODP library for references and materials to strength your discussions.

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

Testing will be done online when you feel you are "ready / prepared" with CLOSED BOOKS. You are on your honor.

Do not include propriety or copyrighted material from other sources without written permission.

You may be called on to present or share with other students materials you develop for this class. You have copyrighted your own work and will be asked for permission to share it with others outside of class.

I encourage you to work together in Discussion Forums as you are learning the knowledge and skills presented in this course, so long as you do not give or receive help on the cases or the final exam. You should actively seek suggestions, share ideas, and get reviews of your oral presentations, but you must produce them yourself. I keep documents from past classes.

Be sure to properly credit the sources for what you turn in, including any assistance with the assignments.

If you have any doubts or questions, Please ask me not another student for clarification.

Grading Procedures:

Students will accumulate points in several general categories: 1) Exams, 2) Homework assignments, 3) Team Project; Subject Matter Expert project (a one-week learning and facilitation of a Subject Matter,) 4) Participation (including evaluations, discussion postings and team response postings).

Grading of the team subject matter experts week management and project presentation will be a 360 degree assessment- a three way assessment.

Total Possible Points for the Course: 1000

Assignments and final paper- 200 points. (Assignments one-four 10 points each. Assignments five-seven 20 points each. Assignment eight-100 points.)

Participation-200 points - Four Discussion Threads at 25 points each. Team and Week of Management participation 100 points.

Three Exams- 300 points. Take exams when you are ready.

Week of Management (Team presentation, responses, team evaluations) - 300 points You will be evaluated on your team participation by both the instructor and your teammates.

You will be asked to evaluate yourself and your teammates several times during the course. Anonymity is guaranteed. Average scores of group members will include self-evaluations. The criteria for team participation is the following:

  1. Initiates thoughtful discussion.
  2. Provides valuable feedback to the group.
  3. Gives timely input to the team.
  4. Shows concern for quality of all products and deliverables.
  5. Overall contribution to the team 
Grading Scale:
Points PercentGrade
1,000-900 90
799-700 70

I= Incomplete
W= Withdraw
AU= Audit

Grades will be assigned on the scale presented above. There will be no rounding up. A letter grade at the end of the course will be given. There is no extra credit available in this class. Also, no consideration will be given for incompletes. Please be sure you can commit to this class. The grading scale emphasizes assignments, projects, and student participation in the learning community as well as two examinations.

Assignments and discussion postings are given suggested deadlines for posting which is listed under the Course Calendar. Note: assignments and discussion postings not posted on the correct date suggested may be subject to less points resulting in that assignment/discussion grade lowered. 

Assignments and Projects:

Get Familiar with D2L 

Read Text

Re-enforce with PPT on Content and Process 

Re- exam for graded test 

Apply with Assignment 

Module 1 

Ch.1 & 2 

Ch.1 & 2 and Norms 

Take Practice quizzes online 

Forming a team

End of week :Assignment #1 


Ch.3 & 4 

Ch.3 & 4 and Learning Projects 

Take Practice quizzes online 

Choosing an organization

End of Week: Assignment #2 


Ch.5 & 6 

Ch.5 & 6 and Teamwork and Ethics 

Take Practice quizzes online 

Presenting the deliverable

Assignment #3


Ch.7 & 8

Ch.7 & 8 and Organizational Analysis

Take Practice quizzes online 

Assignment #4 Creating the Questionnaire 



Ch.9 & 10 &11 and Project Management

Take Practice quizzes online 

Assignment #5 Project Management Plan 


Ch.12 &13 ​

Ch.12 & 13 and Organizational Culture 

Take Graded Exams- When you are ready by end of course 

Assignment #6 Mid- Course Reflection 



Ch.14,15,16 and Mission and Journey 

Take Graded Exams- When you are ready by end of course

Practice quizzes online

Assignment #7 Mission 


Ch.17&18&19& 20 


Take Practice quizzes online

Take Graded Exams- When you are ready by end of course 

Assignment #8 Final paper details- See Due Date

Team Project: The purpose of the team project is to bridge theory and practice. The student will work in a randomly chosen team- up to five people. The team will:

  1. Choose from one of 6 HRM specialties (Benefits, Safety/Health, Labor/Organizations, Rights/Negotiation, Recruitment and Selection, International HR) and become subject matter experts in the area by learning the material presented in the text chapters and researching the specialty in a publicly traded company or organization online.
  2. Choose a company or organization that is publicly traded and located near all of your group members (i.e. McDonald's). Analyze the organization using Bolman and Deal's Four Frames (Chapter 4 PowerPoint). Gather information on the HRM specialty chosen and present the findings to the class.
  3.  Present the HRM specialty to the class by posting a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation on the DISCUSSION BOARD presenting key learning points from the text and organizational analysis. Your team will also choose two questions to post at the end of your presentation for the rest of the class to respond too (part of participation grade points).
  4. You and your team members will present a final paper (Assignment 8) on your company and HRM specialty.
Class Participation:
  1. Students are asked to communicate with other students in the chat room, if you deem this a useful communication tool, otherwise, use WebCT e-mail.
  2. Students are expected to communicate with the instructor as a learning resource.
  3. Students are asked to check the course calendar for assignment and test due dates.
  4. Students are asked to actively participate in threaded discussion events in the discussion board.
  5. Students are asked to work in your assigned teams to create your presentation and company research. 
Late Policy:
  1. Students are required to be prepared and to participate in assignments, discussion board cases, and presentations as a vital part of the learn-by-doing process.
  2. The instructor retains the privilege of making periodic changes in this syllabus throughout the semester, and the dropping of a student from the course due to excessive absenteeism, improper conduct, or other just cause.
  3. Course assignments, written and non-written, are described fully under the "assignments" in the course menu.
  4. All text and discussion are fair game for tests.
  5. Any necessary course changes to the syllabus will be sent to the student by e-mail and posted on the discussion board. Ensure that you read all correspondence. I am more than happy to clarify ambiguity or respond to issues I may have missed.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on May 20, 2020