HRDE-MS

Human resource development (comprehensive exam option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
GRCS-701
Research Methods
This is an introductory graduate-level survey course on research design/ methods and analysis. The course provides a broad overview of the process and practices of research in applied contexts. Content includes principles and techniques of research design, sampling, data collection, and analysis including the nature of evidence, types of research, defining research questions, sampling techniques, data collection, data analysis, issues concerning human subjects and research ethics, and challenges associated with conducting research in real-world contexts. The analysis component of the course provides an understanding of statistical methodology used to collect and interpret data found in research as well as how to read and interpret data collection instruments. CAST and HLTH graduate students only. Dept. approval.
3
HRDE-710
Foundations in Human Resource Development
This course introduces students to the concepts that are the foundation of HRD and how these concepts are applied in a real-world environment. Human resource development is a distinct and unique area of practice that focuses on aligning employee learning and development with the strategic direction of an organization. This course provides an orientation to the profession; explores historical perspectives, theoretical foundations and the practice of HRD
3
HRDE-711
Program Evaluation and Design
This course teaches the systematic application of social research procedures to evaluate the conceptualization, design, implementation, and utility of human resource development programs.
3
HRDE-712
Performance Analysis and Development
This course provides individuals with a framework needed to successfully analyze performance and design learning interventions that drive performance improvements in an organization. Students will examine performance measurement, adult learning principles and learning styles as well as best practices in organizational learning, employee development, and alternative delivery strategies. Additionally, students will identify how to link learning initiatives with strategy and gain commitment to those initiatives from senior leaders.
3
HRDE-733
Instructional Design
The process of instructional design is both an art and science. The framework of this course is to teach the students how to design instruction regardless of content area to allow learners to successfully achieve stated outcomes. The components of the course include the needs assessment, analysis of learner's abilities, the design of measurable performance objectives, development of assessment strategies followed by the design of instructional materials and the formative and summative evaluation process. A brief overview of technology used to support the instructional strategy will be provided as will opportunities to assess technology designed to support the learner through self instruction of content areas.
3
HRDE-785
Strategic Human Resource Development
3
HRDE-795
Comprehensive Examination
A written comprehensive exam is one of the non-thesis methodologies for completion of the MS degree. Students will demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the theories and foundation principles. This course will include a review of the main concepts of each of the core subjects. Completion of all HRDE core and required courses required. Students must receive a passing grade of at least 80%to be successful. Students will have one additional opportunity to pass this examination if their initial attempt results in a failing grade.
0
Elective or Concentration Courses
9
Electives
6
Total Semester Credit Hours
33

Human resource development (project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
GRCS-701
Research Methods
This is an introductory graduate-level survey course on research design/ methods and analysis. The course provides a broad overview of the process and practices of research in applied contexts. Content includes principles and techniques of research design, sampling, data collection, and analysis including the nature of evidence, types of research, defining research questions, sampling techniques, data collection, data analysis, issues concerning human subjects and research ethics, and challenges associated with conducting research in real-world contexts. The analysis component of the course provides an understanding of statistical methodology used to collect and interpret data found in research as well as how to read and interpret data collection instruments. CAST and HLTH graduate students only. Dept. approval.
3
HRDE-710
Foundations in Human Resource Development
This course introduces students to the concepts that are the foundation of HRD and how these concepts are applied in a real-world environment. Human resource development is a distinct and unique area of practice that focuses on aligning employee learning and development with the strategic direction of an organization. This course provides an orientation to the profession; explores historical perspectives, theoretical foundations and the practice of HRD
3
HRDE-711
Program Evaluation and Design
This course teaches the systematic application of social research procedures to evaluate the conceptualization, design, implementation, and utility of human resource development programs.
3
HRDE-712
Performance Analysis and Development
This course provides individuals with a framework needed to successfully analyze performance and design learning interventions that drive performance improvements in an organization. Students will examine performance measurement, adult learning principles and learning styles as well as best practices in organizational learning, employee development, and alternative delivery strategies. Additionally, students will identify how to link learning initiatives with strategy and gain commitment to those initiatives from senior leaders.
3
HRDE-733
Instructional Design
The process of instructional design is both an art and science. The framework of this course is to teach the students how to design instruction regardless of content area to allow learners to successfully achieve stated outcomes. The components of the course include the needs assessment, analysis of learner's abilities, the design of measurable performance objectives, development of assessment strategies followed by the design of instructional materials and the formative and summative evaluation process. A brief overview of technology used to support the instructional strategy will be provided as will opportunities to assess technology designed to support the learner through self instruction of content areas.
3
GRCS-702
Principles of Research Communication
Students will demonstrate written communication skills applied to research and outcome methods. These methods include knowledge of the use of data bases for research of a specified topic, use of appropriate references and citations, a written research proposal, a white paper, and a grant proposal. A search of the literature for a defined research topic, which includes an annotated bibliography to support the references used and a summary document for the results of the literature search. In addition students will critique professional journals in their field and write a summary analysis of these articles.
3
HRDE-797
Capstone Project
The purpose of this course is to provide students the opportunity to conduct research, develop a plan and evaluation components and submit the project as a demonstration of final proficiency in the program. The topic selected by the student will be guided by the faculty teaching the class and it will require the student to coalesce and incorporate into the final project a culmination of all their course work in the program to date.
3
Elective or Concentration Courses
9
Elective
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
33

Human resource development (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
GRCS-701
Research Methods
This is an introductory graduate-level survey course on research design/ methods and analysis. The course provides a broad overview of the process and practices of research in applied contexts. Content includes principles and techniques of research design, sampling, data collection, and analysis including the nature of evidence, types of research, defining research questions, sampling techniques, data collection, data analysis, issues concerning human subjects and research ethics, and challenges associated with conducting research in real-world contexts. The analysis component of the course provides an understanding of statistical methodology used to collect and interpret data found in research as well as how to read and interpret data collection instruments. CAST and HLTH graduate students only. Dept. approval.
3
GRCS-702
Principles of Research Communication
Students will demonstrate written communication skills applied to research and outcome methods. These methods include knowledge of the use of data bases for research of a specified topic, use of appropriate references and citations, a written research proposal, a white paper, and a grant proposal. A search of the literature for a defined research topic, which includes an annotated bibliography to support the references used and a summary document for the results of the literature search. In addition students will critique professional journals in their field and write a summary analysis of these articles.
3
HRDE-710
Foundations in Human Resource Development
This course introduces students to the concepts that are the foundation of HRD and how these concepts are applied in a real-world environment. Human resource development is a distinct and unique area of practice that focuses on aligning employee learning and development with the strategic direction of an organization. This course provides an orientation to the profession; explores historical perspectives, theoretical foundations and the practice of HRD
3
HRDE-711
Program Evaluation and Design
This course teaches the systematic application of social research procedures to evaluate the conceptualization, design, implementation, and utility of human resource development programs.
3
HRDE-733
Instructional Design
The process of instructional design is both an art and science. The framework of this course is to teach the students how to design instruction regardless of content area to allow learners to successfully achieve stated outcomes. The components of the course include the needs assessment, analysis of learner's abilities, the design of measurable performance objectives, development of assessment strategies followed by the design of instructional materials and the formative and summative evaluation process. A brief overview of technology used to support the instructional strategy will be provided as will opportunities to assess technology designed to support the learner through self instruction of content areas.
3
HRDE-712
Performance Analysis and Development
This course provides individuals with a framework needed to successfully analyze performance and design learning interventions that drive performance improvements in an organization. Students will examine performance measurement, adult learning principles and learning styles as well as best practices in organizational learning, employee development, and alternative delivery strategies. Additionally, students will identify how to link learning initiatives with strategy and gain commitment to those initiatives from senior leaders.
3
HRDE-798
Thesis
A thesis is based on experimental evidence obtained by the candidate in an appropriate topic demonstrating the extension of theory into practice. A written proposal which is defended and authorized by the faculty advisor/committee followed by a formal written thesis and oral presentation of findings are required. Typically the candidate will have completed Research methods, Data analysis and Graduate writing strategies prior to enrolling in this course and will start the thesis process as soon as they have completed these courses to allow them to finish the thesis when they have finished their coursework. The candidate must obtain the approval of their Graduate advisor who will guide the thesis before registering for this course.
3
Elective or Concentration Courses
9
Elective
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
33

Concentration

Organizationallearning
Sem. Cr. Hrs.
Choose three of the following:
HRDE-720
Theories of Organizational Development
As organizations undergo continual change, HR leaders play a pivotal role enabling their organizations to anticipate, plan and profit from change. This course introduces the student to theories and practices of organization development and change leadership. Such leadership requires competencies of identifying and framing challenges, consulting with clients, researching solutions, creating, implementing, and evaluating action plans. Through study, practice and application, students will gain knowledge and skills to foster change, innovation, and the adaptability of an organization.
3
HRDE-721
Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management
This is an introductory graduate-level survey course for organizational learning and knowledge management. The course will provide a broad overview of the concepts, practices, and challenges associated with learning in organizational contexts. Principles, techniques, and structures used to create, capture, store, value, distribute, and leverage knowledge to enhance organizational performance in continuously changing environments will be examined. Topics covered include types and nature of knowledge, levels of organizational learning, communities of practice, social and technological systems for capturing, storing, and distributing knowledge, valuation of knowledge assets, innovation and creativity, barriers to organizational learning, and knowledge as a source of competitive advantage.
3
HRDE-722
Talent Development
This course provides skills to develop, retain, and engage the best available talent required for current and future success. Students examine benchmark practices from all industry types to derive effective strategies for their own organizations, develop a human capital strategy development and complete an integrated set of projects to implement selected components of the strategy.
3
HRDE-723
Group Dynamics and Facilitation Skills
The group dynamics course explores the current theories and models of how individuals work within groups. Students will learn how to effectively manage, lead and generate results from group processes. More specifically, this course will explore how groups function and the importance of effectively leading a group towards a specific outcome. Course focuses on Human Resource Development applications and problem solving and not on Human Resource Management.
3