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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.

Program Outcomes

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.

Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 15 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
BUSC 105Professional Relations 3.00
BUSM 112Principles of Management 3.00
CIST 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00
VISC 110Understanding Media 3.00
WRIT 101English Composition 3.00

Second Semester - 15 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
BUSC 120Social Media 3.00
BUSC 220Team Development 3.00
BUSM 115Customer Relationship Management 3.00
VISC 115Digital Imaging 3.00
 TAOC Category Six (LITR) 

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 15 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
BUSC 110Interpersonal Communications 3.00
BUSC 205Leadership 3.00
VISC 105Digital Illustration 3.00
VISC 130Digital Video I 3.00
MATH 110Mathematics of Business 3.00
 OR 
 TAOC Catergoy Three OR Four 

Fourth Semester - 15 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
BUSC 220Team Development 3.00
BUSH 220Compensation and Benefits 3.00
BUSH 240Employment Law 3.00
BUSM 115Customer Relationship Management 3.00
 OR 
BUSM 270Business Internship 3.00
SOCI 231Cultural Diversity in American Soci 3.00
 OR 
 TAOC Category Five (PSYC or SOCI) 

Course Descriptions

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

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

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

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

VISC 115 - Digital Imaging

Using Adobe Photoshop, students will solve media problems by producing specific digital graphic solutions while observing the principles of good design. In order to observe how form contributes to message, the student will research how designers create the essential graphics, gather design elements from various resources, and generate designs that conform to and enhance message content. The students will also consider design variables related to various destination media like monitors, printers and other deliverables. 2-2-3

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 - Leadership

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

VISC 105 - Digital Illustration

This course focuses on basic design principles related to the graphic design and advertising field, including study of principles and elements such as composition, abstraction, color, form, and shapes. Understanding the relationship of elements and development of two-dimensional vector based projects for commercial applications using Adobe Illustrator is also stressed. Emphasis throughout the course is on computer desktop design and production techniques used in contemporary communication processes. 2-2-3

VISC 130 - Digital Video I

Digital Video I is an introduction to digital video and audio technologies, as well as an examination of the social, cultural, political, and theoretical implications of moving-image production in the digital age. The course will primarily focus on commercial, Hollywood, Independent, and Experimental media. Students will gain competency in digital pre-production, production and post-production while exploring various formal, conceptual, and structural strategies. Prerequisite: VISC115 or FINE115 2-2-3

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

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