HRM594 Full Course (July 2018)

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Week 1 Discussion


Organizations often have a strategic plan or at least a strategic, future-oriented direction that requires skilled employees. What are the components of an actionable talent philosophy? As HR business partners focusing on the staffing function, what do we need to know about the business in order to source and recruit the best talent on the market?


Post your Group/Team # in the subject of the message- ONE member can post the description on behalf of the team.

Post in this discussion the job description your team chose, as well as why you chose it. Share any initial thoughts on working as a team for the Team Course Project.

Each student should make TWO posts in this discussion.

Week 2 Discussion


Job analysis is a key component of the strategic staffing process. What methods of job analysis are available? Explain at least one job analysis method and give an example of the type of job it might be best suited for and why. Where do competencies fit into the job analysis process? How are knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics, (KSAOs) and competencies the same and different from each other?


Post a 5–10 minute Voice Thread as a team discussing the following topics as they relate to the Week 2 Team Course Project.

• Analyze the staffing goals in Table 1-2 in Chapter 1 and decide which outcome goals are the focus for the Team Course Project.

• What are the costs and benefits of having an external staffing focus for the Team Course Project?

Week 3 Discussion


Chapter 5 discusses a number of internal forecasting tools that organizations can use to forecast its labor demand. Which of these tools resonate with you and why? You can certainly have more than one. As a strategic business partner with the line organization, how would you explain to your line manager counterpart the benefits and usefulness of the tool(s)?


Each team will submit a 5–10 minute Voice Thread here on any key learnings from the Week 2 written assignment.

In this discussion, you will view the Voice Threads submitted by the other teams on their Week 2 Voice Thread and comment on at least two of them.

Week 4 Discussion


Successful organizations spend time developing an "attraction" strategy as part of recruitment. What are the components of an effective recruiting strategy that will drive qualified candidates to the organization? Why do some recruiting campaigns end in failure, without finding the best talent currently available? Include some of your recruiting experiences either functioning as a recruiter or a job seeker. What worked and what did not work? Why?


Post a 5–10 minute Voice Thread as a team discussing the following topics as they relate to the Week 6 Team Course Project.

• Analyze the social media recruiting sites in Table 6.3 and discuss which sites may be useful to consider for the Week 6 Course Team Project.

• What are the potential benefits of the sites you chose?

Week 5 Discussion


As the HR professional in the organization, you have been asked to provide some assessment methods that will help align the organization's internal talent with an eye to the future. What assessment methods do you feel bring the most value to the organization and why? Justify your reasoning. From your perspective, are some assessment methods better than others?


Each team will post a 5–10 minute Voice Thread here on any key learnings from the Week 4 written assignment.

In this discussion, you will view the Voice Threads submitted by the other teams on their Week 4 Voice Thread and comment on at least two of them.

Week 6 Discussion


Here we are at the point of making a final hiring decision. What are all of the considerations that we need to review in order to decide who will get the job offer? What should we do if we end up with two final candidates who are essentially equal in all of our measures?


Post a 5–10 minute Voice Thread as a team discussing the following topics as they relate to the Week 6 Team Course Project.

Chapter 8 discusses the importance of measurement for a quality staffing system. What measurements are useful to consider as the team is working on the Week 6 Team Course Project?

What assessment methods is the team considering using for the Week 6 Team Course Project?

Week 7 Discussion


What are some of the key performance indicators (KPIs) for the staffing process? What staffing metrics should we be concerned about when it comes to proving our value to the organization? In what ways can a good human resource information system (HRIS) help us track those important KPIs? Should HR professionals be evaluated on the KPI results? Why or why not?


Each team will post a 5–10 minute Voice Thread here on any key learnings from the Week 6 written assignment.

In this discussion, you will view the Voice Threads submitted by the other teams on their Week 6 Voice Thread and comment on at least two of them.



For the Course Project, each student is to prepare a course paper, approximately 12–15 pages in length (excluding appendices), on a topic related to the theme of strategic staffing. Within this broad theme, the course paper is intended to be an opportunity to explore, in some depth, a topic related to the course that is of specific significance to you.


Week 2: Write a short (no more than one page) paper describing your selected topic and submit it for grading.

Week 7: The Course Project is due. All information for this assignment is found on this page.

Remember to submit your assignment for grading when finished.

Best Practices

Avoid any type of plagiarism. The best way to avoid plagiarism is to make sure all quotes, ideas, or conclusions not your own are given proper acknowledgment in your text.

Plagiarism in its purest form involves copying passages either verbatim or nearly verbatim, with no direct acknowledgment of the source.

Paraphrasing does not relieve you of the obligation to provide proper identification of source data.

All references must be cited in two places: within the body of your paper and on a separate reference list. Choose references judiciously and cite them accurately.

Use the APA style guide.

Please do not select the same topics that you used to create the previous two assignments for this course.

Take the perspective of an HR business partner when writing this assignment.

Be sure to proofread your work.

Take a research approach to writing this paper, but have practical recommendations.

Structure the paper using the grading rubric categories: Approach, Focus, and so on.

Sample Topics

A list of example topics for course papers is provided below to provide some ideas. However, these are examples only. Please feel free to consider other staffing-related topics that are of interest to you.

Alignment of strategic staffing strategies with the organization’s strategic requirements

Internet staffing methods compared to traditional staffing methods: time, cost, quality, and retention

Effects of utilizing realistic job previews (RJP) on employee selection, performance, and retention

Review of recent developments in job analysis

Practical strategies to implement a flexible workforce model

Review of employment laws and court cases in selection testing and assessment

Defining the new careers of the 21st century and implications for staffing strategies

Requirements and implementation strategies for a human resource information system (HRIS)

Practical strategies to fully engage the entire management team in strategic forecasting and planning

Unique considerations and approaches in developing protected-class employees to become future managers in the organization

Explanation of all the costs related to recruiting: creation of a sample budget for recruiting

Update of most recent employment laws and court cases


Team Course Project Week 2,4,6,8

The Team Course Project will provide you with real-life, practical experience in creating a strategic staffing system for a position you select. This signature assignment is the cornerstone of your Course Project by putting you on a team that works in collaboration to compare each team member's Course Project and approach and then conducting research covering all of the components needed to create a staffing strategy for organizations. The goal of this team project is to complete the following elements.

Develop a staffing system for an organization in which your team will select a job and analyze nine strategic staffing decisions for this job.

Develop a sourcing plan for the job and create a recruitment ad.

Develop a formal assessment plan.

Create an evaluation system to determine the effectiveness of the strategic staffing system.


The class will be organized into teams of students. Week 1 will be all about team formation and selection of the focus of the Course Project. Each team will use this forum to share their Course Project development and compare the work of each team member as they develop their own Course Project throughout the course.

Note about teams: There should be no fewer than four students per team and no more than six teams per class.

If any team member is not contributing, the group should request the instructor to remove this team member and set him or her up individually if adjustments are not made. Each team member must participate in an assignment to receive credit. The teams can use the BigBlueButton collaboration for team coordination. The professor may monitor each student's participation there and adjust grades according to the apparent participation by each student.

Weekly Deliverables

Each week, the team will apply concepts from the textbook and conduct some substantial research. In Weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8, the team will deliver an in-depth report in a Word document that contains substantial information and analysis. Accompanying this report in Weeks 3, 5, and 7 will be a Voice Thread or equivalent that provides a 5–10 minute summary of the report. All team members should submit the team paper in Weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8. Only one team member should create and submit a Voice Thread in Weeks 3, 5, and 7 for discussion in the Team Collaboration Discussion area.

Here are the subjects covered by week.

Week 2: Your task for the first 2 weeks as a team is to select one job description listed below. The team will be using this job description throughout the Team Course Project to develop a strategic staffing system for this position. Then the team will create a short report explaining why the position you chose is strategic for the company. Describe the strategic context of your future proposal for recruiting and selecting this job.

Week 4: Develop a sourcing plan for the position you have chosen. Critically analyze the recruiting sources discussed in Chapter 6 and then recommend what recruiting sources to use to find qualified candidates for this position. Table 6.1 in Chapter 6 provides a number of external recruiting sources. Spend time as a team in deciding how and why these sources are effective. Then create a recruitment ad for the position that incorporates a realistic job preview that will attract qualified candidates. Decide where to place this ad: a newspaper, social media, job boards, search firm, college campuses, and so forth.

Week 6: Devise a series of assessment methods (interviews, assessment centers, work samples, simulations, etc.) for evaluating job candidates as part of a selection system. Use Table 9-3 in Chapter 9, which has comparisons of some commonly used external assessment methods. As the authors point out, this table summarizes the general effectiveness of many possible assessment methods used to predict on-the-job performance (validity), applicant reactions, the relative cost of the methods compared to other assessment methods, adverse impact, and ease of use.

Week 8: As a team, propose an evaluation system to assess the effectiveness of your recruitment and selection systems. Evaluate the staffing metrics in Chapter 13 and then decide which metrics to use to assess the staffing system you as a team created. How will you know if your new recruitment and selection system is working? Identify any potential barriers to the effective implementation of your recruitment and selection system and propose strategies for coping with them. Talk about how your line manager counterparts will be part of this evaluation system.

Week 8 Team PowerPoint Presentation

Each team will develop a PowerPoint presentation highlighting the four areas of the Team Course Project. This assignment is worth 100 points. This will be a Voice Thread presentation and will be submitted in the Week 8 Team Collaboration area.

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