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)


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Course Code

MGT 350

Human Resource Management


MGT 230, OPM 211

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 360, MGT 390

Management Courses description

MGT 201: Business Communication (BCC)

This course introduces basic communication theory and its application to business functions. It covers a wide range of business communication concepts including 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, ARB112, ISL 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 business practice.
Prerequisite: ISL112, ARB 112, ISL 112.

MGT 230 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, power and politics, and conflict and negotiations. It will also provide students with some experiential opportunities to develop leadership skills.
Prerequisite: MGT 210.

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 focuses on the essential international principles of business law including contracts, negotiable instruments, banking law, insurance, agency and powers of attorney, forms of business organization, employment, criminal law and torts, intellectual property, and tax. These concepts will be introduced in assigned readings and in brief lectures by the instructor, and then explored by students in general discussion and other formats.
Prerequisite: MGT 230.

MGT 373: Negotiation (3 credits) (BEC)

This course introduces the students, using role-playing simulations, to wide range of negotiation concepts such as conflict management as a first party and as a third party, mediation, investigation, arbitration, and dispute resolution.
Prerequisite: MGT 230.

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

This course provides deeper insights into entrepreneurship and establishes entrepreneurial links with innovation. It maps out the practical steps of forming a brand-new company, and addressing the strategic considerations for creating companies. The students will be exposed to various themes including entrepreneurial perspectives, launching entrepreneurial ventures, and formulation of entrepreneurial plan.
Prerequisite: FIN 201.

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

This course is a capstone that integrates the functional areas of marketing, accounting, finance, management, and operations into developing business strategies. It addresses a wide range of concepts such as internal and external factor analysis, business and corporate planning, strategic implementation, control, and evaluation.
Prerequisite: ACC 302, FIN 350, MKT 330, OPM 380, and MGT 380.

MGT 499: COOP Training Internship (Currently 12 credits and after July 1, 2018 it will be 9 credits).

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 the various sectors and industries in KSA. The duration of the internship program is four (4) months and contributes twelve (12) credits towards total credit hours.
Prerequisite: ACC 302, FIN 350, MKT 330, OPM 380, and MGT 380

Human Resources Management Courses Description

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 addresses a wide range of topics such as personnel planning, recruitment and selection, performance assessment, training and development, and ethics in HRM.
Prerequisite: MGT 230, and OPM 211

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 in the HRM portfolio explores the principles and practices of compensation and benefits in organizations from the holistic and comprehensive view of total reward management. Topics may include total reward strategy, job evaluation, reward systems, pay and grade structures, benefits management, reward system auditing.
Prerequisite: MGT 350

MGT 420 Human Performance Improvement (3 credits) (BEC)

This is a senior course focuses on managing people's performance in the workplace, to contribute to organizational performance and the essential skills that HRM practitioners and line managers need for internal consulting to design, facilitate, implement and evaluate performance interventions at a group (e.g. departmental) and organizational level.
Prerequisite: MGT 350

MGT 440 Comparative HRM (3 credits) (CCC)

This course explores the cultural relevance of HRM. The implementation of HRM theories 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 360 and MGT 390.

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