Organization and Human Resource Management

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Organization and Human Resource Management

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Business Management, Human Resources

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description:

    The course is an introductory course in the principles of planning, directing and controlling people functions in an organization. Emphasis is on the effective implementation of a comprehensive human resources program, including the recruitment, development, evaluation, and motivation of employees. The curriculum is designed to provide a basic understanding as well as appreciation of the importance of human resource management in today’s competitive business environment, as well as the HR information students will need to be effective managers in either a large or small company setting. Prominence is devoted to the human resource management activities and decisions facing managers throughout the organization as well as the duties and responsibilities of human resource professionals. The course will also examine the impact of human resource management practices and decisions on both organizational and individual performance.

    Course Objectives:

    The primary objective of this course is to provide an overview of the functions of human resource management (HRM). HRM is one of the most critical aspects of any organization, as it decides who is hired, how they are trained, evaluated, and compensated, and what steps are taken to retain them. Put simply, if an organization wants good people, then it must practice good HRM. Active class participants should also begin to develop the analytical and interpersonal management skills required to perform key human resource activities, such as job analysis, recruitment, selection, training, and performance appraisal. A final course objective is to develop participants’ appreciation for the role HRM can play in helping organizations achieve sustained competitive advantage.

    Overall Course Objectives:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of:  job analysis; recruitment of employees, including internal and external sources; selection of employees, including concerns of validity and reliability.
    2. Demonstrate comprehension of the legal environment that affects HRM.
    3. Develop an understanding of the training and development function, including needs assessment, methods of training, and development processes. 
    4. Show a basic understanding of the performance evaluation process, including methods of performance appraisal and potential errors involved.
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of organizational reward systems, in particular: wage and salary systems; incentive-based or performance-based systems; and employee benefits, including retirement benefits, health benefits, etc.
    6. Exhibit understanding of employee safety and health concerns and requirements, particularly the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).
    7. Recognize the importance of business ethics and the role it plays in HRM, as HR professionals serve as advocates for the workforce while complying with the corporate objectives of senior management.
    8. Comprehend the global perspective of HRM and how it serves the long-term objectives of business globalization.

    Class Policies:

    1. To stay in the class, you have to attend both classes in the first week.
    2. If you have to miss a class, it is your responsibility to get information on any changes to the class schedule or policies, exams times, or anything else discussed in class. I usually post any important changes on our D2L class web site.
    3. Any breach of academic integrity (especially plagiarism), as defined in the Student Handbook, will be dealt with as follows: The first offense will result in a grade of zero on the graded work in question.
    4. Come prepared. Please arrive at each class having completed the assigned readings and/or assignments for that day. This will foster rich in-class discussions and provide a foundation for lecture and in-class exercise content. Please refer to the Tentative Class Schedule section below for a tentative schedule of assigned readings, exam dates, and assignment due dates.  
    5. Lectures will be interactive rather than one-way conversations.  You are expected to contribute some points to discuss during the class. Also, I will ask you to explain important theories and concepts during the lecture. The quality of your answer will be reflected on your participation grade.
    6. At the end of each class, you should hand in on a piece of paper (or by email) which theories (concepts) you had a hard time understanding during that class.  Then, in the next class I will select the most questioned theories (concepts) and explain them to the class (called Mud pot).
    7. Late Work: Late work will only be accepted and make-up exams will only be given for serious, unavoidable reasons (such as medical emergencies), and only if documentation is provided within 4 days of an absence or missed assignment/exam. If you know you will be missing class when an assignment is due, please submit it early.
    8. Grade Disputes: Should you have a grade dispute, you must submit written documentation of the dispute to the instructor within 4 days following the return of the exam or paper. The written grade dispute should include a clearly articulated justification or argument for adjusting the grade. I will handle grade disputes on a case-by-case basis.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.