Human Resources Assistant Certificate

Certificate Offered

Credits Required: 30 (2017-2018 Academic Year)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the number of jobs for human resources assistants is expected to grow at a rate of 11% through the year 2016. Positions in Human Resources include human resource assistants, personnel assistants, personnel specialist, human resource representative, events coordinator, and customer service representative.

The Human Resources Assistant Certificate program provides a selection of core courses for those just entering the field and for those wanting to expand their knowledge of specialty areas.

Human Resources (HR) Assistants provide a variety of functions depending on the nature and scope of the organization. HR Assistants provide support to managers and recruiters and participate in maintaining HR records, preparing reports, and conducting research. Assistants may also participate in various business operations, such as recruitment, examinations, compensation, benefits, payroll, training & development, reward systems, and employee relations.





First Semester - 15 Credits

BUSC 105Professional Relations 3.00
BUSM 112Principles of Management 3.00
CIST 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00
OFFT 125Microsoft Excel-MOS Expert Cert 3.00
VISC 110Understanding Media 3.00

Spring Semester - 15 Credits

BUSC 120Social Media 3.00
BUSH 210Organizational Behavior 3.00
BUSH 220Compensation and Benefits 3.00
BUSH 240Employment Law 3.00
BUSH 241Human Resource Management 3.00

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

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

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

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

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

BUSH 241 - Human Resource Management

This course uses the competitive advantage approach in the study of key human resource management (HRM) practices of recruitment, selection, training, compensation, performance appraisal, and employment law. Focus is on developing an understanding of the managers role in the HRM process and developing an understanding of how HRM practices can be successfully developed and implemented in the context of today's global environment. Prerequisite: BUSM112 3-0-3