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Human Resources: Certification Exam Preparation

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MGT 280

       Course Name: Human Resources: Certification Exam Preparation

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: 2 Years of Human Resources experience.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course deals with the theories and concepts necessary to be successful on the PHR and SPHR exam. Content covers industry theory, practical application and test taking experiences.

IV.   Learning Objectives

1.    Students will understand the legal concepts effecting Human Resources
2.    Students will gain increased understanding in the following subject areas:
a)    Compensation and Benefits
b)    Employee Relations
c)    Strategic Management
d)    Performance Evaluation
e)    Recruiting and Retention
f)    OSHA and Working Environments
3.    Test taking skills will be reviewed
4.    Information specific to the guidelines established by HRCI will be presented

V.    Academic Integrity

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.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

1.    Legal Issues historically impacting Human Resources
2.    Pay Systems
3.    Motivational Theory
4.    Legal aspects of Unionization
5.    Employee Assessment tools
6.    Safety
7.    Training Methods for Adult Learners

VII.  Methods of Instruction

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading, writing, internet skills, critical thinking, case study analysis, oral presentation, practice exams similar to HRCI.

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 class team assignments and examinations

XI.   Other Course Information



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.