BUSN-2354: Compensation Management ( On Campus, Online, Split/Hybrid, Web-Assisted | Spring 2018 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Dr. Nathan Washington

Instructor Rank

Associate Professor

Instructor Email ncwashington@southwest.tn.edu Recommened contact method.
Instructor Website


Instructor Office

Macon Campus

Academic Building B

Room 253D

Office Hours

Hours posted outside office door

Instructor Phone

(901) 333-4998

Department Phone

(901) 333-4130

Course Information
Course Description

This course covers the four basic policies that every employer must consider in managing compensation:

  1. internal consistency
  2. external competitiveness
  3. employee contributions; and
  4. administration of the pay system.

The integrating of these four factors plus compliance, the Government's role in compensation, pay discrimination, managing the system, and the role unions play in salary administration are discussed.

Student Learning Objectives
  1. Demonstrate an understanding the concept of a compensation strategy, where it comes from, how it relates to the organization's situation, and why the concept has value.
  2. Demonstrate and understanding of why internal consistency is an important pay policy issue and how to evaluate internal consistency.
  3. Identify the importance of job analysis and its relationship to internal consistency.
  4. Contrast the differences and similarities between job evaluation, skill-based plans, competency-based plans, and market pricing.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of external competitiveness to the pay model.
  6. Identify all of the steps involved in designing a pay survey.
  7. Analyze the reasons for the popularity of alternative reward systems.




Instructional / Learning Methods

My educational philosophy is that the instructor is responsible for providing students with what they need to succeed in their pursuit of knowledge.  In addition to lectures that are timely and up to date, it is important for the instructor to provide direction and extra resources for their students.  I also believe that learning is an active process.  To learn something you have to do the work and be able to apply that work to something you already know.  In other words, you have to figure out how your education fits into your own experiences with life and work.

Specific Course Requirements

This course uses the PAWS online system.  Please log into the address below on the first day of classes.


Keep a copy of assignments and homework.  A back-up copy of all course work, assignments, and homework must be kept by each student until completion of all course requirements and assignments of final grades. This will ensure that all work can be recorded and recalled in case of faulty transmission of files.

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

Compensation 12th ed

Milkovich and Gerhart


ISBN13: 9781259738197



This is just for the Connect access code that gives the student access to the ebook.  There is an option for the student to purchase a loose-leaf text after they purchase the ebook if they choose.  This is the best option financially for the book and Connect access.


Hardware Requirements

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

This is detailed in our PAWS course.

Grading Scale

90-100 = A

80-89 = B

70-79 = C

60-69 = D

0-59 = F

Testing Procedure / Policy

There will be no make up work allowed in this course. All of the course assignments are available at the beginning of the course and have a specific due date and time. If you miss the due date and time you will be given a zero for the assignment. There will be no exceptions to this rule except in proven, documented circumstances. Graded assignments are due at 10:59pm and will become in accessible when the system clock reaches 10:59pm. Please plan ahead and do not procrastinate.

Major Assignments

This is detailed in our PAWS course.

Participation / Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend all classes. If you are taking an online course and have not submitted assignments or contacted your instructor they may consider you as non-attending.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

When using email, please use the PAWS system as your main way of communication with your instructor.

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

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.

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.