School of Education

Program of Study

Built on a Solid Foundation

The MHRD program was developed around the competencies identified by the International Society for Performance Improvement and the American Society for Training and Development as essential for effective leadership in the areas of human performance improvement. If admitted into the program, you must successfully complete a 36-semester-hour program comprised of 12 required courses.

First Year — Fall
HRD 8300 Concepts of Human Resource Development (3 credits)
HRD 8200 Human Performance Improvement (3 credits)

First Year — Spring
HRD 8470 Instructional Systems Design (3 credits)
HRD 8800 Research Concepts and Skills (3 credits)

First Year — Summer
HRD 8900 HPI Instrumentation (3 credits)
HRD 8700 Consulting for Education and Industry (3 credits)

Second Year — Fall
HRD 8450 Needs Assessment for Education and Industry (3 credits)
HRD 8600 Instructional Materials Development (3 credits)

Second Year — Spring
HRD 8490 Evaluation of Training and Development (3 credits)
HRD 8970 Applied Research and Development (3 credits)

Second Year — Summer
HRD 8250 Organizational Performance Improvement (3 credits)
HRD 8820 Knowledge Mgt. for Improved Performance (3 credits)

Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership Option

The Intercollegiate Athletic Option was developed to provide a unique opportunity for individuals wanting to pursue a career in intercollegiate athletics. Based upon the curriculum, the AL option substitutes four courses that focus on ethics, psychology, leadership and administration. To complete this option, you must successfully complete a 36-semester-hour program comprised of 12 required courses.


First Year — Fall

HRD 8300 Concepts of Human Resource Development (3 credits)
HRD 8200 Human Performance Improvement (3 credits)

First Year — Spring
HRD 8470 Instructional Systems Design (3 credits)
HRD 8800 Research Concepts and Skills (3 credits)

First Year — Summer
HRD 8900 HPI Instrumentation (3 credits)
AL    8620 Psychological Issues in Collegiate Athletics (3 credits)

Second Year — Fall
AL    8490 Athletic Leadership Development (3 credits)
HRD 8600 Instructional Materials Development (3 credits)

Second Year — Spring
AL     8640 Ethical Issues in Collegiate Athletic Administration (3 credits)
HRD 8970 Applied Research and Development 
(3 credits)

Second Year — Summer
HRD 8250 Organizational Performance Improvement (3 credits)
AL    8610 Athletic Leadership for Intercollegiate Administration (3 credits)

Course Descriptions

HRD 8300 Concepts of Human Resource Development (3 credits)
Theory and practice of contemporary applications of human resource development (HRD) programs; training and development functions; strategies for designing and developing programs; and application of methods, techniques and resources in the context of changing needs, technologies, demographics and economic circumstances that create the need for different skills and knowledge in the work force.

HRD 8200Human Performance Improvement (3 credits)
HPI recognizes that not all performance problems in the workplace can or should be solved through training. For this reason, alternative strategies and techniques ranging from work redesign, organization development, reward systems, feedback systems, ergonomics and psychometrics have become powerful alternatives for improving performance in the workplace.

HRD 8470 Instructional Systems Design (3 credits)
Theory and practice of instructional systems design activities in human resource development (HRD) programs; identification, selection and organization of subject matter appropriate for competency-based training (CBT) programs: occupational analysis techniques; rationale statements, goals and objectives; related instructional materials; participant evaluation; and instructional scheduling.

HRD 8900 HPI Instrumentation (3 credits)
Introduction to commercially available instruments used to assess and evaluate human performance in the workplace. Students will develop critical judgment skills in order to determine the adequacy and use of instruments in modern organizations.

HRD 8800 Research Concepts and Skills (3 credits)
An introductory course in research designed to familiarize human performance improvement professionals with the nature of research and reporting processes and to help develop the necessary criteria to become critical, analytical, consumers of published research.

HRD 8700 Consulting for Education and Industry (3 credits)

Theory and practice of external and internal consulting practices in human resource development programs; dynamics of professional helping relationship; methods and techniques for initiating and terminating consulting relationships; diagnosing client situations; evaluation of professional consulting relationships.

HRD 8450Needs Assessment for Education and Industry (3 credits)
Theory and practice of needs assessment activities in human resource development (HRD) programs; importance of the process to the identification of content/curricula topics and the overall training environment; specific methodologies used in the needs assessment process; supportive components of various program planning systems.

HRD 8600 Instructional Materials Development (3 credits)
Development and application of instructional materials and laboratory activities for training programs in education and industry; reinforcement of instructional training concepts and materials development procedures that are applied across human resource development (HRD) programs.

HRD 8490 Evaluation of Training and Development/HRD Programs (3 credits)
Theory and practice of evaluation processes related to training and development in human resource development (HRD) programs; developing a results-oriented approach based on specific criteria or standards; designing instruments; determining program costs; and collecting, analyzing and interpreting data to ascertain return on investment.

HRD 8970 Applied Research and Development (3 credits)
Study of a particular topic under the direction of a faculty member. Students identify a special problem related to the human resource development (HRD) profession based on their personal interests, experiences, needs and goals. Prerequisites: Submission of a written proposal and prior approval of advisor.

HRD 8250 Organizational Performance Improvement (3 credits)
Organizational Performance Improvement provides concepts and skills employed by effective managers and change agents to promote and sustain productive organizations. Using the principles of industrial/organizational psychology, students will learn how to perform behavior analysis and management, how to determine criteria for performance appraisals, and how to establish leadership in the workplace.

HRD 8820 Knowledge Management for Improved Performance (3 credits)
This course is an introduction to knowledge management and is designed to familiarize students with organizational competencies required to adapt and prosper in a chaotic global environment. The course focuses upon contemporary theory, research and application of knowledge management as a strategy for improving personal and organizational performance.

AL 8490 Athletic Leadership Development (3 credits)
Investigation of leadership principles and theories as they relate to collegiate athletic coaching and the effect they have on the performance of the collegiate academic athlete. Collegiate coaching responsibilities and requirements for various level of appointment will be examined.

AL 8610 Athletic Leadership for Intercollegiate Administration (3 credits)
Investigate effective leadership principles and theories relative to the supervision and administrative responsibilities of intercollegiate athletics

AL 8620 Psychological Issues in Collegiate Athletics
(3 credits)
Investigation and intervention of psychological issues athletes, coaches and administrators face at the collegiate level.

AL 8640 Ethical Issues in Collegiate Athletic Administration (3 credits)
Investigation of current ethical issues and the promotion of positive character development in collegiate athletic programs.