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Human Resources Management

Course
2012-2013

Tag(s)

En

Admission Requirements

A similarly tagged 100-level course. Students that do not meet this prerequisite should contact the instructor regarding the required competencies before course allocation.

Description

Human Resource Management (HRM) activities are focused on the acquisition, development, reward and motivation, maintenance and departure of an organisation’s human resources. Traditionally, the field of study is divided into a more practical-organizational component (including job analysis, HR planning, recruitment and selection, career planning, training and development), and a psychological-behavioural component (such as performance appraisal, motivation, leadership). Both fields will be observed, with an emphasis on the psychological-behavioural component, also defined as “Organisational Behaviour”.

All of us have wondered why some people succeed and others fail in their work. Most of us have marvelled at how some people seem to possess a bottomless well of enthusiasm for their work, while others regard their work as a daily necessity. In the past fifty years, the field of Organisational Behaviour has aimed at studying the behavioural processes that occur in work settings. It borrows many concepts and methods from psychology and sociology, because they are relevant to understanding people’s behaviour in organisational settings. As a result, the courses will include many topics from psychology and sociology.

Through training sessions, a number of basic methods and techniques applied in HRM and OB are presented. These sessions include techniques of negotiating, interviewing, conflict-resolution and motivating.

Course Objectives

Course aims: The course aims at providing you with a general introduction to the field of Human Resource Management (HRM) and Organizational Behaviour (OB). To satisfy this aim, many topics from psychology and sociology are introduced. As such, the course also serves as an intro to these area’s of study. At the end of the course, you will have obtained not only an overview of HRM and OB, but also a basic understanding of human behaviour in general. The course is to include a number of training sessions to provide you with basic tools and techniques from the field of HRM and OB.

Learning goals

  1. Knowledge of basic concepts in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour;
  2. Knowledge of basic concepts in psychology and sociology;
  3. Understand, interpret and apply these concepts in real world situations;
  4. Perform and apply basic methods and techniques applied in HRM and OB, as obtained through training sessions during the course.

Mode of Instruction

The first 5 weeks of the course consist of a combination of 2-hours lecturing, and 2-hours training. During the last two weeks the course focuses on application of concepts in both case studies and assignments.

Assessment

Written exam: 40%
Three individual written assignments: 30% (10% each)
Group assignment: 30%

Literature

Slocum, J.W. and Hellriegel, D., Principles of Organizational Behavior, South-Western.

Contact Information

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Weekly Overview

Week 1
Introductory Course on HRM (1), General Introduction
Training Session – Negotiating Skills

Week 2
Introductory Course on OB (1): The Individual
Training Session – Conflict Resolution

Week 3
Introductory Course on OB (2): Motivation
Training Session – Managing Motivation

Week 4
Introductory Course on HRM and OB (1): Groups and Group dynamics
Training Session – Conducting Effective Meetings

Week 5
Introductory Course on HRM and OB (2): Leadership
Training Session – Coaching

Week 6
Assignments on Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Motivation

Week 7
Case Study 1, 2 and 3.

Preparation for first session

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