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Human Resource Development

Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development

Program Description

With the increasing competitive pressure of a global economy and the growing emphasis on employee empowerment, people with highly developed management skills will be the leaders of tomorrow. The human factor remains the key to success. The Human Resource Development curriculum give learners the education necessary for effective management of people and resources.

Admission Requirements

  1. Have completed a minimum of 6 post-high school college credits
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.0

Core Major Requirements

HRD 310: Legal and Regulatory Environment of Human Resources

This course is a survey of the various levels of government statutes and regulations as they affect the human resource function in modern organizations.

HRD 330: Microsoft Office Applications

What are the Microsoft Office applications typically used by organizations? What are these applications’ major capabilities and how can they work together to extend human resource capabilities for the benefit of an organization? Learners study and apply major functions and features associated with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. Learners examine how the various applications’ major components and tools work together, and explore how to configure and use them effectively.

HRD 338: Human Resources Technology

Learners develop an understanding of the role of application systems software in supporting the business functions of human resource management. The course will address the strategies and methodologies utilized in the design, development, and deployment of information technology solutions including vendor evaluations and user involvement.

HRD 323: Finance for Non‐Financial Managers

Learners will develop an understanding of the role of finance in the business organization. Topics include ratio analysis, creation of financial statements, sources of funds for financial operations, managing the cash flow process, the cost of capital, and capital budgeting. In addition, the financial impacts of international operations will be explored.

HRD 345: Managing Human Resources

This course introduces learners to human resources management, including human resources functions and the relationship between human resources and business strategy. Learners will explore staffing and employment functions; training and development, and performance evaluations; the strategic importance of compensation and benefits and labor relations; and legal issues that arise in various human resources functions.

BSAD328: Organizational Behavior

This course covers individual and work group behavior in organizations. Exercises in the dynamics of power, developing leadership, facilitating quality and change, and interpersonal communication skills will be emphasized.

HRD 324: Performance Management

The learner is introduced to the application of the principles and techniques of behavior modification to the performance of individuals and groups in organizations. The course includes application of the ABC analysis and the study of antecedents, behaviors and consequences that can be used to successfully sustain individual and group performance.

HRD 321: Compensation and Benefits

This course analyzes the labor market, insights into socioeconomic and political events that influence wage and salary administration, methods of building an adequate and equitable compensation package in order to attract and retain competent employees, reward for merit and accomplishments, and providing incentives for development.

CAPS495: Senior Capstone

Learners will be required to develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their knowledge, skills, and abilities in their major discipline. Particular attention will be given to the presentation of evidence and artifacts from their major courses as well as recent research relevant to their major courses and their specific program outcomes. The purpose of the final portfolio project is to document learner achievement and to ensure learning outcomes are met. Additionally, learners will conduct research and report on career potentials within their major field, careers for which they are potentially most qualified, and a specific career and career path of interest resulting from their research.

Foundation Requirements

CORE101: Developing Academic and Professional Strengths

How does higher education help create the type of person that businesses want to hire? Learners will explore the answer to this question, and in doing so, help lay the foundation for academic and professional success. Each learner will develop a core set of skills needed to be both an effective college student and a successful professional in the 21st‐century workplace. Learners will develop and practice practical strategies with which to become more efficient and effective learners, while also developing higher‐order learning skills to reflect on critical issues relevant to both academic and professional environments such as personal responsibility and ethics.

CORE110: Information Literacy

This course is designed to provide learners with the skills that are fundamental to becoming an information‐literate professional who can locate, evaluate, organize and communicate information. The abundance and rapid flow of data requires skill development in the understanding of information resources, accessing information sources, determining the credibility of Internet information, logically organizing sources and finally presenting the information professionally.

ENGL101: Composition 1

This course helps learners develop writing skills that are transferrable to any academic or workplace writing task. The course guides learners through the process of planning, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading academic and workplace writing. Learners will develop skills necessary to craft coherent sentences and paragraphs, to edit editing their writing for proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation. They will learn about narrative structure and techniques as well as the elements of successful argumentation and persuasive discourse. This course also guides learners through every stage of the research process. Learners will develop a research plan, conduct research, organize and draft a research paper, and then revise, edit, and proofread that research paper.

ENGL102: Composition 2

This course builds on the thinking and writing skills introduced in Composition 1. Learners will write critical, argumentative essays based on their interpretations of nonfictional texts, including literary, film, and cultural texts, and in doing so, will recognize the role of rhetoric in the writing situation as they craft persuasive discourse. In doing so, they will learn methods of questioning, analyzing, and evaluating their own beliefs as well as the perceptions and perspectives of others. These methods of critical thinking are intended to improve the quality and organization of learners’ writing for any purpose, including academic and workplace purposes. In addition to writing essays, learners will develop more advanced research strategies, as well greater proficiency in APA style.

Prerequisite: ENGL101

COM 125: Speech

This course helps learners majoring in any discipline strengthen communication skills essential for success in academics and the workplace. Learners will focus on listening, evaluating, and delivering spoken discourse based on audience and purpose. Learners will evaluate why some people are more effective than others as public speakers, analyze speeches and audiences, study ethical considerations for speakers, research and organize findings on a topic, and present findings before an audience, and learn techniques for identifying and reducing speech anxiety.

HUM 201: Ethics

Ethics introduces learners to moral philosophy, the branch of philosophy that questions what is good and bad. The course surveys a number of important ethical theories—ethical relativism, objectivism, egoism, altruism, utilitarianism, duty‐based moral theory, natural law, natural rights, and virtue ethics—as they examine reasons why certain actions are morally right or wrong. Learners will apply ethical theories in the evaluation and analysis of current controversial issues, question ethical matters from a variety of angles, and acquire new tools to assist them in making ethically sound, well‐informed decisions throughout their lives.

COM 301: Professional Communication

This course prepares learners to communicate effectively in business settings by helping them develop their written and oral communication skills. The course focuses on traditional and Web‐based forms of communication used in business today, including e‐mail, letters, memos, reports, proposals, and presentations. The course teaches learners to plan, write, and revise communications for a variety of audiences and in different mediums. It also teaches learners to communicate with greater clarity, economy of language, and vigor, as well as how to communicate professionally with employees, customers, and hiring managers. Learners will participate in interactive online activities and complete real‐world assessments that help them produce, evaluate, and improve their own written, oral, and multimedia communication skills.

Prerequisite: ENGL102. A final grade of C or higher for this course is required for learners to enroll in the capstone course.

*MASC110 Statistics & Probability, or MASC115 College Algebra, or more advanced college credit bearing mathematics course requiring college algebra or higher as a prerequisite

Disciplinary Perspective Requirements

  • Humanities (6 credits)
  • Natural Sciences/Mathematics (4 credits)
  • Social Sciences (6 credits)

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete all foundation and major courses with an overall GPA of 2.0
  2. Complete a minimum of 124 credit hours, with at least 60 hours at a bachelor’s degree-granting institution
  3. Complete at least 30 credit hours with a C average or above from Southwestern College

All degree requirements are subject to change. Please see Southwestern College Professional Studies Catalog for the most current degree requirements.