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Fundamentals of Human Resources

Fundamentals of Human Resources Certificate Program

In the past, human resources professionals focused primarily on administrative tasks such as finding qualified employees, matching them to appropriate jobs, and balancing the interests of the organization with the rights and needs of employees. Today, the roles of HR professionals have evolved to support an organization in reaching its strategic goals and improving business results, while cultivating talented and capable staff. The Fundamentals of Human Resources certificate program is designed for human resources professionals or professionals who seek to transition to the HR field, providing a foundational preparation for this fast-changing profession.

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Fundamentals of Human Resources Goals and Courses

Fundamentals of Human Resources Tuition

Post-baccalaureate students at Northwestern's School of Professional Studies pay per course. For more information about financial obligations and tuition, please visit the Tuition page.

Admission for the Fundamentals of Human Resources Certificate Program

In addition to completing an online application, you'll also need to submit a few supplemental materials. A list of requirements for admission including application deadlines and tips on how to apply can be found on the Admission page.

Fundamentals of Human Resources Registration Information

Whether you're a first-time registrant or current and returning student, all students register using our online student registration and records systems. Important information about registering for courses at SPS, including registration timelines and adding or dropping courses in which you are already enrolled, can be found on the Registration Information page.

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Program Courses:Course Detail
Organization Behavior <> ORG_BEH 301-CN

Organizations are a part of our everyday lives. Whether at work, school, church etc., similar interpersonal and group behaviors and dynamics apply. The focus of this course is to examine several aspects of organizations from an integrated perspective, including how the formal organization, culture, people and work can all connect to transform inputs to outputs. Emphasis will be placed on understanding individual differences as the foundation of our interpersonal and managerial effectiveness. Case studies, classroom and online discussions, team assignments and presentations will all be part of the learning. At the end of the class, it is anticipated that students will have a better understanding of today's complex organizations and more equipped to navigate the workplace.

This course combines classroom lecture and discussion with an online component. For the lecture and discussion components, this course is paired with an afternoon session of ORG BEH 311-CN, and the in-class meetings are on alternate Saturdays: 1/12, 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, and 3/9.


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Organization Behavior <> ORG_BEH 301-CN

The interaction of individuals in formal organizations; theory and research integrated with cases and exercises to develop an understanding of the dynamics of motivation, communication, group decision making, leadership, intergroup relations, power, and conflict. Students are encouraged to apply this knowledge to managing relationships with superiors, subordinates, and colleagues in their own work settings.


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Human Resource Management <> ORG_BEH 309-CN

The course will explore how HR has evolved from its inception to the present day HR function - and the direction organizations need it to continue to move toward. The majority of the course will focus on ensuring the students learn that to be an effective leader within any organization, they must consider themselves as human resources managers. To accomplish this, each student will learn the key responsibilities and competencies of a cutting-edge human resources leader.


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Conflict Resolution <> ORG_BEH 311-CN

In this course, students achieve a working knowledge of conflict theory and its application to negotiations; learn about their own conflict resolution style, understand how group membership can impact conflict. This course combines classroom lecture and discussion with an online component. For the lecture and discussion components, this course is paired with a morning session of BLP/ORG BEH 301-CN taught by Robert Ernest, and the in-class meetings are on alternate Saturdays: 1/12, 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, and 3/9. This course is part of the Business Leadership year one cohort.


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Conflict Resolution <> ORG_BEH 311-CN

No matter the type or size, conflict takes place daily within every organization. Despite that frequency, conflict still is misunderstood and mismanaged. Based on research, there are generally accepted two types of conflict; one has the ability to increase productivity, effectiveness and satisfaction -and the other that can create the exact opposite effect. This course explores both the positive and negative impacts of conflict, and include strategies used to identify and resolve conflicts so that benefits can be received, issues addressed, and relationships maintained. This course combines classroom lecture and discussion with an online component. For the lecture and discussion the course will meet in person. First class attendance is mandatory.


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Employment Law <> ORG_BEH 321-CN

This course reviews policy, procedural guidelines, and supervisory practices relating to hiring, promotion, compensation, discharge, employment-at-will, and affirmative-action issues. The course is designed to equip current and future managers with the ability to anticipate and prevent discrimination complaints related to protected characteristics such as race, sex, national origin, age, religion, and disability. The class is structured in a blended format, with alternating weeks of in-class meetings and online participation. The in-class meetings will include lecture/discussion, case analysis, group activities, short video clips and interactive multimedia exercises. Carries business credit.


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Training and Development ORG_BEH 322-CN

This course equips HR professionals—or those who aim for HR careers or who seek to collaborate effectively with HR--to design high-impact professional development courses for employees across a broad spectrum of experience levels and business sectors. The course is organized into three parts: fundamental learning theories; course development through a practicum; and presentations of the final curriculum. Students in this course will need to have access to organization that is interested in a training initiative.

This course combines classroom lecture and discussion with an online component. Class will meet in person the following Saturday mornings, January 12,19, and 26, as well as March 10 and 17. Virtual Sessions will be held on the following Tuesday evenings, January 15 and January 22.


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