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Master of Human Resource Management

Course Descriptions

MHRM: Prerequisite Course Descriptions

GMGM 201
Principles of Management
3 credits

Prerequisite: Conditional Acceptance into a graduate program

This course investigates the way that managers get things done in an organization relying on the dynamic processes of strategic planning, business development, budgeting, and operations to move their organizations forward and achieve results. The concepts and skills needed to manage effectively under constantly changing conditions are identified. The course will review a manager’s skill at influencing the direction and functioning of an organization and will develop students’ appreciation of these management activities and their links to employee performance. Active involvement through lectures, discussion, videos, case studies, and group exercises is required of each student.

GSP 499
Graduate Studies Practicum
3 credits

Prerequisite: Conditional Acceptance into a graduate program

The Graduate Studies Practicum is a prerequisite course designed to provide students who have been conditionally admitted to the program with a solid foundation as they embark on their graduate studies. The practicum provides an overview of six distinct areas related to graduate work at NECB: the scholar-practitioner approach to learning, applied research and virtual library use, technology, project management, virtual teamwork and 21-st century data visualization and presentation skills.

MHRM: Core Course Descriptions

MBA 501
Strategic Leadership and Management
3 credits

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MSHRM or MBA program or permission of the college

Strategic Leadership and Management is the first or second course MBA students take in the NECB MBA program, and the first course students take in the MHRM program. Drawing mainly from the fields of Psychology, Business, and Management, this course is designed to expose students to foundational theories, conceptual frameworks, methodologies, and business strategies they will use throughout their studies. Students will identify and apply strategic models to analyze business problems, formulate strategic solutions, and make sound decisions.

HRM 501
Strategic Human Resource Management
3 credits

Prerequisite: MBA501

This course compares where HRM is now and where it needs to be in the future based upon needed strategic competencies, identified in the SHRM® HRM competency model. The focus of the course is to address ways in which HRM can provide services that help the organization meet business objectives. Students will assess the state of an HRM department as a major contributor to successful operational problem-solving and decision-making.

HRM 510
Organizational Change and Stewardship
3 credits

Prerequisites: MBA 501: Strategic Leadership and Management; HRM 501: Strategic Human Resources Management

The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop skills needed to lead and/or facilitate complex organizational change. Students will explore the role that HRM can play as the organizational steward and change agent by evaluating the ethical and organizational culture implications of human resources management decisions. Areas of focus include stakeholder analysis, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, and ethical practices.

HRM 530
Total Rewards Approach to Compensation & Benefits
3 credits

Prerequisites: MBA 501: Strategic Leadership and Management; HRM 501: Strategic Human Resources Management

This course is an exploration of the process of creating a total rewards approach to compensation and benefits, from design, to communication, implementation and operation of a total rewards program, including organizational compatibility, legal compliance and program efficacy. Topics also include compensation and benefit fundamentals, job analysis, linking pay to performance, employee motivation, and performance appraisal.

HRM 520
Recruitment & Selection for Organizational Excellence
3 credits

Prerequisites: MBA 501: Strategic Leadership and Management; HRM 501: Strategic Human Resources Management

This course focuses on the strategies and tools that human resource professionals use to create organizational excellence, by identifying high quality talent, creation of technological strategies to recruit high quality talent and employing valid selection measures for hiring and other staffing decisions. A large focus of the course is on creating an employment brand.

HRM 550
Employee & Labor Relations
3 credits

Prerequisites: MBA 501: Strategic Leadership and Management; HRM 501: Strategic Human Resources Management

This course offers an introductory overview of employee-employer relations in unionized and non-unionized settings. The course is divided into three parts: labor relations laws and the processes of union organization and collective bargaining; employee rights in the workplace, including rights to employment-at-will, privacy, safety and security, and protection against defamation; and strategies used by non-union and union companies to improve employee engagement and commitment. Consideration will also be given to the role of human resource managers in these activities and the relevance of unions in the modern workplace.

HRM 540
Talent Management & Development
3 credits

Prerequisites: MBA 501: Strategic Leadership and Management; HRM 501: Strategic Human Resources Management

This course covers the theories and techniques to enable learning and development from strategic and operational perspectives, focusing on the development of systems that will provide the highest levels of employee development, growth within the organization. A significant emphasis is placed on the role of the L&D function in fostering employee engagement and supporting and enhancing the employment brand. Contemporary approach to onboarding, learning and development as part of a retention strategy, succession planning and utilization of technological systems to support these functions within human resources planning will also be examined.

HRM 560
Human Resource Metrics and Measurement
3 credits

Prerequisites: MBA 501: Strategic Leadership and Management; HRM 501: Strategic Human Resources Management

As organizations are continually faced with maintaining their competitive advantage amidst a variety of environmental and business challenges, it is imperative that HR practitioners have a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which the workforce influences the business. In order for HR to embrace the challenge of being a true business partner, it needs to not only be conversant in a full range of HR metrics, but also able to use the vast amounts of data produced to analyze and report workforce and human capital trends and patterns. As the HR function becomes a more strategic, it is critical for HR professionals to gain mastery over a wide range of measurements and metrics surrounding how workforce data can be used to better inform decision making, promote return on investment (ROI), improve performance, and impact business outcomes.

HRM 570
Global Human Resource Management
3 credits

Prerequisites: MBA 501: Strategic Leadership and Management; HRM 501: Strategic Human Resources Management

Global human resources deals with all aspects of human resource management in international contexts, including US-based companies doing business internationally or non-US-based companies doing business outside their home countries. Global human resource specialists are responsible for managing talent-related issues that impact global effectiveness, including global staffing, international compensation, global training and development, global mobility services, employee relations, and immigration and employment laws. Students will explore the challenges posed by rapid globalization of business, and their impact on creating and implementing strategic HRM decisions in a global business environment. Topics are framed within the context of global markets, global security, ethical practices, managing an international workforce and diversity.

HRM 600
HRM Capstone
3 credits

Prerequisites: Completion of 9 MHRM core courses or permission of college.

This course is the culmination of the student’s academic and professional experience, whereby students will integrate the course work they have completed in Global Human Resources Management, HRM Metrics, Total Rewards, Employee & Labor Relations, etc. Students will identify and analyze specific, real-world organizational challenges; ultimately developing a strategic HRM plan based focusing on strategic problem resolution and effective implementation.

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