2021-2022 Catalog Updates

HR 557 Organization and the Human Resource Function

This course prepares students to identify the effective management of HR practices, and its enormous effect on the organization's economic performance. Given the direct impact of HRM on cost, quality, and productivity, the success of any organization, both traditional and virtual, depends on the effectiveness of the decisions its managers make about strategic human resource issues. In this course, students will examine contemporary "best practices" in HR and what is known about how to improve the quality of strategic HR decision-making. In doing so, students will review how high-performance organizations manage such HR issues as compensation, staffing, labor-management relations, work system design, performance management, training, equal opportunity employment, HR outsourcing, and change management. This course prepares students for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP national examination.




  1. This course will prepare students to:
  2. Assess the forces influencing the workplace and learning and explain how training can help companies deal with these forces.
  3. Evaluate the reliability, validity, and fairness of human resources selection practices, recruiting strategies, and placement techniques.
  4. Assess the laws and regulations impacting the selection process beginning with the determination of staffing needs based on the strategic human resources plan compliance, the organizational design, and the job analysis.
  5. Describe a professional knowledge of principles of selection including pre-employment testing, interviewing, training and development, and reference checking.
  6. Analyze various aspects of the training and development design process, and the appropriate resources for learning about training research and practice.