Dr. Hayfaa Tlaiss, Chair
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with Concentration in Human Resources Management

General Department Information

One of the major challenges facing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the shortage of Saudi Human Resources (HR) managers, experts, and professionals. In addition, organizations, around the world, are increasingly realizing the importance of having quality work-force as their most critical source of competitive advantage. Therefore, now more than ever, is the time for you to major in Human Resources Management (HRM).

HRM is the study of how to acquire, train, appraise, and compensate employees as well as attend to their labour relations, health and safety needs, and fairness concerns. The HRM concentration in the College of Business aims to provide students with the essential body of knowledge and skills to support the development and practice of responsible people policy and people management practices in KSA organizations, while considering international best practices. The HRM program consists of a set of interrelated modules designed to provide you with the tools needed to manage the human resources in organizations of different sizes, in various sectors and industries. Through a combination of lectures, projects, business-cases, and presentations, students will learn the concepts and techniques needed to attend to the growing market needs for HR experts and professionals. To add international acceptance and enhance graduates’ career progression, the university is seeking international accreditation of the program.

Concentration Core Courses (18 hours)

Human Resource Management concentration must complete all the courses below. For double concentration, see general notes above.

C. Concentration Core Courses (18 hours)

Course Code



Course Code

MGT 350

Human Resource Management


MGT 230

MGT 360

Employee Learning & Development


MGT 230

MGT 370

HR Planning, Recruitment, and Selection


MGT 350

MGT 380

Employee Relations & Engagement


MGT 350

MGT 390

Total Reward Management


MGT 350

MGT 440

Comparative HRM


MGT 350 + MGT 360

Human Resources Management Course Descriptions

MGT 350 Human Resources Management (3 credits) (CCC)

This course overviews the functions carried out by the Human Resource Management (HRM) departments and specialists. It aims at support the development of a strategic approach to HRM departments to increase organizational competitiveness. The course addresses a wide range of topics such as personnel planning, recruitment and selection, and ethics in HRM.
Prerequisite: MGT 230

MGT 360: Employee learning and development (3 credits) (CCC)

This course aims at helping students understand the various steps needed to develop training and development programs. It demonstrates the importance of training in advancing organizational learning and overall motivation. Topics covered include needs analysis, learning theories, training design, methods, and delivery, transfer of learning, and training evaluation, costs and benefits.
Prerequisite: MGT 230

MGT 370: Human Resource Planning, Recruitment and Selection (3 credits) (CCC)

This course presents the key organizational and managerial practices involved in Human Resource (HR) planning, recruitment, and selection. Topics covered include HR strategy, labor demand and supply, job analysis, methods and processes of recruitment, valid and reliable selection methods and processes.
Prerequisite: MGT 350

MGT 380: Employee Relations & Engagement (3 credits) (CCC)

This course introduces students to the various issues involved in the creation of productive and meaningful employee-employer relationships. It covers a wide range of concepts including employee relationship principles and models, local and regional labour law, employee engagement and participation, conflict management, grievance handling, and disciplinary procedures.
Prerequisite: MGT 350

MGT 390: Total Reward Management (3 credits) (CCC)

This course explores the principles and practices of compensation and benefits in organisations from the holistic and comprehensive view of total reward management. Topics covered include total reward strategy, job evaluation, pay and grade structures, benefits management, and reward system auditing.
Prerequisite: MGT350

420 Human Performance Improvement (3 credits) (BEC)

This course is a comprehensive overview of the management of people’s performance in the workplace, and how their performance contributes to organisational performance. Topics covered include performance management theories and principles, disciplinary procedures, and the links between performance management, reward and learning.
Prerequisite: MGT350

MGT 440: Comparative HRM (3 credits) (CCC)

This course focuses on people management theories and the cultural relevance of Human Resource Management (HRM). The implementation of HRM theories and principles across cultures are explored in-depth, along with various relevant topics including people management across cultures, cultural diversity, and other selected International HRM topics.
Prerequisite: MGT 350 plus 3 x MGT courses

MGT 201: Business Communication (3 credits) (BCC)

This course introduces basic communication theory and its application to business functions. It covers business correspondence, presentations, report writing, messaging and emails, providing and receiving feedback, international business etiquette, effective use of the English language, and communicating across languages and cultures.
Prerequisite: ENG 112

MGT 210: Business Ethics (3 credits) (BCC)

This course introduces students to ethical concepts and imparts the necessary analytical skills needed to solve moral dilemmas in business. It provides an assessment of the local and global trends within the area of corporate social responsibility, and an introduction to the moral principles guiding Islamic and Western business practice.
Prerequisite: ISL 112

MGT 300: Executive Lecture (1 credits) (BCC)

This course focuses on the discussion of contemporary business and management issues by local and international leading executives from a wide range of organizations and industries. These seminars are intended to bridge the gap between the practical world of business and leadership, and business education. All lectures are free and open to the public.
Prerequisite: ACC 202

MGT 301: Business Law (3 credits) (BCC)

This course introduces the international principles of law governing businesses to students. It covers various topics such as forms of business organizations, contracts, and intellectual property. These concepts will be introduced in assigned readings and in brief lectures and then explored by students in general discussion and other formats.
Prerequisite: MGT 210

MGT 330: Organizational Behavior (3 credits) (BCC)

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the applied behavioral sciences to the study of people at work in organizations. It covers the fundamentals of individual and group behavior and topics such as motivation, leadership, and conflict. It will provide students with some experiential opportunities to develop leadership skills.
Prerequisite: MGT 210

MGT 373: Negotiation (3 credits) (BEC)

This course introduces students to negotiation practices, using role-playing simulations that cover distributive, integrative, team-based, and multi-party negotiations. Additional topics include conflict, ethics, and dispute resolution from the perspectives of a participant and as a third party.
Prerequisite: MGT 230

MGT 375: Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3 credits) (BEC)

This course focuses on helping students learn and understand the process of how to create an innovation-based new venture. The course maps out the practical steps of forming a brand-new company, and addressing the strategic considerations for creating companies. Students will work in teams to develop the essential parts of a business plan.
Prerequisite: FIN 201

MGT 490: Strategic Management (3 credits) (BCC)

This course addresses the key concepts of strategic management as well as contemporary topics such as intellectual assets and knowledge management. It utilizes an online business case study simulation program that develops students' understanding of the complexity of global business operations in a dynamic competitive environment.
Prerequisite: MGT 230 AND one of the following ACC 302, FIN 350, MKT 330, OPM 380

MGT 499: COOP training Internship (12 Credits) (BCC)

This course focuses on learning-by-doing through providing our students with the opportunity to gain on-the-job experiences with more than 100 local and international organizations, across various sectors and industries. The duration of the internship program is four (4) months and contributes twelve (12) credits towards your credit hours.
Prerequisite: ACC 302, FIN 350, MKT 330, OPM 380

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