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BUSN 2340 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

BUSN 2340 - Human Resource Management

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course is a study of principles of human resource management, which may include equal employment law and the recruitment, selection, and development of the human resources.   

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Introduce student to the effective management of human resources.
  • Assess key legislation affecting employee and labor relations.
  • Discuss the key factors in workforce planning such as recruitment, selection, and development of employees.
  • Explain why proper job design, orientation, and on-going training are needed for successful employee performance within the organization. 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:


Course Topics:
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Environments of Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Management Decision Making
  • Selection and Management of Employees
  • Labor Relations and Safety
  • Motivation and Performance
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:


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

Grading Procedures:

Letter grades for this course will be assigned based on the following scale.

Point RangeAssigned Grade
900 - 1,000 pointsA
800 - 899 pointsB
700 - 799 pointsC
600 - 699 pointsD
under 599 pointsF

Graded Items

1 pre-test @ 20 points (points will be awarded upon completion of test, not on performance20
12 discussion board postings @ 15 points each (up to 9 points for original post and maximum of 3 points for two replies to classmates' posts if posts are on a minimum of two different  dates)180
5 environmental scans @ 40 points each200
14 chapter quizzes @ 25 points each350
1 research project @ 150 points150
1 final exam @ 100 points100
Total Points1,000


Grading Scale:
Assignments and Projects:

Pre-Test Exam:  The pre-test exam will include 40 multiple-choice questions and an essay question based upon the course learning objectives; total of 20 points. The pre-test exam is used to gauge your knowledge of the material prior to the course as well as preview the content and learning objectives.  Research has shown that students who engage in pre-test exams enhance their learning experience and do better in the course. The pre-test exam has a 120-minute time limit and includes all of the chapters in the textbook based upon the course learning objectives.  Your grade on the pre-test exam will be 20 points regardless of your actual score as long as you attempt the exam and answer the questions to the best of your ability.

Discussion Board Posts:  The discussion board within D2L is a means in which you share your thoughts about a topic.  It is not a private venue; your classmates as well as your instructor can view it.  You are required to post to a Discussion THREE TIMES, on 2 DIFFERENT DAYS. Please refer to the Discussion Grading Rubric for detail regarding how your performance will be assessed. NOTE: Please be certain to read the entire Discussion assignment since in some instances there is more than one question you need to discuss, respond to or address. Be sure that you have answered the entire question! 

Initial Post Instructions: This posting should be a minimum of one short paragraph and a maximum of two paragraphs. Word totals for this post should be in the 250 - 500 words range. Whether you agree or disagree explain why with supporting evidence and concepts from the readings or a related experience. Include a reference, link, or citation when appropriate. Each initial post is worth up to 9 points

Second and Third Post Instructions:  After a student creates an initial post, they are to look over the discussion posts of other classmates and give at least two thoughtful responses to two different classmates (one per classmate) as outlined in the Discussion Grading Rubric. Each response is worth up to 3 points; maximum of 6 points.

A response posting should be a minimum of one short paragraph. Word totals for these posts should be in the 75-100 words range. Whether you agree or disagree explain why with supporting evidence and concepts from the readings or a related experience.  Include a reference, link, or citation when appropriate. The goal of your response posts are to extend discussions already taking place or pose new possibilities or opinions not previously voiced. Your goal should be to motivate the group discussion, and present a creative approach to the topic. Discussion Board posts are worth a maximum of 15 points

Quizzes:  At the end of each chapter, you will complete a quiz covering the material for the chapter.  Each quiz will consist of 25 multiple-choice questions within a 60 minute time frame.  You may take each quiz twice, if desired, with the highest grade recorded.  After the deadline for the quiz has ended, you may review any missed questions in preparation for your Final Exam. Each chapter quiz is worth 25 points. 

Environmental Scans:  One (1) page paper summaries on a HRM topic preferably on the research topic assigned to you from a reliable source e.g CNN, network news, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Society for Human Resources (SHRM), online journals, local newspapers or news stations; worth 50 points each.  Summarize the article in your own words and relate to the HRM concept. Cite your source using proper MLA formatting.  Use proper grammar and a formal writing style in the scans. 

Research Project:  A formal five (5) page research paper based upon the selected HRM topic using the Environmental Scans and other research written in MLA style. The research paper must have a minimum of five (5) sources.  Review the Research Project rubric for more details.  The Research Project is worth 150 points.  

Final Exam:  A final exam that will include 40 multiple-choice questions worth two (2) points each and an essay question based upon the course learning objectives worth 20 points; total of 100 points.  The final exam has a 120-minute time limit and includes all of the chapters in the textbook based upon the course learning objectives.

Class Participation:
  • Students are required to communicate with other students on the Discussion Board.
  • Students are expected to communicate with the instructor via email within D2L.
  • Students are required to check the course calendar for all assignment and test due dates.
Late Policy:
  • Students are required to to be prepared and participate in assignments and discussion boards.
  • All assignments and discussions board postings must be completed by the due date.

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.


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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 April 25, 2018