House Bill 2504

Spring 2012 Course Syllabus

HRPO-1191-01 - Special Topics in Human Resource Management

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2012
InstructorCammack, James E.
Phone(409) 984-6386
E-mailcammackje@lamarpa.edu
Department
Business and Technology
Chair:Michael Trahan
Phone:(409) 984-6378
E-mail:trahanma@lamarpa.edu
Office
Hours:Mon 11-1, Tues 8-9:30, Wed 8-9 & 11-2, Thurs 8-9:30,Fri 8-9
Building:Student Center (SC)
Room:SC 405
MyLamarPA Be sure to check your campus E-mail and Course Homepage using MyLamarPA campus web portal (My.LamarPA.edu). When you’ve logged in, click the email icon in the upper right-hand corner to check email, or click on the “My Courses” tab to get to your Course Homepage. Click the link to your course and review the information presented. It is important that you check your email and Course Homepage regularly. You can also access your grades, transcripts, and determine who you academic advisor is by using MyLamarPA.
Course Information
Course Number10197
Course Description Addresses recently identified current events, skills, knowledge and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to students' professional development. Course can be repeated to improve student proficiency.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks Work Keys website: http://lamarpa1.wincshost.com/
Attendance Policy Attendance is mandatory. You must remain in class for the full hour and 50 minutes until all 6 modules have been completed successfully. You will be allowed 2 absences. Upon the third absence you will be dropped from this course.
Course Grading Scale  90 - 100 = A     80 - 89 = B     70 - 79 = C     60 - 69 = D     Below 59 = F
Determination of Final Grade There are 6 content modules for this course. Students will receive a grade for each content module. In order to receive a passing grade for the entire course, students must receive a passing grade of 3 or better on EVERY CONTENT MODULE. Many jobs across the nation require a 5 or 6 on each work skill content area. You should, therefore, strive to achieve a score of 5 or 6 on each module.
Final Exam Date May 14, 2012 - 1:00 PM
Major Assignments This course uses the WIN Computerized Training modules. There are a total of 6 content modules that must be mastered in this course. In order to receive a passing grade for this course EVERY CONTENT MODULE MUST BE COMPLETED SUCCESSFULLY

The following 3 content modules require that you pass the Work Keys exit exam for each module at a level 3 or higher to receive a passing grade for that module. You may complete the computerized portion of the test from any computer (see the web site listed on the first page of this syllabus under the Textbooks Required section). Feel free to work at home. Some of the sections are lengthy and may require more time than that allotted in the classroom. Remember that your goal is to review the material thoroughly so that you are comfortable with the information prior to taking the exit exam. The exit exam can be taken any time during the semester when the student feels that he/she has sufficiently reviewed the material (to be eligible to take the exam a student must have tested at a level 4 on the placement test or have completed all exercises and posttest through level 3). You may take the exit exam on each section twice. The exam questions are different each time you take it. If you do not make at least level 3 on any single exit exam, you must repeat the course. Grading is based on the achievement of at least level 3 in each skill category on the final exam. Scores for exit exams use the following scale: level 3 = 75, 4 = 85, 5 = 95, any student scoring above level 5 on the exam will receive 100 for that module.

1.        Applied Math measures the skills necessary to apply mathematical reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving techniques to work-related problems.

2.        Locating Information refers to the skills used when working with workplace graphics. Examinees are asked to find information in a graphic or insert information into a graphic, compare, summarize, and analyze information found in related graphics.

3.        Reading for information measures the skills used for reading and using written text in order to do a job. The written text includes memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies, and regulations. Workplace communications are not necessarily well-written or targeted to the appropriate audience as they should be.

To receive a passing grade on the following 3 content modules the student must complete each module with a level 3 or higher. Scores for the modules will use the following scale: level 3 = 75, 4 = 85, 5 = 95, any student scoring above level 5 on the module will receive 100 for that module.

Again a student must successfully complete all modules to pass the course.

1.        The Listening test measures the skills used when verbal information is received in the workplace and then relayed to another person. The test is administered via an audiotape that contains all directions and messages.

2.        The Observation test measures the skills used when to pay attention to and remember work-related instructions, demonstrations, and procedures. There may be distractions or other information competing for the individual's attention.

3.        The Writing portion of the test measures the skills used when writing messages that relay workplace information to others. The test is administered in audio format that contains all directions and messages. Examinees are placed in the role of employees who receive information from customers, co-workers, or suppliers and must communicate the information to someone else.

Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates This program is designed to work at your own pace.
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Reading:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.

Writing:Produces clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Speaking:Communicates orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Listening:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken language.

Critical Thinking 1:Applies qualitative and/or quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter.

Critical Thinking 2:Demonstrates the ability to evaluate arguments and construct alternative strategies.

Computer Literacy 1:Uses computer-based technology to communicate, solve problems, and acquire information.

Computer Literacy 2:Demonstrates an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology.

Intercultural Competence 1:Demonstrates awareness of similarities and differences between cultural groups.

Intercultural Competence 2:Demonstrates the ability to recognize global interconnectedness.

Intercultural Competence 3:Demonstrates a general knowledge of cultural evolution.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Document workplace skill levels; identify gaps in between individual skill levels and skill levels required by employers; utilize information from skills reports and job profiles to identify areas for further training; develop a portfolio for submission to specific companies to target job search efforts.
Course Student Learning Outcomes none
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.
Additional Information
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statue that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 210D, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6251.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to My.LamarPA.edu and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your my.lamarpa.edu account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission

Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Core Values

  • Shared commitment by faculty, staff and administration to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community involvement

  • General education/core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community

  • Academic and technical programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, using a variety of delivery methods, on and off campus

  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity

Principles

Lamar State College - Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

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