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SOMA 4743: Human Resource Development


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

There are two main objectives of this course. The first objective is to introduce you to important workforce staffing issues and processes. Several major types of selection tests and strategies will be introduced, and issues such as job analysis, recruiting, reliability and validity of selection tests, and downsizing will be discussed. The second objective of this course is to introduce you to employee training and development within industry. We will discuss needs assessment, optimal conditions of learning, training methods, and training evaluation.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Here is a sample of some of the things students should be able to do by the time this course is over:

  • Conduct a job analysis, develop a competency model.
  • Explain approaches an organization could use to assess the validity of a selection test.
  • Provide documentation of whether a selection test leads to adverse impact.
  • Discuss advantages and disadvantages of different selection techniques, such as personality tests and situational interview methods.
  • Outline the characteristics of a sound performance appraisal system.
  • Conduct a training needs assessment.
  • Describe the implications of learning and change theory to training in organizations.
  • Propose a method of evaluating a training program, and understand the advantages and disadvantages of that evaluation method.

 

COURSE FORMAT/ OBJECTIVE:

The two main objectives of this course are:

  • To introduce you to important workforce staffing issues and processes. Several major types of selection tests and strategies will be introduced, and issues such as job analysis, recruiting, reliability and validity of selection tests, and downsizing will be discussed.
  • To introduce you to employee training and development within industry.

 

REQUIRED READINGS:

  • Heneman, H. & Judge (2005). Staffing Organizations. 5th Edition. Chicago: McGraw Hill-Irwin.
  • Goldstein, I. L. & Ford, J. K. (2002). Training in Organizations. 4th Ed. Belmont: Wadsworth.

 

PREREQUISITES: NONE                              

 

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT:

End of semester exams (Case Study): 70%; Mid Semester assessment: 30%