BUSN-2340: Human Resource Management ( Online | Spring 2018 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Joan McGrory

Instructor Rank

Associate Professor

Instructor Email jmcgrory@southwest.tn.edu
Instructor Office

MAB 261a Macon Cove

Office Hours

Hours are posted outside my office door.  Students are urged, whenever possible, to make an appointment, in advance, during the instructor's posted office hours.  From time to time, college obligations compel the instructor to be outside the office during the posted office hours.  If you set an appointment, then I can put you on my calendar.

Time Saver:  Take time to compose a thoughtful and meaningful email that thoroughly describes the problem that you are having.  Often, I can answer your questions via email.  Remember that you must use PAWS Email (not Southwest email).  If you are not familiar with PAWS Email, take a quick moment and watch one of the short 'how to' videos that I have prepared for you:  http://faculty.southwest.tn.edu/jmcgrory/Content/PAWS/index.html


Instructor Phone


Department Fax

Please use email (specifically PAWS Email).  Often, you can use your cell phone to take a picture of your screen -or- you can use a scanner to scan a document.  In this way, you can simply use PAWS Email to send me the picture or scanned document as an attachment.  

Department Phone

(901) 333-4130

Course Information
Course Description

This course is a study of principles of human resource management, which may include equal employment law and the recruitment, selection, and development of the human resources.

Student Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Define equal employment opportunity.
  2. Distinguish between the four phases in organizational development&
  3. Distinguish between the four principal career categories.
  4. Distinquish between legislation that have had a significant impact on organizational compensation including the Davis-Bacon Act, Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  5. Identify advantages and disadvantages of the four basic conventional methods of job evaluation.



BUSN 1305: Introduction to Business (or the old course number MGMT1000)



Instructional / Learning Methods

Students will complete reading assignments, watch online presentations, complete online quizzes, and online interactive homework assignments. Students will use both PAWS and CONNECT systems. The PAWS system (http://elearn.southwest.tn.edu) is our course management system.  The CONNECT system is by our book publisher McGraw-Hill Connect system and requires a paid access code.  For CONNECT, please know that each class section uses a unique website.  To be clear, Connect is *NOT* free.  Students can begin the first 14 days of the semester with free access - HOWEVER - students are required to work the entire semester and will be required to pay for Connect access to complete course assignments.  The varied assignments in this course will take time for students to complete.  Course requires both reflective and critical thinking.

Specific Course Requirements

This course uses the PAWS management system for course-related email & important course information.. Please log into the address below on the first day of the semester. Although students can log into the system prior to the first day of the semester, the course & course materials will *NOT* appear until the first official day of the semester: http://elearn.southwest.tn.edu

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text



Human Resource Management 11TH EDITION By Lloyd Byars and Leslie Rue and Nabil Ibrahim

If you purchase your materials from the bookstore, your book will be a CUSTOMIZED edition that includes only the chapters you need.  Also, the bookstore book bundle SHOULD include the access code for Connect.  Please verify this with the bookstore.  CONNECT is required to successfully complete the course and required assignments and required exams.  CONNECT access code can be purchased separately and includes ebook access.



Supplementary Materials


In addition to the text and the CONNECT access code (which is *NOT* free), you will need these other materials:

  • Login/password and the regular use of student's My.Southwest email http://my.southwest.tn.edu
  • PAWS Login/password: CLASS-related emails must be sent from the PAWS system.  PAWS also contains important information such as announcements (Course Home page), Content, and required assignments like Dropbox and Quiz. You must know your PAWS login/password to access class information in PAWS. https://elearn.southwest.tn.edu   **** You are responsible for checking your PAWS Email daily! ***
  • Computer with Internet access, ability to play sound, and also Microsoft Word.
    • Most Southwest TN CC computers have Microsoft Word.  If you do not own a computer or Microsoft Word, then you can use computers in the library, Academic Support Center, or most classrooms when class is not in session. **You may need headphones (earbuds) to listen to sound**
    • Word is necessary for certain assignments such as the writing assignments that must be submitted into the PAWS Dropbox.  It is *NEVER* acceptable to submit hand-written assignments.
    • PowerPoint may necessary for reviewing lecture slides provided by your instructor. PowerPoint software is available on any campus computer.
    • Internet access is necessary for connecting to the PAWS course management system. 
  • A binder or notebook for organizing notes.

UPDATE:  Did you know that all Southwest students now have ***FREE** access to Microsoft Online products.  Simply log into the college's portal:  http://portal.microsoftonline.com  If you need assistance with this installation, talk to our "Walk Up Help Desk" located in the library.


Hardware Requirements

Access to a reliable computer equipped with reliable Internet access and software is vital to your success.  If you do not own such equipment, you are required to make plans to visit the college campus during business hours (if you do not know business hours for the library, academic support center, or academic buildings, then you should contact these offices and ask) so that you can complete the required assignments.

Students may also need earphones to listen to video messages from the instructor.

Students may require a word processor such as Microsoft PowerPoint and/or Word for viewing assignment files and for completing writing assignments.  If you do not own the Microsoft software, please know that you can use a college computer.  Moreover, all Southwest students can freely download and install Microsoft software by logging into http://portal.microsoftonline.com  This free software is a benefit of your active enrollment at Southwest Tennessee Community College.


UPDATE:  Did you know that all Southwest students now have ***FREE** access to Microsoft Online products.  Simply log into the college's portal:  http://portal.microsoftonline.com  If you need assistance with this installation, talk to our "Walk Up Help Desk" located in the library.


If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit http://southwest.tn.onthehub.com.

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation


Your grade will be based on the point system.  You may earn up to 700 points total.


There will be four exams.  The lowest of the four exam scores will be dropped for a total of 3 exams * 100 points = 300 points.  Exams will cover about 3 to 4 chapters.  Exams will have 50 questions @ 2 points each for a total of 100 points. Questions will include multiple choice & true/false questions.  There will be a 120 minute time limit on each exam.  You may take each exam up to three times prior to the due date.  The questions for each exam will be randomly selected from a list of questions, so each attempt will likely result in a primarily unique set of questions. The highest attempt score will be used for each exam.

CONNECT Learn Smart:

There will be 10 point CONNECT Learn Smart (LS) assignments for each chapter we cover.  Learn Smart assignments build mastery by asking students to read the online text and complete the "Practice" questions. To answer questions, students are prompted to select a confidence level in his/her knowledge of the answer and then to answer. Learn Smart assignments measure mastery and promote reading (the ebook) for comprehension. These assignments are required. Learn Smart assignments can be re-entered until the due date. By working the Learn Smart to completion, students earn full credit. The lowest LS grade will be dropped. The purpose of the Learn Smart assignments is to encourage active reading by answering questions on the content.

CONNECT Quick Check:

There will be a 10 point CONNECT Quick Check assignment for each chapter. Quick Check assignments are very short quizzes ( 5 questions @ 2pts ). There will be a 30 minute time limit on each Quick Check. You may take each Quick Check up to three times prior to the due date.  The questions for each Quick Check will be randomly selected from a list of questions, so each attempt may have variable questions.. The highest attempt score will be used for each Quick Check.. The goal of the Quick Check assignments is to assess student knowledge in a way that promotes learning by requiring the student to retrieve information previously read and studied via the Learn Smart reading. For this reason, the student will find that after answering each question, s/he will see the question score, solution, correct answer, explanation (when available).

CONNECT Test Prep Quizzes:

There will be a 20 point CONNECT Test Prep Quiz for each chapter. The lowest Test Prep Quiz grade will be dropped.  Quizzes will have approximately 20 questions, including multiple choice & true/false questions.  There will be a 50 minute time limit on each Test Prep Quiz. You may take each quiz an unlimited number of times prior to the due dateHowever, there will be a 2% deduction for each additional attempt of a specific Test Prep Quiz.  The questions for each quiz will be randomly selected from a list of questions, so each attempt will likely result in a primarily unique set of questions. *** Your quiz results (detailed feedback) are your study sheets for the exam. MOREOVER, your Test Prep Quizzes are excellent preparation for the Exam.*** The highest attempt score will be used for each quiz. The purpose of the Test Prep Quizzes (as the name implies) is to prepare you for the Test/Exam.

PAWS Quizzes - for Attendance

During the semester, three mandatory attendance quizzes are given. Your participation in each quiz is used to report your attendance to the college. These quizzes are given in PAWS. If you are not familiar with PAWS, watch the videos that I have prepared for you: http://faculty.southwest.tn.edu/jmcgrory/Content/PAWS/index.html   These quizzes will *not* be dropped.  You will earn 5 points for each attendance quiz completed.

PAWS Discussion - Introduction

All students are required to post an introduction into the PAWS Discussion board. Correct spelling and grammar is required. Moreover, proper capitalization and punctuation is required. Students who post a well-done introduction and avoid spelling, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation errors will earn full credit.

Assignment: Create / Activate your CONNECT User Login Creation using 14-day trial access:

Connect is an essential part of this class. The publisher has provided a 14-day trial access that allows you to begin work immediately. Students who have successfully created their Connect login by the assignment due date will earn 5 points. These points can *NOT* be made up. All students should activate the 14-day trial to begin the semester. It includes the ebook. After the trial expires, your work will be held until you pay for access. You can "pay" with an access code or with a credit card.

Extra Credit Assignments

Extra Credit assignments are given at the full discretion of the instructor. Extra credit can be revoked at any time. When extra credit assignments are made available, the points are added into the overall points earned by the student throughout the semester and *NOT* on the final grade. Common examples of extra credit include:

  • CONNECT Manager's Hot Seat Video Cases: These cases are in CONNECT and typically made available during the same period of time that the exam is available. Since this assignment is extra credit, it requires the student to use critical thinking and reflective skills and to stretch the mind by first listening to a video case (Closed Caption & transcript is available in the system by following links on the video page) and then answering approximately 5 questions on the case including Multiple Choice questions @ 1 point each. Again, points are added into the total points that the student earns throughout the semester and *NOT* on the final grade.
  • SET Confirmation Page. The "SET" is the Student Evaluation of Teaching. Details for earning these bonus points are available in the PAWS Dropbox with this name. Be sure to read and follow these instructions to earn these bonus points. Again, points are added into the total points tha tthe student earns throughout the semester and *NOT* on the final grade.
Point Values used in Method of Evaluation:
CONNECT Exams 300 (100 points each, 1 drop grade)
CONNECT Learn Smart 110 ( 10 points each, 1 drop grade)
CONNECT Quick Check 110 ( 10 points each, 1 drop grade)
CONNECT Test Prep Quiz 110 ( 10 points each, 1 drop grade)
SLO Quiz 45 ( required by college )
PAWS Discussion - Introduction 5  
PAWS Quizzes - for Attendance 15 ( 5 points each)
Assignment: Create / Activate your CONNECT User Login Creation using 14-day trial access: 5  
  700 Maximum Points Possible


Points –700 Maximum "Points Possible." Your grade is calculated by adding points you earned and dividing by points possible (then convert to percentage).  To earn the maximum points possible, make sure that you read the details of each assignment as explained above.  In some cases, you can retake assignments (prior to the due date), but some assignments include penalties for retakes.  You can make a plan for success if you thoroughly read the assignment details above.


Grading Scale

Grading Scale

630-700 Points

90% - 100%


560-629.9 Points

80% - 89.9%


490-559.9 Points

70% - 79.9%


455-489.9 Points



Less than 455 Points




Testing Procedure / Policy

Students are required to complete exams in the CONNECT system.  

Participation / Attendance Policy

This is an online course and we will *NOT* have formal class meetings. 

Students are expected to log into our specific course in PAWS daily. You are expected to check your PAWS Email daily. A student may be reported absent if s/he fails to attempt a weekly assignment such as a quiz or writing assignment.


Additional Policies

PAWS is the course management system for our class.  Your final grade in this class will be calculated using values in PAWS (and not in Connect).  When grades are posted from Connect to PAWS, it is a manual process and mistakes do sometimes happen.  For this reason, I email students after grades are posted and give a due date (typically 48 hours) for you to verify that your grade was posted accurately.  If you do not identify an error with your assignment grades within 48 hours, the grade stands.

In other words, we will not review individual scores at the end of the semester.  You are required to review and communicate in a timely fashion.

If your assignment grade has an error, you are required to notify your instructor via PAWS Email.  Please be respectful.  I try very hard to be accurate but mistakes do sometimes happen.  Please know that I am glad to correct any errors.  

If you are unfamiliar with the PAWS Gradebook or the PAWS Email system, then it is CRITICAL that you watch the how-to videoes that I have prepared for you at this link:  http://faculty.southwest.tn.edu/jmcgrory/Content/PAWS/index.html 

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Students are *REQUIRED* to use PAWS Email.  PAWS Email is *NOT* the same as the campus email.  

If you are unfamiliar with PAWS Email, it is imperative that you watch this video: http://faculty.southwest.tn.edu/jmcgrory/Content/PAWS/index.html

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

*ALL* messages posted to the discussion board can be viewed by *ALL* members of our class.

Proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization is required.  

A meaningful and thoughtful post is always required.

As you write your post, review it for miscommunication.  Miscommunication often causes hurt feelings.  For this reason, your postings should be read & read again before posting.  Make sure that you are communicating the correct thoughts. 

Above all: Be kind to each other.  You don't have to agree with everyone to be kind.  You can disagree with respect. In fact, in the workforce, you may find that you must disagree with coworkers, subordinates, and supervisors.  Practice those skills now.  My best friend's mom always told us "You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar." 

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule

We will cover 12 chapters (not consecutive) that include:

  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4...
  • ...Chapter 8
  • Chapter 9
  • Chapter 10
  • Chapter 11
  • Chapter 12
  • Chapter 13
  • Chapter 14
  • Chapter 15

This course is *NOT* self-paced.  Due dates apply.  Please see the printable class schedule for pacing: http://faculty.southwest.tn.edu/jmcgrory/BUSN2380/2016U/BUSN2380-L01-Schedule-Dr-McGrory-Online.pdf

Within the respective system (PAWS or CONNECT), due dates are shown next to each assignment.  

Late work is not accepted.  Successful students often submit work one or two days in advance to avoid mishaps.  You must plan your classwork.

Your instructor reserves the right to change assignment due dates.  These changes only occur when absolutely necessary and are announced to the class via PAWS EMAIL and/or on the homepage of our specific class in PAWS.

Successful students very commonly create their own calendar and write in personal due dates.  In other words, they manage multiple classes by planning to complete work ahead of schedule.  

A calendar that successful students commonly use is the college calendar in the Student Handbook, which is freely available at the Student Services office (where you received your student id).  Whatever calendar you use, it is important to record assignment due dates and then plan to complete your assignment well in advance of this date.  Late work is not accepted.

Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at http://www.southwest.tn.edu.

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.