Human Relations


  2. A. Course Title: Human Relations
    B. Course Number: PS 213B - 10347
    C. Semester: Spring 2018
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Howell, Chris
    G. Office: C.M. Burke University Center (UC) 222
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2659
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 9:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:30:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);10:45:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 9:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:30:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);10:45:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 9:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    I will make every effort to respond to e-mails within 24 hours Mon - Fri and before noon on Monday for messages sent over the weekend. Students may contact me to make an appointment outside of office hours if needed.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course is an introduction to the behavioral sciences as they apply to management. It includes a study of individual behavior as it relates to leadership traits, individual behavior in organizations, and related subjects of motivation and leadership. There is also a consideration of perceptions, attitudes, and values as they affect management decisions and actions. This is a three credit hour course.


    The purpose of this class is to familiarize the student with the concepts of self-esteem and interpersonal communication techniques Student should check with their advisor/counselor to determine whether courses are transferable to other institutions.



    Human Relations for Career and Personal Success: Concepts, Applications, and Skills (11th Edition, Pearson Publishing), DuBrin, Andrew. ISBN: 13:978-0-13-413040-8

    (If you have access to the 10th edition, it will be acceptable)


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    This class is online and a distance education format. It draws from the experiences and perspectives of the instructor and students as well as the readings, class exercises, videos, and presentations. Your questions, comments and reactions to the readings can be important contributions.

    Each chapter covered in this class will have questions assigned to answer. Be thorough in your response and grades will be assessed based on the completeness of your answer. Chapter assignments are worth 100 points. This is an 8 week class and will move at twice the pace of a regular semester, so it is important to stay abreast of assignments and reading.

    Any assignment submitted or reopened after the due date will have points reduced at 5 points a day. Students must justify why the assignment should be extended.

    Use Microsoft Word or Google Docs when writing papers/assignments to be uploaded to Canvas. If you do not have these programs consider utilizing another computer or converting your work prior to submission.

    Grades can be tracked in Canvas and students are encouraged to monitor their progress regularly as well as check Canvas for messages and announcements.

    The first week of class complete Module Zero on Canvas for a grade. This will familiarize you with Canvas as well as completing a variety of assignments. This is a requirement.

    Exams. Three exams will be administered covering the material on each “part” of the class. The text is divided up into parts comprising several chapters. Exams are worth 100 points each, and will be multiple choice or short answer. Exams are taken in Canvas.

    Instructor response time: I will make every effort to grade work in a timely manner. With large classes, this could take a while, but every effort will be made to report grades within 48 hours of the due date.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's Social/Behavioral Sciences Department endorses the core competencies as established by the State of New Mexico. Within our respective fields, as appropriate, students should

    A. identify, describe, and explain human behaviors and how they are influenced by social structures, institutions, and processes within the contexts of complex and diverse communities.

    B. articulate how beliefs, assumptions, and values are influenced by factors such as politics, geography, economics, culture, biology, history, and social institutions.

    C. describe ongoing reciprocal interactions among self, society, and the environment.

    D. apply the knowledge base of the social and behavioral sciences to identify, describe, explain, and critically evaluate issues, ethical dilemmas, and arguments.

    Selected specific competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery of the above.


    Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

    1) describe the interpersonal communication process;
    2) discuss the group problem solving and decision making process;
    3) recognize cross-cultural relations and diversity;
    4) describe conflict resolution skills;
    5) demonstrate effective leadership skills including motivation and helping others develop and grow;
    6) identify ethical business behavior;
    7) define the correlation between stress management and personal productivity;
    8) utilize job search and career management tools.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    Online courses require self discipline. Success requires that you stay abreast of the work. Please be sure and let me know if there is a reason you are not able to keep up with the work load.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2018. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Week 1. March 13. Module zero, Chapter 1 and chapter 2.

    Week 2. March 20. Chapter 3 and chapter 4.

    Week 3. March 27. Chapter 5 and chapter 6. Test #1 over part I.

    Week 4. April 3. Chapter 7, 8 & 9

    Week 5. April 10. Chapter 10 & 11

    Week 6. April 24. Chapter 12 & 13. Test #2, Chapter 7-13.

    Week 7. May 1. Chapter 14, 15, & 16.

    Week 8. May 8. Final Exam over chapter 14-16.