Administration Compensation and Benefits

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MGT 267

       Course Name: Administration Compensation and Benefits

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

MGT 165 Human Resources Management or consent of instructor

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course examines scope of benefits administration. Content includes advanced theories, concepts, issues, techniques; procedures and processes in the management of organizational compensation and benefit system; knowledge of practices and functions of a compensation and benefits coordinator. Recommendation: MGT 165

IV.   Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:
1.    Determine the relationship of a compensation and benefit system with business strategy based on organizational objectives, financial conditions, and business environment.
2.    Explain the concepts of internal, external and individual equity as they apply to the development of a compensation and benefit system
3.    Demonstrate an understanding of internal equity by designing and implementing a job evaluation plan.
4.    Demonstrate an understanding of external equity by surveying relevant markets and develop a pay policy with recommended pay levels, ranges, classes and rationale.
5.    Assess individual equity by assigning salaries to individuals based on job performance, seniority, and /or other criteria.
6.    Evaluate benefit packages such as Health plans and retirement packages.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

1.    Compensation:  A component of Human Resource Systems
2.    Strategic Compensations: Attaining Competitive Advantage
3.    Contextual Influences on Compensation Practices
4.    Traditional Bases for Pay: Seniority and Merit
5.    Incentive pay
6.    Pay-for-Knowledge and Skill-Based Pay
7.    Building Internally Consistent Compensations Systems
8.    Building Market-Competitive Compensations Systems
9.    Building Pay Structures that Recognize Individual Contribution
10.    Legally-Required Benefits
11.    Discretionary Benefits
12.    International compensation
13.    Compensating the Flexible Work Force
14.    Workers Benefit Packages
    a.)    Health Care
    b.)    Retirement

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, small group discussion, internet evaluations, case studies
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading, writing, evaluating compensation programs, internet skills, critical thinking, case study analysis, oral presentation, development of a compensation structure.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Varies by instructor.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grades are based on exams, written assignments, in class team assignments, evaluations of existing compensation structures, final presentation.

XI.   Other Course Information

1.     Use of Computers and Information Technology:
When you apply at Oakton as a credit student, you are automatically assigned a computer network account and email address.  While you are registered for classes and any financial obligations to the College are fulfilled, you may use this account to log into workstations in any of the open or classroom computer labs.  Your account gives you access to the wide variety of application programs available on Oakton's Network and on-campus access to the Internet. 

Rules for computer use are posted in computer labs as well as available in writing in each of the labs. Lab assistants and tutors are available to assist you in the lab regarding software and hardware questions.

Users of the College’s information technology facilities and resources, including hardware, software, networks, and computer accounts, are expected to use computer resources responsibly and appropriately, respecting the rights of other information technology users and respecting all contractual and license agreements.

Under no circumstances is any of the software used at Oakton to be copied. Copying software is in violation of Federal law and College policies. Suspected violations will be vigorously investigated and, if warranted, appropriate penalties applied. Specifically, you do not have the right (1) to make copies of software for yourself or others, (2) to receive and use unauthorized copies of software, or (3) copy all or parts of a program written by someone else.

2.     College Policy on the Observance of Religious Holidays:
Oakton Community College recognizes the broad diversity of religious beliefs of its constituencies. The College has embraced a practice of shared responsibility in the event a religious observance interferes with class work or assignments. Students who inform instructors well in advance of an intended absence for a major religious observance will not be penalized. The instructor will make reasonable accommodations for students, which may include providing a make up test, altering assignment dates, permitting a student to attend another section of the same course for a class period or similar remedies. Instructors are not responsible for teaching material again.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at