About this Specialization

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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.
Learner Career Outcomes
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Started a new career after completing this specialization.
16%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

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Flexible Schedule

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Beginner Level

Approx. 6 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic, Italian
Learner Career Outcomes
51%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
16%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 6 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic, Italian

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Preparing to Manage Human Resources

4.8
stars
3,675 ratings
1,006 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Recruiting, Hiring, and Onboarding Employees

4.7
stars
1,834 ratings
431 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Managing Employee Performance

4.7
stars
1,122 ratings
263 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Managing Employee Compensation

4.6
stars
865 ratings
203 reviews

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  • 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.

  • Yes, Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project. Learn more.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.

  • 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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