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Human Resource Management

Degree Offered: Associate in Applied Science

Credits Required: 60/61 (2017-2018 Academic Year)

This degree program is ideal for those seeking entry level human resource management positions as human resource recruiters, trainers, interviewers, team leaders, and facilitators, but is also an excellent professional development curriculum for those already working in the management or human resources fields.

The Human Resource Management program will help the student gain insight into many aspects of the field while focusing on the business’s most valuable resource...people. This degree program will prepare the student for most entry-level human resource management positions in product, service, or public industry.

The student will also be introduced to the essential core functions of human resources, including recruitment and selection. Qualified students may opt to participate in a business internship to gain experience in a real world setting and enhance their value to perspective employers.

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Graduates will be able to

  1. Communicate effectively using technology.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to assess peers.
  3. Demonstrate effective non-verbal presentation skills.
  4. Write research papers using appropriate citations.
  5. Demonstrate effective journal writing skills.


Click below to view a crosswalk (transition of program courses from an old program to a current program): 

2012-2013 Human Resource Management

2010 - 2011 Human Resource Management

2009 - 2010 Human Resource Management


Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 15 Credits

BUSC 105
Professional Relations
Provides an overview of general principles of human behavior for understanding the job behavior of the individual employee. The individual’s goal of personal satisfaction and productivity on the job are profiled in the following professional development themes: self-understanding; methods of motivation; the contribution of goal setting on both work and personal life; decision-making skills; job stress and burnout; managing job conflict; developing effective working relationships; adjusting to organizational life; dealing with counterproductive people; working within a group; leadership and influence; and improving personal productivity. 3-0-3
BUSM 112
Principles of Management
This course provides an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of current day managers. It focuses on the basic functions of the management process - Planning, Organizing, Leading, and Controlling and on the application of these functions through case study application. (3-0-3)
CIST 100
Introduction to Information Tech
A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Honors Option Available Introduction to Information Technology honors introduces concepts related to global computing concepts together with MicroSoft Office to develop documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Through a series of projects students will learn how to develop integrated applications correlated other honors courses. 3-0-3
VISC 110
Understanding Media
This media literacy course is based on the media theory of Marshall McLuhan. Students will be introduced to what McLuhan believed to be the long term effects of using media on our bodies, psyches, and societies. We have created extensions of ourselves through the media we use on a daily basis. Any extension of ourselves affects the whole psychic and social complex. These extension are now global and intergalactic in scope, abolishing both space and time. Students will learn that in order to understand media, they must be able to understand themselves. By better understanding themselves, students will become better media creators, users, and communicators. 3-0-3
WRIT 101
English Composition
Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director. Honors Option Available English Composition Honor students will practice expository and persuasive discourse in writing and learning the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of a sound thesis for projects concerning topics of global or international significance. 3-0-3

Second Semester - 15 Credits

BUSC 120
Social Media
Human social behavior is evolving from face-to-face to cyberspace via social communities and networks. This course will provide answers to the questions pertaining to how media, technology, and sociality have affected business and visual communications, marketing, and advertising. Students will explore the use of various social media -- web forums, blogs, wikis, chat, instant messaging, virtual worlds, twitter, flikr, YouTube, and more -- as methods to engage and connect with the consumer. Individuals will develop personal multimedia learning journals and small groups will use social media to produce and present final projects. 3-0-3
BUSH 210
Organizational Behavior
The course focuses on the behavior of people, individually and in groups, who make up organizations as well as the behavior of the organizations themselves. Students will be introduced to the latest concepts, practices, and applications found in organizational behavior from motivational techniques to organizational processes. Through the effective evaluation and application of organizational behavior factors, students will be able to develop, train, and motivate individuals to become performance conscious employees. 3-0-3
BUSM 241
Human Resources Management
This course provides both the theoretical and the practical aspects of Human Resource Management (HRM). It is based upon the concept that there is an increasing demand for a more skilled and better-motivated workforce. Also stressed are the changing roles of government, legal requirements, and intensifying foreign competition at play in HRM.
LITR 210
Concepts of Literature
This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition. Honors Option Available Concepts of Literature Honors explores literary art forms, both traditional, fiction, poetry and drama and non-traditional, film, virtual reality and gaming as well as the international cultures and philosophical approaches that create and interpret such works. Significant contributions to each literary form will be analyzed, resulting in student produced compositions, multi-media presentations and student lead discussions. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department. 3-0-3
WRIT 103
Writing For Business/Tech
Designed to train the student in effective writing, this course aims to increase the student’s ability to write with unity, coherence, and logic. It provides additional study and practice in writing letters, proposals, manuals, and reports of a business or technical nature as well as in professional and contemporary research methods. Prerequisite: WRIT101 3-0-3
MATH 110
Mathematics of Business
The first part of the course reviews the mathematics fundamental not only to employment in business but also to intelligent participation in consumer life. Topics to be reviewed include fractions and decimals; ratio and proportion; units of measurement; and percentage. The second part of the course is devoted to business applications. Topics include trade and cash discounts; markup; simple interest; payroll; sales and property tax; and elementary statistical notions. 3-0-3
BIOL 110
Human Ecology & Heredity
This course studies the interaction of man with his environment. Such topics as overpopulation, pollution, behavior, drugs, and evolution will be discussed in terms of how they affect the well being of man. Resource speakers and field trips will be an integral part of the course. No prior science background is necessary. 3-0-3
CHEM 105
Principles of Biological Chemistry
This course introduces students to the compounds of carbon and the role that these compounds play in living organisms 3-0-3
PHYS 110
Introduction to Astronomy
This is an introductory course in the concepts of Astronomy. Emphasis is geared toward the student who wishes to acquire a beginning knowledge of astronomical phenomena. Topics are approached on a qualitative basis by the use of videos, classroom discussions, demonstrations, the World Wide Web, and off-campus activities. 3-0-3

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 15 Credits

BUSC 110
Interpersonal Communications
Provides an introduction to the communication process that occurs between people. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, maintain, and evaluate dyadic relationships through language, perception, self-disclosure, listening and nonverbal communication. Emphasis will be placed on building effective interpersonal relations in a business environment. 3-0-3
BUSC 205
This course will provide a firm foundation of leadership theory, practical and applied knowledge, and experience in leading a team, task force, or activity and in developing communication and problem-solving skills, as well as a source for future use. This course provides the student with the understanding and the skills necessary to lead effectively in a variety of settings. Specifically, the course will prepare the student for leadership responsibilities in their professional, community service, or educational endeavors. The student will also acquire experience on how leadership is practiced and gain insights and information to enhance his or her leadership skills. 3-0-3
BUSH 230
Event and Media Planning
This course introduces students to special event planning processes and techniques. Emphasis is on successful planning, organizing, identifying sponsors, marketing, implementing, and evaluating large scale events. 3-0-3
BUSM 260
Project Management
This course covers the topics of contemporary project management utilizing contemporary project management methods. There are a variety of project types and sizes used to support learning that came from several companies, of various sizes, in many industries, to promote scalability and universality. Regardless of project, company, or industry size, project management techniques can be applied to any project. The topics covered include: project selection and prioritization, organizational capability (structure and culture), chartering, stakeholder analysis and planning, defining project scope, constructing work breakdown structures, scheduling, resourcing, and budgeting projects, project risk and quality planning, project kickoff, as well as leading and managing project teams and determining project progress and results. 3-0-3
OFFT 125
Microsoft Excel-MOS Expert Cert
The student will learn how to create worksheets, work with charts, pivot tables and use 'what if' analysis. At completion of the course, the student will be eligible for the MOS Expert Certification exam. 2-2-3

Fourth Semester - 15 Credits

BUSC 220
Team Development
This course provides the student with the understanding and skills necessary to communicate effectively in various group situations. Specifically, the course will prepare the student for intensive team and group interaction that they will experience in both personal and career scenarios. It will also provide a firm foundation of team-oriented theory and practical application, experience in developing group problem-solving skills, and a resource for future use. 3-0-3
BUSH 220
Compensation and Benefits
This course introduces the compensation and benefits concept of Human Resources by highlighting the importance of aligning an organization’s compensation plan to its strategic goals. The compensation and benefits options of various types of employment opportunities is considered with emphasis on appropriateness in various human resource settings. 3-0-3
BUSH 240
Employment Law
This course examines the developing body of modern employment law, its impact on human resource functions, and its history and its legal framework. The course addresses the importance of the employment relationship. Students will examine the statutory, regulatory, and common law requirements which govern employment law. The legal issues underlying the selection, hiring, promotion, and termination of employees will be addressed along with equal opportunity, discrimination issues, affirmative action, contract negotiations, workers’ compensation, occupational health and safety, immigration laws, and major acts such as Title VII or Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. 3-0-3
BUSM 115
Customer Relationship Management
The course covers the various theories of customer relationship management, customer management techniques, and how to interpret trends in customer relationship building, including socioeconomic and demographic changes. 3-0-3
BUSM 270
Business Internship
This course is designed by the Business faculty to give second-year students supervised, on-the-job experience in various aspects of the business environment. Students can enroll in this class as a business elective in any business-related program that offers the Business Internship course option. All students will be required to spend a minimum of 135 hours at the firm where they intern. Each student will meet with a faculty member to discuss the internship requirements. The student and firms' supervisor will determine the student's schedule. Prerequisites: Successfully completed 30 credits in their major course of study, a G.P.A. of at least 3.0, or recommendation from the faculty. Business faculty written approval is required prior to registration. 0-9-3
SOCI 231
Cultural Diversity in American Soci
As reflected in the cultural diversity of the American society, this course examines issues of race, ethnicity, gender/gender roles, social class and sexuality in America from a sociological perspective within both the historical and contemporary context. This course also provides students with the opportunity to engage in a process of systematic self-examination so as to identify both their personal belief system on these topics as well as to explore their impact on the student's sense of identity. 3-0-3
TAOC Category Five (PSYC or SOCI)