Programs in Human Resource Development

The Human Resource Development (HRD) Program offers courses of study leading to both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Human Resource Development, as well as to a minor in Human Resource Development, to prepare professionals who will be responsible for the training, education, and development of adults, in settings such as business, industry, health care, social service, and government. Students in the program will be provided opportunities to develop the knowledge and competencies necessary to meet the increasing needs that organizations have for HRD professionals. Competencies that have been identified by professional organizations have been carefully considered in the development of specific objectives for the course work in the program. 

Howard Bultinck, Ph.D., Professor, Chair

Sandra L. Williams, Ph.D., Associate Professor

HRD-202. Career And Life Planning I. 3 Hours.

Designed to help students develop a greater understanding of themselves and to identify a satisfying career field that matches their talents and abilities. Students will identify their values, analyze their skills, discover their likes and dislikes and focus on their interests as they relate to possible career choices. A long range plan will be developed and a supportive resume describing capabilities and experience will be prepared.

HRD-300. Principles And Practices In Human Resource Development. 3 Hours.

Course enables students to explore their aptitudes and interests in relation to the roles of educators in non-school settings and to familiarize themselves with the overall purposes of organizations and the role of educators within such organizations.

HRD-301. Adult Teaching/Learning Process. 3 Hours.

Students study the principles of adult learning and instruction and the range and types of desired educational outcomes related to the characteristics of adult learners. Required: HRD-300 or can be taken at the same time as HRD-300; Completion of a Minimum of 45 College-Level Semester Hours.
Prerequisite: HRD-300 minimum grade of C.

HRD-310. Instructional Techniques And Technology. 3 Hours.

Students apply a systematic approach to the development of instructional materials using the principles of instructional design. Topics covered include needs assessment, task analysis, objective preparation, design documents, material development, and evaluation.
Prerequisites: HRD-300 minimum grade of C and HRD-301 minimum grade of C and College of Education Admission YES.

HRD-313. Political Savvy In The Workplace. 3 Hours.

This course will explore the concept of political savvy in the workplace as it relates to one's career success and development as well as for others whom the HRD professional might coach. Topics include: how political savvy is defined, the political nature of the workplace, power and the importance of leveraging one's power, personal influence, and the development of a political game plan.

HRD-313B. Program Development In Human Resource Development. 3 Hours.

This course will explore the range and types of desired outcomes related to planning programs for adult learners. Not designed or written as an instructional design course, this course looks at the barriers that impede discourages adults in pursuing educational goals and provides various way to enhance opportunities for the adult learning population.
Prerequisite: College of Education Admission YES.

HRD-315. Computer Utilization In Human Resource Development. 3 Hours.

Students in this course will be introduced to the use of computers for instructional purposes. Course will focus on design, storyboarding, logic and authoring software. Students will develop computer-based training programs.
Prerequisites: HRD-300 minimum grade of C and HRD-301 minimum grade of C and HRD-310 minimum grade of C and College of Education Admission YES.

HRD-320. Dynamics Of Working With Groups And Individuals. 3 Hours.

Students explore effective interpersonal and group behavior in organizations. Emphasis is placed on understanding the importance of such behaviors. Completion of a minimum of 45 college-level semester hours required.

HRD-321. Designing Instruction In Human Resource Development. 3 Hours.

Students apply major principles relating to the design and presentation of training/education programs for adults. Students demonstrate and improve their level of competency on major course tasks. Recommended: HRD-315 or may be taken concurrently.
Prerequisites: HRD-310 minimum grade of C and HRD-315 minimum grade of C and HRD-320 minimum grade of C and College of Education Admission YES.

HRD-323. Independent Study In Human Resource Development. 3 Hours.

In-depth study of special areas in human resource development.
Prerequisites: (HRD-310 minimum grade of C or HR-310 minimum grade of C) and College of Education Admission YES.

HRD-325. Writing Intensive Program:Communication In Human Resource Development. 3 Hours.

This course explores the role of oral and written communication skills in the human resource development field. The student will practice the following: impromptu, informational, and persuasive oral presentations; and interviewing, questioning, organizing, researching, and active listening skills. Additionally, the student will demonstrate competence with the following writing tasks: preparing a meeting agenda, project proposal manuscript with recommendations, an e-mail message, an elevator speech, a claims adjustment request, bad news memorandum, and decline of a request. Professionalism; appropriate non-verbal messages; and accurate and effective organization, flow, and mechanics as appropriate for the context, content, and audience are emphasized.
Prerequisites: HRD-300 minimum grade of C and College of Education Admission YES and ENGL-101 minimum grade of C.

HRD-329. Internship And Seminar In Human Resource Development. 9 Hours.

The internship and seminar will be the culminating activity for the Human Resource Development major. Internship will be in health care settings, business and industry, community, state and federal agencies, regabilitation and recreation centers and professional associations. The purpose will be to synthesize what the student has learned in the classroom with practice in the field. Permission from the HRD Advisor or Program Coordinator required.
Prerequisites: College of Education Admission YES and HRD-300 minimum grade of C and HRD-301 minimum grade of C and HRD-310 minimum grade of C and HRD-315 minimum grade of C and HRD-320 minimum grade of C and HRD-321 minimum grade of C and HRD-325 minimum grade of C.

HRD-362. Instructional Media In Human Resource Development. 3 Hours.

The purpose of the course is to provide the student with a practical, hands-on approach to selecting and utilizing instructional media, consistent with theories and practices in instructional technology. The emphasis will be placed upon the tools (i.e., equipment and materials) which an instructional designer has available for the production of instructional materials. Students will learn how to operate equipment and will produce instructional materials for media programs.
Prerequisites: (HRD-301 minimum grade of C or HR-301 minimum grade of C or HRD-401 minimum grade of C or HR-401 minimum grade of C) and College of Education Admission YES.

HRD-390. Computer-Based Training. 3 Hours.

Systematic approach to the design and use of computer-based and interactive video instructional materials. Course includes courseware development, implementation, training techniques, documentation and state-of-the-art technology.
Prerequisites: HRD-300 minimum grade of C and HRD-301 minimum grade of C and HRD-310 minimum grade of C and HRD-315 minimum grade of C and College of Education Admission YES.

HRD-400. Hrd And The Organization. 3 Hours.

Study of the role of HRD in relation to the needs, purposes, structures and processes of organizations in order to maximize the effectiveness and value of HRD to the organization.

HRD-401. The Adult Learner I. 3 Hours.

An analysis of adult learning theory and research in relation to practice in the field of training and human resource development, including study of how adults acquire and use knowledge, skills and attitudes. Application of theory in varied adult learning situations will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: HRD-400 minimum grade of C or HR-400 minimum grade of C.

HRD-402. Adult Learner II. 3 Hours.

In-depth focus on individual difference characteristics of adults that affect learning. Consideration of such characteristics as motivaion, learning styles, perception of self on other, culture, experiential background, memory/information processing, attribution, cognitive structures and metacognition. Research paper required that includes application to HRD field.
Prerequisite: HRD-401 minimum grade of D or HR-401 minimum grade of D.

HRD-403. Presentation And Facilitation Strategies For Hrd. 3 Hours.

Course is designed to provide students with both the theoretical and the application skills for presenting and facilitating instructional programs for both groups and individuals. Topics will include preparing for a presentation, audience analysis, use and design of visual aids, feedback, techniques for gorup facilitation and dealing with difficult participants. The course will also deal with strategies for presenting recommendations for implementing and evaluating HRD programs.
Prerequisite: HRD-400 minimum grade of C or HR-400 minimum grade of C.

HRD-405. Needs And Task Analysis In Hrd. 3 Hours.

Defining gaps between desired and actual performance and specifying the cause of the gaps. Identifying and analyzing tasks and job content for the purpose of developing training designed to accomplish specific results in a job or organization. The design, development and application of techniques and instruments to use in obtaining information on needs and tasks.
Prerequisite: HRD-400 minimum grade of C or HR-400 minimum grade of C.

HRD-406. Instructional Design In Hrd I. 3 Hours.

The procuess of preparing objectives, defining content, selecting and sequencing learning activities for specific training/ education/ development programs. Includes selection of methodology, including use of media and computer technology, critique and redesign of off-the-shelf materials and evaluation.
Prerequisite: HRD-401 minimum grade of C or HR-401 minimum grade of C.

HRD-407. Measurement And Evaluation In Hrd. 3 Hours.

Determining the effectiveness of HRD learning programs and services. Making decisions on how, what and when to measure and what standards to use in evaluation. The design, development and application of techniques and instruments to use in obtaining measurement data. Cost/benefit analysis of the impact of HRD on the organization.
Prerequisite: HRD-406 minimum grade of C or HR-406 minimum grade of C.

HRD-408. Instructional Design In Human Resource Development II. 3 Hours.

In this course, students study advanced intructional design techniques as they go through the process of assessing needs, designing and developing instruction and developing both an assessment and an implementation plan for their training. Students develop an instructional program designed to meet client needs, giving them an opportunity to apply theories learned in earlier courses, as well as acquanting them with additional instructional strategies to developing an expanded instructional program.
Prerequisites: (HRD-406 minimum grade of D or HR-406 minimum grade of D) and (HRD-407 minimum grade of D or HR-407 minimum grade of D) and (HRD-490 minimum grade of D or HR-490 minimum grade of D or HRD-462 minimum grade of D).

HRD-409. Television Production In Human Resource Development. 3 Hours.

This course will explore techniques of television production and utilization as they apply to the field of human resource development. Students will learn the principles of camera operation, lighting, composition, video and audio recording, video editing, field production, directing and scripting. The approach will be hands-on; students will write and produce video training materials using instructional design principles.
Prerequisites: (HRD-362 minimum grade of C or HR-362 minimum grade of C) and (HRD-406 minimum grade of C or HR-406 minimum grade of C).

HRD-410. Administration Of Hrd Programs. 3 Hours.

Development and monitoring of Human Resource Development programs that are consistent with the organization's present and future needs. Preparation of long-range plans for the HRD function in an organization and articulation of viewpoints and services to management. Study of how successful HRD practices work in selected organizations.
Prerequisite: HRD-405 minimum grade of C or HR-405 minimum grade of C.

HRD-411. Consulting In Human Resource Development. 3 Hours.

Thid course examines the roles of both internal and external consultants within an organization as they analyze both training and non-training interventions to improve performance. Students work with case studies to examine various aspects of the consulting process. Topics covered include client-consultant relationships, diagnosing organizational situations, developing contracts, marketing your services, etc.
Prerequisites: (HRD-407 minimum grade of C or HR-407 minimum grade of C) and (HRD-406 minimum grade of C or HR-406 minimum grade of C).

HRD-412. Project Management In Human Resource Development. 3 Hours.

Study of the principles of project management as they relate to the development of HRD programs. Application of the principles to HRD projects that are both in the planning state and in progress will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: HRD-405 minimum grade of C or HR-405 minimum grade of C.

HRD-413. Independent Study In Human Resource Development. 3 Hours.

In-depth study of special areas in human resource development.

HRD-415. Seminar In Hrd. 3 Hours.

The seminar will be taken concurrently with Practicum in Human Resource development I. The objective is to synthesize what has been learned in the classes and apply this learning to on-site problems for which the students are asked to develop training solutions.
Prerequisites: (HRD-401 minimum grade of C or HR-401 minimum grade of C) and (HRD-400 minimum grade of C or HR-400 minimum grade of C) and (HRD-403 minimum grade of C or HR-403 minimum grade of C) and (HRD-405 minimum grade of C or HR-405 minimum grade of C) and (HRD-406 minimum grade of C or HR-406 minimum grade of C) and (HRD-407 minimum grade of C or HR-407 minimum grade of C).

HRD-416. Practicum In Hrd I. 3 Hours.

Students will do a supervised practicum either in the organization in which they are presently working or in an appropriate site approved by program faculty. While participating in the practicum, the students will be involved in a specified sequence of HRD activities that will include participation in the design and presentatiion of a training program.
Prerequisites: (HRD-401 minimum grade of C or HR-401 minimum grade of C) and (HRD-403 minimum grade of C or HR-403 minimum grade of C) and (HRD-405 minimum grade of C or HR-405 minimum grade of C) and (HRD-406 minimum grade of C or HR-406 minimum grade of C) and (HRD-407 minimum grade of C or HR-407 minimum grade of C).

HRD-417. Practicum In Hrd II. 3 Hours.

See description of Practicum in HRD I. Students have the option of taking additional practicum hours if the field setting provides an opportunity to design and present a training program that is more involved and will require an extended time commitment. Practicum in HRD I and Practicum in HRD II can be taken during tha same term if it can be clearly established that the student will have time for an extended commitment.
Prerequisites: (HRD-401 minimum grade of C or HR-401 minimum grade of C) and (HRD-400 minimum grade of C or HR-400 minimum grade of C) and (HRD-403 minimum grade of C or HR-403 minimum grade of C) and (HRD-405 minimum grade of C or HR-405 minimum grade of C) and (HRD-406 minimum grade of C or HR-406 minimum grade of C) and (HRD-407 minimum grade of C or HR-407 minimum grade of C).

HRD-418A. Topical Seminar: Strategic Planning In Human Resource Development. 3 Hours.

Study of priniciples of strategic planning as it relates to the HRD field. This course will explore various strategies that can be used to lead, facilitate, or teach others how to work through the strategic planning process. Application of the principles of strategic planning process will be emphasized.

HRD-418B. Topical Seminar: Human Performance Technology In Human Resource Development. 3 Hours.

Study of improving human performance in the workplace. This course will develop awareness about the complexity of this area including the role of the HRD practitioner as the performance consultant. A practical and theoretical foundation for following HTP methodology to solve human performance problems in the workplace will be explored.

HRD-418E. Topical Seminar In Global/Cultural Issues In Human Resource Development. 3 Hours.

This course will explore the importance and necessity of HRD practitioners understanding the importance of globalization and the increasing diversity of the work-place and work-force. The design and delivery of instruction and the analysis of the dynamics of organizations requires an understanding of learning and organizational development theory and will be examined through the lens of global and cultural awareness.

HRD-418F. Topical Seminar: Group Dynamics In Human Resource Development. 3 Hours.

This course will explore the principles of group dynamics as they affect individuals, groups, and team in organizations. This highly interactive course will explore group and team issues including: the nature of groups, group formation, development and socialization, structure, influence power, decision making, conflict, and additional issues.

HRD-419. Project In Human Resource Development. 3 Hours.

Students prepare a project that involves the application and/or extension of the knowledge and skills developed in the courses that they have completed. The project may be in the form of an instructional program or a paper on a specific aspect of Human Resource Development.

HRD-420. Thesis Seminar In Hrd. 3 Hours.

Guidance of students conducting research and writing a thesis to fulfill the requirements of the program, Master of Arts in Human Resource Development.

HRD-462. Instructional Strategies In Hrd. 3 Hours.

This course will explore various strategies that can be used to facilitate learning in a variety of situations. Strategies such as advance organizers, concept mapping, imagery, etc. will be studied i nterms of their advantages, limitations and applications. The course will explore different types of learning, such as declarative knowledge, concepts, motor skills, etc. The different types of learning will be studied in terms of their characteristics and the implications those characteristics have for selecting and using instructional strategies.

HRD-490. Multimedia: Design And Application. 3 Hours.

This course presents an overview of varied aspects of multimedia as used in the HRD field. Course content blends theory and application as students learn the basic elements of instruction, interaction and the impact of technology on instruction. Students use an authoring program to design instruction which meets criteria for effective teaching/learning. Students will use multimedia as a vehicle for research and communication through e-mail and Internet access.
Prerequisite: HRD-404 minimum grade of C.