COMM 203: Managing the Employment Relationship Course Outline (Sept-Dec 2019) COMM 203 Section 105 August 23, 2019 1 COURSE INFORMATION Course title: Managing the Employment Relationship Course code: OBHR COMM 203 Credits: 3 Session and term: September-December 2019 Class location: Henry Angus 347 Section(s): 105 Class times: Tues/Thurs, 3:30 to 4:50 PM Division: OBHR INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION Instructor: Dr. Rebecca (Becky) Paluch Phone: (604) 827-0492 Office location: HA 670 Email: [email protected] Office hours: Weds 10am-12pm or by appointment Teaching assistant: Ansel Hartanto Email: [email protected] Last updated August 23, 2019 COURSE DESCRIPTION The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the essential elements of the relationship between employers and employees. Built around a team-based, eight-week long simulation, the course engages students in making decisions regarding forming, developing and managing a workforce and then evaluating feedback regarding the impact of their decisions on business results. We also examine the importance of effective employee relations for organizational effectiveness and business success. The course is designed to familiarize students with the complexities of effectively managing a workforce in any organizational setting. COURSE FORMAT Typical use of class time (lecture, discussion, cases, in-class activities). LEARNING OBJECTIVES At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to: •Understand how strategic HRM practices can affect a business organization’s competitiveness.•Explain the importance that HRM planning plays in the success of an organization. •Understand the core HR functions: HR planning, recruitment and selection, performance management, compensation and benefits, and health and safety. •Explain the connection between adopting “strategic” human resource practices, and their relationship to improving business outcomes for organizations. •Understand the impact of the legal environment on decisions regarding basic HR functions. •Develop the skills necessary for recruiting, selecting, training, developing, evaluating, and retaining employees in business organizations.
COMM 203: Managing the Employment Relationship Course Outline (Sept-Dec 2019) COMM 203 Section 105 August 23, 2019 2 •Identify and evaluate HRM problems and develop strategic solutions to problems in business organizations using critical thinking skills. Summary Component Weight Mini Case 1 15% Mini Case 2 15% HR/Team Simulation 20% Attendance & Participation 10% Midterm 20% Final Exam 20% Total 100% Details of Assessments Mini Cases [This part is worth 30% of your overall course grade] There will be two individual mini cases assigned and the write-up will be due via Canvas dropbox. You will be graded on your responses to the questions in the case and your ability to draw on course concepts to support your responses. 1st mini case will be due on Nov 1 midnight and 2nd mini case will be due on Nov 22 midnight. Further details will be provided in class.
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