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Curriculum Action Notice


From:

Academic Affairs Committee

Date:

November 23, 2002

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curriculum actions. Within the next 10 days, please forward any comments or concerns to the AAC Chair, Helen Biblehimer, Elliott Hall 203, ext. 4521, hbiblehi@mnsfld.edu.

The department of Psychology has requested the following curricular changes:

#1 Action: New Course: PSY 3315 Human Management I
Purpose and Nature of Course: This course would replace Psy 410, Industrial and Organizational Psychology and some content and exercises from Psy 313, Psychology of Interviewing. Given that few people know what industrial/organizational psychology is, it is anticipated that the name change will increase enrollment. Content and numbering change are intended to position the course at the Junior-year level and make it more accessible to non-majors.
Course Description for Catalog
Introduces the field of Human Resource Management (HRM). Covers strategic management and HRM, the legal context, measurement of job content, recruiting, selection, and human resource development. May be taken before or after Psy 3316.
Prerequisites: Psy 1101


#2 Action: New Course: PSY 3316 Human Resource Management II
Purpose and Nature of Course: This course would replace Psy 491, Seminar in Human Resource Management and some content and exercises from Psy 313, Psychology of Interviewing. Content and numbering change are intended to position the course at the Junior-year level and make it more accessible to non-majors.
Course Description for Catalog
Continues coverage of the field of Human Resource Management (HRM). Topics include performance management, terminations, workplace safety and health (OSHA), workplace violence, health information privacy issues, job design, organization development, and international HRM. May be taken before or after Psy 3315.
Prerequisites: Psy 1101

#3 Action: New Course: PSY 4415 Labor Relations
Purpose and Nature of Course: This course would partially replace Psy 412, HRM Special Topics. Alumni have identified knowledge in the Labor Relations area as critical for success in the field. Previous enrollment was limited because the Special Topics course could not be listed in the
course schedule under the Labor Relations title and because the course was not required under the old program.
Course Description for Catalog
Labor relations are part of the organizational landscape in manufacturing, service, government, and professional sports. Course examines the history of unions, the organizing process, roles of both
parties in contract negotiation and administration, strikes and conflict resolution, grievances, and arbitration processes.
Prerequisites: Psy 1101

#4 Action: New Course: PSY 4416 Compensation and Benefits
Purpose and Nature of Course: This course would partially replace Psy 412, HRM Special Topics. Alumni have identified knowledge in the Compensation and Benefits area as critical for success in the field. Previous enrollment was limited because the Special Topics course could not be listed in the course schedule under the Compensation and Benefits title and because the course was not required under the old program.
Course Description for Catalog (limit to four sentences):
Introduces participants to current issues and techniques in compensation and benefits. Coverage includes the legal context for compensation, job evaluation and point factor systems, construction of Compensation surveys, pay for performance systems, workers' compensation, Social Security,
unemployment insurance, ERISA and retirement plans, and issues in executive compensation. The course emphasizes conceptual, social, and practical issues related to the development and
administration of compensation systems.
Prerequisites: Psy 1101

#5 Action: Course Deletion: PSY 313 Psychology of Interviewing
Rationale for deletion: Program being revised to meet SSHE mandate and changes in professional expectations. Deletion is to balance new course offering. Course has had 16 or fewer enrolled students for the past 12 years. Enrollment for Fall 2002 is 11 students. Some content moved to new courses Psy 3315 and Psy 3316.

#6 Action: Course Deletion: PSY 410 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Rationale for deletion: Program being revised to meet SSHE mandate and changes in professional expectations. Deletion is to balance new course offering. Content moves to new course, Psy 3315, Human Resource Management I. This should encourage students to complete course during Junior year and make it more likely that they will be able to complete internship during summer between Junior and Senior years, thereby increasing their chances of graduating in May of their Senior year.

#7. Action: Course Deletion: PSY 412 HRM Special Topics
Rationale for deletion: Program being revised to meet SSHE mandate and changes in professional expectations. Deletion is to balance new course offerings. Content moved to Psy 4415 and Psy 4416.

#8. Action: Course Deletion: PSY 491 Seminar in Human Resource Management
Rationale for deletion: Program being revised to meet SSHE mandate and changes in professional expectations. Deletion is to balance new course offering. HRM content moves to new course, Psy 3316, Human Resource Management II. Portfolio components will be completed by requiring HRM majors to complete the Psychology Department's Senior Seminar course, Psy 4490.

#9 Action: Program Change: B.S. in Psychology, Human Resource Management Emphasis
Rationale for change:
Comply with SSHE mandate to reduce degree requirements to 120 credits. Update program to better prepare students for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification exams. Add flexibility to increase likelihood that students will be able to complete program in four years. Update program and courses for possible participation in AACSB review.

List all changes:

  1. Remove the following currently required courses from the emphasis:
    Prefix - Number - Course Title
    MA125 Introductory Statistics I
    SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
    PSY290 Life Span Development
    PSY313 Psychology of Interviewing
    PSY410 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    PSY412 HRM Special Topics
    PSY491 Seminar in Human Resource Management
  2. Add requirement for the following new courses to the emphasis:
    Prefix - Number - Course Title
    PSY3315 Human Resource Management I
    PSY3316 Human Resource Management II
    PSY4415 Labor Relations
    PSY4416 Compensation and Benefits
  3. Add requirement for the following existing courses to the emphasis:
    Prefix - Number - Course Titlee
    PSY1191 Introduction to Research Methods
    PSY4490 Senior Seminar
  4. Modify existing option as follows:
    Current: Psy 495 (Internship) or Psy 497 (Independent Study)
    New: Psy 4495, or Psy 4496 (Research Apprenticeship), or Psy 4497
  5. Modify existing option as follows:

    Current: Must take two courses from the following:
    Prefix - Number - Course Title
    PSY310 Social Psychology
    PSY391 Abnormal Psychology
    PSY430 Theories of Personality

    New: Must take two courses from the following:
    Prefix - Number - Course Title
    PSY3310 Social Psychology
    PSY3325 Advanced Leadership
    PSY3332 Psychology of Stress Management*
    PSY3391 Abnormal Psychology
    PSY4430 Theories of Personality
    PSY4462 Behavior Modification*
    * Moves here from current "Required" list
  6. Eliminate current "Cognate Area" and replace with:

    New: Must take 12 credits from the following:
    Prefix - Number - Course Title
    ACC1110 Principles of Accounting I*
    BUS 2230 Management Principles**
    BUS3310 Managing Diversity
    CIS2203 Software for Business Applications
    COM3336 Business and Professional Communication
    ECO1102 Principles of Microeconomics***
    BUS 4451 OR SOC 3301 [One course in Organizational Behavior]
    * Current "Cognate Area" course
    ** Replaces BUS 130 from "Cognate"
    *** Current Social Science required course

 

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