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17 / FALL2 - Late Fall 8-week Session

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Course Syllabus
17 / FALL2 - Late Fall 8-week Session
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: MGMT 365
Course Title: Compensation and Benefit Systems
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Thu 
5:30 PM-9:30 PM
Additional Notes:

There will be no class on Thursday, November 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The make-up class will be on Friday December 1.

This course is web-enhanced, taught entirely in a classroom setting using D2L course management software to supplement in-seat content.


Catalog Description

The focus of this course is “Total Compensation.” Direct and Indirect compensation systems will be evaluated to determine how organizations design the appropriate systems for their businesses. Topics will include base pay systems, individual and group bonuses, executive compensation, issues with providing health care, long-term investment options, pension systems, and government mandated benefits. Prerequisite: MGMT 361.


MGMT 361.


Strategic Compensation: A Human Resource Management Approach
Author: Martocchio (Pearson)
ISBN: 9780134321080

Course Objectives

· To define the concept of total compensation.
· To understand how compensation and benefit systems are used by organizations to attract and retain qualified, skilled employees.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

· Define traditional and current pay systems.
· Describe the process used by a Compensation and Benefits Specialist to determine appropriate pay systems.
· Identify current issues with organizational pay and benefits programs.

Special Course Requirements

All assignments must be completed on time. During this course, you will have one late assignment exception to use. There will be no late exceptions for research papers, presentations or exams.  

RESPECT in this class is required. Student participation is encouraged and expected. Respect for others opinions and input fosters a cohesive environment for all.

Instructional Methods

This course involves lecture, discussion and class participation. Current news articles must be brought in and discussed to enhance real world issues as it relates to compensation and benefits. Each student is required to bring one article no later than Thursday of Week Seven to discuss with class.

Out of Class Activities

Students are expected to read the Chapter assigned prior to class to enhance an open forum for discussion. Look for your current event article regarding compensation and/or benefits as this is a part of your overall grade. Bring these articles to class to discuss.

Graded Activities

Personal Perception Paper75 Points15% of grade
Description -

Due Week 2: Prepare a paper based on your personal perceptions of fair and equitable compensation. This is due by end of class on Week 2.
PERSONAL PERCEPTION PAPER OF FAIR & EQUITABLE COMPENSATION:  What do you feel is fair and equitable compensation? Do you feel you are being paid appropriately for what you do? Do you still feel a gender gap in compensation? Do you feel the government should intervene in more mandatory benefits? These are just some questions to consider when thinking about what's fair and equitable. Be sure to use both the employer and employee perspective. Use examples of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Compensation. Paper should be 2 -3 pages, double spaced, using MLA format.

Method of Evaluation -

Did you consider both sides of the spectrum to include both the employee and effects on the organization? Paper should be 2-3 pages in length, double spaced, MLA format.

Research Paper100 Points20% of grade
Description -

Due Week 6:  RESEARCH PAPER: Prepare a comprehensive research paper on an organization that uses compensation and benefits to recruit and retain their employees. Describe the organization's reward system, retirement plan and how they stay competitive in their long-term commitment to recruit and retain the best. Paper should be 4 - 5 pages, double spaced, MLA format. Include a Works Cited page with at least 4 sources. This is due be end of class of Week 6.

Method of Evaluation -

Paper must follow MLA guidelines, be a minimum of 4 pages in length and double-spaced. Must include a Works Cited page with at lease 4 sources.

Midterm Exam100 Points20% of grade
Description -

Due Week 4: The midterm exam is multiple choice. Review Chapters 1 - 8 of textbook. Exam covers definitions and concepts of the various compensation and benefit systems.

Final Exam100 Points20% of grade
Description -

Due Week 8: Final exam covers Chapter 9-16 and will be multiple choice.

In-Class Discussions Questions50 Points10% of grade
Description -

All weeks except for Week 4 (Midterm Exam) and Week 8 (Final exam week) there are class assignments and/or discussion questions. Read each week's assignment or activity and prepare to answer the question. These can be handwritten or typed as there are no formal guidelines. We will discuss the answers in class but your answers will be turned in at the end of class. Each paper turned in will be worth 5 points for a total of 50 points.  

Method of Evaluation -

Participate, RESPECT others and think outside the box. Not all aspects of business are covered in a textbook.
Read syllabus for the discussion questions and be prepared to participate.

News Article for discussion75 Points15% of grade
Description -

News article should be turned in no later than week 7 as we will use the final week to complete chapters and review for final. We will discuss and debate the topic and correlate how it pertains to compensation and benefits. 


Grading Scale

450-500 A
400-449 B
350-399 C
300-349 D
0-299 F

Additional Information / Instructions

When sharing information in class pertaining to your personal work history please refrain from exposing confidential, derogatory, biased or trade secrets of your workplace.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
Strategic Compensation and Influences

Introductions - getting to know who everyone is and their goals as future HR representatives.
Understanding the fundamentals of compensation from inception to where we are today as HR Professionals.


Read Chapter 1 & 2  before Thursday of Week One.


List 10 items that encompass an HR professionals job. Name examples of Core compensation as well as employee benefits.
List 5 employment laws that influence compensation practices.

Additional Notes:

Please bring your answers to class based on the weekly assignment. We will discuss these during class and your answers will be turned in at the end of class for points. Handwritten or typed is acceptable.

Week 2
Setting the Stage for Compensation, Bases for Pay, and Incentive Pay

What is involved in setting the stage for compensation?
What are the different types of incentive pay?


Read Chapter 3 & 4 before Thursday of Week Two.


Open class discussion on current topics during this class for points.
Personal Perception Paper is due by end of class on Thursday of Week Four. 

Additional Notes:

Remember to bring in a current news article to discuss for the class.  

Week 3
Person-Focused Pay and Building Internally Consistent Compensation Systems

Read Chapter 5 & 6  before Thursday of Week Three.


Companies should not provide training to employees because they should already have the skills and knowledge to perform the job.  Agree/Disagree
Are you for or against job analysis and why?

Additional Notes:

Please bring your answers to class based on the weekly assignment. We will discuss these during class and your answers will be turned in at the end of class for points. Handwritten or typed is acceptable.

Week 4
Building Market-Competitive Compensation Systems and Building Pay Structures that Recognize Employee Contributions

Read Chapter 7 & 8 before Thursday of Week Four.


Discuss competitive advantage in the marketplace and why this is important.
Exam Review


Midterm Exam, Thursday of Week Four

Week 5
Discretionary and Employer-Sponsored and Legally Required Benefits

Read Chapter 9, 10 & 11 before Thursday of Week Five.


Discuss types of discretionary benefits.
Question:  If you, as the owner of a large corporation, were facing financial difficulties what benefit would you drop and what benefit would you absolutely keep?
Discuss differences between legally required and discretionary benefits 

Additional Notes:

(Due to holiday week, our week 5 class will be moved to 11/30 and our week 6 class will be moved to Friday, 12/1.  We will have TWO classes this week.  Attendance and assignments are required and completed as normal and expected.)  Please bring your answers to class based on the weekly assignment.  We will discuss these during class and your answers will be turned in at the end of class for points.  Handwritten or typed is acceptable.

Week 6
Compensating Executives and Flexible Workforce

Read Chapter 12 & 13 before Thursday of Week Six.


(Please note that this class is meeting on FRIDAY, 12/1 - due to holiday week scheduling the week prior.)
What component of compensation is most essential to motivate executives?
Discuss what is a flexible workforce?

Additional Notes:

Please bring your answers to class based on the weekly assignment.  We will discuss these during class and your answers will be turned in at the end of class for points.  Handwritten or typed is acceptable.
Research Paper Due, Thursday of Week Six

Week 7
Compensating Expatriates and Pay and Benefits outside the U.S.

Read Chapter 14 & 15 before Thursday of Week Seven.


Discuss home-based, headquarters-based and host country-based employees
Discuss differences in retirement systems in U.S. versus other countries.

Additional Notes:

Please bring your answers to class based on the weekly assignment.  We will discuss these during class and your answers will be turned in at the end of class for points.  Handwritten or typed is acceptable.
Last opportunity to turn in your News Article.

Week 8
Challenges Facing Compensation Professional & Final Exam

Read Chapter 16 before Thursday of Week Eight
Review Chapter 9 - 16 before Final Exam


final Exam, Thursday of Week 8


Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures


Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled.  Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause.  If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.  For additional information, see the Columbia College policy on Student Attendance.

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort.  Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions.  Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty.  For more information, see the Columbia College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning.  Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is deemed detrimental to the College's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom.  For more information, see the Columbia College Student Code of Conduct and Student Behavioral Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.  For more information, see the Columbia College Inclement Weather Policy.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control.  Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in 103 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session. Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

Adding, Dropping, or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session.  Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy.  An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal.  The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Registration Policy and Procedures.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director.  The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled.  The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests.  A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session.  For more information, see the Columbia College Withdrawal Policy.


Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session.  An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements.  If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work.  Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.  Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned.  If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures.  The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy.  The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the location director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.


Columbia College Policy - The College provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.


Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff.  Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their CougarMail account on a regular basis.  Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process.  Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods.  Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Bookstore Information

Columbia College Policy - As part of Truition, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below. 

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address.  Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource Bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns:  Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy.  Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.  Visit for details.


Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  For more information, see the Columbia College Family Education Rights and Privacy Policy.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources.  Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted.  If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible.  The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible.  Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626.  For more information, see the Columbia College ADA and Section 504 Policy for Students.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession, and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment.  Therefore, all members of the College community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.  For more information and resources, see the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.  For more information, see the Columbia College Tobacco-Free Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of protected status (see Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for a definition of "protected status") are strictly prohibited. Persons who engage in such conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal.  For more information, see the Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedure.

Columbia College Policy Library

Columbia College Policy - The policies set forth in the Online Policy Library are the current official versions of College policies and supersede and replace any other existing or conflicting policies covering the same subject matter.  The Online Policy Library is currently under construction with new policies being added on a frequent basis and the policies currently listed are not comprehensive of every College policy.  Questions regarding the Online Policy Library should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information on policies applicable to students, see Student Policies.  For more information on policies applicable to the entire Columbia College community, see College-Wide Policies.

Technical Support

Columbia College Policy - If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

        - Columbia College Technology Solutions Center:, 1-800-231-2391 ext. 4357

        - D2L Helpdesk:, 1-877-325-7778

        - VitalSource:, 1-855-200-4146


Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.


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