Continuing Education

Human Resources Certificate

Program Overview

The Human Resources Management program is designed to provide a broad perspective of HRM in today’s business environment. Each class offers a comprehensive and practical grounding in a major area of interest to human resource generalists.

Length of Training

Course offerings vary by semester. Completion may take up to three semesters. Students may enroll in individual classes; however, the prerequisite for some of the classes is the Introduction to Human Resource Management.

Rubric Coursework Hours
HRPO 1000 Intro to Human Resources Management 30
HRPO 1091 Employee Relations 30
HRPO 1091 Talent Management 40
HRPO 1091 Total Rewards Program 30
HRPO 1091 Risk Management 30
HRPO 1091 Global Human Resources 30
HRPO 1091 Legal Issues in Human Resources 40
Total 230

The following elective coursework is not required but highly recommended for those interested in pursuing the HR Certificate.

Introduction to Human Resources Management - HRPO 1000 - 30 hours
Designed for individuals who want to launch a career in Human Resources or need a comprehensive update. Provides an overview of challenges facing today's organizations. Instruction includes philosophy, purpose, and management obectives key to HRM.

Risk Management - HRPO 1091 30 hours
This course reviews policies and practices that affect an employee's well-being. Topics include ergonomics, employee wellness programs, chemical dependency, and communicable diseases in the workplace. Legal and regulatory factors including OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) and worker's compensation are discussed.

Global Human Resources - HRPO 1091 30 hours
Provides a solid basic understanding of human resources in the international arena. Topics include a look in the multi-national company, hot issues dealing with HR planning globally, recruitment, retainment, cultural dimensions, and the HRM practices facing companies involved in a global perspective.

Legal Issues in Human Resources - HRPO 1091 30 hours
Prereq.: Introduction to Human Resources Management. A detailed introduction to federal and state employment laws. Instruction includes workplace discrimination, the role and purpose of the EEOC, affirmative action, privacy rights, wage and hour issues, and employment-at-will theory. Includes strategies for appying legal theories and modeling lawful behavior in the workplace. A separate text is required.

Total Rewards Program HRPO 1091 30 hours
An in-depth explanation of the cash compensation function beginning with a thorough understanding and use of Fair Labor Standards Act determining exempt and non-exempt nuances, job evaluation methods, job description writing techniques, survey practices, and wage and salary structure development. A work project parallels each step with hands-on practice of the several elements described above with a hypothetical organization.

Talent Management HRPO 1091 40 hours
Introduction to hiring skills and tools focusing on position analysis and review, skill identification, market pricing, interviewing strategies, testing and legal considerations. Special focus includes techniques to reduce culturally-biased hiring practices and improve culturally-sensitive interviewing. Introduction to HR development functions specifically concentrating on the training and development component. Other topics include training as related to the organizational mission and goals, performance management, budgeting, succession planning and all aspects of training programs new trends in training, distance and education and new employee orientation materials.

Employee Relations HRPO 1091 30 hours
A thorough exploration of performance appraisal and improvement plans, development of performance standards and goals, employee motivation techniques, company policies and handbook development, dealing with difficult employees, and investigating employee charges. Also included are strategies for building trust, responding to criticism and leading effective meetings and more. At the end, the student should be able to identify aspects of diversity, distinguish between bias, stereotyping and discrimination; techniques that improve interaction and organizational effectiveness. Textbook required.

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