BUS 285 - Human Resource Management General Info

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Human Resource Management, Fully Online (CRN 285-51150)

 Instructor & Contact Information:

Shelley Akiona, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

 Email Address: shelley_akiona@cuesta.edu  

Office Hours by Appointment:  Available by e-mail request to meet via phone or video.

The best and fastest way to contact me is email.  I will generally respond to your emails within 24 hours during weekdays only.  During busy times of the semester, the response time may increase to 48 hours.  On weekends, I will do my best to get back to you ASAP but I cannot guarantee an expeditious response. 


Course Environment:

This online course will be using a Web-based Learning Management System Canvas as the method to disseminate information. Canvas provides the framework for the course including PowerPoint presentations, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, and a grade book. Using the communication tools, you can communicate using e-mail, and you can share materials and ideas with other course participants via the discussion forums and groups.


Class Opens / Accessing Canvas:

Fall 2020:   Class starts on Monday, August 17, 2020

Prior to the Monday class starts, you will receive an email to your my.Cuesta.edu address providing you with a reminder that class will be starting and log in procedures for Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content. You can access Canvas by logging into MyCuesta, then clicking on the Resources Tab, then clicking on Canvas in the Online Learning Channel, or by typing the Canvas address (https://cuesta.instructure.com/) into your browser address bar. Do not bookmark / favorite the canvas site after your login, or you will get an error message next time you try to log in. You must access the canvas log in directly.


If you are not familiar with logging into canvas, please refer to the Canvas Quick Reference Guide.Links to an external site. Once logged into Canvas you will be directed on where to get started. Be sure to read all the direction on the course home page.  


If you are having difficulty logging into Canvas after August 17, 2020 and need assistance please email me or technical support at this email address: support@my.cuesta.edu


Online Learning: 

If you have never taken an online class or this is your first experience with Canvas, please be patient with yourself. Online classes are not inherently easier, although they may be much more convenient for many students. You should expect to spend at least as much time, if not more on this course as you would on a course that meets face to face. Since there is no lecture component, much of this time will be self-directed and there will be a substantial amount of reading, viewing, studying, and writing required. This course is completely online using Canvas; all coursework (discussions, assignments, quizzes) is submitted online. There are no face-to-face meetings. 

SUMMER COURSE TIME COMMITMENT:  For the condensed/time intensive summer course, please be prepared to spend 20-30 hours per week on coursework for this class.

FALL COURSE TIME COMMITMENT:  Please be prepared to spend 8-12 per week on coursework for this class.



  • First, go to the Online Readiness ResourcesLinks to an external site. to take a "self-assessment”. There are many resources that were designed to help you understand the basis for an online class and the skills necessary for success. (If the tutorials do NOT describe you, then taking this class online is NOT for you and I strongly suggest that you drop the online class and enroll in a traditional classroom section.)


Regular Effective Contact Policy:

Regular and Effective Instructor Contact will be met through weekly instructor initiated threaded discussion forums; weekly announcements to students; timely and effective feedback on student assignments; email, phone or messaging to individuals; and virtual office hours.  


Course Description

This course introduces the principles of human resource management.  This course examines topics such as recruitment, selection, employee training programs, performance evaluation, compensation, employee relations, workplace health and safety, and the role of the government regulations within those areas.


Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the legal and financial implications and human factors in making personnel decisions.
  2. Analyze workplace human resource needs.


Text Book and Materials


            8th edition (with ConnectPlus Online Access Code), National Edition

            Authors:  Noe, Hollenbeck, Gerhardt, & Wright 

            Publisher:  McGraw-Hill. 


The Bookstore bundle includes a hardcopy textbook, e-book access, and the required online access code for ConnectPlus. 

 Note:   First assignments from the book will be due at the end of Week 1 and will require ConnectPlus access.  Please do not order your textbook from an unreliable source who cannot guarantee a ship date.  I encourage you to rent or buy from the Cuesta Bookstore.  Deadlines WILL NOT be modified if you do not have your text by the first week of class.  To purchase/rent online through the bookstore: https://cuesta.bncollege.com/shop/cuesta/homeLinks to an external site.

Technical Support:

If you are having difficulty viewing the course or logging in, it may be because you are not using the correct url: https://cuesta.instructure.com/ or you are using your phone or using an unsupported browser.

For student technical support, send inquiries to:support@my.cuesta.edu.

For Canvas-specific issues call:  Canvas Support Hotline at (877) 921-7680,  or

click “help” in your Canvas Navigation menu.


Your learning environment is best accessed from a desktop or laptop computer, using Firefox or Chrome.  This may solve your problem!  Please review the browser requirements and minimum computer specificationsLinks to an external site..



This course is designed using an accessible Learning Management System, and course materials have been created with ADA compliance in mind. If you have a disability and might need accommodations in this class such as extended time on exams or other resources. Please contact the instructor as soon as possible so that you can receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner. You should also contact DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services)Links to an external site. or call 805-546-3148.


College & Course Policies:


Academic Honesty Policy: Please note all students attending San Luis Obispo County Community College District at any district site and when representing Cuesta College in any off-campus activity, assume an obligation to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner compatible with the Student Code of conduct. Please review the Cuesta College Student Code of ConductLinks to an external site..


Drop Policy:   Federal and state regulations require online students to participate regularly.  Logging in by itself is not sufficient.  Students must submit assignments within the first week of class, and continue to participate in assigned activities, such as discussion boards, weekly papers, quizzes, and exams.  Students who have not participated for more than one week or have missed multiple assignments may be dropped from the course.  If you have a situation (illness, emergency) that prevents you from participating for more than one week, contact your instructor immediately.  In addition, please review Cuesta’s Drop PolicyLinks to an external site..


Add/Waitlist Policy: Students are added as space becomes available and in the order they appear on the waitlist.  Please watch your email for notifications. In addition to my course specific procedures, please review Cuesta’s  Add Policy Links to an external site.and  Waitlist procedure and instructionsLinks to an external site..   



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