Course Syllabus

Welcome to BUS301: Human Resource Management. General information about this course and its requirements can be found below.

Course Designer: Johnny Jackson MBA, MHRM

Course Description: Survey of the practices and laws that govern how an organization should work with their human capital. Subjects include: job analysis, recruitment, training, performance measurement, compensation, safety, and labor relations.

Getting Started

After familiarizing yourself with the following course syllabus, log in or sign up and click the “Enroll me in this course” button near the top of the page. Once enrolled, navigate to Unit 1 of the course to read the Unit Introduction and Unit 1 Learning Outcomes. Links and instructions for all unit specific course resources will follow the introductory materials.

Earning College Credit

This course provides students the opportunity to earn actual college credit. It has been reviewed by Qualifi, a UK Awarding Organization. Once a proctored final exam is successfully completed, the course can count as three credits towards a special degree track at City Vision University. You can read more about this program here.

It has also been reviewed by Brandman University and can applied as credit towards a degree by students who are currently enrolled or plan to enroll at Brandman. You can read more about this special program here.

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Evaluation and Minimum Passing Scores

In order to pass this course, you will need to earn a 70% or higher on the final exam. Your score on the exam will be tabulated as soon as you complete it. If you do not pass the exam on your first attempt, you may take it again as many times as needed, following a 7-day waiting period between each attempt. 

You will only receive an official grade on your final exam. However, in order to adequately prepare for this exam, we recommend that you work through the materials in each unit. Throughout the course you may find practice quizzes or other assignments that will help you master material and gauge your learning. Scores on these assignments are informational only and do not contribute to your overall course grade. 

If you are seeking to earn college credit at Brandman or City Vision, you must take and pass the version of the exam titled "Proctored Final Exam." That exam will be password protected.

Technical Requirements

This course is delivered fully online. You will be required to have access to a computer or web-capable mobile device and have consistent access to the internet to either view or download the necessary course resources and to attempt any auto-graded course assessments and the final exam.

To access the full course including assessments and the final exam, you will need to be logged into your Saylor Academy account and enrolled in the course. If you do not already have an account, you may create one, free of charge, here. Although you can access some course resources without being logged into your account, it’s advised that you log in to maximize your course experience. For example, some of the accessibility and progress tracking features are only available when you are logged in.  

For additional technical guidance check out Saylor’s tech-FAQ and the Moodle LMS tutorial.


There is no cost to access and enroll in this course. All required course resources linked throughout the course, including textbooks, videos, webpages, activities, etc are accessible for no charge. This course also contains a free final exam and course completion certificate.

This courses does contain an optional final exam that will provide students an opportunity to earn college credit. Access to the exam itself is free, though it does require the use of a proctoring service for identity verification purposes. The cost for proctoring is $25 per session.

Time Commitment

While learning styles can vary considerably and any particular student will take more or less time to learn or read, we estimate that the "average" student will take 87.75 hours to complete this course. Each overall unit, resource, and activity within the course is similarly tagged with an estimated time advisory. We recommend that you work through the course at a pace that is comfortable for you and allows you to make regular (daily, or at least weekly) progress. It's a good idea to also schedule your study time in advance and try as best as you can to stick to that schedule.

It may be useful to take a look at these time advisories, to determine how much time you have over the next few weeks to complete each unit, and then to set goals for yourself. Perhaps you can sit down with a calendar and decide to complete Subunit 1.1 and Subunit 1.2 (a total of 3.75 hours) on Monday; Subunit 1.2 (a total of 4.75 hours) on Tuesday and Wednesday; Subunit 1.3 (4 hours) on Thursday; etc.


Learning new material can be challenging, so below we've compiled a few suggested study strategies to help you succeed. 

Take notes on the various terms, practices, and theories as you read. This can help you differentiate and contextualize concepts and later provide you with a refresher as you study.

As you progress through the materials, take time to test yourself on what you have retained and how well you understand the concepts. The process of reflection is important for creating a memory of the materials you learn; it will increase the probability that you ultimately retain the information.

Although you may work through this course completely independently, you may find it helpful to connect with other Saylor students through the discussion forums or study groups. You may access the discussion forums at

Pay special attention to Unit 1, as it will lay the groundwork for understanding the more advanced, explanatory material presented in the latter units.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • define human resource management;
  • identify human resource management functions and current trends;
  • explain why human resource professionals have developed into strategic partners within organizations;
  •  explain why strategic human resource management is necessary to attract, recruit, and retain valuable human capital;
  • explain the importance of corporate culture within human resource management, which includes ethics and social responsibility;
  • identify key laws and legislation that shape how human capital decisions should be made;
  •  identify the key elements and contexts of affirmative action, and use the insight to support making informed decisions regarding diversity when managing human capital;
  •  define strategic human resource planning;
  • identify why effective planning is vital in human resource management;
  • define and explain how to conduct a job analysis, and discuss the validity of an analysis in support of other key human capital functions;
  •  describe how to effectively manage human capital and properly assess knowledge, skills, and abilities to find valuable resources (people);
  • explain   how to develop a personnel plan;
  •  develop strategies for recruiting, selecting, onboarding, and retaining valuable human capital;
  •  create strategies to support the training and development of human capital;
  • describe the impact that career/succession planning has on human capital;
  •  explain the distinction between performance management and performance appraisals;
  • conceptualize HR strategies to improve overall organizational success;
  •  identify and apply the concepts/issues associated with compensation and benefits to create an attractive environment that draws valuable resources to an organization;
  •  identify key laws and legislation with regard to compensation and benefits that shape how human capital decisions should be made;
  •  differentiate among direct financial compensation, indirect financial compensation, and non-financial compensation and give examples of each;
  • identify and apply the concepts associated with employee safety and health in support of effectively managing human capital;
  •  identify key laws and legislation with regard to safety and health that shape how human capital decisions should be made;
  •  describe the purpose of wellness programs within today’s organizations;
  •  define the concept of labor relations;
  •  identify key laws and legislation with regard to labor relations that shape how human capital decisions should be made;
  •  define the concept of internal employee relations; and
  •  identify key laws and legislation with regard to internal employee relations that shape how human capital decisions should be made.

Throughout this course, you'll also see related learning outcomes identified in each unit. You can use the learning outcomes to help organize your learning and gauge your progress.

Suggested Prerequisites
In order to take this course, you should:

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