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BUS 205: Human Resource Management - 3 Credits
Professor: Evelyn Potts


Introduces employment, selection, and placement of personnel, usage levels and methods, job descriptions, training methods and programs, employee evaluation systems, compensation and labor relations. Includes procedures for management of human resources and uses case studies and problems to demonstrate implementation of these techniques.

This is a one semester course in Human Resource Management designed to provide the student with the basic concepts, principles, and practices involved in the management of human resources. This approach considers the advancements made in the field through research and development, the impact of technological and social progress together with the influences of the changing economic environment and governmental legislation on the management of human resources and the environment in which people work. Attention is directed toward the increasing social responsibilities of business and how these obligations are met in the human resource programs. The course is focused on the human resource management process as it relates to the procurement, development and maintenance of human resources involving recruitment, selection, training, motivation and remuneration of employees. The course gives attention to the role of the human resource department in administering the human resource program and equally emphasizes the role of supervisors, managers, and their superiors in the management of human resources in accordance with the objectives and policies of the organizational human resource program.



If you do well in this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the human resource manager's work.
  • Appreciate the potential of a career in human resource management.
  • Relate human resource management and the human resource function to the organization as a whole.
  • Understand the environmental forces that affect human resource management and the total organization, and specifically the government, unions, technology resources and changes within the work force.
  • Relate the need for meeting staffing requirements to human resource recruiting, selection, training, and management development in terms of organizational objectives.
  • Develop an understanding of motivation and leadership in the work situation, designing wage and salary systems, economic supplements, health and safety programs, and executive compensation.
  • Develop a background needed to provide guidance and direction in the application of the human resource management function including communication, performance evaluation, collective bargaining, discipline, and career planning.




Your course grade will be determined by the case studies, quizzes, paper and 4 exams, according to the following points:

Possible Points
Percentage of Grade
Letter of Introduction
3 Case Study Write-Ups
3 Discussion Topics
HR Research Paper
8 Quizzes
2 Exams
Extra Credit: How Intercountry Differences Affect HRM
Exam Bonus Essay Question
20 (5 points/exam)

Grading Scale
600 - 540 points
539 - 480 points

479 - 420 points


419 - 360 points

Fewer than 360 points



There are four (4) online proctored exams in this course. You are expected to take your examinations at one of the NVCC campus Testing Centers. Be sure to allow enough time to complete your exam before the Testing Center closes; Testing Centers have specific policies relating to the administration of ELI exams. You will need to take a photo ID, your NovaConnect empl ID number, and the appropriate Exam Pass when you go to the Testing Center.  

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ELI Policies and Procedures


This is an Extended Learning Institute (ELI) course. ELI courses differ from campus courses in several important ways, including enrollment dates, communication with faculty, assignment completion requirements, and exams. You must follow ELI's policies and procedures if you take this course. Read (or review) ELI's Policies and Procedures before you begin the course.

If you have questions, call ELI at (703) 323-3347 or (888) 435-6822.


Beginning the Course


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4. Click on this course under "My Courses." Review the entire course to make sure you understand what will be required of you. Then start completing the assignments.

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