Course Description

This course applies research methods to human resource functions. Students will learn to use quantitative analysis and secondary research to recruit and select employees to meet organizational goals. Other topics include forecasting, evaluation of selection tests, application of selection tests, interviewing techniques, techniques to assess training program effectiveness, job evaluation methods, and external labor market analysis.

This graduate course is 6 weeks.

This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.

Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.

Course Objectives

Week 1

  • Compare the application of primary and secondary research.
  • Describe different approaches to research in human resources (HR).
  • Explain the concepts of reliability and validity as they relate to HR.

Week 2

  • Identify criteria to evaluate research tools.
  • Use identified criteria to evaluate selection tests, Human Resource Information System (HRIS), and succession planning tools.

Week 3

  • Determine appropriate behavioral, situational, and panel interviewing techniques.
  • Use evaluation criteria to assess performance appraisals.
  • Analyze results of selection tests and selection techniques.

Week 4

  • Analyze current HR trends for pay structures, labor, and succession planning.
  • Determine appropriate tools for forecasting, pricing, and labor market.
  • Use exploratory research methods to conduct a market analysis.

Week 5

  • Identify data types required for quantitative research.
  • Determine appropriate statistical methods for HR assessments.
  • Identify statistical methods to analyze staffing and training effectiveness.

Week 6

  • Analyze statistical data for reliability and validity.
  • Use statistical data to make effective decisions in HR.
  • Apply quantitative research to training, retention, and forecasting.


This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.

During the checkout process you will be prompted to provide proof of the requirement(s). If you completed the prerequisite at another institution be prepared to upload an official/unofficial transcript. If you have questions about meeting the prerequisite requirements for this course please contact an enrollment representative at 866-345-1800.


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Instructor Led
T, M
12:00AM to 11:59AM
Oct 06, 2020 to Nov 16, 2020
Online Campus
Online Non-Degree
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online Campus
Course Fee(s)
Graduate Tuition credit (3 units) $2,094.00 Click here to get more information
Section Fees
Resource Fee $195.00 Mandatory
3 Credit Hours
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