Sue Jones ]

Fall 2013

HRPO 1311.11012
Human Relations

Instructor: Sue Jones
SH 209
Office Hours

Course Description
Online Syllabus
It is the student's responsibility to check the online syllabus for updates.

Class Time: TTH 8:30-9:50 am
Class Room: SH - 210-2

Required Text

ISBN: 9781133960836
South-Western CENGAGE Learning

Semester Schedule - Tentative



Assignment Done

Week 1


Introductions and Course Overview
Part 1:  Human Relations: The Key to Personal Growth and Career Success
Chapter 1 - Introduction to Human Relations

Power Point


Learning Styles

Assignment Sheet

 Week 2


Chapter 2 -Improving Personal and Organizational Communications
Power Point
Personality Assessments 
Reading: Chpt 3

Week 3


Part II: Career Success Begins With Knowing Yourself
Chapter 3 - Understanding Your Communication Style
Power Point
Take home quiz

Week 4


Chapter 4 - Building High Self Esteem
Chapter 4 Power Point - PDF

Group Activity

Week 5


Chapter 5 - Personal Values Influence Ethical Choices
Video Questions

Celebrate What's Right with the World

Week 6


Chapter 6 - Attitudes Can Shape Your Life
Chapter 6 Power Point - PDF

Seeing Red Cars

Week 7


Chapter 7 - Motivating Yourself and Others
Video Case

Video Case Questions


Week 8


Part III: Personal Strategies for Improving Human Relations
Chapter 8 - Improving Interpersonal Relations with constructive Self-Disclosure


Week 9


Chapter 9 - Achieving Emotional Balance in a Chaotic World
Chapter 10 - Building Stronger Relationships With Positive Energy

Group Assignment
Week 10


The Bucket List Video Case
 Case Questions
Week 11


The Bucket List Discussion
Part IV: If We All Work Together
Chapter 12 - Team Building: A Leadership Strategy

Chapter 13 - Resolving Conflict and Dealing With Difficult People
Group Work


Week 12


Part V: Special Challenges in Human Relations
Chapter 14 - Responding to Personal and Work-Related Stress

Chapter 15 - Valuing Work Force Diversity

CALM Effectiveness Video/Discussion
Week 13



Chapter 16 - The Changing Roles of Men and Women

Semester Review



Week 14



Thanksgiving Holiday - No Class (review worksheet)
Week 15


As Good As It Gets Final Exam Essay Questions
Week 16


Final Exam Due    

Holidays: September 2, 2013 Labor Day (College Closed)
November 27-30, 2013 Thanksgiving  (College Closed)
Last Day to Drop:  November 12,  2013
Last Class Day:  December 6, 2013

Graduation December 14, 2013


"The importance of human relations can be summarized in one concise law of personal and organizational success:  All work is done through relations."
Effective Human Relations Interpersonal and Organizational Applications 11th edition, Reece, Brandt, Howie, South-Western Cengage Learning

Course Description (Catalog Description): HRPO 1311 Human Relations (52.1003) (3 credit hrs) Practical application of the principles and concepts of the behavioral science to interpersonal relationships in the business and industrial environment. (ICOs 1,2,4,5,6)   No prerequisite required.

Required Text: Effective Human Relations, Interpersonal and Organizational Applications, 12th edition, Reece, Brandt, & Howie, South-Western Cengage Learning.  ISBN:  9781133960836.  This book may be purchased from the Odessa College Bookstore or from an online book seller. 

Class Website:

Instructor's Office Hours:

Course Learning Outcomes:  Upon successful completion of this course, student will be prepared to

Learning Outcome


Evaluate human relations including diversity, attitudes, self-esteem and interpersonal skills

Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information

Identify the causes and effects of stress in the workplace

Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal

Identify communication skills

Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication

Identify decision-making skills

Personal Responsibility - to include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making


Describe how theories of motivation and human behavior impact strategies of change management.

Social Responsibility - to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global


Course Expectations:  This is a college level course and you will, therefore, be expected to uphold established college standards as outlined in the most recent Odessa College catalog.  Your final grade will be based upon a combination of the following factors:

  1. Preparedness
  2. Purposeful participation in the classroom discussion
  3. Ability to relate and apply the concepts discussed in the course
  4. Attendance of community leadership meetings - minimum of 4 per semester
  5. Scores on exams, projects, and other assignments
  6. Score on final exam

  Note: Preparedness and purposeful participation are the first two elements of the grading criteria.  Being prepared means having the tools you need to take notes or to complete a writing assignment (book, pen, pencil, paper, etc). This is not strictly a lecture course.  Students will be required to actively participate in the discussions, both individually and in assigned groups.  You cannot participate if you are not present in class, and purposeful participation is difficult to achieve if you are not prepared.  If you must be absent, please contact your instructor before the absence if possible or as soon after the missed class as possible to make arrangements for the make-up work or missed assignments.  This is your responsibility.  Show respect to everyone in the class by communicating appropriately - do not sleep or put your head or feet on the tables or chairs. Taking phone calls during class is disruptive as well.

The instructor's office hours and phone number are listed above and posted near the classroom.  Please do not hesitate to utilize this time to discuss any course-related topic.

Business Leadership students are encouraged to make an appointment with Connie Nichols or Sue Jones to discuss both academic and career goals toward the end of each long semester.

Departmental and Instructor Course Requirements, Evaluation Methods and Grading Policy: There are projects and/or assignments associated with this course as well as a Final Exam.  The assignments must be completed and turned in by due date.  Students are required to attend a minimum of 4 community leadership meetings during each semester.  Check the meeting page located on the instructor's website for a list of organizations, meeting dates and times, and instructions. 

  • Class participation                          30%

  • Class/Group Work                          25%

  • Homework                                      20%

  • Community Leadership Meetings       10%

  • Final Exam                                      15%

The projected cutoff point for As, Bs, Cs, and Ds are based on a 90%, 80%, 70%, and 60%, respectively.  At the end of the semester these projected cutoff points will be adjusted (i.e. raised or lowered) in order to reflect the overall performance of the class.  Thus the actual grade will not be known with certainty until after the semester is over.

Student will receive an updated grade sheet along with any graded assignments and any comments or suggestions regarding the work submitted.

Success Coaches: The Odessa College Student Success Coaches will help you stay focused and on track to complete your educational goals.  If an instructor sees that you might need additional help or success coaching, he or she may submit a Retention Alert or a Starfish Alert.  A Student Success Coach will contact you to work toward a solution.

If you consider withdrawing or dropping this class, please contact the instructor who will provide information regarding withdrawals, dropping a class or receiving an incomplete.

Business Leadership students should be aware that a grade of a C or better is necessary to meet the degree or certificate requirements.

Student E-mail:  If you have not already accessed your Odessa College Student E-mail, please follow the link to set up your account: .  Any assignments or correspondence will be submitted using your Odessa College email. 

Objective of the Management Department: The primary object of the business leadership program is to prepare each student for employment by providing skills training in critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, communication, self-management, and leadership.  The business leadership program is not intended to serve as preparatory work toward a baccalaureate degree although courses are transferable to several colleges and universities.  Students planning to pursue a four-year degree should consult the upper level institution of their choice regarding transferability of courses.

Department Web site:

Information regarding student support services, academic dishonesty, disciplinary actions, special accommodations, or students' and instructors' right to academic freedom can be found in the Odessa College Student Handbook.

Student Evaluation of Instruction:  The SEI process for face-to-face and online courses is scheduled for the week of November 26th.

Expectations for Engagement Face to Face Learning

To help make the learning experience fulfilling and rewarding, the following Expectations for Engagement provide the parameters for reasonable engagement between students and instructors for the learning environment. Students and instructors are welcome to exceed these requirements.

Reasonable Expectations of Engagement for Instructors

  1. As an instructor, I understand the importance of clear, timely communication with my students. In order to maintain sufficient communication, I will
    • provided my contact information at the beginning of the syllabus;
    • respond to all messages in a timely manner through telephone, email, or next classroom contact; and,
    • notify students of any extended times that I will be unavailable and provide them with alternative contact information (for me or for my supervisor) in case of emergencies during the time Im unavailable.
  2. As an instructor, I understand that my students will work to the best of their abilities to fulfill the course requirements. In order to help them in this area, I will
    • provide clear information about grading policies and assignment requirements in the course syllabus, and
    • communicate any changes to assignments and/or to the course calendar to students as quickly as possible.
  3. As an instructor, I understand that I need to provide regular, timely feedback to students about their performance in the course. To keep students informed about their progress, I will
    • return classroom activities and homework within one week of the due date and
    • provide grades for major assignments within 2 weeks of the due date or at least 3 days before the next major assignment is due, whichever comes first.

Reasonable Expectations of Engagement for Students

  1. As a student, I understand that I am responsible for keeping up with the course. To help with this, I will
    • attend the course regularly and line up alternative transportation in case my primary means of transportation is unavailable;
    • recognize that the college provides free wi-fi, computer labs, and library resources during regular campus hours to help me with completing my assignments; and,
    • understand that my instructor does not have to accept my technical issues as a legitimate reason for late or missing work if my personal computer equipment or internet service is unreliable.
  2. As a student, I understand that it is my responsibility to communicate quickly with the instructor any issue or emergency that will impact my involvement with or performance in the class. This includes, but is not limited to,
    • missing class when a major test is planned or a major assignment is due;
    • having trouble submitting assignments;
    • dealing with a traumatic personal event; and,
    • having my work or childcare schedule changed so that my classroom attendance is affected.
  3. As a student, I understand that it is my responsibility to understand course material and requirements and to keep up with the course calendar. While my instructor is available for help and clarification, I will
    • seek out help from my instructor and/or from tutors;
    • ask questions if I dont understand; and,
    • attend class regularly to keep up with assignments and announcements.

Special Needs:  Odessa College complies with Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990.  If you have any special needs or issues pertaining to your access to and participation in this class, please contact me to discuss your concerns.  You may also call the Office of Disability Services at 335-6861 to request assistance and accommodations. Students with disabilities are expected to carry out their obligations in completing coursework required of all students.

Accrediting: Odessa College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Odessa College.

General inquiries about Odessa College, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to the College and not to the Commissions office.

Student Evaluation of Instruction:  The SEI process for face-to-face and online courses is scheduled for November 18 22, 2013.


Design for Completion:  As part of the Design for Completion initiative, your Odessa College Student Success Coach and faculty mentor will help you stay focused and on track to complete your educational goals. If an instructor sees that you might need additional help or success coaching, he or she may submit a Retention Alert. Your Student Success Coach or faculty mentor will contact you to work toward a solution. 


Sue Jones ]

And now I will show you the excellent way. . .  1 Corinthians 12:31b
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