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College of Business
Department of Management, Marketing & Public Administration
MGMT 471 -555: Human Resources Management
Summer 2022
Instructor: Dr. Dayo Oyeleye, Ph.D., MBA, MS, CISA
Office Location: Center for Business and Graduate Studies (CBGS) Room 2339
Class Hours: Online Asynchronous Delivery Medium
Class Location: Blackboard
Text: Human Resource Management, 4th Edition Managing Employees for Competitive Advantage Mary Gowan
and David Lepak. Chicago Business Press
Office Hours: Call Me / Text Me Anytime
Office Phone: 240/938/0957
E-mail Address: Doyeleye@bowiestate.edu
Course Description
This course provides an overview of the role of human resource management (HRM) in contributing to
organizational effectiveness. The course examines the techniques, policies, processes, strategies, and practices
used by companies and/or managers to effectively and efficiently utilize human resources. Students will learn
theories and practices in many different “core” areas of human resource management including staffing,
performance management, work and job design, training, compensation, and labor relations. We will examine
how the business strategy, legal environment, and megatrends in the external labor market affect human resource
management. The course will also examine how HRM plays a critical role in predicting employees’ behavior,
attitudes, and performance. In other words, if an organization wants good people, it must practice good HRM.
Course Prerequisites
Junior Standing
Credit For This Course
Three (3) semester hours are given for successful completion of this course
Course Objectives
The primary goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of the basic
functions of human resource management and current practices and issues. At the conclusion of the course,
students should be able to:
Understand the role of HRM in a business environment in context of nationally and globally.
1. Have a basic understanding of the legal issues associated with HRM including issues related
discrimination, equal employment, compensation, and labor relations.
2. Describe the strategic context of human resource management – define “strategy”.
3. Describe human resource planning as a source of information for decision making including job analysis /
planning, employee selection, employee termination, and employee retention.
4. Describe the basic issues involved in developing a compensation strategy including salary structure, and
benefit structure.
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5. Identify the basic process models of motivation and describe an integrative model of motivation
including the relationships among performance measured at different levels within an organization and
discuss how training, development, and job redesign can help improve performance.
Required Texts
Human Resource Management, 4th Edition Managing Employees for Competitive Advantage Mary Gowan and
David Lepak. Chicago Business Press
Course Organization Requirements
This course is an asynchronous course with lectures, interactive discussion, individual assignments, article
analysis, and completion of a position paper. Consequently, each student is expected to be fully prepared each day
to participate in class discussion.
The instructional materials for the course are diverse, for instance, the required textbook is an updated edition and
one of the most reliable books in the field. The assigned videos are interesting, informative, and rich in content.
Recommended journal articles are academic, substantive, and useful. Students have different sources of
information about management. Students who exert reasonable level of efforts during the semester will find out
that the course is enjoyable, practical, and enlightening.
Teaching Strategies
Each student is responsible for reading and comprehending each chapter in the textbook. In addition, the course
will be conducted using PowerPoints, video/movies, quizzes, and research-based individual and group
assignment.
Course Expectations
All students must:
• Regularly visit the Bb site.
• Submit all assignments and quizzes on time.
• Cite all sources (including the textbook) used in assignments. Citations must be both in-text and at the
end of the document in a section titled “References”.
• Submit all research-based related assignments in APA format.
• Consistently practice academic integrity in compliance with the university academic honesty policy.
• Complete all individual assignments autonomously.
• Speaking of calendars, right now, you should refer to the course schedule in this syllabus and mark down
the due dates for every item in the right-hand column. Add reminders to occur several days before each
due date on your mobile gadgets.
• Do not throw together written assignments at the last minute (I will know if you did, and you will not get
full points or any points for that particular assignment). These require a fair amount of outside research,
so if you wait until the last minute to scramble, you will be setting yourself up for failure.
• Each student is expected to participate in all the assigned activities and be prepared to discuss required
assignments. Attendance will be monitored throughout the week, including online participation.
Responses to online discussions are due by Friday at midnight each week.
• I organize the material on Bb in folders or modules. Within each module, I recommend the following
sequence:
o Read the text first. Everything else either builds on, summarizes, or counters what is said in the
text, so get a handle on this, first.
o Review the PowerPoint presentations. I operate under the assumption that you have already been
introduced to the material from reading the PowerPoint. You will have a hard time following if
you have not
o Watch any videos/movies that may be posted. These are intended to supplement the material in
the PowerPoint / book, so if you do not have the basics down, you will have a hard time making
the connections.
o Take the quizzes. You need to understand the material in the book, PowerPoints, and videos, to
do well on the quizzes/exams.
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Examinations: Each student must take 4 quizzes. There will be no make-up quizzes. Quizzes will open at
7am on Friday and close at 11:59pm on Friday of the scheduled week (Check syllabus for scheduled
week) and will not reopen.
You have strict deadlines that must be met each week.
Professor’s Class Policies
• All mobile devices must be turned off during class sessions-unless your e-text book is being used for this
course or you are taking the class on this mobile device.
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You are responsible for checking your Bowie e-mail and the Blackboard site regularly for updates. Note
that some students have said that they do not always get e-mails when using an alternate (non-BSU) email. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you have a working email associated with your Blackboard
account. Not receiving forwarded messages does not absolve you of responsibility.
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We all have externalities that may interfere with our ability to get things done as well or as timely as we
might like. I assume that you are mature enough to balance your priorities. All deliverables are turned in
online; therefore, whether you are travelling for work, sick, on vacation, on a sports team, etc., YOU need
to determine how to manage your schedule so as to not miss due dates.
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Written projects that contain poor grammar and spelling are unprofessional and will be graded as such.
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Assignments are due by 11:59pm Eastern US time on the specified dates (check the syllabus for specific
due dates).
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Individual assignments and quizzes will not be accepted late. If you miss a due date, you will receive a
zero on that component. No Exceptions.
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If you feel that you deserve a higher grade on an assignment, you must make an appeal in writing within
two weeks of the date which the assignment is returned, indicating why you feel you deserve a higher
grade. I do not entertain appeals that are not in writing or that simply ask that I review an answer (I
already graded it, so if you want me to do it again, the burden is on you to tell me why I should review it).
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I do not allow for extra credit projects, make-ups, etc., as granting these special privileges may be seen as
unfair by the rest of the class. Please do not ask me about extra-credit.
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I try to set the timers on the quizzes and exams to deter you from using your textbook and/or notes while
taking them. This means, you must take them in one sitting, as you will automatically get timed-out after
the time I allocated has expired.
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Because Blackboard sometimes gets temperamental, I set the default to allow you to submit multiple
attempts of the same assignments. This is solely for the purpose of not having you panic if Bb freezes or
closes; it is NOT an invitation to keep taking it until you get the grade you want. You can only take a
given quiz/exam once, unless you provide evidence (screenshots) that it froze. If you take multiple
attempts without such evidence, I will use the lowest of the scores as your grade on that quiz/exam.
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This syllabus is very explicit and transparent with regard to the calculation of grades (see below). At any
given point in the semester, you can check Blackboard and easily determine how you are doing in the
class, what you need to get on an exam to receive a certain grade, etc. E-mailing a professor about
information that is readily accessible to you will do nothing but accelerate premature graying – for the
love of all things holy, do not do it!
Course Expectations: Professional Writing and Communication Standards
Professional level writing and communication are critical skills in the business world. This standard should be
displayed in all assignments for this class. All communications, both to the Professor and student colleagues
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should be kept professional, including Discussion Board postings and email correspondence. For written
assignments, all work should be proofread, free of grammatical errors, include proper citations and be in
accordance with American Psychological Association (APA) standards.
Student Conduct
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which is consistent with the purpose and objectives
of Bowie State University. In particular, all students have the privileges to learn, subject to their own
initiative and ability, uninhibited by the behavior of others.
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Listening to music or watching a video is not allowed during class
Answering of cell phones are not allowed while the class lecture is still going on class
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Chewing of gum loudly is also not allowed.
Talking to one another during class is prohibited
Students are required to be in class on time every time. A class roster will be taken at the beginning of the
class every class session.
Emergency Procedures
Please make sure you register for BEES on BSU website, so that you will be informed of any emergency
that occurs on campus. Please report suspicious characters / behaviors to Public Safety 301-860-4040
Students Whose Name Does not Appear on the Class Roster
Students whose name does not appear on the class roster must provide an admit slip to the professor signed by
the registrar. If the student continues to attend class and his/her name does not appear on the final roaster,
student will not receive a grade from this course and NO exceptions will granted.
Policy on Accommodation
Students requiring academic accommodations due to a documented disability must present their Faculty Letter
from the office of Disability Support Services and speak with the instructor by the end of the second week of
the current term. Retroactive accommodation due to a failure on the part of the student to initiate
communication and provide documentation will not be provided. All discussions will remain confidential
except in the case of communication with the office of Disability Support Services.
Disability Support Services
Center for Business and Graduate Studies
Phone: 301-860-4067
dss@bowiestate.edu
University Policy on Student Rights and Responsibilities for Academic Integrity
1. Students have the right of free and honest inquiry and expression in their courses, to know the
requirements of their courses and to know the manner in which they will be evaluated and
graded.
2. Students have the obligation to complete the requirements of their courses in the time and
manner prescribed and to submit their work for evaluation.
3. Students have the right to be evaluated fairly, equitably and in a timely manner appropriate to the
course and its objectives.
4. Students shall not submit as their own work any work which has been prepared by others. Outside
assistance in the preparation of this work, such as librarian assistance, tutorial assistance, typing
assistance or such special assistance as may be specified or approved by the appropriate faculty
member, is allowed.
5. Students shall make all reasonable efforts to prevent the occurrence of academic dishonesty. They
shall, by their own example, encourage academic integrity and shall themselves refrain from acts of
cheating and plagiarism or other acts of academic dishonesty.
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6. When instances of academic dishonesty are suspected, students shall have the right and
responsibility to bring this to the attention of the faculty or other appropriate authority.
7. Students are expected to conform to a strict standard of academic honesty. Cheating on
examinations, plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration with others on assignments, submitting
without authorization duplicate assignments for credit in more than one course and improper
acknowledgement of sources of material are intolerable offenses which carry serious penalties.
a. All directly quoted materials must be identified as such by quotation marks and the sources of
this material must be acknowledged.
b. When borrowed ideas or information is not directly quoted by a student, the student should
have so assimilated this material that it is indeed being expressed in his/her own words.
However, as in
the case of direct quotations, the sources of such borrowed ideas or information must
be acknowledged.
c. The sources of ideas or information lying well within the realm of common knowledge (i.e.,
material that would be known by anyone familiar with the subject under discussion) need not
be acknowledged.
Course Expectations: Changes to Syllabus
This syllabus serves as an instructional and study planning document. Although every effort will be made
to maintain the schedule and activities presented herein, it may become necessary during the semester to
make changes to the syllabus. In such events, changes will be announced via the course web site and
Instructor announcements. The new date will be published in the revised version of the Syllabus
Course Requirements: Class Attendance and Punctuality
Students are required to attend all scheduled classes and be prepared to participate actively in class discussion
of the materials. Students are also required to submit all course assignments on a timely manner.
Course Requirements: Assessment and Measurement: How Your Grade is Determined
The course methodology utilizes multiple approaches to enhance students’ skills and knowledge about
management. Students’ performance is evaluated from different perspectives. In the course Blackboard, for
example, students will find the instructor’s lectures Power Point, a wide range of videos about the concepts.
Students are provided with ample opportunities to demonstrate their skills and knowledge of the course materials
via, quizzes, class discussion, article analyses, management business case, management self-discovery, and
social media engagement.
There is a total of 1000 grading points possible in this course. The points and grade associated with each
assignment as it contributes to your final grade include:
1. Quizzes
2. Assignments
a. Article Analysis
b. Position Paper
3. Discussion Forums
Quizzes. There will be a quiz approximately after every module. Although there may be some variability,
you should expect these to be somewhere around 25-30 questions. Likewise, these will generally be
multiple choice questions. Although all content in the module is “fair game,” you should expect at least
80% of the questions to reflect the information in the text and lecture notes provided. The exceptions would
be cases such as the first quiz, when I explicitly indicate that other material (this syllabus) is part of the
module or cases where I make a point to note in the PowerPoint deck that the book is incorrect or otherwise
misses important points.
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Assignment. Mandatory Video and Written Submission – Your response must be in a video (do not submit
a voice recording, that is not a video submission format) submission format. What does that mean, you
need to record your response by showing your face and your voice and submit in the dropbox. You can
upload on YouTube and place the link to the YouTube in Blackboard
Discussion Forum. Each student must participate in all assigned online discussion. Each student must
post an initial response to each discussion forum and respond to at least 1 of your peers’ posts.
Discussions will close at the end of the scheduled week (see course schedule below for due dates) and
will not reopen. Responses such as “I agree” “Great post” or “I like your post” are not acceptable
responses and will not earn any credit.
Mandatory Video Submission – Your Discussions #1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 must be in a video (do not submit a voice
recording, that is not a video submission format) submission format. What does that mean, you need to
record your response by showing your face and your voice and submit for all your 5 discussions response.
Breakdown of Course Grade
Requirements
Total Points
Quizzes (4 @ 100 Points Each)
400
Assignments
Article Analysis 2@50 Each
Position Paper 2@200 Each
500
Discussion Forums (5 @ 20 Points Each)
100
Total Points
1000
Final Course Grade
Grade
Points
A
900+
B
800-899
C
700-799
D
600-699
F
Below 599
Plagiarism Defined
Plagiarism is the intentional or unintentional presentation of another person’s idea or product as one’s own.
Plagiarism includes but is not limited to the following: copying verbatim all or part of another’s written work;
using phrases, charts, figures, illustrations, or mathematical scientific solutions without citing the source;
paraphrasing ideas, conclusions, or research without citing the source; and using all or part of literary plot, poem,
film, musical, score, or other artistic product without attributing the work to the writer or creator. Students can
avoid unintentional plagiarism by applying carefully accepted scholarly practices. Notes taken for papers and
research projects should accurately record sources of material to be cited, quoted, paraphrased, or summarized,
and papers should acknowledge these sources. (there is a 10-question bonus plagiarism test to be taken by all
students, and you have to get perfect score 10 out of 10 to get your 5 bonus points. This bonus point
opportunity will close on July 8, 2022, at 11:59pm to complete and you will have 2 opportunities to try to
get a perfect score of 10 out 10)
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University Policy on Student Rights and Responsibilities for Academic Integrity
1. Students have the right of free and honest inquiry and expression in their courses, to know the
requirements of their courses and to know the manner in which they will be evaluated and graded.
2. Students have the obligation to complete the requirements of their courses in the time and manner
prescribed and to submit their work for evaluation.
3. Students have the right to be evaluated fairly, equitably and in a timely manner appropriate to the
course and its objectives.
4. Students shall not submit as their own work any work which has been prepared by others. Outside
assistance in the preparation of this work, such as librarian assistance, tutorial assistance, typing
assistance or such special assistance as may be specified or approved by the appropriate faculty
member, is allowed.
5. Students shall make all reasonable efforts to prevent the occurrence of academic dishonesty. They
shall, by their own example, encourage academic integrity and shall themselves refrain from acts of
cheating and plagiarism or other acts of academic dishonesty.
6. When instances of academic dishonesty are suspected, students shall have the right and responsibility
to bring this to the attention of the faculty or other appropriate authority.
7. Students are expected to conform to a strict standard of academic honesty. Cheating on examinations,
plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration with others on assignments, submitting without authorization
duplicate assignments for credit in more than one course and improper acknowledgement of sources
of material are intolerable offenses which carry serious penalties.
a. All directly quoted materials must be identified as such by quotation marks and the sources of this
material must be acknowledged.
b. When borrowed ideas or information is not directly quoted by a student, the student should have
so assimilated this material that it is indeed being expressed in his/her own words. However, as in
the case of direct quotations, the sources of such borrowed ideas or information must be
acknowledged.
c. The sources of ideas or information lying well within the realm of common knowledge (i.e.,
material that would be known by anyone familiar with the subject under discussion) need not be
acknowledged.
Student Grade Appeal Procedures
Students who have documentation that an error was made in the determination of a course grade or desire to
appeal a grade due to alleged arbitrary and capricious grading must first discuss the concern with the faculty
member involved. If there are unresolved issues, the student may initiate the grade appeal process. The student
must direct the appeal in writing, with documentation, through the appropriate channels: Instructor, Department
Chair, School Dean, and Provost. If a course assignment grade is in dispute, the student must initiate the appeal no
later than ten (10) working days after receiving the grade. If a final grade is in dispute, the student must submit an
appeal no later than thirty (30) days from the end of the semester during which the grade was received. Procedures
are detailed below:
a. The student must initially consult with the instructor for a satisfactory resolution of the appeal. If the
instructor is no longer with the University or if the student is unable to resolve the issue with the
instructor, the student must present the complaint in writing to the Department Chair.
b. The Department Chair will convene a Departmental Appeals Committee for resolution. If the student
is not satisfied with the decision of the Departmental Appeals Committee, the Chair renders a
decision.
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c. If the complaint cannot be resolved at the Departmental level, the student must present the complaint
in writing to the College Dean within fifteen (15) days after receiving notification of the
Department’s decision.
d. The College Dean will render a final resolution (Pages 103-104, BSU 2016-17 Catalog)
Course Outline
Session Dates
Week 1
July 5 – July 8
Module 1
Chapters – Topics
C1 – Managing Employees for Competitive
Advantage
C2 – Organizational Demands and Environmental
Influences
C3 – Regulatory Issues
Important Due Dates
• Plagiarism Test 07/08 – July
8th by 11:59pm
• Discussion Forum 1Available at 7am on July 5
through July 8 11:59pm to
participate in
Week 2
July 11 – July 15
Module 2
C4 – Job Design and Job Analysis
C5 – Workforce Planning
C6 – Recruitment
Week 3
July 18 – July 22
Module 3
C7 – Selection
C8 – Training and Development
C9 – Performance Management
Week 4
July 25 – July 29
Module 4
C10 – Compensating Employees
C11 – Incentives and Rewards
C12 – Employee Benefits and Safety Programs
Week 5
August 1 – August 5
Module 5
C13 – Labor Unions and Employee Management
C14 – Creating High-Performing HR Systems
• Discussion Forums 2 Available at 7am on July 11
through July 15 11:59pm to
participate in
• Quiz 1 07/15 – will be
available for students from
7am through 11:59pm on
July 15 to complete
• Article Analysis 1 – due by
July 15th 11:59pm
• Discussion Forum 3 Available at 7am on July 18
through July 22 11:59pm to
participate in
• Quiz 2 07/22 – will be
available for students from
7am through 11:59pm on
July 22 to complete
• Position Paper 1 – due by
July 22nd 11:59pm
• Discussion Forum 4 Available at 7am on July 25
through July 29 11:59pm to
participate in
• Quiz 3 07/29 – available for
students from 7am through
11:59pm on July 29 to
complete
• Article Analysis 2 – due by
July 29th 11:59pm
• Discussion Forum 5 Available at 7am on August
1 through August 5 11:59pm
to participate in
• Position Paper Due 2 – due
by August 5th 11:59pm
• Quiz 4 08/05 – available for
students from 7am through
11:59pm on August 5 to
complete
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Article Analysis (AA) (100 Points for 2 Article Analysis – 50 Points for Each Article Analysis)
Mandatory Video and Written Submission – Your response must be in a video (do not submit a voice recording, that is not a video
submission format) submission format. What does that mean, you need to record your response by showing your face and your voice and
submit in the dropbox. You can upload on YouTube and place the link to the YouTube in Blackboard. The written portion of the
assignment is worth (10 points – 2 Each) and video portion of the assignment is worth (35 points – 7 Each plus 5 additional points for
professionally dressed student during presentation. Ensure that during all your video submissions/presentations you are professionally
dressed and draw attention to your face (no white t=shirts, no hair bonnets, no do rags, be careful of your background, surrounding, and
any form of distraction, no eating or drinking, no driving while doing the presentation, do not replace professionalism with comfort like
laying on your bed and doing the presentation, do not do the presentation while you are in the bathroom, or while working, during a
church service, while doing your hair at home or at the salon, on a road trip in the car/train/bus as a passenger). If you do any of these
things during your presentation you will not get the additional points for the video portion of the assignment). Make sure the video and the
written portion depicts what the assignment is asking for.). Make sure the video and the written portion depicts what the assignment is asking for
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Article 1 – When ethnic discrimination in recruitment is likely to occur and how to reduce it: Applying a
contingency perspective to review resume studies
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Article 2 – Applicant reactions to social media assessment: A review and conceptual framework
The following guidelines/questions below are to help you with your article analysis. Each question is intended to
uncover information that will be helpful in analyzing and understanding the article. You will be evaluated on the
quality of your report, and the responses your report stimulates.
1. What is the major overriding issue in this article? (What major question or issue does this article
address that merits its study in this course and in connection with the chapter or material you are
now covering this class?)
2. Who are the stakeholders in this article? What strength, weakness, challenges, threats, and
opportunities are posed by these stakeholders?
3. What issues (be it strategic, managerial, or/and policy) are present in the article that merit
consideration and discussion.
4. What is your reaction/perspective on the issues/events in the article?
5. What recommendations do you have for this article specifically as it relates to the issues
mentioned in the article?
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Quizzes (Q1 Through Q4)
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Position Paper (PP)
Prepare two position papers and your responses must be both in a video and written submission
formats:
Mandatory Video and Written Submission – Your response must be in a video (do not submit a voice recording, that is not a video
submission format) submission format. What does that mean, you need to record your response by showing your face and your voice and
submit in the dropbox. You can upload on YouTube and place the link to the YouTube in Blackboard. The written portion of the
assignment is worth (40 points – 5 Each) and video portion of the assignment is worth (152 points – 19 Each plus 8 additional points for
professionally dressed student during presentation. Ensure that during all your video submissions/presentations you are professionally
dressed and draw attention to your face (no white t=shirts, no hair bonnets, no do rags, be careful of your background, surrounding, and
any form of distraction, no eating or drinking, no driving while doing the presentation, do not replace professionalism with comfort like
laying on your bed and doing the presentation, do not do the presentation while you are in the bathroom, or while working, during a
church service, while doing your hair at home or at the salon, on a road trip in the car/train/bus as a passenger). If you do any of these
things during your presentation you will not get the additional points for the video portion of the assignment). Make sure the video and the
written portion depicts what the assignment is asking for.). Make sure the video and the written portion depicts what the assignment is asking for
The purpose of a position paper is to generate support on an issue. It describes a position on an issue
and the rational for that position. The position paper is based on facts that provide a solid foundation
for your argument. 1 In the position paper you should:
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Use evidence to support your position, such as statistical evidence or dates and events.
Validate your position with authoritative references or primary source quotations.
Examine the strengths and weaknesses of your position.
Evaluate possible solutions and suggest courses of action.
Choose an issue (from the list of possible position paper topics below) where there is a clear division
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of opinion, and which is arguable with facts and inductive reasoning. You may choose an issue on
which you have already formed an opinion. However, in writing about this issue you must examine
your opinion of the issue critically.2 Prior to writing your position paper, define and limit your issue
carefully. Social issues are complex with multiple solutions. Narrow the topic of your position paper to
something that is manageable. Research your issue thoroughly, consulting experts and obtaining
primary documents. Consider feasibility, cost-effectiveness and political/social climate when
evaluating possible solutions and courses of action.3
Use the following structure for both the video and written submission of your selected (from the list of
possible position paper topics below) position paper:
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An introduction
• Identification of the issue
• Statement of the position
The body
• Background information
• Supporting evidence or facts
• A discussion of both sides of the issue
A conclusion
• Suggested courses of action
• Possible solutions
• References (not less than 5)
The introduction should clearly identify the issue and state the author’s position. It should be written
in a way that catches the reader’s attention.
The body of the position paper may contain several paragraphs. Each paragraph should present an idea
or main concept that clarifies a portion of the position statement and is supported by evidence or facts.
Evidence can be primary source quotations, statistical data, interviews with experts, and indisputable
dates or events. Evidence should lead, through inductive reasoning, to the main concept or idea
presented in the paragraph. The body may begin with some background information and should
incorporate a discussion of both sides of the issue.
The conclusion should summarize the main concepts and ideas and reinforce, without repeating, the
introduction or body of the paper. It could include suggested courses of action and possible solutions.4
Possible Position Paper Topics:
1. Absenteeism–Causes, Remedies and Prevention
2. Creating a Harassment Free Work Environment
3. Discipline: How to Implement Modern Practices to Address Poor Performance & Behavior
4. Diversity & Inclusion: how can it be a strategy for success in your organization?
5. Employee Assistance Plans: increasing utilization
6. Executive Compensation Practices Need to Be Updated
7. Executive Recruiting and Selection Processes Need Revision
8. Employee Stress and Burn-out Is Hurting Our Business
9. Exit Interviews: valuable or waste of time?
10. Fatigue, Boredom and Monotony on the Job – the Cost to Our Company
11. Flex Time and other ways to address Work/Life Balance
12. Four-Day Work Weeks May Be a Good Option for Our Business
13. Human Resource Information Systems Improvements Are Needed
14. Incentive & Reward Systems that Work
15. Management Development as a Risk Management technique
16. Onboarding: Implementing an effective program
17. Talent Acquisition: overhauling our processes to result in higher quality hires that stay longer
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18. Terminating Employees with Dignity
19. Turnover – Causes, Costs, Solutions
20. Unemployment Compensation Costs Are Too High – Here Are My Recommendations
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Tucker, Kerry, & Derelian, Doris, Rouner, Donna. (1997). Building the case: Position papers, backgrounders,
fact sheets, and biographical sketches. In Public relations writing: An issue-driven behavioral approach
(pp.79- 85). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
2
Axelrod, Rise B., & Cooper, Charles R. (1993). R. Position paper (pp.446-451). In Reading critically, writing
well: A reader and guide. New York: St. Martin’s Press.
3
Hansen, Kristine. (1998). Public position papers and opinion pieces. In A rhetoric for the social sciences: A
guide to academic and professional communication (pp. 301-306). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice
Hall.
Kashatus, William C. (2002). Present history: Position and local history research papers. In Past,
present and
personal (pp. 46-48). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
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Discussions: Each student must participate in all assigned online discussion. Each student must post an
initial response to each discussion forum and respond to at least 1 of your peers’ posts. Discussions will
close at the end of the scheduled week (see course schedule below for due dates) and will not reopen.
Responses such as “I agree” “Great post” or “I like your post” are not acceptable responses and will not
earn any credit.
1.
Mandatory Video Submission – Your Discussions #1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 must be in a video (do not submit a voice
recording, that is not a video submission format) submission format. What does that mean, you need to record
your response by showing your face and your voice and submit for all your 5 discussions response.
2. Your posts should be original – avoid comments that merely reiterate what the readings say. Merely
describing (or quoting) what is in the text or someone else says about a topic does not demonstrate the
understanding and ability to apply and analyze the material that is required of business students. Copying
information from the Internet will result in a “0” for the discussion forum.
3. Your posts should add value to the discussion – just agreeing with someone else’s posting is not
considered a high- quality submission. If you agree with something your classmates said, say so–then take
the discussion further, by either looking at the same issue from different angle, or suggesting additional
depth and breadth.
4. Participate early and often – Please do not wait till the weekend to make your first post–and posting
mostly late Sunday evening, when few people are likely to read what you have to say and even fewer are
likely to respond, simply does not cut it in this class. A discussion forum is supposed to be a class
discussion, not a series of dialogs between you and your faculty member (and certainly not a series of
soliloquies). As experience shows, the earlier you get into the discussion the more meaningful responses
you get on your posts and the more beneficial the general discussion is. A-level discussion contributions
come early, attract a lot of responses, and follow up postings by the author, and are substantive. This
is done to create and stimulate early and continuous discussion, rather than separate unconnected postings.
Each student must post at least one main posting and respond to one postings of his/her classmates. This
minimal posting is necessary, but not sufficient, in order to earn a good evaluation.
5. References – it is important to do your research before making a main posting. Just as in previous classes
you have to use library resources to support your postings. Use academic journals, industry publications,
and corporate websites. Provide all your references in APA format. Information that is sourced online and
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not cited is plagiarism and a violation of the Bowie State University Academic Integrity policy.
Plagiarism (using other’s work without citing it) will result in a grade of “0” for the post.
6. What makes a posting an outstanding contribution?
a.
b.
It is responsive to the conference assignments – i.e., it answers the questions that are posed
It significantly enhances the quality of the classroom discussion – i.e., illustrates
a point with examples, suggests new perspectives on any issues, asks questions
that helped stimulate further discussion, etc.
c. It expresses ideas in a clear and coherent manner, with no grammatical or spelling errors.
d. It supports its statements with readings and multiple external – academic
and industry – references presented in APA style.
e. It comes early in the week and generates lots of discussion.
Try not to use clichés and overused openings such as dictionary definitions (not particularly good
sources of business terms definitions anyway). Please do not quote Wikipedia – it might be a good
resource when you need some quick initial info about something, but it is not a good resource for any
academic posting or paper.
The Writing Center, located in MLK 204, is open 5 days a week, and they are eager to meet with
you for one-on-one consultations about your writing. They can help you with any type of writing
in any stage in the process.
All your writing must be in APA writing format.
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/10/
http://www.library.cornell.edu/newhelp/res_strategy/citing/apa.html
Category Outcomes/Criterion for
rating
Context and Purpose for
Writing: SLO1 Construct an
organized and well-structured
written document (how well put
together) that includes
consideration of audience and
purpose
Genre and Disciplinary
Conventions: (Formal and
informal rules inherent in the
expectations for writing in
particular forms and/or academic
fields.): SLO2Write effectively
using the appropriate business
correspondence, concepts
(paradigms), and business
terminology
Argument and Evidence: SLO3
Provide evidence
(documentation) for a valid
argument to support concepts
and ideas
Exemplary (3)
Satisfactory (2)
Unacceptable (1)
Thorough understanding
of audience and purpose,
structure and organization
are clearly defined
Adequate understanding of
audience and purpose,
structure and organization
are defined satisfactorily
Limited to no
understanding of audience
and purpose, structure and
organization are minimally
or not defined
Usage of correct format
with exceptional discipline
specific concepts and
terminology
Usage of correct format
with adequate discipline
specific concepts and
terminology
Incorrect format with little
to no discipline specific
concepts and terminology
The argument’s reasons
and conclusion are
logically related, and the
reasons can be supported
within the appropriate
context; consistently
correct form (logic),
content (true, substantiated
The argument’s reasons
and conclusion are almost
always related, and the
reasons can be mostly
supported within the
appropriate context;
minimally inconsistently
correct form (logic),
The argument’s reasons
and conclusion are not
related, and the reasons are
not supported within the
appropriate context; largely
incorrect form (logic),
content (true, substantiated
claims) and context
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claims) and context
(argument fits
circumstances)
content (true, substantiated
claims) and context
(argument fits
circumstances)
(argument fits
circumstances)
Sources and Citation: SLO4 Use
quality, relevant, credible
sources, and appropriate citation
style (MLA, APA) in order to
maintain academic integrity
(appropriate reference and
citation)
Grammar, Spelling and
Language: SLO5 Employ correct
grammar spelling and syntax
Skillful use of high
quality, relevant credible
sources; proper
referencing and citation of
sources consistently
Adequate use of quality,
relevant credible sources;
proper referencing and
citation of sources with a
few errors
Minimal use of quality,
relevant credible sources;
failure to properly cite
sources resulting in
intentional or unintentional
plagiarism
Uses language skillfully to
communicate meaning to
readers with clarity and is
virtually error free (0-2)
Uses language adequately
to communicate meaning
to readers with clarity and
contains some errors (3-5)
Active Writing Skills SLO6:
Develop an effective writing
process by actively pursuing
writing assistance
(SmartThinking, BSU writing
center) and implementing
feedback to improve writing over
time
Actively pursues writing
assistance
(SmartThinking, BSU
writing center) and
implements faculty
feedback to improve
writing (documentation of
external assistance faculty
feedback incorporated)
Pursues writing assistance
(SmartThinking, BSU
writing center) and
implements faculty
feedback to improve
writing, but fails to
provide documentation
Uses language poorly to
communicate meaning to
readers with limited clarity
and contains many errors
(more than 5)
Failure to pursue writing
assistance (SmartThinking,
BSU writing center) and
does not implement
feedback to improve
writing
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Critical Thinking Rubric
Category
Outcomes/Criterion
for rating
SLO1 Through the
use of analysis,
student identifies a
problem, question, or
issue
SLO2 Student
gathers relevant
information, data or
evidence to solve
problem or address
issue or question
SLO3 Using
information
gathered, student
arrives at a
conclusion or
provides a solution
that appropriately
solves or resolves
problem
Exemplary (4)
Above Average (3)
Average (2)
Unacceptable (1)
Partially identifies a
problem, question or
issue but does not
demonstrate sufficient
comprehension,
application, or
evaluation. Leaves
terms undefined, misses
key details, or
overlooks context and
assumptions.
Does not understand that
a problem, question, or
issue needs to be
identified
Gathers information, data or evidence from
vetted, multiple perspectives, areas and
assesses for relevancy and sufficiency
Adequately identifies a
problem, question, or
issue in regard to
context and
assumptions without
overlooking key details
and terms.
Comprehension and
application apparent
but evaluation may be
incomplete.
Gathers information,
data or evidence from
multiple perspectives
that is assessed as
relevant and sufficient
analysis applied
although may be
incomplete
Arrives at conclusion or solution that is
plausible and based on information, data, or
evidence. Includes consideration of
implications or consequences and is able to
qualify, integrate or reflect on own
perspectives and assertions
Arrives at a conclusion
that is plausible, based
on information, data or
evidence and considers
implications or
consequences but
misses some key
considerations
Clearly identifies a problem, question, or
issue in regard to context and assumptions
and identifies relationships among key
elements of the issue that are integral to a
more comprehensive understanding.
Evaluation demonstrates clear analysis and
synthesis of necessary elements
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Gathers information,
data or evidence
however it is simplistic,
unexamined and/or
irrelevant. Relies only
Gathers inappropriate
on personal experience, data or no data gathering
observation, or intuition is undertaken
Arrives at a conclusion
or solution that is
inadequately tied to
information, data or
evidence and includes a
simplistic and/or
cursory examination of
implications or
consequences
Does not arrive at
reasoned conclusion or
solution. Disregards
implications or
consequences
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS VISION & MISSION
Vision
The College of Business will be recognized for having premier career- oriented programs in business,
information systems, and public administration.
Mission
To develop individuals from diverse backgrounds into professionals with a global perspective through a
comprehensive education in business, information systems, and public administration that emphasizes
academic excellence, professionalism, and innovation in teaching, scholarship, and service.
College of Business Undergraduate Goals
Goal 1:
Effective written communication
Goal 2:
Effective oral communication
Goal 3:
Ability to solve problems through the use of critical thinking
Goal 4:
Awareness of globalization and diversity
Goal 5:
Mastery of business knowledge and skills in the following areas: accounting,
economics, management, finance, quantitative analysis, marketing, legal
environment, international and information systems
(Proposed) Goal 6:
Students will demonstrate professionalism
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College of Business
Student Code of Professional Expectations
Purpose
With the goal of
creating a professional
environment that
promotes student
success and increases
career placement rates,
the College of Business
faculty, staff, alumni,
Board of Advisors and
the Student Advisory
Council have developed
the following code of
professional
expectations for all
business majors.
This code of
professional
expectations is intended
to emphasize the quality
of the educational
experience, the level of
professionalism, and the
overall teaching and
learning environment.
College Mission
To develop individuals
from diverse
backgrounds into
professionals…
College Vision
To be recognized for
having premier careeroriented programs.
A College of Business student is expected to:
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fully engage in the learning process and deliver his/her best performance each and every day
participate in student organizations and other experiential activities
follow the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity in all of his/her work and
interactions with others
behave in a manner that is professional and be respectful of the dignity of others, treating them
with civility and understanding
use University resources and facilities in appropriate ways consistent with their purpose and in
accordance with applicable policies
purchase his/her textbooks and materials by the end of the first full week of the semester
take full responsibility for knowing and fulfilling course requirements, academic program and
University requirements for graduation.
A successful College of Business student:
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arrives 5-10 minutes before class begins and only leaves class in a respectful manner
turns in assignments and homework on or ahead of time
does not cheat, fabricate or plagiarize
stays alert and values information provided during meetings
turns off cell phones and other electronic devices during classroom sessions, convocations, and
any other University events unless given advanced permission by the facilitator(s)
seeks help from campus resources consistently, from the start of the semester
values his/her grade point average equally as much as course completion
manages his/her time, sets his or her priorities and plans his/her career path wisely
dresses in business casual attire except on Wednesdays when professional attire is expected.
A successful College of Business graduate:
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has effective oral and written communication skills
has basic information technology skills with special attention to those used in his/her field of
study
demonstrates mastery of business knowledge and business skills
solves problems ethically and creatively using critical thinking skills
has comprehensive analytical and quantitative skills
is aware of the impact of globalization and diversity
has great self-governance and teamwork skills.
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