Description du cours

Intitulé de l'Unité d'Enseignement

Human Resource Management

Code de l'Unité d'Enseignement


Année académique

2022 - 2023



Nombre de crédits


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Langue d'enseignement


Enseignant responsable


Objectifs et contribution de l'Unité d'Enseignement au programme

The course aims at explaining the HRM choices made by employers in terms of HR policies and management tools.
The main objective is to give participants a thorough knowledge of the HR function, tools, and challenges in a volatile economic context. The tools are needed in order to be able to describe in a rigorous manner the characteristics of HR policies in a given company or organisation, then to analyse them with a critical mind. It is important to understand that there is not one way of handling HR and that organisational constraints must be taken into account to give orientations in this matter.
Second, the student should develop a capacity to analyse HR specific problems and working situations. Current HR developments should be treated in a personal, effective way.
At the end of the course, participants are expected to:
• Master the HRM terminology and be able to explain HR concepts – choose the correct theoretical framework in which they will analyse a given situation
• Describe an HR policy or tool, knowing that the same term does not necessarily refer to the same reality in different organisations – apply these to an organisation in which the student has previously worked/been an intern
• Situate the HR function in the global functioning of an organisation and differentiate HR policies according to the organisations analysed – suggest improvements when needed
• Be able to describe the evolution of HR functions in different historical periods, identify the various points of view according to specific contexts.

Competency Goals :

CG 1 Disciplinary Knowledge
CG2 Operational
CG3 Responsible
CG5 Aware of complexity / Critical Mind
CG6 Communicate orally and in writing in several languages

Prérequis et corequis

A good command of English.

Description du contenu

1. General introduction to HRM
2. Historical approach of the HR function
3. Description of RH models
4. Organisational design and development
5. Job description and evaluation
6. Recruitment and selection processes
7. Individual performance evaluation system
8. Compensation policy
9. Professional mobility and career management
10. Training policy

Méthodes pédagogiques

First sessions: Introduction to key concepts
Participation tests: students are required to read chapters of the book/ read articles/ view videos/ answer multiple choice questions before attending the class – they have to prepare and send a question on a given subject matter.
Step 1 prepare the course for the next week (topic will be indicated on Icheccampus)
Step 2 answer the 4 multiple choice questions
Step 3 setup a « question » on the subject

Supervised team works will be organized on the following subjects : HR structure, Training plan, Recruitment and selection, Department reorganization, New performance management, Compensation and Benefits, HR dashboard, Impacts of Mergers and acquisitions on HR, Job evaluation, Change Management, Organizational design, HR functions, Labour negotiations, TUPE and HR department…
- Step 1: Setup a group of 5 students (min 1 erasmus) with 5 roles: CEO - HR Director - Finance Director - Either Operation / Sales & Mkg/ Union repr/ Or legal / employee perspective
- Step 2: Find a company with one HR problematic
- Step 3: Analyse the problem + find a (possible) solution
- Step 4: Write a paper
- Step 5: Present/quote a paper

The objectives of the Case study are to:
- Work in a team
- Find a company that is open to share an HR issue
- Have open (confidential) interviews with professionals
- Analyse an HR problematic from different points of view
- Be able to find a solution to an HR problematic
- Be able to setup a clear HR report
- Setup & present the report to a small audience
- Evaluate a report & presentation by another team.

The required steps of the Case Study are to:
- Find a company that is open to share an HR issue
- Setup a team (distribute the functions/tasks)
- Submit the team structure and the HR problematic
- Have several interviews with the HR Manager (and Co)
- Analyse an HR problematic from different points of view
- Find solutions to the HR problematic
- Setup a clear HR report (one page per person)
- Setup a presentation
- Presentation / Evaluation of the presentation

The evaluation of the Case study is based on:
- Report (7 A4 pages, one per function + intro + conclusion)
- Presentation in front of other students
- Evaluation by Professor / Assistant.

Mode d'évaluation

Participation tests (weekly assignments) 30%
Case Study (in group) video on Teams (to be posted on Moodle)- 30%
Written exam during the session 40%

For the August/September session:
- Two assignments to prepare by the day of the exam - (to be posted on Moodle) - (30%)
- Written exam during the session - (70%)

Références bibliographiques

ARMSTRONG M. (2014) Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice. Kogan Page, London.