Three Core Areas for Success in SMLR

The curriculum in the programs within SMLR focus on different areas (i.e., HRM, LSER) and levels of study (ie. undergraduate, master’s, Ph.D.).  Across these programs, we strive to advance students' cognitive skills and processes, their knowledge of theory and application, and develop their professional skills.

Areas include:

  1. Cognitive Skills and Processes
  2. Knowledge of Theory, Practice, and Application 
  3. Professional Development

Cognitive Skills and Processes

The cognitive skills and process areas reflect the goal for SMLR programs to help students develop skills central to lifelong learning and participation in society and the workplace. 

I) Written & Oral Communication

Communicate effectively at a level and in modes appropriate to an entry-level professional.

  • Communicate complex ideas effectively, in standard written English
  • Analyze and synthesize information and ideas from multiple sources to generate new insights
  • Produce quality research papers with proper convention of attribution/citation
  • Produce high quality executive summaries
  • Make an argument using contemporary and/or historical evidence
  • Present ideas and arguments in a logical and effective way
II) Quantitative, Qualitative, and Analytical Skills

Apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods for research workplace issues.

  • Formulate, evaluate, and communicate conclusions and inferences from quantitative information
  • Apply quantitative methods to analyze data for HR decision making including cost-benefit analyses, ROI, etc. (HRM)
  • Apply qualitative methods appropriately, alone and in combination with quantitative methods
III) Research Skills

Demonstrate an ability to collect, analyze and synthesize information to make logical and informed decisions impacting the workplace.  Use evidence to evaluate hypotheses, theories and approaches to workplace issues.

  • Employ current technologies to access information, to conduct research, and to communicate findings
  • Analyze and synthesize information and ideas from multiple sources to generate new insights
  • Assess and critique relevant evidence and research findings
  • Access high-quality historical, qualitative, and quantitative evidence or research
  • Use evidence-based analysis to appraise the validity of various hypotheses, theories, and approaches to workplace issues

Knowledge of Theory, Practice and Application

The knowledge of theory and application area reflects the goal for SMLR programs to ensure that students learn the key theoretical and foundation areas of study in their domains and realize opportunities to apply that knowledge to practice situations.

IV) Theoretical Perspectives

Demonstrate an understanding of relevant theories and apply them given the background context of a particular work situation.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the practical perspectives, theories and concepts in their field of study
  • Evaluate and apply theories from social science disciplines to workplace issues
V) Understanding Context

Evaluate the context of workplace issues, public policies, and management decisions.

  • Analyze the degree to which forms of human difference shape a person’s experience of and perspectives on work
  • Analyze a contemporary global issue in their field from a multi-disciplinary and intersectional perspective
  • Analyze issues related to business strategies, organizational structures, and work systems
  • Analyze issues of social justice related to work across local and global contexts (LSER)
  • Analyze issues related to the selection, motivation, and development of talent in a local and global context (HRM)
VI) Application

Demonstrate an understanding of how to apply knowledge necessary for effective work performance.

  • Apply concepts and substantive institutional knowledge, to understanding contemporary developments related to work
  • Understand the legal, regulatory and ethical issues related to their field
  • Develop human resource management (HRM) functional capabilities used to select, motivate, and develop workers
  • Understand the internal and external alignment and measurement of human resource practices (HRM)

Professional Development

VII) Professional Development

Demonstrate an ability to interact with and influence others in a professional manner, and to effectively present ideas and recommendations.

  • Develop effective presentation skills appropriate for different settings and audiences
  • Develop career management skills to navigate one’s career
  • Develop capabilities to work and lead in a multicultural and diverse environment
  • Work productively in teams, in social networks, and on an individual basis
  • Develop cultural agility competencies
  • Demonstrate lifelong personal & professional development skills

SMLR Learning Objectives by Academic Program