Unit 12 Course Materials

In Unit 12: Introduction to Human Resources, we will explore the HR function and seek to understand the importance, structure, and responsibilities of Human Resources. There are several aspects of HR we will identify and discuss: staffing, training and professional development, safety, benefits & compensation, diversity & inclusion, and employee and labor relations — we already learned a bit about employee relations when we discussed Ethics earlier in the semester.

We will dig into legislation that affects employees at all levels in the US, how HR representatives manage workforces and their ever-changing needs, and help employees feel safe and appreciated at work. Ultimately, HR is focused on an organization’s most important assets (or, resources): it’s humans! 

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Describe the core functions of human resource management
  • Explain how the functions of human resource management contribute to business success
  • Explain the function of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Summarize key anti-discrimination legislation
  • Discuss how businesses benefit from diversity in the workforce
  • Describe common recruitment strategies

In order to successfully complete this unit, you’ll need to do the following:

1. Read this Open Educational Resource (free to access): Chapter 1: Human Resource Management1
Please note: you do not need to complete the activities listed in this resource.

2. Watch this video from Eyes on Tech on YouTube about what HRM is (also embedded below).

As always, if you need more information, you can ask me a question. For information on due dates, check our Course Schedule.


Why It Matters: Human Resources. Provided by: Lumen Learning and NGCC Team. LicenseCC BY: Attribution

2Eye on Tech via YouTube: youtube.com/watch?v=eiLRZfcHovA