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Human Resource Essentials (PD-HRE01)


Course Description

Whether you are a newly promoted manager, a business owner or a human resources professional, knowing the ins and outs of dealing with HR issues is critical to your success. This class is specifically designed to help people without any experience or knowledge of human resources to understand the critical functions and how it affects us all. Through the 4 weeks we will explore the road map of human resources through legal issues, recruiting and retaining the best employees to terminating poor performers.


Human Resource Essentials Module 1
Strategic Planning in Human Resources and Recruiting Functions

To be able to understand the human resource function, you must first understand the strategy and mission statement of your company. In this module, we will learn the importance of understanding where you are going and how the human resource function integrates into this mission. We will also dive into recruiting functions and how they are implemented.

Understanding Mission Statements and Your Organizational Strategy
What is Optimal Staffing and How to Find Applicants
Resume Review
The Orientation Process and Onboarding Steps
Training and Development Strategies
Human Resource Essentials Module 2
Useful Performance Evaluations and Benefits

During this module, we will look at why performance evaluations are used and what the benefits are for the employer and employee. We will also dive into the types of benefits that are issued to employees and learn how they are used in the workplace.

What is a Performance Evaluation
Benefits and Types of Performance Evaluations
How to Implement the Performance Evaluation Meeting
Government Mandated Benefits
Compensation Factors
Human Resource Essentials Module 3
Employee/Labor Relations and the Diverse Workplace

In module three we will look at why performance evaluations are used and what the benefits are for the employer and employee. We will also dive into the types of benefits that are issued to employees and learn how they are used in the workplace.

Maintaining a Conducive Office Environment
Building Employee Morale
Progressive Discipline
Overview of Labor Relations/Employment Law
Diversity in the Workplace
Human Resource Essentials Module 4
Technology and Workplace Challenges

In our final module we will discuss what major role technology plays in the workplace and how it is a competitive advantage. We will close out the class with learning about the current changes that affect the workplace today, how to adapt to changes and how this can be crucial in the success or failure of a company.

Technology and Change
Policies in the Workplace
HRIS (Human Resources Information System)
Changes in the Workforce


1 month




There are no specific prerequisites for this class. It is designed for anyone desiring to enhance their skills or learn the topics covered in the class.





This class is an independent-study course.  Students will have all the resources needed to successfully complete the course within the online material.  A student helpdesk is available for technical support during the course enrollment.


Internet Access

Broadband or high-speed internet access is required. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Windows hardware configurations and processors are acceptable
Mac computers MUST have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp (Bootcamp is a free download from Apple's website)
1 GB RAM minimum recommended
Operating Systems
Windows XP, Vista or 7 and Mac OS X 10 or higher with Windows
Web Browsers
Google Chrome is highly recommended
Internet Explorer is not recommended as it may not display certain menus and links
Cookies MUST be enabled
Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded onto your computer.)
Adobe PDF Reader
Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media.)
Adobe Flash Player (Required for many of our career courses and ALL of our IT courses.)
Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player
PowerPoint Viewer (Use this if you don't have PowerPoint)

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