Course Description

This course is an introduction to the strategic contribution of human resource management to the total business enterprise. This course provides an overview of basic human resource management functions: workplace law and regulations, human resource metrics and cost analysis, recruitment, total rewards, compensation and benefits, training and development, and organizational behavior. Also included in the overview are basic elements, including understanding the functions of HRM within an organization, typical designs of HRM departments, the responsibilities and roles of HRM personnel, and an exploration of HRM as a career. The instruction lays a broader foundation for topics that are covered throughout the certificate, which include the following:

  • Ethics
  • Motivational theories
  • Needs assessments
  • Contracts and requests for proposals
  • Communication
  • Adult learning theories

Learner Outcomes

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

  • Explain the strategic contribution of human resource management to the total business enterprise
  • Define HR’s function within an organization
  • Differentiate among typical designs of HRM departments
  • Summarize the responsibilities and roles of HRM personnel
  • Explore HRM career options
  • Characterize the basic human resource management functions including: workplace law and regulations; human resource metrics and cost analysis; recruitment; compensation, benefits and total rewards; training and development; and, organizational behavior


Applies Towards the Following Certificates


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6:00PM to 9:00PM
Oct 12, 2020 to Dec 14, 2020
Virtual Sessions
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Virtual Sessions
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (4 units) $600.00
Available for Credit
4 units
Section Notes

Steps to Enroll (link)

Fall '20 Online: Class will run at the posted times via Zoom. Link to Zoom meeting room and additional course materials will be posted to the course page in Gauchospace.

Students are required to purchase the following textbook(s) prior to the first class meeting:

Managing Human Resources
Twelfth edition
Susan E. Jackson, Randall S. Schuler, and Steve Werner
Publication Date - November 2017
ISBN: 9780190857561

Please order textbooks from the bookseller of your choice. Be sure to order the correct ISBN and textbook edition.

No refunds after 10/25/2020