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Human Resource Administration Associate Degree program curriculum

Our program is set apart by its affordable tuition and flexible format—but the syllabus is what makes it truly unique. The Human Resource Administration Associate Degree program curriculum is developed with the input of industry professionals to ensure exceptional career relevance. This is your opportunity to explore real-world scenarios, building knowledge and skills you’ll actually use on the job after graduation.

Semester 1

OR110 - Achieving Academic Excellence 

Achieve your true potential! This course will help you sharpen existing skills, build on your strengths, and discover the best ways to learn. You'll identify your learning styles, learn new behaviors to ensure college success, and maximize your learning as you complete your program of study.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Identify personal strengths and traits used to succeed in motivating and setting goals to complete higher education.
  • Describe the requirements for successful online learning.
  • Discuss the value of goal setting and time management.
  • Explain methods to achieve effective reading comprehension and note-taking.
  • Recognize effective academic writing and types of plagiarism.
  • Describe strategies for online testing.
  • Explain the role of critical thinking in problem solving.
  • Identify the necessary skills for successful online research.

Credit Hours: 3

C10 - Introduction to Computers  

Introduction to Computers provides you with foundational skills and knowledge needed for today's technology-based careers. You'll learn the components of systems—from the CPU and memory to input devices and peripherals—and how these components interact with an operating system to perform critical tasks. Keeping current with fast-changing computer technologies, this course will discuss the computer technologies today that are allowing the creation of a virtualized mobile workforce. It will explore how computers connect to the internet, what services can be found online, and what dangers exist in the form of viruses, Trojans, and other malware. The course will also familiarize you with the basics of today's office productivity applications and help to establish a foundation for working with these different types of applications, including spreadsheets and presentation-creation tools.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Identify all of the major types of computing devices and their internal and external components.
  • Compile a list of the various computer operating systems that are utilized today and identify characteristics about each one.
  • Relate the various cloud-based technologies to the virtual and remote abilities that are utilized in a professional environment.
  • Describe modern office productivity suite applications.
  • Illustrate basic office software tasks using Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
  • Characterize the role computer networking plays in society and identify current networking technologies.
  • List the hardware components, software applications, and IT protocols that make the internet possible today.
  • Apply basic maintenance tasks on your computer to combat viruses, malware, and computing inefficiencies.

Credit Hours: 3

EN120 - English Composition I  

This course offers an introduction to basic writing skills that are especially relevant to academic assignments. The course focuses on APA paragraph development and organization in conjunction with a review of basic grammar and mechanics. The course also covers basic techniques for critically editing and revising one's work.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Use appropriate style, grammar, and mechanics in writing assignments.
  • Compose a strong paragraph with attention to the following: topic sentences; and effective use of transitions.
  • Identify and use a variety of essay structures, including expository, descriptive, narrative, comparison and contrast, and persuasion/argumentative.
  • Organize, develop, and produce a fully developed five-paragraph essay.
  • Differentiate and apply correct techniques for prewriting, writing, and proofreading using a variety of styles.
  • Correctly apply the rules of APA for use in direct or indirect quotations and reference citations.

Credit Hours: 3

SO245 - Social Impact of Technology  

This course provides an overview of technological advances over the span of human history. Topics include the interrelationship of technology and culture; ethics and morals as they relate to technological progress; energy; ecology; demography; war and politics; and the unintended consequences of globalization, including social inequality, climate change, and global warming.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Explain how technology and culture are interrelated, and outline technological advances from ancient times to the present.
  • Discuss different perspectives on ethics and morals as they relate to technological applications.
  • Explain basic concepts related to energy, including the pros and cons of nonrenewable and renewable sources of energy.
  • Discuss basic concepts of ecology, including the environmental challenges of global warming and climate change.
  • Explain basic concepts of demography, especially as they apply to population growth.
  • Describe how war and politics have affected nations as they adapted to advances in technologies.
  • Explain the origins of global inequality, including colonialism and capitalism.
  • Discuss different approaches to measuring the evolution of technologies, the unintended consequences of globalization, and the prospects of a paradigm shift.

Credit Hours: 3

C01 - Introduction to Business  

Introduction to Business identifies concepts, principles, and operations of the private enterprise system. You'll compare and contrast sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations, and then learn the advantages and disadvantages of each. This course also discusses the functions of modern business management, marketing, and ethics and social responsibility. Human resource management and how employers can motivate their employees are described. Bookkeeping, accounting, financial management, and financial statements are also examined.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Define strategy and the strategic management process.
  • Describe external environment and how it affects the decisions and performance of a firm.
  • Describe how a firm analyzes its internal capabilities and why it is essential to an organization.
  • Explain cost leadership and the benefits of the cost leadership strategy.
  • Define product differentiation and explain how it can create economic value.
  • Discuss the strategies of flexibility and real options and how they benefit a firm.
  • Summarize explicit and tacit collusion and the issues associated with the decision to collude.

Credit Hours: 3

Semester 2

EN130 - English Composition II  

The ability to communicate well is essential to success in any professional environment. English Composition II is organized to provide you with a broad understanding of multiple types of written communication. Far from being just academic exercises, formal writing skills allow you to relate to the world in ever-increasing ways. Simply put, good writing is good thinking. As you master various techniques of effective writing, you'll note a change in the way you process information, and those around you (including your employer) will also note the transformation.

English Composition II begins with the assumption that you've attained basic writing skills through completion of English Composition I. So, in fact, English Composition II is a continuation of English Composition I. In that light, you'll be expected to access and review basic concepts covered in English Composition I and, in particular, the sections on grammar and mechanics.

English Composition II begins by offering you tips on college writing, active reading, and study strategies at the college level. Next, you'll explore the framework for drafting a college essay, including elaborate explorations for finding a topic, assessing your audience, and determining the purpose of your essay as you identify its thesis and craft a thesis statement.

Next, because college essays often require research, you'll be introduced to strategies for finding and using sources. Based on this preparatory foundation, you'll be challenged to analyze essays in all of the various rhetorical modes, which, in turn, will prepare you to write college-level essays for these different patterns of development.

The balance of this online text is devoted to the specifics of reading, analyzing, and writing college-level essays, including description, narration, illustration, process analysis, comparison and Contrast, classification and Division, definition, cause and Effect, argument, and business applications.

By the end of EN130, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Describe the nature of academic writing at the college level.
  • Understand and apply the principles of active reading.
  • Comprehend and apply the structure of a college essay.
  • Develop an essay thesis that's supported by facts, authorities, and examples.
  • Apply the principles of revision and editing.
  • Write an academic essay supported by relevant and credible sources.
  • Critically evaluate essays in all of these patterns of development:
    • Narrative, Descriptive, Illustration, Process, Comparison and contrast, Definition, Classification and division, Cause and effect, Argument.
  • Create effective, engaging, and informative essays in all of these patterns of discourse through the following:
    • A deep understanding of the writing process; Organizing an essay in terms of space order, time order, or order of importance; Creating attention-getting introductions and memorable conclusions; Using facts, logical reasoning, examples, and authorities to support your thesis; Identifying and avoiding logical fallacies; Effectively applying the techniques of persuasion; Blending two or more patterns of development in a single essay.

Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective (Science 100-200 Level)   R04 - Human Relations  

Human Relations is an examination of the four major issues in human relations: understanding and managing oneself, dealing effectively with others, fostering career success, and managing one's personal life. These issues are presented within the premise that career and personal success are interrelated.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Explain strategies to improve interpersonal skills, self-esteem, and self-confidence.
  • Describe how diversity and cultural differences impact the workplace.
  • Explain the communication process as it relates to personal and digital interactions.
  • Describe team interactions in terms of roles, communications, and problem-solving.
  • Explain the skills, behaviors, and techniques used to lead and motivate others.
  • Explain the role of political skills, customer satisfaction, and ethics in business organizations.
  • Explain the contributing factors and methods for managing stress.
  • Describe effective methods for finding a job and managing your career.

Credit Hours: 3

C15 - Principles of Management  

Principles of Management is designed to help you understand the major functions of management (planning, organizing, leading, and controlling) and the significance of each function in relationship to the existence of the company. This course describes how companies use management to set and accomplish goals through individuals, groups, and other types of resources. It also analyzes communication and ethics in the organization. Other topics include decision making, change, employee development, organizational structures, management control, leadership, conflict resolution, information security, and globalization.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Describe the management role and its importance within an organization.
  • Discuss the role that social responsibility and ethics has on managing.
  • Describe decision-making as it relates to management.
  • Describe the role of strategic management and project planning in managing an organization or team.
  • Examine the role that structure and human resources play in managing an organization.
  • Discuss how managers can impact individual and team behavior.
  • Explain theories of and approaches to leadership and motivation.
  • Explain how managers control operations and performance.

Credit Hours: 3

M01 - Human Resource Management  

This course is designed to familiarize you with the basic principles of human resources management. The course begins with an overview and legal aspects. Work analysis and workforce planning, recruiting, staffing, training, and performance management are also examined. This foundation is used to examine how the human resources professional manages careers, compensation, labor relations, safety and health of employees, and discipline and procedural justice. The course concludes by analyzing related concepts in a global context.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Describe a strategic HR plan for an organization and the role of the HR manager.
  • Describe the role played by HR in personnel planning, recruiting, and creating job requirements.
  • Explain key deficits in employee training and development programs.
  • Use performance appraisal criteria for multiple positions in an organization.
  • Describe the methods used to create an employee benefit and incentive plan.
  • Apply employment discrimination and labor laws to deal effectively with employment issues on the job.
  • Explain the methods for managing legal, health, safety, and ethical issues in the workplace.
  • Explain the need for global HR expansion, including a hiring strategy that best suits the new business environment.

Credit Hours: 3

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Program Description

The Associate of Science in Human Resource Management program is designed to provide you with a well-rounded education by combining a core set of general education courses with specialized courses in Human Resource Management. The program lays the foundation for a broad base of knowledge with general education courses in a variety of subject areas. In addition, courses within the program discipline—such as Human Relations, Employment Law, and Compensation and Benefits—focus on preparing you for careers within the human resource field.

Program Objectives

After completing the Associate Degree in Human Resources program, you'll be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency with various elements of human resource management, including compensation, labor relations, recruiting, staffing, training, and performance management.
  2. Discuss why training and development are important to the success of an enterprise and how training and development are successfully carried out in an enterprise.
  3. Identify the main goals of a compensation function and describe the strategic role played by compensation practices for enterprises in competitive environments.
  4. Demonstrate a foundation of business knowledge related to business ownership, marketing, risk management, and social responsibility.
  5. Apply sound management principles to the functions of planning, organizing, leading, controlling, and decision making within a business.
  6. Identify and apply the fundamental principles of public speaking, speech criticism, audience analysis, and effective delivery techniques.
  7. Demonstrate a basic understanding of computer applications, and the broad implications of technological innovation on social organization in terms of personal, political, economic, and environmental issues.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with English composition, including the ability to develop essays, and revise and edit one's work.
  9. Demonstrate basic mathematical skill by describing mathematical reasoning and logic as the basis for data analysis, and by applying the major concepts of college-level algebra.
  10. Be prepared to enter Ashworth College’s bachelor’s degree programs without any additional academic preparation.

Resources for your career path

The Associate Degree in Human Resource Administration program can help you develop the knowledge and confidence you need to reach for your career goals. By integrating job search prep into your studies, Ashworth College gives you a hand along the way. Take a closer look at how we help you get there by visiting the Career Services page.

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