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Online · School of Business · Graduate Business

Human Resource Development
BUSI-750

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Contact Information

See detailed faculty information in Blackboard.

Course Description

An advanced study of the integrated use of training, organizational development, and career development efforts to improve individual, group and organizational effectiveness. Coverage is designed to develop ethical, competent professional leaders with the KSA's needed to perform effectively in critical HRD roles.

Requisites

Prerequisites

BUSI 700 and 710

Rationale

All organizational leaders are de-facto human resource development (HRD) leaders. As such, it is imperative that organizational leaders develop keen understanding of strategic people-management practices. Grounded in Christian worldview investigation and application, this course equips organizational leaders to develop and implement strategic human resource development practices in line with both codified and emerging strategic HR/HRD theory and practice.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Differentiate between administrative and strategic views of HRD (Analysis, PLO 2).
  2. Assess the state of strategic HRD in light of HRD research/theory/practice and related literature (Analysis & Synthesis, PLOs 1–2).
  3. Design strategic HRD practices to foster high performing individuals, teams, and organizations (Synthesis, PLOs 1–4).
  4. Articulate an advanced biblical Christian worldview relative to human nature, work, and HRD (Analysis & Synthesis, PLOs 2 & 4).

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

Hardy, L. (1990). The fabric of this world: Inquiries into calling, career choice, and the design of human work. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans. ISBN: 9780802802989.

Keller, T. (2012). Every good endeavor: Connecting your work to God’s work. New York, NY: Dutton/Penguin Group. ISBN: 9780525952701.

Mello, J. A. (2019). Strategic human resource management (5th ed.). Mason, OH: South-Western. ISBN: 9781337887243.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resources

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
  5. Other common applications/software/tools needed (Remember to reference any that are used throughout your academic program)
  6. Any free resources needed for this course

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–700 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–300 words. All Discussion boards must be in current APA format.

Application, Reflection, and Synthesis Papers (2)

This course requires 2 distinct papers: the Individual Application, Reflection, and Synthesis Paper and the Team Application, Reflection, and Synthesis Paper. The student will be responsible to write the first paper. The student will work with a team of classmates to write the second paper. Both papers must be 1,500 words in current APA format that focuses on answering questions about the texts. Each paper must include at least 9 references including the course textbooks.

Strategic HRD Research Proposal

This course requires 1 distinct Strategic HRD Research Proposal. The student must write a 3,000-word (minimum word count excluding your references section) paper and develop a related 15-slide presentation.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (4 at 75 pts ea)

300

Strategic HR Audit Company Choice

10

Individual Application, Reflection, and Synthesis Paper

200

Team Application, Reflection, and Synthesis Paper

200

Strategic HR Audit Paper

200

Strategic HR Audit Presentation

80

Total

1000

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Grading Scale

A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1000 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Schedule

Textbooks: Hardy, The Fabric of This World: Inquiries into Calling, Career Choice, and the Design of Human Work (1990). 

Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work (2012).

Mello, Strategic Human Resource Management (2019).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Syllabus Outcome

Points

1

Hardy: Preface, Introduction, ch. 1

Keller: chs. 1–4

Mello: chs. 1, 3

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

DB Forum 1

A, B, C, D

10

75

2

Hardy: ch. 2

Mello: chs. 4–5

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

A, B, C, D

75

3

Mello: chs. 7, 12

1 presentation

Individual Application, Reflection, and Synthesis Paper

A, C, D

200

4

Keller: chs. 5–8

Mello: chs. 2, 14

1 presentation

Strategic HR Audit Company Choice

N/A

10

5

Hardy: ch. 3

Mello: chs. 6, 8

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

A, C, D

75

6

Hardy: ch. 4

Mello: chs. 9–10

1 presentation

Team Application, Reflection, and Synthesis Paper

A, C, D

200

7

Mello: chs. 11, 13

1 presentation

Strategic HR Audit Paper

Strategic HR Audit Presentation

A, C, D

200

80

8

Keller: chs. 9–12

1 presentation

DB Forum 4

B, D

75

Total

1000

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: All module/weeks begin on Monday at 12:00 a.m. (ET).  Modules/Weeks 1–7 end on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET).  Module/Week 8 ends on Friday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET).