Professional Development Center



SHRM Essentials® of Human Resource Management




The Essentials of Human Resource Management, offered in conjunction with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), is a true introduction to human resource management. The primary focus of this program is to provide participants with a broad overview of the human resource function. It consists of six modules to be offered over 14 hours. The course includes readings, lectures, class discussions, and application activities. The discussions will help students make connections between the readings and the lectures, while the application activities assist in applying new concepts to their workplace.

Fall 2012

This session is a 2-day course.

November 27, 2012 AND December 4, 2012
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

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Who Should Attend

The course is specifically designed for employees with management responsibilities:

  • Entry-level human resource professionals
  • Supervisors and line managers who have the responsibility for interviewing and training employees
  • Staffing specialists
  • Benefits coordinators
  • Human resource administrators
  • Recruiters
  • Payroll assistants

Program Topics

Module 1: Essentials of Human Resource Management
This module answers the question, “What is human resource management?” It explains the key HR roles and responsibilities and details the planning process that is at the center of HR efforts.

Module 2: Employment Law in Your Workplace
Being cognizant of legal issues and ensuring compliance throughout the organization is a significant responsibility. This module explains the key pieces of legislation with which an organization must comply.

Module 3: Effective Recruitment and Selection Techniques
Staffing an organization with qualified employees who can assist it in meeting its strategic goals and objectives is important to every manager in an organization. This module examines several important aspects of staffing and focuses on how to make the best match between the job and the person.

Module 4: Basics of Compensation
This module discusses key aspects of a total compensation system, maps out the process for developing pay structures, and describes the common types of pay increases.

Module 5: Orienting and Training Your Employees
This module discusses the purpose of employee orientation, training and development. It provides a perspective on how adults learn while considering several methods of training and gives you insight into determining whether training is successful.

Module 6: Ensuring Quality Performance
Performance management encompasses processes used to identify, encourage, measure, evaluate, improve, and reward employee performance. Performance appraisal is the focus of this module. The module discusses the purpose of performance appraisals and maps out the appraisal process. It introduces you to various appraisal methods and lays out the steps to follow when disciplinary action becomes necessary.


Tuition for the 14-hour course is $595. Alumni of Cleveland State University and/or members SHRM national or local chapters receive a discounted rate of $535.  Fee includes materials, breakfast, lunch, and parking.

How to Register

Register online using your MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover credit card.
Register by Mail: Submit completed registration form to the Professional Development Center.
Register by Phone: Call 216-687-6957. MasterCard, Visa or Discover are accepted.
Register by Fax: Submit completed registration form to 216-687-9309.

Paying by check or need an invoice? If you wish to pay by check or require an invoice, please choose the pay by check option when registering online.  You will be contacted by our office within 2 business days with additional information. 


On-site course delivery

We also offer on-site course delivery at your company. For more information, contact Marie Herlevi at 216-523-7278.

More Information

For further information contact:
Cleveland State University
Professional Development Center
2121 Euclid Ave., BU 216
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: (216) 687-6957
Fax: (216) 687-9309

The Small Business Development Center Program of Ohio (SBDC) program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC program is also funded in part by the Ohio Department of Development. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact 216-687-4750.

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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
Professional Development Center
2121 Euclid Avenue, BU 216
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

Campus Location
Professional Development Center
Monte Ahuja Hall, Rm. 216
1860 East 18th Street
Phone: 216.687.6957
Fax: 216.687.9309

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