Do you have people reporting to you that need managing? Or perhaps you want to consider a career in human resources? Or freshen up your HR knowledge?
This specialization provides a robust introduction to the key principles, policies, and practices of human resource management. The specialization begins with a foundational course that considers alternative approaches to managing human resources, provides a background to the U.S. legal context in which employees are hired, fired, rewarded, and managed, and outlines the different reasons that people are motivated to work. The remaining three courses tackle three core areas that all managers should understand: hiring employees, evaluating their performance, and rewarding them. Throughout the courses, an accessible, scientific approach is embraced such that best practices and practical tips are informed by research, but presented in accessible, applied ways.
Upon completing the specialization, learners will have a deeper understanding of what works in the workplace, including a toolkit of best practices for hiring, managing, and rewarding employees.
The specialization will be valuable for managers and entrepreneurs taking on these responsibilities as well as anyone else interested in the fundamental principles of human resource management. The Capstone Project will provide an opportunity to apply this knowledge to a real situation, including your own organization or work unit if desired.
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Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.
When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.
What is the refund policy?
Can I just enroll in a single course?
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.
Is financial aid available?
Can I take the course for free?
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
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.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
There are four topic courses and one Capstone course in the Specialization. Each topic course and the capstone course will last approximately 4 weeks.
How often is each course in the Specialization offered?
Courses will run with cohorts starting approximately every two weeks.
What background knowledge is necessary?
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.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
Taking the courses in sequence is strongly recommended.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
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.
How is this learning experience different from other similar learning experiences?
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.
Is work experience necessary?
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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