Course Schedule for Spring 2017


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MPHR-708-01

Analyzing and Addressing Institutional Discrimination

Institutional discrimination is a form of discrimination that occurs in institutions such as public bodies, corporations, and universities. Institutional discrimination is distinguished from the bigotry, bias and cross-cultural insensitivity of individuals by the existence of systematic, structural policies and practices that have the unintended effect of disadvantaging certain groups based on their social identity. Many organizations have done a significant amount of work in addressing issues of diversity and inclusion at the individual and interpersonal level, but have yet to address how policies, practices, and procedures can be institutionalized along race, class, gender and other lines. As a result, institutionally discriminatory behaviors, policies and practices persist. This course will provide an in-depth understanding of the forms of institutional discrimination embedded in many organizations. Participants will focus on ways to dismantle discriminatory behaviors, policies and practices and learn to design and implement systems that create an inclusive, culturally competent, and discrimination-free culture.

  • Course #: MPHR-708-01
  • CRN: 32185
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Bsharah, J.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPHR-503-01

Assessing,Dev & Facilita Teams

  • Course #: MPHR-503-01
  • CRN: 30876
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructors: Bsharah, J. , Johnson, N.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 14, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPHR-809-02

MPS HR Capstone

This three-credit course will be the culmination of the student’s academic and professional experience in the MPS program. Over the course of the semester, students will work with an organization to help address a real life problem in the organization. The problems will be based on the concentrations of International Human Resources Management, Diversity and Inclusion or Strategic Human Capital Management. Working with their advisor, students will present the resolution to an issue to the sponsoring organization in a reasoned, systemic way. In an effort to ensure a high quality project, the capstone will also include research methods which will provide a foundation in research methods for students for their capstone. Students will learn how to design a research proposal, how to define with specificity and particularity, objectives of research, how to conduct literature reviews and how to assess and implement appropriate research methods based on the needs of the project. The course covers both qualitative methods such as case studies, questionnaires, surveys and interview techniques and an introduction to quantitative methods and data analysis. The faculty advisor will work closely with the student and the sponsoring organization to ensure that the project comprehensively addresses the issue and demonstrates the depth of competency the student gained through the Master of Professional Studies program. In addition to other requirements, students must earn a grade of "B" or higher in the Capstone course to qualify for graduation.

  • Course #: MPHR-809-02
  • CRN: 30797
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Babicz, M.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 14, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPHR-809-01

MPS HR Capstone

This three-credit course will be the culmination of the student’s academic and professional experience in the MPS program. Over the course of the semester, students will work with an organization to help address a real life problem in the organization. The problems will be based on the concentrations of International Human Resources Management, Diversity and Inclusion or Strategic Human Capital Management. Working with their advisor, students will present the resolution to an issue to the sponsoring organization in a reasoned, systemic way. In an effort to ensure a high quality project, the capstone will also include research methods which will provide a foundation in research methods for students for their capstone. Students will learn how to design a research proposal, how to define with specificity and particularity, objectives of research, how to conduct literature reviews and how to assess and implement appropriate research methods based on the needs of the project. The course covers both qualitative methods such as case studies, questionnaires, surveys and interview techniques and an introduction to quantitative methods and data analysis. The faculty advisor will work closely with the student and the sponsoring organization to ensure that the project comprehensively addresses the issue and demonstrates the depth of competency the student gained through the Master of Professional Studies program. In addition to other requirements, students must earn a grade of "B" or higher in the Capstone course to qualify for graduation.

  • Course #: MPHR-809-01
  • CRN: 32944
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Babicz, M.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPHR-805-01   Canceled

Consulting Skills in Human Capital

As internal Human Resource professionals learn to attain the balance between tactics and strategy, they will increasingly be called on to serve as consultants. External Human Capital Consulting is one of the fastest growing segments of the Professional Services Industry. This course provides students interested in either career with a blend of concepts and practice needed to build solid consulting skills. Emphasis is placed on understanding the nature of consulting, while also scoping and delivering consulting. In addition, students will be taught how to understand the dynamics of organizational culture, relationships and organizational life. Through a series of case studies, students will learn the practical skills needed in designing, facilitating and developing practical skills in consulting. To demonstrate their understanding of consulting skills concepts and their practical application, students will be required to participate in a project simulation involving the development of a client engagement and recommending Human Capital (HC) consulting services for that client. Its purpose is to improve your consulting skills through the simulated performance of a consulting assignment.

  • Course #: MPHR-805-01
  • CRN: 30300
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 14, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPHR-723-01

Creating and Maintaining High-Performance Organizations

The Creating and Maintaining High-Performance Organizations course helps students develop the methods and skills needed to drive performance while maintaining a highly effective work culture. It will help students develop tools to increase performance across the organization and support the achievement of business objectives, while building the leadership capabilities to meet future business needs. This course provides a systemic view of the organization, best practices for creating a productive climate, and the tools and leadership practices to implement these ideas. This course combines theory and case studies. The main resource for the theory part is two assigned textbooks. The cases and supplementary readings are available as a course reader at the bookstore. The focus of this course will be applied and practice-oriented.

  • Course #: MPHR-723-01
  • CRN: 32704
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Clements, N.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPHR-810-01

Diversity and Inclusion in the International Context

As organizations grow from domestic to international to transnational entities, it is becoming increasingly more important for the HR professional to understand workforce diversity and inclusion. Markets and demographics continue to evolve and change rapidly; with this change comes the need for an organization to be flexible and adjust quickly. Organizations are now realizing that diversity is no longer just an issue with maintaining compliance, but also a means to develop superior human capital and therefore leverage a competitive advantage in the market place. This course is designed to analyze the differences between cultures and how this affects business across international borders.

  • Course #: MPHR-810-01
  • CRN: 32189
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Younes, N.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPHR-506-01

Found of Training & Dev

This class will give students an overview of strategic training and development. Students will examine the issues involved in the design and leadership of a organization-wide training function, as well as a hand’s on understanding of the process of developing training initiatives. Topics include training needs assessment, instructional design, training development and training evaluation. This hands on course will give students the opportunity to develop a training solution for an organizational issue. Students may choose to work on training initiative in a variety of topics including training focused on diversity and inclusion, as well as international/expatriate training.

  • Course #: MPHR-506-01
  • CRN: 32183
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructors: Mazur, G. , Pic, J.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPHR-508-01

Found. of Comp & Benefits

An organization's compensation and benefit plans are critical to building and keeping an engaged and motivated workforce.. In this course, students learn about the basic tools and diagnostic approaches used in effective compensation and benefit planning and administration, legal requirements, and how to achieve balance between external equity (what other employers offer), internal equity (what others in the organization receive), and individual equity (self-perceptions of worth and relative contribution).

  • Course #: MPHR-508-01
  • CRN: 32184
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Locastro, K.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPHR-696-01

Foundations of HR

This course focuses on the core competencies that are essential for effectively working in the field of Human Resources (HR) and lays the groundwork for a successful journey through Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources Management program. The semester begins with a macro view of the field and its role as a critical strategic business partner to the organizations in which it functions. This “helicopter view” of HR will examine the role of HR from a strategic perspective as well as a tactical or operations perspective, and the nature of HR in different types of organizations (private enterprise, government, nonprofit, academia) will be introduced. This initial focus on the macro organization level will help establish the importance of systems thinking as a critical skill from the beginning of the course. In addition to looking outward at the field of human resources, students will be asked to look inward at themselves in order to begin their journey to increased self-awareness and personal development. Self-awareness is a cornerstone of effective interpersonal interaction, and HR professionals who have insight into their own personalities, needs, tendencies and styles can consciously choose behaviors that will allow them to be most effective in their roles as Human Resources professionals interacting with individuals, groups, and organizations. Throughout the semester, the major functions of Human Resources will be examined, along with the Human Resource professional’s role in each of those functions. Human Resource Competencies (or, what makes a Human Resource professional successful in the major functions) will be discussed in relationship to different career stages (Early Level, Mid Level, Senior Level, and Executive Level). In addition, the skills, competencies, and individual characteristics that students will be expected to gain by the time they complete the HRM program will be clearly laid out and explained, so that students can learn to manage their own growth and development throughout the program. Students will be provided with the basic skill-set and framework required for the more specialized and advanced concentration courses in the curriculum. Moreover, through the use of readings, lectures, group presentations and real-world case studies, students will gain a basic understanding and appreciation of concepts and issues relating to core HR areas including: Strategy, Talent Management, Total Rewards, Employment Law, Human Resource Development, Employee and Labor Relations, and Risk Management. Students will be expected to learn these basics while developing an awareness of the challenges facing the HR profession today.

Note: Class will have 150 minutes of distance learning.

  • Course #: MPHR-696-01
  • CRN: 18918
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Morgan, R.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 14, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPHR-800-01

Global Labor and Employment Law

This course will begin with an overview of the study of international and comparative law. The overview will be followed by weekly analysis of core areas of labor and employment law by topic. These topics include anti­-discrimination, employee privacy, wage/hour/benefits, unions and collective bargaining, immigration and dispute resolution systems. The laws of North America will be the central focus of the course with a weekly comparative analysis of these laws of one or more relevant foreign countries in Europe, Latin America, Canada and/or Asia. The course will conclude with group presentations and individual papers on an assigned “hot topic” issue in labor and employment that will require the students to demonstrate mastery of comparative analysis and command of the labor systems of at least 3 countries.

Note: 150 minute distance learning component required

  • Course #: MPHR-800-01
  • CRN: 32187
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Martucci, W.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPHR-712-01

Graduate Internships in HR

As students advance through the Master’s in Human Resources Management program (Program),they deepen their knowledge of human resources (HR) concepts, theories, and academic research. While this foundational learning is critical, many students seek added opportunities to gain professional experience and position themselves as future leaders in the field. Accordingly, the Graduate Internships in Human Resources Management course (Course) is designed to complement the Program’s other courses primarily through “on-the-job” experiential learning. Experiential learning serves to bridge the gap between theory and practice, and increases engagement levels by allowing for the meaningful discussion of academic concepts through the lens of real world experiences.

  • Course #: MPHR-712-01
  • CRN: 32186
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Ho, G.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPHR-725-01

Human Capital Analytics

Leading companies are using Human Capital Analytics for workforce reporting and to help make better, more informed decisions about their human capital. There is a continuum of the value that analytics bring to an organization: basic data reporting, benchmarking and advanced reporting, survey analytics and predictive analytics. Organizations are looking for Human Resource professional who can improve their impact on the business by using the latest analytical tools and techniques. In this course we will focus on developing a foundation in statistical techniques and data management using IBM-SPSS. We will explore workforce reporting and the analytics traditionally used to improve decision-making. We will also introduce advanced analytical tools and techniques, such as predictive modeling, which is making it possible for organizations to glimpse into the future and make informed predictions.

Note: This class meets in the MAC lab.

  • Course #: MPHR-725-01
  • CRN: 24217
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Olesen, E.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 14, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPHR-505-01

Introduction to Organizational Development

Change has been a constant in organizations since the 1990’s. Organization development (OD) is an evolving body of knowledge, research, and practice that helps organizational leaders take a systematic, planned approach to change that leverages the interdependencies within and external to the organization. Drawing upon its multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary roots in, for example, organizational and industrial psychology, sociology, theories of motivation, learning, and personality, organization development has been successfully used to improve performance, production, effectiveness, efficiency and employee engagement. This course introduces students to the rich body of principals, knowledge, skills that are used to bring about and sustain change in organizations. It highlights the view of organizations as living systems with human dynamics that impact every dimension of an organization and influences the outcome of every aspect of work an organization undertakes. It also focuses on the current realities for organizations, including globalization, virtual offices and multi-cultural workforce. Topics include: systems theory, change models, the use of collaborative consultation, use of self, group dynamics, the role of leaders in change, the role of resistance, data collection and discovery, and interventions.

  • Course #: MPHR-505-01
  • CRN: 32542
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Mazur, G.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPHR-801-01   Canceled

Managing Complex Systems Change

Organizational change projects are complex and difficult to manage. In this course, students learn how organizational change occurs at the individual, group, and organization-wide levels and why even carefully planned change has many unintended consequences. Students analyze organizational change case studies, evaluate causes of failure and factors of success in organizational development projects, and design optimal change interventions. In addition, the course explores the theory that success of organizations depends on employees' abilities to advance business strategies and to enable group and organizational processes that allow organizations to grow and change in healthy ways. In this course, students learn the managerial and organizational behavior skills required to manage people, resources, and situations effectively across organizational contexts, to use organizational processes to enhance organizational performance, and to take the lead as change agents.

  • Course #: MPHR-801-01
  • CRN: 32188
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPHR-502-01

Research Process and Methodology

This course is an overview of research methodology in applied settings (e.g., organizations). Over the course of the semester we will cover both qualitative and quantitative approaches to conducting research (e.g., surveys, interviews, focus groups) in organizational settings. Students will develop a conceptual understanding of research design and quantitative analysis options for the consumer of research, learn the appropriate use of vocabulary and interpretation of research findings, and learn how to critique research articles and develop a small-scale proposal. This is an interactive course, where students will share their intellectual passions, collaboratively create ideas, and actively write and/or research during class sessions. This approach allows students to learn hands-on the skills necessary to be competent researchers and scholar-practitioners.

Note: Foundation requirement for all HRM students admitted in Fall 2013 and after.

  • Course #: MPHR-502-01
  • CRN: 26516
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructors: Allen, M. , Hughes, M.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 14, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPHR-504-01

Staffing the Org.

The class will focus on the role that systematic staffing practices play in a firms talent management process. Topics include human resource planning, recruitment, assessment and testing, selection, placement and on-boarding. The course will draw on the behavioral science literature dealing with assessment and selection, as well as the legal and strategic issues involved in systematic staffing efforts. The role of staffing in facilitating diversity and inclusion will be a particular focus of the course.

  • Course #: MPHR-504-01
  • CRN: 32182
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructors: Reeder, M. , Sparks, T.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPHR-818-01

Strategic Planning & HR Strat.

Significant attention is often placed on the role of the HR practitioner as a “Strategic Partner.” “Strategic Planning and Human Resources Strategy” provides an introduction to the business strategic planning process and the role that the human resources process plays in it. Guided by the company’s purpose and mission, an organization develops a strategic plan to ensure that all its activities are integrated and reflect long-term goals. This course will examine the strategic planning process, with an emphasis on the financial, market, and organizational forces that impact strategic choices. Having laid a general foundation in strategy formulation, the course will explore the role that the human resources function plays in the development of organizational strategy. Finally, the course will turn to the responsibility of human resources to develop HR strategies that are aligned to the organization’s strategy and empower HR to advance the company’s purpose and mission. Throughout the course, practical examples of organizational strategic plans supplement assigned readings and classroom discussions. By the conclusion of the course, students will feel comfortable participating in and contributing to the strategic planning process. Students will also have an understanding of how to position the HR function to contribute strategically to the organization.

  • Course #: MPHR-818-01
  • CRN: 32705
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Browne, P.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 13, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPHR-802-01

Strategic Thinking in HR

The most concise definition of “strategy” is also the most elegant: a strategy is an integrated set of choices. Creating an integrated set of choices and then implementing them can be a powerful prescription for change, but doing so is also fraught with challenge. Among other things, the capable strategist must: See past the presenting problem(s). Unearth the underlying problem(s). Employ systems thinking, which includes understanding that in organizations, nothing operates in a vacuum. Rather, any one element affects every other element. “If you pick up one end of the stick, you pick up the other.” Complete a comprehensive analysis—often quantitative and qualitative—of factors contributing to the underlying problem(s). Draw thoughtful conclusions from the analysis, and use those conclusions to create a strategic solution to the underlying problem(s), often one that considers the impact of the solution now and over the long-term. Articulate specific and detailed tactics and action steps that directly support the strategic framework. Communicate, socialize, and sell the strategic solution to key stakeholders, establishing commitment over compliance. Implement each tactic of the strategic solution with focus and discipline, often over a long time horizon. Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the strategic solution, course-correcting when necessary. This approach is essential to the modern, 21st century HR practitioner, who is increasingly central to most organizations’ effectiveness. Today, organizations compete on three criteria: (1) ideas, (2) speed, and (3) talent, with talent being the lynchpin of the three. Talent gives rise to innovative ideas, and talent executes those ideas rapidly, enabling an organization to reach the market faster than its competitors. The principles also hold in the public and non-profit sectors. Hence, a strategic approach to Human Resources can enable a business and its employees to thrive and grow.

  • Course #: MPHR-802-01
  • CRN: 18917
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Gill, J.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 14, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPHR-699-01   Canceled

Theories of Diversity and Inclusion

The study and practice of diversity and inclusion are based on the social and normative construction of differences. This course provides a solid analysis of foundational and current diversity theory and practice, the social construction of differences, the theoretical underpinnings of diversity and oppression theory/practice in a U.S., and world historical context. It also provides a framework for the differentiation of diversity and inclusion theories, respectively. Practitioner values, ethics, agency and competencies are closely examined throughout the course. In this way, the course provides an in-depth and solid theoretical grounding for HR professionals, and others with responsibility for diversity and inclusion initiatives within organizations. To broaden individual competencies, students become familiar with the “big eight” facets of diversity in the U.S. through experiential learning at all levels of system, including the intra- and interpersonal levels, group, system and societal. In this way, students learn to identify which level of system is most open to being leveraged in support of diversity and inclusion initiatives.

  • Course #: MPHR-699-01
  • CRN: 24943
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 14, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPHR-700-01

Workplace Ethics

This three-credit core course is required for all MPS students. It will emphasize core values endemic to the professional world, cutting across several disciplines but with a particular focus on the connections between applied ethics and human resources and diversity. Professionals in various fields, such as H.R., diversity, business, and government, will guest lecture and present the students with real-world case studies which gives them the opportunity to apply ethical principles to their work. The Ethics course is required of all MPS students and should be taken in the first semester of study. In addition to other requirements, students must earn a grade of "B" or higher in the Ethics course to qualify for graduation.

Note: Core requirement for the Human Resources Mgmt program. Minimum grade of 'B' is required.

  • Course #: MPHR-700-01
  • CRN: 16627
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Meredith, J.
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 14, 2017
  • Class Meetings: