Human Resource Management

Program Overview

Human Resource Management (HRM) professionals perform many vital business activities in organizations. As both private and public sector organizations have become more concerned about such issues as legal compliance and ensuring employee work behaviors are aligned with strategic objectives, the demand for well-trained HRM professionals has increased greatly.

Practitioners in HRM are involved in a variety of important, interesting, and challenging activities. They establish and implement policies that affect such organizational functions as recruitment, selection, training and development, performance management, compensation and benefits.

Curriculum Overview

Courses in the program include Introduction to Human Resource Management, Introduction to Labor Relations, Employee Selection and Training, Employee Compensation Systems, Employee Engagement, Managing Workforce Diversity, Career Management, Team Management, Management Skills, and more.

Degree Offered

  • B.S.B.A. in Human Resource Management

Contact

Eugene Kutcher, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chairperson
Sweigart Hall 240
609-896-5203
ekutcher@rider.edu

Program Website: http://www.rider.edu/hrm
Associated Department: Department of Management

Related Programs

Human Resource Management Major Requirements

(18 credits)

Business Core
See Business Core Requirements
MGT 310Intro to Human Resource Mgmt3
Select five of the following, including at least three of the first five listed:15
Intro to Labor Relations
Employee Selection & Training
Employee Compensation Systems
Employee Engagement
Managing Workforce Diversity
Career Management 1
Negotiation
Team Management 2
Management Skills 2
International Management
Small Business Management
Sel. Topics: Human Res Mgt
Independent Research and Study
Total Credits18
1

Human Resource Management majors have the option of completing MGT 336 Career Management and waiving the professional development requirements of CBA 202 Career Plan & Perspect II and CBA 302 Career Planning & Perspectives III. If a student waives these two 1-credit courses, the student must complete 2 credits of free elective for graduation.

2

Human Resource Management majors have the option of completing MGT 355 Team Management or MGT 363 Management Skills for their major requirements as well as for their Leadership Elective requirement. If a student chooses to count MGT 355 or MGT 363 toward both the major requirements and the Leadership Elective, the student must complete 3 credits of free elective for graduation.

An average of “C” or better is required in the 18 semester credit hours required of the human resource management major. Majors are encouraged to take HRM 492 Internship in Human Res Mgt as a free elective.

Academic Plan of Study

The following educational plan is provided as a sample only.  Rider students who do not declare a major during their freshman year, who change their major, or those who transfer to Rider will follow a different plan to ensure a timely graduation.  Each student, with guidance from his or her advisor, will develop a personalized educational plan.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
CIS 185 Information Systems Essentials 1 3
CMP 120 Expository Writing 2 3
MSD 105 Quantitative Methods for Business 3 3
Natural Science Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CBA 102 Career Plan & Perspective I 4 1
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MKT 200 Marketing Principles 3
MSD 200 Statistical Methods I 3
Humanities Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
ACC 210 Introduction to Accounting 3
CBA 202 Career Plan & Perspect II 4 1
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MGT 201 Fund Management & Org Behavior 3
MSD 201 Statistical Methods II 3
Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ACC 220 Managerial Uses of Accounting 3
COM 290 Professional/Strategic Speech 3
FIN 220 Introduction to Finance 3
MGT 310 Intro to Human Resource Mgmt 3
Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall Semester
BUS 300 Social & Legal Environment Bus 3
CBA 302 Career Plan & Perspect III 4 1
HR Major Elective 3
HR Major Elective 3
Leadership Elective 3
Free Elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
CIS 385 Management Information Systems 3
MSD 340 Production and Operations 3
HR Major Elective 3
Free Elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Year 4
Fall Semester
BUS 400 Strategic Mgmt and Policy 3
HR Major Elective 3
Free Elective 5 3
Free Elective 5 3
Free Elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
HR Major Elective 3
Free Elective 5 3
Free Elective 5 3
Free Elective 5 3
Free Elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation120
1

 CIS 185 Information Systems Essentials can be taken in the Fall or Spring of Year 1.

2

 Students may be required to take CMP 115 Intro to Expository Writing based on placement.  CMP 115 counts as a 3-credit Free Elective.

3

 Students may be required to take MSD 104 Intro to Quantitative Methods based on placement.  MSD 104 counts as a 3-credit Free Elective.

4

 Transfer Students can take MGT 336 Career Management (3 credits) as a substitute for the Career Planning sequence.

5

 Students are required to complete 6 credits of International Business Electives which can be fulfilled as major courses or as free electives.

The following educational plan is provided as a sample only.  Rider students who do not declare a major during their freshman year; who change their major; or those who transfer to Rider may follow a different plan to ensure a timely graduation.  Each student, with guidance from his or her academic advisor, will develop a personalized educational plan.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
CIS 185 Information Systems Essentials 3
CMP 120 Expository Writing 3
ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MSD 105 Quantitative Methods for Business 3
Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
JTerm
MKT 200 Marketing Principles 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
CBA 102 Career Plan & Perspective I 1
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MSD 200 Statistical Methods I 3
Free Elective 1 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Summer Semester
ACC 210 Introduction to Accounting 3
Humanities Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Year 2
Fall Semester
CBA 202 Career Plan & Perspect II 1
COM 290 Professional/Strategic Speech 3
FIN 220 Introduction to Finance 3
MGT 201 Fund Management & Org Behavior 3
MSD 201 Statistical Methods II 3
Free Elective 2 3
Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours19
JTerm
Free Elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
ACC 220 Managerial Uses of Accounting 3
CBA 302 Career Plan & Perspect III 1
MGT 310 Intro to Human Resource Mgmt 3
Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective 3
Leadership Elective 1 3
Major Course Elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Summer Semester
Free Elective 4 3
Free Elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Year 3
Fall Semester
BUS 300 Social & Legal Environment Bus 3
CIS 385 Management Information Systems 3
MSD 340 Production and Operations 3
Free Elective 6 3
Major Course Elective 2 3
Major Course Elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
JTerm
Free Elective 7 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
BUS 400 Strategic Mgmt and Policy 3
International Business Elective 3 3
Major Course Elective 2 3
Major Course Elective 2 3
Free Elective 8 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation120
1

For the Leadership Elective, choose from LDP 200, LDP 220, LDP 398, MGT 355, or MGT 363. If a Human Resource Management major takes MGT 355 or MGT 363 as their Leadership Elective, they can also count it as a Major Course Elective, and they must take an additional 3-credit Free Elective.

2

Human Resource Management majors are required to take MGT 310 Intro to Human Resource Management plus 5 major electives. At least 3 of the 5 Major Course Electives must be from the following list: HRM 312, HRM 315, HRM 316, HRM 333, MGT 320.

3

Students are required to complete 6 credits of International Business Electives which can be fulfilled as major courses (MGT 375) or as free elective courses.

 Notes:

  • This accelerated plan assumes no AP or other credits were transferred into Rider University.
  • Business Honors students will have a different sequence.
  • Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective can be satisfied by courses that are designated as global/cultural, including language courses at the 101-level or above.
  • Students are strongly suggested to complete a credit-bearing experiential course (e.g., internship, co-op, study tour, study abroad, ENT 448, ECO 450.)

Courses and Descriptions

HRM 312 Intro to Labor Relations 3 Credits

This course deals with the relationship of labor unions and management, the fundamentals of collective bargaining, and labor legislation. The structure and growth of unions as well as the relationships and problems that exist among private and public sector organizations, the labor force, and government are surveyed.

Prerequisite(s): MGT 310 or permission of instructor.

HRM 313 Legal Aspects of Human Res Mgt 3 Credits

This course deals with the various laws that affect human resource management, including social insurance, legislation, minimum wage laws, OSHA , ERISA, as well as equal employment opportunity legislation. This course is concerned not only with the provisions of these laws, but also with their constitutionality, their effects, and how they are administered.

Prerequisite(s): MGT 310 or permission of instructor.

HRM 315 Employee Selection & Training 3 Credits

This course explains the processes involved in selecting and training employees. With regards to selection, specific examples include, evaluating applicant credentials, administering pre-employment tests and complying with equal employment opportunity legislation. With regards to training, topics include assessing the need for training, designing effective training programs, utilizing methods such as technology to deliver training, and evaluating the effectiveness of training programs.

Prerequisite(s): MGT 310.

HRM 316 Employee Compensation Systems 3 Credits

The goal of this course is to familiarize you with the common methods of compensation used by today’s organizations and how these methods could be used to increase motivation, job satisfaction, and performance in the workplace. To accomplish this, we will first discuss the bases of motivation in the workplace. Next, we will then talk about the various compensation options and techniques and the strengths and weaknesses of each in maximizing motivation and performance in an organization.

Prerequisite(s): MGT 310.

HRM 333 Employee Engagement 3 Credits

Employee Engagement is commonly described as a focused passion and enthusiasm that employees bring to their work that produces high-quality performance and positive organizational outcomes such as enhanced firm reputation, customer loyalty, and profitability. In this course, students will explore the concept and value of Employee Engagement, and strategies for energizing an organization's workforce. Projects and activities will focus on the role of the Human Resource function in measuring employee attitudes, designing relevant interventions, and influencing a culture of engagement.

Prerequisite(s): MGT 310.

HRM 441 Sel. Topics: Human Res Mgt 3 Credits

Deals with one area of study in the field of human resource management such as protective labor legislation, mediation and arbitration, the administration of labor unions, or case problems in human resource management. The topic varies each semester and is announced at the time of registration.

Prerequisite(s): MGT 310 or permission of instructor.

HRM 490 Independent Research and Study 1-4 Credits

Topic to be approved in advance by supervising instructor, chairperson, and academic dean. Available for juniors and seniors. No more than 12 credits allowed toward graduation, and can be used as free elective or HRM major elective.

Prerequisite(s): MGT 310 or permission of instructor.

HRM 491 Internship 1-4 Credits

Provides the student with the opportunity to supplement and apply human resource management coursework in a supervised employment setting with participating companies. Requirements include a journal with a log of daily activities and a paper summarizing work experiences. Students will receive a letter grade based upon their internship performance, as well as their performance on the journal and final paper submissions.

Prerequisite(s): Junior or Senior; Major in human resource management and MGT 310; Requires a 2.75 GPA overall and 3.0 GPA in the major and permission of the instructor.

HRM 492 Internship in Human Res Mgt 3 Credits

Provides the student with the opportunity to supplement and apply their human resource management classroom work in a supervised employment setting with participating companies. Requirements include a journal with a log of daily activities and a paper summarizing their experiences submitted to the internship supervisor. Students will receive a letter grade based upon their internship performance, as well as their performance on the journal and final paper submissions. 2.75 GPA overall and 3.0 GPA in the major is required.

Prerequisite(s): major in human resource management or management and leadership, and MGT 310; senior status; and permission of instructor.