Management 4033 Syllabus
Wage and Salary Administration
Instructor: Dr. Samuel Hazen, SPHR
Office: Room 130 (Management, Marketing, &
Administrative Systems departmental office)
Office hours: arrange for appointment with
departmental secretary or me.
Phone: 968-9277 (Home) 817-279-8787 (under
Email: for my office
for my home
Course Textbook: Compensation Decision Making,
Fourth Edition. Authors: Thomas J. Bergmann, and Vida G.
Scarpello. Publisher: Dryden Press.
OF COMPLIANCE. Any student
with a documented disability who may need academic accommodation, must
register with the Office of Compliance, Room 15 Barry B. Thompson
Student Center Building (phone 968-9480). The last day to request
academic accommodations for each term corresponds to the last day for
dropping a course with no record.
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Each student will be
expected to attend all scheduled class sessions at the student's own
discretion. However, class attendance can be looked upon as a
method of obtaining extra credit. Students with good attendance
records tend to be evaluated somewhat differently than students without
good attendance records. (see below)
COURSE OBJECTIVE: The objective of this course
is for each student to be able to know, comprehend, apply, analyze,
synthesize and evaluate principles and techniques of the management and
administration of compensation within present-day organizations.
TEACHING/LEARNING METHODOLOGIES: The following
methods will be employed: Lectures, class discussion, class
discussion of cases, in-class group experiential activities, videos,
individual oral presentations and individual written reports of
GRADING CRITERIA: The student's level of
learning for each specific dimension of the course objective (stated
above) will be demonstrated by attaining at least 60% of all potential
points as prescribed below, [i. e. (K) Knowledge, ©
Comprehension, (A) Application/Analysis, (S)
Synthesis/Evaluation]. The grade received in this class will be
determined as follows: The weights to be assigned to each of
these components will be assigned by each student on an individual
basis. This approach to the assigning of weights for the various
learning evaluation components is in recognition that individuals have
unique learning styles. Some students learn best through visual
stimuli, while other students learn best through use of the other
senses. Most learn best through the use of some combination of
the various senses. Your preference for the weighting of each of
these components will be recorded by use of the Individual Evaluation
Component Weighting Form which will be completed and turned in during
the first part of the semester; if not turned in at the time called
for, the default weights will apply. You should record your
percentage weights in the blanks following each item on your syllabus
copy before turning in the weighting form.
Individually based activities:
1) (K,C,S) Exams (totally objective type, i.e.
multiple choice and/or true/false items, over text material). For
each exam, a one page crib sheet, eight and one-half by eleven inches,
front and back, will be permitted to use while taking scheduled exams.
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2)(C,A,S) Weekly Typed Article Summary Reports (10 or so in
total). Throughout this course students will be expected to read
and review the current literature, i.e., human resource management and
business related periodicals, journals and/or the Wall Street
Journal. This will be an individual based assignment and will
require the submission of a one-page, maximum length, typed,
double-spaced article summary critique/review in the student’s own
words with complete (!) acceptable bibliographic information (see
below). Along with the review a "Xerox" copy of each article
would be appreciated but is not required. A two to three minute
informal oral presentation of each article also may be presented to the
class, depending upon available time.
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3) (K,C) Pop quizzes, covering assigned text
material, other material covered in class or in-class videos are
possible during any regularly scheduled class period on a random basis.
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(K,C,A,S) Attendance/Participation. The
percentage of your attendance, along with classroom participation
/instructor discretion, will be used in determining this part of your
Group based activities:
4) (C,A,S) Semester research report paper, 9 to
10 pages minimum, typed, double-spaced, lines with a 12 point
font. This assignment will be one of the major group projects for
the semester. The audience for your paper will have little
knowledge of the area you are researching. For all sources used,
appropriate acknowledgment will be expected; meaning: appropriate
footnotes or endnotes along with a bibliography! Note: The weekly
article reports can also be used as sources for this
assignment. (M.L.A. style guidelines can be used as a
suggested approach to style)
Article, Author of. "Article Title."
Journal/Periodical Name, Volume and number, (or Month date,
Year), page number(s).
The topics will be appropriate to
the area of human resource management, preferably some aspect of the
compensation function, subject to approval. Each team will also
make an oral presentation of the results of their research project to
the class. This assignment will be due at the end of the next to
the last week of the semester.
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5) (K,C) Each group will also submit written
answers to the end of chapter discussion questions for the chapters
covered on each exam on the day of the exam.
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6) (K,C,A) Individual scores for in-class group
experiential activities based upon various topics presented in the
text. These will be explained further prior to each such
activity, but can be found sprinkled throughout the text at the end of
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General course policies:
● Late work will be accepted but
with a significant point reduction.
● Exams which are missed may be
made up at the end of the semester during the final exam period.
● In addition to the above course
requirements, a digital image (formally known as a “picture”) must be
on file with the professor in order for a letter grade other than an
“F” or a “W” to be received in this course. Your digital
image can be made in class on the day announced for digital images to
be made. Another option is for a student to email a favorite
digital image to the above email addresses.
Grades will be earned as follows:
0-59* =F; 60-69* =D; 70-79* =C; 80-89* =B; 90-100* =A.
*(% of total possible points)
Tentative Assignment Schedule of Topics and Text Material:
The material in the Course Text will be covered sequentially as
presented in the text starting with Chapter 1, subject to change.
Plan on reading ahead in the text at least one chapter beyond the
current chapter.Newspaper Business-Related
Cartoon Assignment for Extra Credit
During the semester you will be encouraged to search
for newspaper cartoons and/or comic strips related directly to a
specific business discipline or area. The final judgement
concerning whether or not your chosen newspaper cartoons are directly
related to a business discipline will be made by your professor.
The policies under which this assignment will be governed are as
1. An opportunity at the beginning of each
class period will be devoted to newspaper cartoon/comic strip
presentation time. Any student desiring to present a newspaper
cartoon/comic strip will volunteer at the start of the class
period. It will not be up to the professor, necessarily, to call
upon students. The student or students bringing newspaper
cartoon/comic strips for points will present them to the class.
The newspaper cartoon/comic strips will then be turned in with the
student's name and NEWSPAPER SOURCE FROM WHICH IT WAS TAKEN LISTED on
the reverse side. These guidelines will be strictly observed in
order for a newspaper cartoon/comic strip to be eligible to count
toward the total for a particular class period.
2. The newspaper sources from which this
assignment may be obtained will be limited to newspapers which are not
older than seven days immediately preceding the current class period.
3. Method for computing credit:
a. Credit will be earned in the
form of "Point Credits (PCS)". Each PC can be used to offset
points missed for an incorrect response to items on a test.
b. A Point Credit account will be
maintained for each student during the semester and a maximum of 10 PCS
will be applied to any one exam. PCS earned at any time during
the semester will be applied first to the first exam score below 100%
then to the next exam and so on. In other words PCS will be used
c. PCS will be awarded as follows:
PCS awarded to individual
students will be based upon the total number of different newspaper
cartoon/comic strips, which are directly related to a business
discipline, presented by participating students for each class period
according to the following schedule:
The number brought by individual
students will not be a determinant. Therefore, individual
students may present as many cartoon/comic strips as desired. The
total number of different newspaper cartoon/comic strips, which
are directly related to a business discipline, presented during any one
class determines the number of PCS earned per student.
Any questions? If not, then good hunting!