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Administrative Unit: Business Administration Department
Course Prefix and Number: MGMT 364
Course Title: Workforce Planning and Development
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: This course explores how organizations plan for changes in their workforce, create recruitment strategies, and develop selection systems to identify the best talent for their businesses. Topics include measurement of staffing effectiveness, job/competency analysis, testing strategies, and interviewing methods. Prerequisite: MGMT 361.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): MGMT 361.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Available via AHE programs only.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Traditional textbooks that cover the complete subject matter of Workplace Planning and Employment are rare. Recommended textbooks are:

The Talent Edge: A Behavioral Approach to Hiring, Developing, and Keeping Top Performers
By Cohen, David S. (Jossey-Bass)
On Staffing: Advice and Perspectives from HR Leaders
By Burkholder, Nicholas C.; Preston J. Edwards, Sr.; & Libby Sartain (Jossey-Bass)
Course Objectives
  • To understand how organizations decide to increase or decrease their employment levels.
  • To learn job analysis processes.
  • To study recruitment and selected systems.
    Measurable Learning
  • Develop legally compliant job specifications and job descriptions using different job analysis methods.
  • Define various recruitment methods such as college recruiting, networking, electronic recruiting, outsourcing, etc.
  • Describe testing, simulation, and interviewing techniques used by organizations to select employees.
    Topical Outline:
  • Workforce planning techniques and modules
  • Job analysis
  • Strategic hiring processes; recruiting effectively and staffing for the future
  • Managing organizational diversity
  • Selection systems
  • Structured interviews
  • Behavioral interviews
  • Staffing metrics
  • Employee orientation and acclimation
  • Developing and retaining talented employees

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

    Library Resources:

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

    Prepared by: Ken Middleton Date: May 10, 2013
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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