Human Resources Management
- Course Information
The Human Resources Management specialization will help you develop a thorough understanding of issues and situations that affect an organization’s most important resource – its employees. The business world is evolving and so have the needs and expectations of the employees within an organization. In this specialization, you will gain insight into management structures, policies, and processes vital to the success of an organization and its employees, as you prepare to become a successful human resources professional and contributing team member with excellent communication skills. Careers in this field include a human resources generalist or specialist, who may focus on areas such as employee development, labor relations, compensation and rewards, recruitment and hiring, and risk management.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that NCU's Human Resources Management specialization for its Bachelor of Business Administration program fully aligns with SHRM's HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.
View our Human Resources Management Career Guide to learn more about working and advancing in the human resources field, including information on networking, building a solid resume, certifications and continuing education, and national opportunities for HR professionals.
General Degree Requirements
The Bachelor of Business Administration degree requires 120 semester credit hours*.
*A minimum of 60 semester transfer credits or a conferred Associate’s degree are required.
Grade Point Average of "C", 2.0, or higher.
Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University.
Official documents on file for basis of admission: high school transcript or GED.
All financial obligations to the University paid in full.
The University may accept a maximum of 90 semester credit hours in transfer toward the bachelor's degree for coursework completed at an accredited or approved college or university with a grade of "C" or better.
Credit Hour Requirements
General Education - 39 credit hours
Required Foundational Courses - 33 credit hours
Specialization Electives - 18 credit hours
Open Electives – 27 credit hours*
Required Business Capstone Course - 3 credit hours
Total - 120 credit hours
*Students may select any undergraduate Northcentral courses to fulfill this requirement. Your Academic Advisor can assist you in choosing courses applicable to your career goals
**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.
Foundations for Undergraduate Study
This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue an undergraduate degree. Academic skills, such as academic integrity, time management, and effective use of the Northcentral Library are introduced. Students will develop the ability to locate, evaluate, use information in the context of academic and professional activities, and use APA form and style in professional communication. This course highlights personal goals, strengths, and overcoming challenges, and provides a roadmap for students to navigate their way towards completion of their educational aspirations.
Ethics in Business
Ethics and social responsibility are terms frequently applied to business practices that deal with all enterprise stakeholders' moral behavior. This course explores the responsibilities of a business, and the individuals within the business and their ethical responsibilities. The course reviews ethical business issues as applied to global, governmental, environmental, and personal rights. Ethics in Business investigates how business ethics affect the employee, firm, consumer, and society.
This course explores the nature of managerial accounting as it relates to decision-making. Concepts and systems are analyzed, including cost-volume-profit analysis, analysis of reporting and financial statements, performance evaluation, differential analysis and product pricing, capital investment analysis, budgeting, and Just-in-Time manufacturing.
Basic Business Law
This course will familiarize students with basic legal principles that affect the everyday procedures in business. The student will understand legal principles in everyday life by utilizing the practical knowledge learned. The student will be introduced to the laws of contracts as the foundation for the legal regulation of business.
Computer Information Systems
This course provides an overview of the scope and capabilities of computer information systems in today's digital environment. Upon completion of this course students will have gained a thorough understanding of the various hardware, software, and data communication components, including terminology, applied function, and performance aspects of information technology. This course also explores current trends and future directions and advancements involving information technology.
To understand business functions, it is important to understand the micro-economic organization (the business) operating within a larger macro-economic system (the economy). This course examines economic theory as it relates to pricing and supply and demand. Also, the course covers money and banking as well as production, income, and employment.
Essentials of Marketing
Students in this course will explore the marketing function and marketing decision areas. Concepts covered include the 4Ps, relationship marketing, communication, value-delivery networks, global marketing, marketing ethics, and social responsibility. Students will build a foundation in the skills required by a business to market a product or services.
Small Business Management
This course introduces small business management and the multitudes of management skills required for successful operation. Small businesses are unique because they contain most of the elements found in large corporations, yet they have additional characteristics and peculiarities, advantages and disadvantages. Over 80% of all businesses are classified as small businesses. Small business management requires a person who is a generalist and a specialist, an innovator and a stabilizer. The small business manager can be expected to have knowledge of all aspects – internal and external – of the business.
Money, Banking, and Business Finance
The course begins with an examination of the financial system. Central to the financial system is the banking system, which accepts deposits from savers and in turn creates loans for borrowers. The borrowers fuel our economy as the financial capital supports real investment in support of business activity. Students in this course will examine the valuation of two important types of financial securities - bonds and stocks. These securities are long-term in nature with the issuing party selling the securities to raise financial capital. Students will study the different types of financial statement data and the related analysis that guides business managers.
The Dimensions of Global Business
This course involves the study of international commerce, trade and worldwide cultural and economic influences. Students will delve into the many facets of the international business environment. The concepts pursued in the course will be the foundation for understanding business in the global marketplace. Course concepts will cover global strategy, comparative country selection, operations, finance, trade, marketing, supply chain management and new global challenges.
Introduction to Business Statistical Analysis
This undergraduate level course addresses statistical techniques that may be useful for analyzing quantitative data in business practice. Students will also become familiar with setting up and using technology tools to conduct statistical analysis. Topics include Descriptive Statistics, one and two sample Hypothesis Testing, Probability, Correlation and Regression, and Nonparametric Techniques.
Workforce Planning, Recruitment and Staffing
Students in this course will examine the functions and processes related to the staffing of organizations. Students will analyze the concepts, principles, and applications of workforce planning, recruitment, and talent selection techniques. Course content will also include the Human Resource Management concepts of staffing in a globally connected environment with a diverse workforce.
Human Resource Development
Content in this course will include theory and applications related to employee and management development. Through theory and practical application, students will explore concepts related to instructional systems design to enhance human resource development in the workplace. Building upon learning, students will analyze human performance improvement to maximize workplace performance in a global environment with a culturally diverse workforce.
Compensation and Total Rewards
This course will cover the concepts and applications of pay, benefits and a total rewards pay program. The topics of the course will include an analysis of the theoretical concepts of pay and benefits and the methods to enhance employee motivation and job performance. Students will also explore job analysis, job evaluation, job design, and other pay components which enhance equitable pay structures. The course covers the role of employee benefits and the integration of benefits into a total rewards pay philosophy.
Strategic Issues in Human Resource Management
This course permits the student to analyze the role of a Human Resource Management leader in the development of a human resource management’s mission, vision, and strategic objectives required to complement an organization’s strategic goals. Students will also examine strategic issues in human resource management with an emphasis on emerging topics in the HR profession. Topics will include cultural diversity, employee risk management, global HRM policies and practices, and organizational change.
Employment and Labor Law
Students in this course will address the concepts and applications covering legal and labor issues affecting human resource management. The topics of the class will include an analysis of the laws and compliance issues in the workplace, along with current issues in unionism, collective bargaining and labor-management practices within organizations. Students will also examine effective employee relation practices that enhance employee engagement and organizational effectiveness.
Human Resources Management Capstone
The capstone for the undergraduate Human Resources Management program requires students to demonstrate the ability to synthesize, articulate, and apply the concepts and techniques covered throughout this program to a real world scenario. This will involve five different key areas of human resources management, resulting in a completed Human Resources Management Plan. These five areas include: (1) Planning, Recruiting, and Staffing, (2) Human Resources Development, (3) Compensation and Total Rewards, (4) Strategic Issues in Human Resources.
Comprehensive Strategic Knowledge Studies Capstone
Students will identify, recognize, and develop executive level knowledge in eleven concept areas necessary to solve a wide variety of business related situations. This course focuses on demonstrating core proficiencies in the following business areas: Management, Business Ethics, Information Systems, Marketing, Global Dimensions of Business, Accounting Corporate Finance, Economics, Business Law, Business Math and Statistics, and Business Policy. The intent of this course is not to introduce these business concepts, but verify bachelor's of business administration threshold competency in these eleven areas of business. SKS4000 includes a capstone case study that will empower the student to demonstrate their competency in the eleven core proficiency areas. SKS4000 uses a variety of teaching media such as DVDs; courseware packages designed for Computer Assisted Instruction, and focused Internet research assignments. The Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) require all BBA students successfully complete the Comprehensive Strategic Knowledge Studies course.
At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. We have adopted an all-inclusive tuition model that gives you the cost of your Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Completion tuition and fees in one flat program rate*. The only additional cost above your BBA program rate is books. Learn more about the NCU’s BBA costs below:
- Per credit cost: $432
- Per 3 credit course cost: $1,296
- Program cost: $25,920
- Average book cost per course: $110
- Application Fee: $0
- Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
- Registration Fee: $0
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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.
Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of program is determined on the program and track student enters, transfer credits if any and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.
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