CCOG for BA 224 Spring 2024

Course Number:
BA 224
Course Title:
Human Resource Management
Credit Hours:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture/Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:

Course Description

Covers human behavior, employment, employee development, performance appraisal, wage and salary administration, employment and job rights, discipline and due process, and labor-management relations. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Credits will be acceptable as required and/or elective for Portland Community
College' s Business Administration and Business Technology Certificate or
Degree Programs.
Courses with three digit numbers may be transferable to four-year colleges
and universities. Students should consult with these other institutions
regarding transfer possibilities.
The student should consult the Business Division for a listing of the approved
text and supplemental materials. Current prices for materials may be found
at the PCC bookstore.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: 

  • Understand and apply key human resource management perspectives.

  • Strengthen organizational effectiveness by applying job description, human resource planning, recruiting and selection factors that meet company human resources requirements.

  • Understand and apply various aspects of motivation as they relate to job satisfaction, compensation, and security.

  • Incorporate and articulate effective methods of training and developing employees.

  • Comply with current federal and state regulations pertaining to employment.

  • Articulate and apply human resource strategies to facilitate improved employee-management relations.

Course Activities and Design

Human Resource Management is an important course for the student planning on
a career in business administration. Legal implications concerning
employment make this course critical for those interested in human resource
Instructors may choose to use a variety of methods in teaching the course
depending on their background and experience. The Business Division
recommends the following as samples of interactive processes to be used in
this course:

  1. Group interaction in discussion of current human resource management issues impacting decision making and reporting.
  2. Guest business "experts," lecturers, and speakers.
  3. Student tours of active, progressive human resource management departments.
  4. Panel discussions of pros and cons of various human resource management issues.
  5. Videotaped presentations relating to human resource management.
  6. Lecture/discussions on various human resource management topics.
  7. Student discussion of decisions on problems, questions, cases, etc., from the student 's textbook, supplements, or case studies provided by the instructor.
  8. Instructor and student use of various media to express concepts, vocabulary, decision making, and participation in human resource management.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

A letter grade is issued for this course. At the beginning of the course,
the instructor will detail the methods used to evaluate student progress
and the criteria for assigning a course grade. The methods may include one
or more of the following tools: Examinations, quizzes, homework
assignments, research papers, small group problem-solving of questions
arising from application of course concepts and concerns to actual
experience, oral presentations.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Acquire general understanding of various human resource management perspectives.

  1. Development of human resource management
  2. Environment of human resource management
  3. Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Identify factors that meet the human resources requirements.

  1. Job requirements
  2. Human resource planning and recruiting
  3. Selection techniques

Acquire insight to the various aspects of motivation as they relate to job satisfaction, compensation, and security.

  1. Motivating employees
  2. The role of communication in human resource management
  3. Employee rights and discipline
  4. Managing compensation
  5. Incentive compensation
  6. Benefits and services
  7. Nonfinancial motivation techniques

Investigate effective methods of training and developing employees.

  1. Performance appraisal
  2. Career development
  3. Training

Describe current federal and state regulations pertaining to employment, and explore ways to strengthen employee-management relations.

  1. The dynamics of labor relations
  2. Collective bargaining and contract administration

Understand human resource management in the international environment.

  1. International human resource management.