Skip Navigation
Distance Learning
Home > Academics > eLearning > Course Formats > Online > BMGT Online Courses > BMGT 240 Human Resource Management

BMGT 240 Human Resource Management

This class focuses on practical and theoretical concepts relating to the management of people and concentrates on the human element in businesses today. Students will learn aspects of staffing (hiring process), performance appraisals, supervision, and analyses of key legislation affecting the management of personnel. Students will deal with six highly interdependent areas: Human Resource Development, Employee Relations/Motivation, Legal Compliance, Compensation and Benefits, Safety and Health, and Employee Labor Relations.

PrerequisitesBMGT-100: Introduction to Business and Organization
InstructorVirginia McCallum

Overall Course Objectives| Major Course Topics | Course Format | Orientation | Course Requirements | Materials | Exams

Overall Course Objectives

Once you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the functions and duties of a personnel department in relation to the rest of the organization.
  • Describe a typical personnel recruiting and selection process.
  • Analyze and design a resume.
  • Describe various types of employee training programs.
  • Compare and contrast several theories of motivation.
  • Relate the importance of sound personnel policies to employee morale, employee efficiency and organizational goals.
  • Identify various leadership styles.
  • Identify various communication efforts used by organizations.
  • Develop a list of benefits that an organization should have with cost containment in mind.
  • Identify various laws and regulations and describe how they affect personnel decisions.
  • Discuss equal employment legislation and affirmative action programs and the impact of cultural diversity on human resource management.
  • Discuss wage/salary issues in human resource management.
  • Analyze the diagnostic approach to looking at personnel problems.
  • Evaluate HR Management software
  • Research the HRM aspect of company websites.

Top of Page

Major Course Topics

  • Managing HR in Today’s business world
  • Staffing: Workforce Planning and Employment
  • Training and Human Resource Development
  • Compensation and Total Rewards
  • Employee and Labor Relations
  • Ethics, dispute resolution, and OSHA
  • Career Issues in Human Resource Management
  • Analyzing HR technology
  • Exploring Global HR issues
  • Managing HR in Small/Entrepreneurial firms

Top of Page

Course Format

This course:

  • Is not self-paced.
  • Requires four to five exams, which are not open book, and will be taken online at HCC’s test center.
  • Does require real-time, online discussions.
  • The course material is sequential. There is a specific timeline for the completion of each assignment in this class.
  • Some of the types of learning activities or assignments required are:
  • Read a chapter inthe textbook.
  • Discuss a topic each week with the class, online.
  • Research various topics on the Internet.
  • Participate in 4-5 projects.

Top of Page


This course uses the online student Canvas orientation.

Top of Page

Course Requirements

  • Review the “What you should know before you register” section of the Distance Learning Homepage.
  • View the student Canvas orientation module
  • Weekly discussion assignments, minimum of 3 weekly postings required
  • The exams will be online, in the HCC test center
  • All assignments are submitted online and graded through Canvas
  • Four projects, described in more detail 7-10 days before due
  • Case Studies, two to three

Top of Page


Textbook information:  To visit our bookstore's online sales site, please visit and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.

Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:
The following plug-ins are required for this course:

  • Google Chrome or Firefox (version 4.0 or higher)
  • PowerPoint Viewer
  • Java installed and enabled
  • Windows Media Player

Top of Page


There will be 4-5 xams for assissing learning outcomes, proctored at the HCC Testing Center. The exam will have a flexible window of time during which it needs to be taken rather than a single date and time.

If you have any questions or comments about this course, please send a message to Distance & Alternative Learning Division .

Last updated on 24-March-14 © Howard Community College, 2000

Student Profile - Maribel