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Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University

BUSI 3323 – Human Resource Management


Semester: Summer 2017

Instructor: Nader Alyani

Room: S075
Office Hours: (as outlined on the door)

Semester Credit Hours: 3 (3, 0)

I. Course Overview
This course aims to provide the students with an overview of the theories and
concepts behind sound human resource management policies and practices. It also
exposes students to best practices in human resources from some of the world’s
premier organizations. The course content emphasizes the role of well-managed
human resources in a firm’s strategic success and the ways in which good human
resource practices are implemented and how they contribute to the strategic goals of

II. PMU Competencies and Learning Outcomes

The assignment schedule requires the use of written communications and oral
presentations and discussion in classes to enhance and reinforce communication
skills. Teamwork is stressed through group work and exercises. Students are expected
to complete assignments in order to successfully complete the course. Interpersonal
skills and critical thinking are covered through discussion and examination of
different topics as they impact the overall interrelated aspects of dealing with the
human element.

III. Detailed Course Description

This course introduces students to the policies, procedures, and strategies for human
resource management. Topics include assessing human resource needs,
organizational culture and environment, position description and analysis,
recruitment and retention, selection, orientation and on-boarding, training and
development, motivation and reward theory, performance development, diversity,
compensation approaches, safety and health, ethics and social responsibility, work-life
balance, and labor relations. The course addresses how to balance effective human
resource administration and costs with strategic goal accomplishment.

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IV. Requirements Fulfilled
This is an elective course for business administration majors. It may be taken as an
elective in other major fields.

V. Required Prerequisites
Junior year standing

VI. Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the students will be able to:
LO1. Identify and explain the role of human resource management in the effective
management of organizations
LO2. Recognize the linkages between the human resource function and the external
and internal environment of the firm and their role in the achievement of the
strategic goals of the firm
LO3. State and describe the key functions of human resource management, for
example, HR planning, work and job design, recruitment and selection, reward
and remuneration, performance appraisal, career planning, diversity, ethics,
training and development and responding to future trends
LO4. Explain and analyze the role of HRM in the development of tactics, policies
and practices in the achievement of the strategic goals of the firm
LO5. Analyze human resource problems in various settings in order to generate and
communicate recommendations through the use of management reports

VII. Assessment Strategy (amended based on Summer 2017 condensed timetable)

Mid-term exam 15% of final grade
Final examination 30% of final grade
Homeworks/Case-studies/HR Scenarios 15% of final grade
Class participation and preparation 12% of final grade
Group project 28% of final grade

PMU Grading Scale

Letter Grade Range GPA
A+ 96 – 100 4.00
A 90 – 95 3.75
B+ 86 – 89 3.50
B 80 – 85 3.00
C+ 76 – 79 2.50
C 70 – 75 2.00
D+ 66 – 69 1.50
D 60 – 65 1.00
F 0 - 59 0.00

VIII. Course Format

A variety of teaching approaches are used including lectures, class discussion, cases,
exercises, group project, videos, and guest speakers from local businesses or
government. Students are expected to come prepared for classes and be ready to

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discuss the topics assigned. The instructor addresses questions on aspects that the
students could not comprehend by reading on their own. Students are encouraged to
take active part in their learning.
Classroom Hours (3 hours per week) Class: 3
Lab: 0
IX. Topics to Be Covered
A. Introduction to human resource management
B. Strategic human resource management
C. Ethical issues in human resource management
D. Human resource planning
E. Job description, analysis and job design
F. Recruitment and selection
G. Orientation, on-boarding and training and development
H. Performance management
I. Remuneration and rewards
J. Employment relations
K. Labor relations and unionized work environments
L. Occupational health and safety
M. Career planning
N. Equal employment opportunity and diversity
O. Future trends in human resource management

X. Laboratory Exercises

XI. Technology Component

Use of word processing and the Internet are required along with familiarity with
employee management software.

XII. Special Projects / Activities

Students are divided into groups to address one of the human resource problems
encountered or opportunities for improvement in one of the key human resource
management aspects in a local company and provide a plan of action for dealing with
it. PowerPoint is used to present each group’s findings and recommended solutions. A
local company representative may be invited to listen to the presentation and provide
feedback to the students.

XIII. Textbooks and Teaching Aids

A. Required Textbooks
Dessler G. and Al Ariss A. (2012). Human Resource Management, 1 st Edition,

B. Significant supplemental online materials is also provided via an open-source

course hub

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