About this Specialization
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Beginner Level

The ideal learner will have at least two years of college experience, but college experience is not required. Work experience is not necessary.

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 5 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic, Italian

What you will learn

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    Understanding alternative approaches to managing human resources and appreciating the diversity of factors that motivate workers

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    Applying best practices for hiring and rewarding employees, and for managing employee performance

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    Avoiding key mistakes in (mis)managing human resources

Skills you will gain

Performance ManagementinterviewingHuman Resources (HR)Onboardingmanaging people

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

The ideal learner will have at least two years of college experience, but college experience is not required. Work experience is not necessary.

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 5 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic, Italian

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There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Preparing to Manage Human Resources

4.8
2,153 ratings
551 reviews
Course2

Recruiting, Hiring, and Onboarding Employees

4.7
1,134 ratings
243 reviews
Course3

Managing Employee Performance

4.7
738 ratings
155 reviews
Course4

Managing Employee Compensation

4.7
568 ratings
119 reviews

Instructors

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Stacy Doepner-Hove

Director, Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations program
Carlson School of Management, Department of Work and Organizations
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Larry Bourgerie

Senior Lecturer
Carlson School of Management, Department of Work and Organizations
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Mike Davis

Senior Lecturer
Carlson School of Management, Department of Work and Organizations
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Amy Simon

Senior Lecturer
Department of Work and Organizations
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Alan Benson

Assistant Professor
Carlson School of Management, Department of Work and Organizations
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John W. Budd

Professor and Director
Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies

About University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • There are four topic courses and one Capstone course in the Specialization. Each topic course and the capstone course will last approximately 4 weeks.

  • Courses will run with cohorts starting approximately every two weeks.

  • The ideal learner will have at least two years of college experience, but college experience is not required.This course covers the fundamentals of human resources at a sophisticated beginners level. It is beginners level because no prior experience or courses in human resources are necessary, but it is a college-level course in which learners are expected to think carefully about conceptual and practical issues.

  • Taking the courses in sequence is strongly recommended.

  • No. Not at this time.

  • You will be better able to manage people. You will understand the legal environment for managing people and you will have a deeper understanding of what motivates employees. You will be able to effectively hire and integrate new employees, motivate them and manage their performance, and compensate and reward them. You will also be able to avoid key mistakes. If you are a manager, you will also be able to have a more productive relationship with your HR person; if you are starting a career in HR, you will be able to complete basic HR tasks.

  • Most courses on managing people emphasize personal leadership and therefore are focused on soft skills to develop good relationships--being compassionate, a good listener, transparent, ethical, collaborative, and the like. Our course is different in focusing on better policies for managing people--best practices for hiring employees, doing performance appraisals, rewarding them. This course is also unique in allowing managers to get a better understanding of what HR professionals in their organizations do, and therefore hopefully have better relationships with them. Finally, our course is unique in bringing a realistic, multidisciplinary approach to managing people. A lot of approaches emphasize a single motivational approach, often rooted in psychology (e.g., find your inner passion). Our courses recognize that employees are diverse and have many motivations, and we infuse our courses with economic, psychological, and other perspectives, not just a singular perspective.

  • No. The course material is most directly relevant to managers taking on responsibilities for hiring, motivating, and managing others, but others who are interested in the fundamental principles of human resource management will find the material valuable with or without prior work experience. The context of the material is not limited to any particular occupations, industries, or regions.

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