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1 FLEX LEARNING FORMAT This course is delivered in a flexible learning format. While most summer session courses meet on a regular schedule two times each week throughout the term (12 class meetings over 6 weeks), this course will meet face-to-face only two times over summer term 1. For most weeks during the term, there will be no classroom meetings. During this time students are responsible for completing online learning modules. This provides many benefits to students. You must keep up with the course requirements each week, but you can choose when and where you do so, on your own schedule. While providing students with more flexibility, students also have more responsibility. You must organize your schedule to keep up with the pace of the course. You must complete each module by the deadline or you will receive zero points for the quizzes included in that module. You are welcome to work ahead on the next online modules in the schedule to allow more time in future weeks for other commitments. Our first face-to-face class meeting is on Wednesday of the second week of the term, May 24, 9:00-12:00. You should have completed Module 1 prior to that the deadline for completion of Module 1 is May 21. Please note carefully the due dates in the What s Due column of the schedule below. COURSE GOALS The primary goal of this course is to familiarize students with the key aspects of the employment relationship and to demonstrate the contributions of effective human resourced management to organizational effectiveness and business results. Students will learn about the core concepts and current issues related to Human Resources Management (HRM). The theories and techniques taught in this course are applicable for all types of positions in all types of organizations in which students may eventually find themselves. There is a high correlation between investment in people and profitability. Organizations that score high on employee engagement are more likely to perform better financially. This makes the management of the employment relationship a core focus of many organizations. 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. Understand the core HR functions: HR planning, recruitment and selection, performance management, compensation and benefits, labour relations, employee fairness and international HRM. 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. Identify and evaluate HRM problems and develop strategic solutions to problems in business organizations using critical thinking skills

2 ASSESSMENT SUMMARY: DETAILS: Online Module Quizzes 20% Team HRM Simulation 25% Attendance & Participation 15% Final Exam 40% COMM 203: MANAGING THE EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP Modules (20% of your overall course grade) You are required to complete 10 modules throughout the term. Eight of these modules are online. You must complete modules including the online quizzes by the deadline for a grade, or you will receive 0 for the quizzes in that module. The other two modules are in-class and include group-based simulations. Each online module includes instructions on what you need to do, and has a deadline for completion noted in the online instructions and in the schedule below. The modules include readings, videos, and quizzes. How well you do on the quizzes will determine the 20% of your course grade allocated to the online modules. After the deadline passes, the online quizzes in the module are closed to all students (however, the other online learning resources will remain available for review and study for the final exam). There are no exceptions to the module deadlines so please do not ask for an extension. You are welcome, however, to work ahead on the next online modules to give yourself some flexibility in coming weeks. HR Management Simulation (25% of your overall course grade) You will be assigned to work in a team for five weeks of the term on the Human Resources Management Simulation. The HRM simulation will require groups to work collectively to manage a budget and make a series of HR decisions, submit a final report summarizing your team s decisions and lessons learned, and complete peer evaluations of team member contributions. These evaluations will potentially impact individual student marks for the simulation. The deadline for each simulation decision is located in the schedule below. HR/Team Simulation Points Allocated 1. Incident Decision Memo Final Team Report Team Ranking 10 Total 100 The deliverables associated with the team simulation include: - 2 -

3 1) Special Incident Decision Memo (20 points): After the 6 periods of the simulation, your team will need to submit a memo summarizing the team s responses to the 4 HR-related incidents that are described in the Special sections of the Decisions tab of the simulation. Your response should briefly describe what challenges the four incidents presented to the organization (i.e. the proposed incident decisions), and your rationale for the proposed actions/solutions. You should reference your course materials to help justify your decisions. The incident decisions should be typed in memo format (Addressed to your instructor, President of the company) using Times New Roman 12-point font, double spaced, with margins and be no longer than three (3) pages maximum. The special incident decision memo is due as indicated in the course schedule below (one e-copy via dropbox). Criteria for grading incident responses: a. The extent to which the response represents a good understanding of the incident and the challenge it presents to HR and the organization; b. The quality of the rationale that is provided for the proposed incident decisions, and clear application of course concepts discussed in class used to support the decisions. 2) Final HR Simulation Team Report (70 points). Each simulation team will write a report that is intended to be a Management Audit of your team s simulation goals, strategies, decisions, and outcomes. The report should be written using Times New Roman 12-point font, doublespaced with 1 margins, and pages in length, plus graphs or other appendices. Writing quality (e.g., spelling, grammar, structure, etc.) is important and its assessment will be reflected in the grade of the final report. Reports are due as indicated in the course schedule below (one e-copy via dropbox). The Final Report will be graded according to the following criteria: a) Comprehensiveness. b) Depth of analysis. c) Clarity and quality of writing, structure of the report. A more detailed grading rubric will be shared with you during the latter half of the term. 3) Team ranking (10 points): Weekly submission of team decisions to the interpretive solutions website before the deadline indicated on the course outline and Connect. Please note that if you submit after the deadline, you will not receive credit for the submission, which will negatively affect your overall ranking relative to the other teams in your section, and your overall grade for the assignment. All students are expected to participate in their team s weekly decisions and the writing of the team paper. The overall grade for the team paper will assess the analytical content of the paper, and peer evaluations of team participation that will be completed using ipeer on Connect. Your overall grade for the simulation portion of the course may be adjusted up or down according to the feedback received. (Please note that you will be using ipeer and not the peer evaluation available in the simulation). Attendance and Participation (15% of your overall course grade) Your course participation marks will be based on your in-class participation and contributions during the 2 mandatory classroom meetings. Developing business professionalism means being prepared, learning to - 3 -

4 actively listen, think critically, effectively communicate ideas in groups, and work as a positive and productive contributor and these skills will be evaluated through students participation in class. Note that 15% of your overall grade will be based on your participation in these 2 mandatory classes. Participation is defined as: 1. Arriving on time and staying for the entire session 2. Coming prepared prior to the start of class 3. Being fully engaged in activities and team work 4. Making significant and helpful contributions to your group or class discussions Please note that you must attend these two in-class sessions. These classes have mandatory attendance because we have very little time together and the in-class sessions include group work that you must participate in for your group marks. It is not possible to make up a missed class meeting. Failure to attend any one class will result in the loss of 7.5% of your overall course grade. In addition to your participation marks, since these classes include group project work, failure to attend may lead to a significant reduction of your individual points for the group project. Final exam (40% of your overall course grade) The final exam will cover the text chapters, other assigned reading, online modules, in class exercises and discussions, the team simulations, and any other materials presented during the term. Please note that you need to pass the final exam (50% or higher) and score more than 50% overall in the course to pass this course. The exam will be common across all sections of the course offered this term. The date, time and location of final exam will be announced after it is scheduled

5 COURSE INFORMATION COMM 203: MANAGING THE EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP Division: Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Term/period: Term 1 Summer 2017 Instructor: Professor Brian Bemmels Section #: 921 FLEX Class meeting times: Phone: ) Wednesday, May 24, 9:00-12:00 Office Hours: By Appointment via 2) Monday, June 12, 9:00-12:00 Office: HA 670 Room: HA 347 Course website: CONNECT BRIEF 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, 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 MATERIALS & REQUIREMENTS Reading Materials: Most supplemental readings will be available for downloading and reading at the course CONNECT site (hereafter referred to as CONNECT ) EXCEPT the following required purchases: 1) Textbook Steen, Noe, Hollenbeck, Gerhart & Wright. (2016). Human Resource Management (HRM). McGraw Hill Education. Fourth (or Third) Canadian Edition. Referred to as Steen in course readings schedule. Available in the Bookstore. E-Textbook: is also available and can be purchased directly from the publisher via the following website (ISBN# or ) rtbook+online+access+for+human+resource+management/ 2) Jerald R. Smith & Peggy A. Golden, HR Management The Human Resource Management Simulation (2016, Interpretive Simulations) - Available for online purchase at the course CONNECT site (hereafter referred to as Simulation ). In order to gain access to the HR Management Simulation, you must pay the access fee online with a credit card using the HRM Simulation link at the CONNECT site. Alternatively, you can pay at Sauder Duplication Services, Angus 443 (only debit and credit card will be accepted). Please refer to the course CONNECT site for further instructions. Note- all students must pay for the simulation by the deadline stipulated below. If you do not pay, the Undergraduate Office will be informed and a hold will be placed on your record which would block subsequent registration and your access to grades and transcripts

6 SCHEDULE COMM 203: MANAGING THE EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP DATE MODULES/TOPICS TEXT READINGS WHAT S DUE WEEK 1 (May 15-21) Carefully Read this Course Outline Module 1: The Employment Relationship, Business Results and the Legal Context Steen, Chapter 1: Strategies, Trends, and Challenges in Human Resource Management, pp Steen, Chapter 2: The Legal Context for HRM and Creating Safe and Healthy Workplaces, pp May 8: Registration for HRM Simulation is open! (CONNECT) May 17: DEADLINE HRM Simulation pay and registration due May 21: Module 1 Deadline at Midnight* WEEK 2 (May 22-29) Module 2: HRM Simulation Starts Mandatory Class Meeting May 24 Module 3: Recruitment and Selection Steen, Chapter 3: Analyzing Work and Designing Jobs, pp Steen, Chapter 4: Planning for and Recruiting Human Resources, pp Steen, Chapter 5, Selecting Employees, pp May 22: HRM Simulation officially starts May 28: Module 3 Deadline* WEEK 3 (May 29-June 4) Module 4: Training & Development Module 5: Total Rewards Management Steen, Chapter 6: Training and Developing Employees, pp Steen, Chapter 7: Managing Employees Performance, pp Steen, Chapter 8: Total Rewards, Read only pp May 29: HRM Simulation Decision #1 due [Job Analysis]* May 31 HRM Simulation Decision #2 due [Selection of Employee]* June 1: Module 4 Deadline* June 4: Module 5 Deadline* WEEK 4 (June 5-11) Module 6: Compensation Management Module 7: Labour Relations Steen, Chapter 8: Total Rewards, pp Steen, Chapter 9: Labour Relations, pp June 5: HRM Simulation Decision #3 due [Compensation Planning]* June 7: HRM Simulation Decision #4 due [Employee Health, Assistance & Wellness]* June 8: Module 6 Deadline* June 11: Module 7 Deadline* WEEK 5 (June 12-18) Module 8: Collective Bargaining Simulation Mandatory Class Meeting June 12 Module 9: Employee Discipline and Fairness Steen, Chapter 11: Read only pp June 12: HRM Simulation Decision #5 due [Collective Bargaining]* June 14: HRM Simulation Decision #6 due [Self-Managed Work Teams]* June 15: Module 9 Individual Case Submission Due June 18: Module 9 Deadline* WEEK 6 Module 10: International Steen, Chapter 10: Managing Human Resources Globally, June 19: HRM Simulation Special Incident Memo and Final Team

7 (June 19-23) HRM pp Report Due* June 21: ipeer Evaluation Due* June 23: Module 10 Deadline* TBA: FINAL EXAM *All Online Module Quizzes and Simulation Decisions are due before midnight on the date specified GUIDELINES A transcript is available for each video, so you can watch the video, or read the transcript, or follow along in the transcript while watching the video using the transcript for taking notes and highlighting key points. Once you start a multiple-choice online quiz, it must be completed within the specified time limit. So before starting, be sure you are ready, and that you will not be interrupted during the time you will be taking the quiz. The time allowed for quizzes varies with the number of questions, but ranges up to 20 minutes. One quiz is not multiple-choice, but is a group case analysis with instructions explained online. I encourage you to if you have questions or problems with the course. You will generally get a response within 24 hours and often the problem can be resolved by . We can arrange an office meeting if needed. Before sending an , make sure the question is not already answered in this outline, or in a notice to all students. If it is about course content, please be sure you have competed the module activities first, and be very specific (the page numbers in the text, or location in a video, etc.). COURSE AND INSTITUTIONAL POLICIES It is your responsibility to understand what you need do to complete each online module and to complete readings and any other preparation your instructor requests for the in-class sessions. On-time attendance and remaining for the full period is expected at all in class meetings. There are no make-ups for any missed in class activities. You must attend your registered section to earn those marks. The ONLY exceptions will be made for medical absences that have been submitted to and verified by the Undergraduate Program Office (UGO). Grades for exams and assignments are not negotiable. If a legitimate mistake has been made, you may submit your exam or assignment for a re-assessment; however, your whole assignment or exam will be reviewed and your grade could increase, decrease, or remain unchanged. Cell phones and other electronic devices must be either turned off or muted during in class meetings. Laptops and tablets are permitted in class for note-taking and course activities only. Students using laptops in class for other purposes may be asked to leave the class, and miss participation marks. All students must pay for the simulation by the deadline stipulated. If you do not pay, the Undergraduate Office will be informed and a hold will be placed on your record which would block subsequent registration and your access to grades and transcripts ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND PLAGIARISM - 7 -

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