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Human Resources Management

Course Descriptions

Business and Supporting Courses:

ACC 201 Principles of Accounting I (4 SH). A two-semester study of the basic principles and concepts underlying the measurement of financial activity, and the preparation and use of financial statements. Among the topics will be basic accounting theory, transaction analyses, income determination, asset and liability valuation.

BA 140 The American Workplace (4 SH). An introduction to the nature of work and organizations. The course will explore the functions of managers in work environments, and the issues that shape contemporary management such as global competition and information technology. This course cannot be taken for credit if you have received credit for BA 310 (or are currently enrolled). This course is not open to junior or seniors except by permission.

BA 230 Business Law (4 SH). A study of law as it pertains to business. Legal principles pertaining to a variety of topics, including the Uniform Commercial Code, will be presented and applied to business entities. Text and case study will emphasize legal reasoning processes.

BA 305 Marketing (4 SH). A study of the process by which products or services are brought to targeted consumers. The discussion includes consumer behavior, formation of a marketing plan and strategy, and marketing ethics. The approach is from the position of a business; however, consumer issues and concerns will also be discussed. Prerequisites: BA 140 or PR 101 or ECO 150.

BA 360 Human Resources Management (4 SH). A study of activities necessary for the recruitment, retention, development, and motivation of an organization’s human resources. The course covers typical personnel functions as well as theory on human behavior in organizational settings. Prerequisite: BA 140 or consent of instructor.

BA 362 Employment and Labor Law (4 SH). Examines the development and current operations of labor unions, the process and outcomes of collective bargaining and the impact on society and businesses, and law regarding workplace rights. Practical insights from National Labor Relations Board rulings and grievance cases will be addressed. Prerequisites: ECO 150, BA 360.

BA 361 Compensation and Benefits (4 SH). An examination of financial reward systems in organizations and the study of relevant theoretical and legal perspectives. Topics will include job evaluation, wage surveys, equity, individual and group motivational programs, benefits, and compensation strategies. Prerequisites: ECO 150, ACC 201, and BA 360.

ECO 150 Principles of Microeconomics (4 SH). Fundamental economic concepts and theories of supply and demand, resource allocation, taxation, international trade, externalities, public goods, market models, and labor markets. An emphasis on applications in both public policy and individual decision making will be recurrent throughout the course.

MTH 131 Applied Calculus (4 SH). A one-semester study of applications of differential and integral calculus with emphasis on polynomials, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, business and economics applications. This course is for individuals with a good high school background in mathematics. This course does not provide the background for a student to continue on to Calculus II. Not available to students who have credit for MTH 150, MTH 152, or MTH250. Prerequisites : Cor better in MTH130 or permission of the instructor or department chair.

MTH 150 Calculus I (4 SH). This course will focus on the fundamentals of differential calculus. Topics considered include functions, limits, continuous functions, differentiation and integration of functions with one real variable, applications of differentiation and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Students will be introduced to some basic calculus proofs. This course is suggested for all students who expect to continue for any advanced degree including finance, law, and medicine.

Psychology Courses:

PSY 101 Introduction to General Psychology (4 SH). Principles of human and animal behavior. The study of individual, group and institutional behavior in context. Offered every semester.

PSY 201 Statistical Methods and Analysis (formerly Research Methods and Analysis) (4 SH). An introduction to the experimental methodology, descriptive data analysis, statistical inference, and philosophy of science that are most germane to psychology. A laboratory is included. Prerequisites: PSY 101, MTH 131 (or permission of instructor).

PSY 241 Organizational Psychology (4 SH). A study of the interaction of individual and structural characteristics which influence productivity and human dignity in all organizational settings. Primarily utilizing case-study methods.

PSY 301 Psychological Assessment (4 SH). This course explores issues related to the assessment of human functioning within a variety of areas, including intelligence, academic achievement, personality and other dimensions of psychological adjustment. The course will focus on major assessment strategies and instruments within each of these areas, as well as principles underlying the construction and effective use of assessment instruments. Alaboratory is included. Prerequisite: PSY 201.

PSY 321 Social Psychology (4 SH). Descriptive and experimental examination of the interaction of individuals, small groups and large groups focusing on topics such as attitude formation, conformity, aggression, cooperation, and intergroup relations. A laboratory is included. Prerequisite: PSY 201.

PSY 351 Cognition (4 SH). Memory, problem solving, language and intelligence considered from information processing and alternative views. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 590-594 Field Experience/Internship (1-4 SH). Working in a psychology related field under the supervision of a person with at least a master’s degree in psychology or a related discipline. Regular contact with the Westminster College internship instructor is required. A reading list developed prior to actual internship activities, a journal and a paper integrating the readings, internship experience and other college course work are required. Prerequisite: junior level standing.

PSY 601 Psychology Capstone: Senior Studies I (2 SH). Senior Capstone seminar which addresses psychological research, its strengths, weaknesses and applications beyond psychology. Students must register for Senior Studies I concurrently with Advanced Research I (611, 621, 631, 641, or 651). Students will prepare and review proposals for senior theses and begin preliminary research. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and junior level standing. Offered Spring Semester.

PSY 602 Psychology Capstone: Senior Studies II (2 SH). Continuation of Senior Studies I. Students must register for Senior Studies II concurrently with Advanced Research II (612, 622, 632, 642, or 652). Students will conduct, revise, review and formally present senior theses. Prerequisite: PSY 601. Offered Fall Semester. Successful completion of this course and the Advanced Research II course satisfies the Liberal Studies Capstone requirement.

PSY 635, 636 Advanced Research Seminar: Social Psychology Research I and II (2 SH). When registering for PSY 601 and 602 students must co-registerin one of the following two-course sequences:

PSY 650 Research Scholars (2 SH). The research scholars program is for those exceptionalvstudents who choose to do a more extensive, two to three semester capstone research projectvin psychology. Students eligible for this program must have a 3.5 GPA overall, a 3.5 GPA invpsychology, have taken at least three psychology courses, obtained a letter of reference fromva faculty member, and must submit a writing sample to the chair of the department. Studentsvaccepted into the program begin their projects in the spring of their junior year and defend a thesisvin the spring of their senior year. Students must show concurrent enrollment in PSY 601 and 602.

PSY 660, 670, 680, 690 Honors Research (1-4 SH). Students enrolled in Honors Research participate in PSY 601, 602, and PSY 631-640. Students must have a 3.5 GPA in three or more psychology courses and complete a departmental application for admission to the program.


What can you do with a Human Resources Management degree?

Imagine yourself working in personnel or human relations in business or an industrial setting, or in human resources with a focus on worker selection, worker evaluation and career development, benefits administration, human relations, training, employment law, or program and institutional evaluation.