6 ECTS credits
159 u studietijd

Aanbieding 1 met studiegidsnummer 4017121EEW voor werkstudenten in het 2e semester met een verdiepend master niveau.

2e semester
Inschrijving onder examencontract
Beoordeling (0 tot 20)
2e zittijd mogelijk
Faculteit Sociale Wetensch & SolvayBusinessSchool
Verantwoordelijke vakgroep
Imke Dirkx
Chris Wuytens (titularis)
Onderdelen en contacturen
2 contacturen Hoorcollege
17 contacturen Werkcolleges, practica en oefeningen
132 contacturen Zelfstudie en externe werkvormen

In the course Human Resource Management students develop a general understanding of how human resource decisions contribute to individual, team, and organizational effectiveness, and to a firm’s sustained competitive advantage. This knowledge can be applied in small, medium, and large firms, as well as non-profits. The course covers topics such as:

  • The historical background of HRM,
  • HR roles,
  • Strategic HRM (SHRM),
  • Job analysis and competency modeling,
  • Recruitment and employer branding,
  • Personnel selection and assessment,
  • Performance appraisal and management,
  • Training and development, 
  • Compensation and benefits,
  • Careers,
  • Employee well-being. 

The course approaches the management of human resources from a strategic perspective. The strategic perspective describes how each of the basic HR functions has its own part within the overall strategic plan of the organization and contributes to organizational performance. The course further takes an evidence-based approach to HRM which aims to help students in developing critical judgment in making decisions that impact the well-being and performance of organizations and employees.

Cursustekst (Vereist) : Managing Human Resources: A Balanced Approach (Part I), Bert Schreurs, VUB, 2220170009643, 2022
Digitaal cursusmateriaal (Vereist) : Lecture slides, teacher notes, and the material used for the practicals will be made available, Canvas
Bijkomende info

Teaching Methods

- Lecture: collective contact-dependent moments during which the lecturer engages with learning materials
- Seminar, Exercises or Practicals (Practical): collective or individual contact-dependent moments during which the students are guided to actively engage with learning materials
- Independent or External Form of Study (Self): independent study

This description of the teaching methods is indicative, in order to assess the expected study load.

Contact hours: 19 hours

  • Opening lecture by course coordinator (on campus): 2 hours 
  • Practical sessions: 17 hours
    • HR science meets practice (online): 2 hours
    • Case discussions (on campus): 12 hours
    • Careers workshop (on campus): 3 hours

The opening lecture will be recorded, the practical sessions will not.

Self: 132 hours

  • Watching pre-recorded videos: 20 hours
  • Listening to podcast episodes: 4 hours
  • Keeping up with the course material (incl. syllabus) during the semester, adding up to 7 hours per chapter: 56 hours
  • Preparing for the exam: 48 hours
  • Answering self-test questions: 4 hours

General competencies

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. identify and describe the key concepts and frameworks for human resource management;
  2. describe the fundamentals and functionality of the different HR domains;
  3. understand and explain how the HR domains separately and in combination contribute to sustained competitive advantage;
  4. critically analyze factors that influence the strategic management of human resources in today’s international environment;
  5. evaluate the extent to which an organization’s HR architecture is in accordance with the most recent scientific evidence;
  6. identify causes of HR-related problems and formulate recommendations based on the best available evidence.


De beoordeling bestaat uit volgende opdrachtcategorieën:
Examen Schriftelijk bepaalt 100% van het eindcijfer

Binnen de categorie Examen Schriftelijk dient men volgende opdrachten af te werken:

  • Schriftelijk Examen met een wegingsfactor 100 en aldus 100% van het totale eindcijfer.

    Toelichting: The exam tests students' knowledge and understanding about the course material. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions.

Aanvullende info mbt evaluatie

(!) In accordance with the supplementary faculty regulations to article 8§3 of the Teaching and Examination Regulations, the examination in the first examination session for all students only takes place in the additional examination block, organized in the two weeks following the spring break.

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Academische context

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