MHR Curriculum

The Lipscomb MHR is a 30-hour program (12 hours Human Resources, 12 hours Business Management, 6 hours Conflict Management) which is completed in 12 months. Classes are offered primarily on weekends beginning each August.

MMGT5103 Managing Yourself and Others I (3)  & MMGT5113 Managing Yourself and Others II (3)

These courses will explore individual and organizational behavior including personality, motivation, teamwork, conflict management, and negotiation. The courses will also address how a manager exercises leadership whether or not he or she is in perceived leadership positions.

MMGT5203 Managing for Results I (3)  & MMGT5213 Managing for Results II (3)

These courses will look at how to organize work to achieve maximum results. Students will study the various techniques (both qualitative and quantitative) to arrive at appropriate decisions and how to present those proposed decisions to others. Special emphasis will be devoted to ethical decision-making.

MHR 6003 Designing Strategic Human Resource Systems (3)

The effective employment and deployment of strategically managed human resources is a must for firms to compete in a global and changing environment. The course examines several contemporary models that are designed to ensure human resource professionals think about and incorporate critical strategic, operational, and financial processes when making major decisions about workforce planning, recruiting/ selection, compensation/benefits, talent management/development, and termination/retirement. Effort will be devoted to teaching students important skills in utilizing and interpreting analytics.

MHR 6013 Organization Entry (3)

In order to develop and sustain a competitive advantage, an organization must be able to identify, attract, select and retain the right people. This course will emphasize the role of job analysis in the selection process as well as government regulations affecting selection, reliability and validity of selection measures and recruiting and selection metrics. Particular attention will be given to the evaluation of selection methods used to make hiring decisions. Additionally, socialization processes including new hire orientation and onboarding will be discussed.

MHR 6033 Training and Development (3)

This course provides an overview of human resource development to include training, organizational development and career development. The primary focus is on how individuals and groups learn and interact within organizations. Topics include motivation, group dynamics, organizational culture, learning and change.

MHR 6043 Evaluating Employee Performance and Reward Structures (3)

This course provides an overview of performance management systems including performance appraisal, handling performance problems, and identifying training needs. This course will also demonstrate the art and science of designing and implementing a total rewards system. Compensation strategies such as incentive cash, stock and benefits will be discussed. Additionally, the relationships among individual performance evaluation, compensation, motivation and organizational performance will be examined.

ICM 5003 Survey of Conflict Management (3)

This course is designed to offer a basic introduction to the concepts, instruments, functions and theories of modern conflict management techniques. The purpose of this introduction is to provide some of the information needed to better understand the basic personal, organizational, legal and practical problems facing the world of economic interaction today. First, we will begin with a discussion of interpersonal conflict and its causes. Second, we will look at various forms of business conflict and the legal system’s impact on them. Third, we will examine the process of negotiation and the skill set required to successfully engage in problem solving. Finally, today’s legal system and its provisions for court annexed dispute resolution will be examined in terms of the opportunities to overcome systemic obstacles to resolution. NOTE: This course meets Monday evenings, August – October, from 5:30-9:00 pm.

ICM 5023 Mediation (3)

This course is designed to offer a basic introduction to the concepts, instruments, functions and theories of mediation. Both court annexed and private mediation will be introduced for the purpose of understanding when this approach to conflict resolution is the preferred tool. The purpose of this introduction is to provide some of the information needed to better understand the basic dynamics of successful mediation. First, we will begin with setting the stage for successful mediation from initial contacts with the disputants to convening the session. Second, we will look at the nature of the conduct of a successful mediation. Third, we will examine the methods of reaching and recording agreement in the mediation context. Finally, the course will demonstrate how mediation must work within the judicial system to be of value to litigated cases. NOTE: This course meets Thursday evening, all day Friday and Saturday over two weekends.