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Course SummaryBusiness 325 has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. With this self-paced course, you get engaging lessons, expert instructors who make even the most challenging union and labor relations topics simple, and an excellent resource for getting a head start on your degree.
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By the end of this course, you'll be able to analyze the foundations of union and labor relations in the United States, as well as relevant labor laws. You will study management theory, the bargaining process, HR management, union structures, and conflict resolution in labor management.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and become eligible for college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||100|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Assignments are intended to assess your application, analysis, and critical thinking skills in relation to the concepts you learn in the course. Two assignments are required for this course. You can access them here.
- All assignment scores will total up to 100 points.
- Your assignment(s) will be graded by a Study.com instructor.
- The instructor will provide a graded rubric for you along with feedback on what you did well and what could be improved.
- If you are unsatisfied with your score, you will be able to revise and resubmit your assignment(s) twice. You are free to resubmit an assignment within two weeks of your most recent exam attempt or at any point if you have an active college accelerator membership.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 90 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
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Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Define and discuss the objectives of the employment relationship and of labor relations
- Recognize and discuss the major events, organizations and key strategies in U.S. labor history
- Articulate and discuss the key provisions, goals and rationales of significant U.S. labor laws, regulations and procedures
- Evaluate, discuss and compare implications of the structure and strategies used by labor unions and business organizations
- Discuss and construct the union organizing process
- Analyze various types of collective bargaining and negotiation tactics as well as processes and resolution strategies for avoiding and/or resolving conflicts, disputes and impasses
- Identify and describe the general administration of the union contract and analyze how contract grievances are processed and resolved
- Compare and contrast the similarities and differences among private and public sector labor relations activity
- Articulate and discuss common characteristics of international labor relations structures and systems
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Business 325 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
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This course has been evaluated and recommended by ACE & NCCRS 3 semester hours in the lower division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Business 325 by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the Business 325 final exam directly on the Study.com site.
- Request a transcript to be sent to the accredited school of your choice!
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|Introduction to Labor Unions||Recognize and explain the origins, goals and purposes of the labor union. Define key concepts, including labor forces, labor markets, labor relations and labor unions. Outline some of the key reasons why individuals join unions and how, in particular, early labor unions were formed in order to address those individual needs and reasons.|
|Rights, Ethics & Employment||Define and analyze the role and application of rights and ethics in the workplace. Outline a variety of key ethical theories as they relate to human rights in the workplace. Identify and describe work rules and basic employee rights in the workplace. Define the meaning of efficiency, equity and voice in the workplace and explain how these concepts are balanced in work settings.|
|Basics of Management Theory||Evaluate and analyze theories of management. Outline key principles of prominent management theorists and explain the main arguments of such theories in connection with employee behavior, motivation, workplace productivity and workplace efficiency.|
|HR Management||Define the concept of human resource management and share an analysis of the objectives and responsibilities of the human resource manager in the workplace. Identify the role and impact of HR in employee and labor relations.|
|History of Labor Unions in the U.S.||Explain how the U.S. labor relations system represents a compilation of historical events and proactive and reactive legislation. Identify, summarize and analyze significant events in the history of labor unions in the U.S. Recognize key events beginning during the Second Industrial Revolution and summarize a timeline that highlights key events occurring up through World World II.|
|U.S. Labor Law in the Private Sector Pre-1960||Identify and analyze significant U.S. labor laws in the private sector pre-1960. Assess the new areas that workers' rights laws began to cover in the pre-1960 time period and describe pieces of government legislation that addressed these issues.|
|U.S. Labor Law in the Private Sector Post-1960||Identify and analyze significant U.S. labor laws in the private sector post-1960. Identify new areas workers' rights laws began to cover in the post-1960 time period and describe the particular pieces of government legislation addressed these issues.|
|Public Sector Labor Relations||Identify and explain key differences in the public versus private sectors of the workforce. Recognize and summarize significant public sector labor law legislation, including Executive Order 10988 of 1962 and the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, as well as important public sector labor law cases. Explain how disputes are most typically resolved in the public sector and how this differs from the private sector process.|
|Union Structure & Management||Identify a wide-range of union types, including local, national and international unions, as well as a variety of types and forms of union agreements. Describe common union security provisions, define and analyze right-to-work laws and categorize some of the common strategic steps taken when planning for union formation. Identify and analyze the variety of reasons that management might work towards remaining nonunion, as well as strategies that are often employed by management when seeking to do so.|
|Union Organizing||Identify and describe prominent theories and models of union formation. Outline the key steps typically required when working to organize and form a union from the perspective of all involved parties. Assess the roles and duties of union leadership and membership in connection with the organization process. Define the role and purpose of the National Labor Relations Board, as well as the certification and decertification election process.|
|The Bargaining Process in Union & Labor Relations||Discuss and analyze a variety of approaches and issues that arise in connection with the union bargaining and union contract negotiation process. Define and discuss the meaning, function and importance of the collective bargaining process. Analyze a variety of key issues, including technical, strategic and legal issues, that are commonly present when considering bargaining strategies, requirements and restrictions in connection with U.S. labor relations.|
|Labor-Management Conflict Resolutions||Define and describe a variety of possible labor management conflicts, including strikes, lockouts and boycotts. Analyze associated resolution strategies and approaches, including ethical issues that arise in connection with the conflict resolution process.|
|Contract Enforcement & Administration||Describe common methods of employee discipline, including written warnings, the 'hot stove' rule and progressive discipline, as well as workplace termination methods. Describe and analyze the process of contract enforcement and administration in the workplace. Define the employment-at-will doctrine, analyze its interaction with union contracts and identify exceptions to this doctrine in the workplace.|
|Grievance, Disciplinary & Arbitration Process||Identify and analyze the process and procedures for addressing disciplinary concerns and formal grievances in the workplace. Identify the various types of potential grievances in the workplace and identify the range of alternatives for resolving those grievances. Describe the steps, procedures and challenges associated with the arbitration and mediation processes.|
|Globalization & Labor Relations||Identify and evaluate the key elements and impact of globalization and related international organizations and agreements, including the World Trade Organization, International Trade Organizations, NAFTA and the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation. Summarize the work of key international organizations in this context.|
|Comparative Labor Relations||Define the AFL-CIO and evaluate its current status and membership trends. Describe and explain a variety of international approaches to union formation, bargaining and related labor relations topics. Identify and evaluate domestic and international trends in this area.|
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