Offered academic year 2012-2013
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This three-credit course will be the culmination of the student’s academic and professional experience in the MPS program. Over the course of the semester, students will work with an organization to help address a real life problem in the organization. The problems will be based on the concentrations of International Human Resources Management, Diversity and Inclusion or Strategic Human Capital Management. Working with their advisor, students will present the resolution to an issue to the sponsoring organization in a reasoned, systemic way. In an effort to ensure a high quality project, the capstone will also include research methods which will provide a foundation in research methods for students for their capstone. Students will learn how to design a research proposal, how to define with specificity and particularity, objectives of research, how to conduct literature reviews and how to assess and implement appropriate research methods based on the needs of the project. The course covers both qualitative methods such as case studies, questionnaires, surveys and interview techniques and an introduction to quantitative methods and data analysis. The faculty advisor will work closely with the student and the sponsoring organization to ensure that the project comprehensively addresses the issue and demonstrates the depth of competency the student gained through the Master of Professional Studies program.
In addition to other requirements, students must earn a grade of "B" or higher in the Capstone course to qualify for graduation.
MPHR-809-01 MPS HR Capstone
Fall for 2017-2018
Spring for 2017-2018
This course is intended to teach students how to conduct and carry out research in order to develop the final requirement of their degree – the Capstone (Thesis) paper. There are five (5) major components of this course: (1) becoming a researcher, (2) identifying a researchable topic, (3) developing a Literature Review, (4) developing a Research Proposal and, (5) applying the research to a problem that you will address and/or solve in your paper (The Capstone). This means that you will learn to conduct research based on a problem that you have identified, and you will write a paper demonstrating the ability to conduct research and develop a paper using the research methods you have learned. The final outcome will be your Capstone paper to complete your Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources Management.
While this is not a research methods course, the research – and the resultant Literature Review – is a critical element to successfully complete the Capstone course. Another key component of the course is qualitative methods (data collection, analysis and synthesis), which will be a critical part of your Literature Review. Students will learn the basics of qualitative methods in order to support development of a methodology for their papers.
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