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Effective: Early Spring 8-Week 2017/2018

BUSI 534: Management Of Compensation And Benefits Plans

Course Description

Examination and analysis of how human resource professionals go about designing a compensation and benefits plan that would attract and motivate qualified employees.  Discussions emphasize evaluation of how successful compensation and benefits programs lead to enhanced quality of work life, higher levels of performance, lower absenteeism, and lower turnover.

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Milkovich, George T., Jerry M. Newman, and Barry Gerhart. Compensation. 11th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2013.
    • ISBN-978-0-07-802949-3

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

The information we will learn during this course will enable HR professionals to understand the importance of developing compensation and benefit plans that support the strategic intent of the business. We will look at various elements of this HR field, including pay models, job analyses, developing competitive compensation and benefit plans, and understanding the importance of international compensation. This is an exciting subject that affects everyone and you will understand by the end of the course how and why you receive the total compensation package from your organization. More importantly, you will be able to sit with senior management and understand why compensation and benefit decisions are strategic and help provide your organization a competitive advantage.


Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Objectives

  • To critically evaluate compensation and benefits plans
  • To appraise how effective compensation and benefits lead to improved quality of work life, higher levels of performance and low absenteeism and turnover

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Describe various pay modules and strategies
  • Define the role of job analysis in compensation planning
  • Evaluate effect of external competitiveness
  • Appraise methods of pay-for-performance
  • Describe employee benefits options

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
F 0-699 0-69%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Dropbox Assignments (4) 650 65%
Discussions (8) 200 20%
Chapter Examination (1) 150 15%
Total 1000 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion Topic 1 25 Saturday
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion Topic 2 25 Saturday
Drop Box Assignment 1 150
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion Topic 3 25 Saturday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion Topic 4 25 Saturday
Drop Box Assignment 2 150
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion Topic 5 25 Saturday
Chapter Examination 150 Sunday
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion Topic 6 25 Saturday
Drop Box Assignment 3 150
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion Topic 7 25 Saturday
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion Topic 8 25 Saturday
Drop Box Assignment 4 200
Total Points 1000

Assignment Overview

Reading Assignments

Complete weekly reading assignments as assigned by the instructor. Utilize the readings, notes, and on-line resources to augment the written papers, discussions, and chapter examination. For grading criteria, please review this section near the end of the syllabus.

Dropbox Assignments

There are four written assignments during the course. The requirements for each assignment are detailed in the course Content area.


Chapter Examination

Each student will complete a timed, online Week 5 chapter examination. The exam will be provided during Week 5 and must be completed no later than midnight Sunday, Week 5. It will be a multiple choice exam based upon the readings of Chapters 1-8, 17.

Discussions

Discussion postings will be informal. All the rules of good writing should apply and spellchecker should be used to “proof” your work. The criterion has been met in Discussion postings if your messages are original and intelligible. You must communicate effectively. In addition, you must post to the Discussion each week to earn points toward your final grade for the course. Discussion postings will not be accepted after midnight Saturday CT and may not be made up. In order to conduct a timely online discussion it is important that students contribute postings to the Discussion in a timely manner. Discussion points are earned from substantial participation with meaningful comments that show evidence of your understanding of the reading assignment from the textbook for the course. Postings such as, “good idea,” or, “I agree with you,” are unacceptable and are insufficient to earn points toward your weekly grade for the Discussion.


Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Pay Models, Strategy, and Government and Legal Issues in Compensation
Readings

Please read the Course Syllabus and Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Chapter 17, in the textbook.

Class Activities

Go to the course Home Page, and click on Discussion. Read the information about “Your Introduction,” then post your introductory comments. Your introduction should include who you are, your family, where you work, your career interests, and your future goals. I will post information about myself that you may use as an example. Please take a minute to post comments about yourself to introduce yourself to others in the course.

Discussion Topic 1

“What are the four policy issues in the pay model? What purposes do the objectives in the pay model serve? The discussion is due by midnight CT Saturday.

Week 2: Internal Alignment and Job Analysis
Readings

Please read Chapter 3 and Chapter 4, in the text.

Discussion Topic 2

“Job analysis has been considered the cornerstone of human resource management. How do job analyses support managers making pay decisions?” The discussion is due by midnight CT Saturday.

Drop Box Assignment 1

The Job Analysis/Description paper is due at the end of Week 2 and must be:

  • In appropriate APA format
  • Double-spaced
  • A minimum of six pages in length (not including cover and reference pages)
  • Font set to 12 point and Times New Roman

Further requirements for this assignment are detailed in the Course Content area under Week 2.

Week 3: Job Based Structures, Job Evaluation, and Person-Based Structures
Readings

Please read Chapter 5 and Chapter 6, in the text.

Discussion Topic 3

“As an HR manager, how would you recommend your company evaluate the usefulness of its job evaluation or person-based plans?” The discussion is due by midnight CT Saturday.

Week 4: Defining Competitiveness and Designing Pay Levels, Mix, and Structures
Readings

Please read Chapter 7 and Chapter 8, in the text.

Discussion Topic 4

As an HR manager, how would you determine which competitive pay policy to implement for your organization?” The discussion is due by midnight CT Saturday.

Drop Box Assignment 2

The Competitive Pay Policy paper is due at the end of Week 4 and must be:

  • In appropriate APA format
  • Double-spaced
  • A minimum of six pages in length (not including cover and reference pages)
  • Font set to 12 point and Times New Roman

Further requirements for this assignment are detailed in the Course Content area under Week 4.

Week 5: Pay-for-Performance and Performance Appraisals
Readings

Please read Chapter 9, Chapter 10, and Chapter 11, in the text.

Discussion Topic 5

“You own Faltzer’s Tool Coating Company. A high-tech firm specializing in the coating of cutting tools to provide longer life before resharpening if needed. You are concerned that the competition continues to develop new coating methods and applications of coating in different industries. You want to create a work environment where employees offer more new product ideas and suggest new industries where these ideas might be applied. What type of compensation plan will you recommend? What are some of the problems you need to be aware of?” The discussion is due by midnight CT Saturday.

Chapter Examination

Each student is required to complete the posted timed exam over Chapters 1-8, 17. Exam is due by midnight, Sunday, CT.

Week 6: Benefits
Readings

Please read Chapter 12 and Chapter 13, in the text.

Discussion Topic 6

“Why are defined contribution plans gaining in popularity in the U.S. and defined benefit plans are losing popularity?” The discussion is due by midnight CT Saturday.

Drop Box Assignment 3

The Employee Benefits paper is due at the end of Week 6 and must be:

  • In appropriate APA format
  • Double-spaced
  • A minimum of six pages in length (not including cover and reference pages)
  • Font set to 12 point and Times New Roman

Further requirements for this assignment are detailed in the Course Content area under Week 6.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Compensation for Special Groups, Unions, and International Pay Systems
Readings

Please read Chapter 18 in the text.  

Discussion Topic 7

“Romance Novels, Inc, located in Cheektowaga, NY, has gradually increased the number of contingent workers (full-time, temporary) from 10 percent to 28 percent of their workforce. Why might they utilize this strategy? What equity problems can arise from hiring contingent workers, especially when they work alongside regular employees?” The discussion is due by midnight CT Saturday.

Week 8: Managing Compensation
Readings

Please read Chapter 18 in the text.

Discussion Topic 8

“What was the most important aspect of the course? How will you use this knowledge acquisition?” The discussion is due by midnight CT Saturday.

Drop Box Assignment 4

The Country Management Total Compensation Package paper is due at the end of Week 8 and must be:

  • In appropriate APA format
  • Double-spaced
  • A minimum of six pages in length (not including cover and reference pages)
  • Font set to 12 point and Times New Roman

Further requirements for this assignment are detailed in the Course Content area under Week 8.



Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

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 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

• No late postings will be accepted for discussion questions. Discussion questions are due by midnight, Saturdays, each week. If not posted by that time/day, a zero for the discussion question assignment will be posted.

• Late submissions for the Week 2, 4, and 6 written case studies, the penalty will be the loss of 15 points if submitted 1-7 days late. If the assignment is not received by this late window period, the assignment will receive a zero (starting with day 8 after the due date). The Week 8 written case will receive no credit if submitted late.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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