BUS 270 - Syllabus

Note: This course code has changed from B 370 to BUS 270. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.

Course Description

An overview of human resource management topics such as diversity, EEOC laws, recruiting, training, performance management, compensation and benefits, motivation, workplace and organizational design, difficult interactions, employee relations, and safety. The course leverages case studies and professional/scholarly articles to gain a better understanding of real-life workplace challenges.

Course Objectives

  1. Understand human resource management from a systemic and strategic perspective.
  2. Describe the field of “human resource management” and understand its relevance to managers and employees in work organizations.
  3. Recommend appropriate policies and practices to maximize human capital within a company.
  4. Recognize and apply current U.S. laws impacting human resource management.
  5. Use the case method to generalize lessons from specific cases.
  6. Identify human resource issues in a workplace situation and apply appropriate HR theories and principles to analyze such issues.

Learning Model Architecture

As with all of your other courses at BYU-Idaho, you will have the opportunity to prepare intellectually and spiritually throughout this course. This course follows the BYU-Idaho Learning Model and will give you several opportunities to teach others in the class and share those learning/teaching moments with others. You will also be given opportunities to reflect on what you are learning and to report on your weekly activities. Please remember that you will need to be able to devote 3-4 hours of time for every course credit, or 9-12 hours weekly.


Weekly activities include:

Other activities include:

Course Requirements

Grading Policies

Quizzes (20%)
You will have questions following each of the readings.

Weekly Self Assessments (20%)
You have Weekly Self-Assessments to gauge your preparation.

Other Writing Assignments (5%)
Preparing a case and an interview with an HR professional

Doohickeys (30%)
At the end of weeks 5, 8, 11, and 14, your Virtual Team will submit work on the Doohickeys problem. The problems comprise half of your Doohickey category grade and the Group Peer Evaluations comprise the other half of the category grade.

Writing Assignment - Discussion Leader Only (14%)
Twice during the course, you will be assigned the role of team leader. You will submit a writing assignment when you are the team leader.

Final Exam (10%)
You will complete a final exam in Lesson 14.

Mid Course Feedback and Course Evaluation (1%)

These are surveys for you to give anonymous feedback to the university about your instructor and the course.

Grading Scale

93 - 100% = A

90 - 92% = A-

87 - 89% = B+

83 - 86% = B

80 - 82% = B-

77 - 79% = C+

73 - 76% = C

70 - 72% = C-

67 - 69% = D+

63 - 66% = D

60 - 62% = D-

Less than 59% = F

Note: Plagiarism

As a university student you are expected to develop your own ideas and distinguish between your own and someone else’s intellectual property. When you copy the words or ideas of anyone else and pass them off as your own, you are engaged in plagiarism, a serious academic and moral offense. Plagiarism is considered to be extremely unethical and is taken very seriously in academics. It also compromises your integrity and is a violation of the BYU-Idaho honor code.

Plagiarism includes copying and pasting text, pictures, or other content from books, websites, or other media into class assignments and passing them off as your own. If an assignment asks you for your own work (i.e. opinion or understanding) and you copy someone else’s material (even just a paragraph, even if you replace some of the words with your own synonyms), without properly giving credit to the original source, you are plagiarizing.

Anyone caught plagiarizing will be penalized (usually with a failing grade). Other consequences can be as severe as being expelled from the university. Take a few minutes to read through the university’s website concerning plagiarism (Academic Honesty Policy) to make sure you do not sabotage any work you do for this course by plagiarizing.


Late Work

Late work is not accepted in this course. However, if you have a serious issue or a major life event that prevents you from turning in your work before the given deadline, please discuss this with your instructor. Approval from your instructor must be within one week of the due date of the assignment.

Standard Code of Conduct

DEMAND THE HIGHEST ETHICAL STANDARDS FROM YOURSELF. The collaborative and team oriented nature in this class means that there are many group projects both in and out of class. It is inevitable that you will have opportunities to hand in work that is not your own. Remember when these opportunities present themselves that you are being trusted and challenged to uphold the highest standards of ethical behavior. We want you to learn from your experiences in this class and at BYU-Idaho in general, that you need to be able to trust each other and yourself to make the ethical decision. Accordingly, cheating, plagiarism, and other cases of intellectual dishonesty will not be tolerated, and will be referred to the judicial board for review.

TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR WORK. Business leaders know that everything they present to the public reflects on them and their organization. Long-term success comes only to companies and individuals who produce the highest quality products and services, and deliver them in a timely fashion. Every paper, presentation, and project is an expression of the pride you take in yourself and your work. Make every effort to write well, meet deadlines, and take the time to make both the format and the content of your work of the highest quality. This may mean writing one more draft, double checking spelling and grammar, or reviewing overheads and practicing your presentation one more time.

DEMONSTRATE RESPECT FOR YOURSELF AND FOR OTHERS. Managers make decisions and try to influence others to implement them. Thus, if you are going to be a manager, you have to learn how to make others accept and respect you. You must show yourself to be worthy of their respect and show that you respect them. Your professional demeanor sends messages about your leadership ability and level of dedication. You can earn a lot of credit here for doing some very basic things:

  1. Be On Time—Professional behavior means being on time for classes, appointments, and meetings. Furthermore, it means staying there once you have arrived. Just as you wouldn't leave the middle of a business meeting in order to get a soda, you shouldn't disrupt a virtual group meeting by leaving in the middle for a drink. Be respectful to your group by waiting to chat or to check your e-mail until after your group meeting is finished.
  2. Be Prepared—Unprepared managers have very short careers (or end up in dead-end jobs). To succeed, you need to prepare for each class session. Nothing shows less respect for others than making them wait while you do something you were supposed to have done in advance. If you don’t come prepared and try instead, to “fake it,” you run the risk of looking foolish and wasting everyone’s time with irrelevant comments.
  3. Show Respect—Professionalism also means being civil to those with whom you disagree. In business, you will find that you must work with people with conflicting opinions or personal styles. Your ability to work with, tolerate, and effectively interact with these individuals is critical to your success. Finally, you demonstrate a lack of respect for your colleagues or professors when you engage in private discussions while course or business meetings are in progress.
  4. Get Involved—Professionalism means keeping up with the discussion. It means making a contribution. Not everything you say has to be serious, however. As long as it fits, it’s okay, even desirable, to inject a little humor once in a while. Just make sure you do it in a way that isn’t mean and doesn’t step on anybody’s toes.


Online Support Center

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OSC Contact Information

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