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Prof. Lorenzo Mercurio

Contact information: l.mercurio@unicas.it

Term: Second Semester

Credits (ECTS): 6

Prerequisites: None

Language of Instruction: English

Class hours: 42 

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

The course learning objectives include: creating alignment between human resource and business strategies; designing work systems that allow employees to contribute to organizational performance; establishing appropriate staffing and compensation systems to attract, retain and motivate the best employees; making human resource decisions that are legal and ethical; and learning how to use quantitative tools and information to support decisions.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Human Resource Management is the broad study of human and social aspects of work, organization and personnel in modern organizations. Attention is given not only to scientific analysis, but also to the applicability of scientific knowledge in practical situations.
Designed for those students with limited or no knowledge of human resource management, the course is designed to help students develop an understanding of how human resource decisions contribute to business performance. Through the use of readings, lectures, group presentations and real-world case studies, students will be able to understand and to analyse basic issues related to recruitment, selection, and retention practices, managing at-will employees, evaluating performance, employee development, compensation regulations designed to assure economic security and standards in the work environment, and an introduction to labour relations.

 

INSTRUCTIONAL FORMAT:

The class will meet for 2 hours (gross of interclass break), twice (or three) a week, for a total of 21 sessions. Classes will consist of a lecture by the instructor, to be followed by a discussion of the main topics if necessary. Main points about the materials and all doubts brought up by the students will be addressed by the instructor during the class.

 

TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE:

To be defined (before course starting session).

 

WORKLOAD EXPECTATIONS:

All students are expected to spend at least 2 hours of time on academic studies outside of, and in addition to, each hour of class time.

 

FORMS OF ASSESSMENT:

The instructor will use numerous and differentiated forms of assessment to calculate the final grade you receive for this course. For the record, these are listed and weighted below. The content, criteria and specific requirements for each assessment category will be explained in greater detail in class. Any questions about the requirements should be discussed directly with your faculty well in advance of the due date for each assignment.

 

FORM OF ASSESSMENT

VALUE

Attending Students

 

Class Participation        

20%

Group Case Study Presentation

10%

Final Exam

70%

Non –Attending Students

 

Final Exam

100%

 

 ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW:

Class Participation:  This grade will be calculated to reflect your participation in class discussions, your capacity to introduce ideas and thoughts dealing with the texts, your ability use language effectively, and to present your analysis in intellectual, constructive argumentation. If you cannot attend classes your participation can be shown by interacting with your instructor during office hours, i.e. by asking about specific subjects of the syllabus and discussing assignments.

Group Case Study Presentation: The class will be divided in teams to work on particular cases assigned by the professor

Final Exam: The final exam is a written test that will consist of: 1. multiple-choice questions; 2. a case with open, short-essay questions.
The exam will be based on:
The reference book listed below;
Readings listed in the syllabus and available through the professor's online teaching platform;
Cases and all other material distributed during classes or made available on the course e-learning space, unless otherwise specified.
The case material for the exam will be the same for attending and non-attending students. The exam questions, however, will be different. While attending students have been continuously called to contribute to class discussions and class assignments and thus had the chances to prove their understanding and use of organizational knowledge, non-attending students will receive exam questions that require them to explain, apply, and evaluate more concepts and theories from the course than attending students. Non-attending students will also be asked to provide a systematic comparison of conflicting theoretical perspectives in the final exam.

 

CLASS/INSTRUCTOR POLICIES:

 Professionalism and communications: As a student, you are expected to maintain a professional, respectful and conscientious manner in the classroom with your instructors and fellow peers.

Attendance and Classroom behavior: Although attendance is not compulsory, it is highly recommended. All students must have a respectful attitude towards the professor as well as the classmates.

Arriving late / departing early from Class: Once they have decided to attend, students must behave consistently. Arriving late or leaving class early is disruptive and shows a lack of respect for instructor and fellow students.

Missing Examinations: Examinations will not be rescheduled. Pre-arranged travel or anticipated absence does not constitute an emergency and requests for missing or rescheduling exams will not be granted.

Use of Cell Phones, Laptops and Other Electronic Devices: Always check with your instructor about acceptable usage of electronic devices in class. Inappropriate usage of your electronic devices will result in a warning and may lead to a deduction in participation grades. Use of a cell phone for phone calls, text messages, emails, or any other purposes during class is impolite, inappropriate and prohibited Faculty determines whether laptops will be allowed in class. The use of a laptop, tablets or of cell phones is prohibited during all tests and exams, unless otherwise specified by your instructor. 

 

REQUIRED READINGS:

Listed below are the required course textbooks and additional readings. These are required materials for the course and you are expected to have constant access to them from the very beginning of the course for reading, highlighting and note-taking. It is required that you have unrestricted access to each. Access to additional sources required for certain class sessions may be provided in paper or electronic format consistent with applicable copyright legislation.

- Reading material would be available before the lesson on the professor online teaching platform.

Required texts:

The reference book is: George W. Bohlander; Scott A. Snell. Managing Human Resources. 15th Edition.
Chapter 4: Job Analysis
Chapter 5: Expanding the talent pool
Chapter 6: Employee selection
Chapter 7: Training and Development
Chapter 8: Appraising
Chapter 9: Managing compensation
Chapter 10: Pay for performance

Students without any knowledge of HRM and Organization Design are recommended to read also:
[Chapter 1: HRM in perspective]
[Chapter 2: Strategy and HR planning]

Recommended readings: (to be selected and assigned throughout the semester):

Reading material would be available before the lesson on the professor online teaching platform.

Online Reference & Research Tools:

To be defined (before course starting session).

 

[Ultima modifica: lunedì 25 settembre 2017]