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									MBAE 611, F09, p.1

                               Loyola Marymount University
                     Human Resource Management and Career Development
                                 MBAE 611-01 -- Fall 2009
                                Monday, 7:15 – 10 pm, H 35

Instructor:             Dr. David Mathison
Office:                 H329
Office Hrs.:            Tuesday             7am – 9:25am; 12:15pm – 2pm
                        Thursday            7am – 9:25am; 12:15pm – 2pm
Office Phone:           310-338-5143 (preferred for all communication)
E-mail:                 dmathiso@lmu.edu

Human Resource Management, 2010, 11th ed., Mondy
Zapp, Byham, Fawcett Books
What Color is Your Parachute?, Bolles, 2009 ed.

Understanding Human Resources is essential for all general managers as it is for the career HR
professional. The performance of your subordinates is how you will be judged. This innovative
course will cover both the essentials of professional Human Resource Management and career
development technology. The first two-thirds of the course will focus on issues of contemporary
Human Resource Management which include highly varying topics as hiring, interviewing,
planning, and assessment. Skill development is also a part of this first section.

The last third of the course will focus primarily on current issues in careers. This interesting
section will consider patterns of individual career development, guiding your subordinates' careers,
career trends in the business sector and opportunities for self-assessment (optional) and personal
career path assessment and planning will be available. This will include optional testing and guest
lectures from career professionals in the field.

Learning Activities:
This course requires active attention and participation. Your sources of learning will be varied, and
will involve lectures and class discussions, assigned readings, audiovisuals, guest speakers, exams,
and a final paper.

Attendance and Punctuality and Late Papers:
Daily attendance and punctuality are expected. If unable to attend, please contact the instructor by
phone prior to the missed class (messages: 310-338-5143). Please note, your tardiness is
disturbing for the class -- Please avoid being late! Three or more tardiness will result in loss of
one full grade point. No exceptions. Late papers will be significantly penalized.

Please recognize reading will be uneven within the class, with a heavy load the first two-thirds of
the class and very light the last third. Approximately 100 pages of reading a week are assigned
during the first two-thirds of the semester, and must be read prior to the class meeting.

1)    Cases
      We will have two brief cases. On the assigned date, turn in brief answers to the questions.
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2)       Human Resource Interview Paper
         Approximately 5-7 pages. Identify a chapter in the Mondy test, then interview an HRM
         professional in the organization asking how they function in this area.
         Use this outline and headings
         1.    Introduction -- A brief introduction to the HRM professional interviewed and the
         2.    The Chapter and/or Concepts focused on
         3.    How they approach this function
         4.    Your view of the strengths and weaknesses of their approach (allow at least 1½ pages

3)       Career Paper:
         Due by the date indicated on the course schedule is a 15-20 page (typed, double-spaced,
         references, with clear headings) career analysis and planning paper. This paper will focus
         on plans for managing your own career. You have two main options for filling this

         (A)         Personal Career Exploration and Planning: This paper is for those searching to
                     identify an appropriate personal career plan. This paper will include (1) a section in
                     which you identify personal career goals and objectives (taking into consideration
                     your total life style preference), (2) a section in which you analyze your recurring
                     personal interest/competency themes (based on personal history data and
                     personality/career interest inventories you take relegated to career planning), (3)
                     your ideas for achieving an integration of 1 and 2, and (4) specific action plans for
                     the future.

         (B)         Identified Career Analysis and Planning: This paper is for those who have a
                     fairly clear picture of their intended future career path. In this paper you will (1)
                     describe the career path based on your personal knowledge and interviews with
                     three professionals at different career stages, (2) identify areas of fit and areas of
                     potential lack of fit between your personal interests and competencies and your
                     identified career path, and (3) your action plans for the future (including ideas for
                     dealing with lack of it in 2 above).

Suggested Format for Career Paper:
Please read page 2 of the syllabus and use that as a general guideline for the paper. As long as there
is evidence of research and careful personal analysis, I am okay with a variety of formats.
However, the following are formats for option I and option II that work well. Be assured all will be
held fully confidential.

Option I:
I.    Introduction
      State the purpose of paper, goals and how these goals will be communicated in this paper.
      Tell the reader briefly the outcome to expect in the paper.
II.   Current Career
      What are you currently doing, what you like about this direction and what is frustrating or
      untapped in your skills?
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III.     Report of Self-Evaluation Testing
         What have you learned about yourself? Likes, dislikes? Skill? Interest Areas? Desires to
         live what kind of lifestyle, etc.? Here you report your summarization of both the results of
         tests and introspective thinking (place the results of test in an appendix section at the end
         of your paper). This section involves true objective thinking about yourself.

IV.      Given your knowledge about yourself, what career directions make sense?
         a. This will involve out-of-class work for here you are seeking "best fit" between yourself
            and a specific career path. Accordingly, you will need library research understanding or
            interviews with those currently in that career.
         b. Here you identify that career and what preparation will be involved for that career.

V.       Action Plan Steps:
         If you were to pursue that new career path or even decide to "stay in the course" in your
         current career path, what specific steps are involved? Here clear, specific action steps are
         identified, along with timetables. This is not unlike a personal PERK CHART with step 1,
         step 2, etc.
                  General example:
                  Objective:      Practice law in Oregon
                  Step 1:         Send letters of application to 3 part-time law programs. During
                                  January 2010 discuss with marriage partner and get agreement.
                  Step 2:         Begin studies in law school September, 2012
                                  Reduce workload.
                                  Partner works extra hours.
                  Step 3:         Apply for junior partnership in a law firm in Portland, January 2015.
                                   House up for sale.
                  Step 4:         Following graduation in May, 2015, take bar exam for Oregon.
                                  Prepare for move - sell house.

Option II: In-depth Analysis of a Targeted Career Position
I.    Introduction
      State purpose of the paper, goals and how these goals will be communicated in this paper.
      Tell the reader briefly what outcome to expect in the paper.
II.   Current Career
      What are you currently doing, what position, what level? What are likes and dislikes of
      your current career path?
III.  Report of who you are as a person
      This does not involve the depth of Option I, but is a good thing to briefly consider
      nonetheless. How would an objective person describe you? What thing or experiences
      bring you deep levels of satisfaction? What kinds of work situations seem most ideal to
IV.   The targeted career position
      a.      What is this identified position?
              What specific things or outcomes to you hope to experience in this new slot? Why
              does this change seem attractive to you?
      b.      This section will involve a report of either or both library research of that position
              and/or truly in-depth interviews with a person currently in a position like the one
              you have targeted. Place research data/interview data in an appendix at the end of
              the paper.
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V.       How do you get there?
         Here you identify the preparation, direction or steps needed to achieve this position. What
         degree? What department must you be transferred to for additional experience? What must
         happen before you can get this position?

VI.      Action Plan Steps
         What specific concrete steps are involved? Here, clear, specific action steps are identified
         along with timetables. This is not unlike a Personal "Perk Chart" with step 1, step 2, etc.
                General Example:
                Objective:      Finance officer in medium size L.A. high-tech firm.
                Step 1:         Take more finance courses starting Spring, 2010.
                Step 2:         Apply to be transferred into the finance department of your current
                                firm Spring 2011. Remain there and gain experience for 2 years.
                                Also, begin to network among friends who are currently in finance.
                Step 3:         Begin a formal search Fall 2012.
                                Complete MBA with finance emphasis.
                Step 4:         Begin new position entrance level with new firm.
                                Accept possibility of lower wages for the first 2 years.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS: Students with special needs who need reasonable
modifications, special assistance, or accommodations in this course should promptly direct their
request to the Disability Support Services Office. Any student who currently has a documented
disability (physical, learning, or psychological) needing academic accommodations should
contact the Disability Services Office (Daum Hall # 224, x84535) as early in the semester as
possible. All discussions will remain confidential. Please visit www.lmu.edu/dss
<http://www.lmu.edu/dss> for additional information.


Assignments                                                Date Due        % of Total
Exam I                                                     Oct 12          20
Exam II                                                    Nov 16          20
Final Exam                                                 Dec 14          15
Participation, discussions, punctuality, attendance                        10
Cases                                                                      10
Human Resources Interview Paper                                            10
Career Paper                                                               15
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DATE          TOPIC                                                     HAVE READ
                                                                        PRIOR TO
Aug 31        Introduction to Strategic HRM
              Interview with Jack Welsh: DVD
Sept 7        NO CLASS – LABOR DAY
Sept14        The New Social Contract                                   Ch. 1, 2, 3
              The Meaning of Work
Sept 21       Recruitment and Selection                                 Ch. 4, 5, 6
              Due: “HRM incident #2 / Am I qualified?”
                      (Answer the 2 questions)
Sept 28       Special Issues: Conflict/Stress
Oct 5         HRM Motivation/Leadership and Coaching
Oct 12        EXAM I (Includes All Materials Above)
Oct 19        Performance Appraisal and Compensation                    Ch. 7, 8, 9, 10
Oct 26        Special Issues:
              Coaching for Improved Work Performance
              Due: HRM Incident (p. 264)
                      Performance Appraisal?
                      (Answer the 2 questions)
Nov 2         Strategic Separation                                      Ch. 11
              DVD: Fired
Nov 9         Special Issues – Diversity
              Women in Management, Success and Frustration
              DVD: The Miners
Nov 16        EXAM II (Includes all materials following Exam I)
Nov 23        Careers: Introduction                                     Byram – all
              What were you born on the earth to do? Job-Person Match
              Due: Human Resources Interview Paper
Nov 30        Careers, Occupation and Choice                            Bolles – all
              A Life Long Process
Dec 7         Careers: Early, Middle, Late Careers
              FINAL THOUGHTS
Dec 14        FINAL EXAM (Byham, Bolles)
              (All materials following Exam II)
              Due: CAREER PAPER

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