Course detail

Personnel Work in Small Company

FP-BPWSEAcad. year: 2018/2019

The main content of the course is focused on HR competencies, it means in
particular cognitive skills (analyses, syntheses, concluding, logical
thinking) and abilities that owners and managers need to operate in
environment of small companies. They will demonstrate knowledge and
understanding of HR practices in small business environment and develop
critical understanding of personnel activities and its influence of overall
business performance.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

By the end of this course, students should be able to:
1) Identify the key assumptions and topics of personnel work in small
company.
2) Discuss the main recent HR concepts and their implications in the
environment of small company.
3) Understand the principle techniques concerning people management
within organizations and know how to apply these techniques in small
companies.
4) Analyze personnel issues and understand the limitations of personnel
work in small company.

Prerequisites

KSA on the A level required. English language competence minally at level B1.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Literature

Marlow, Susan, Patlon, Dean and Ram Monder. Managing Labour in Small Firms. Routledge, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-0415312851 (EN)
Ulrich David Human Resource Champions: The Next Agenda for Adding Value and Delivering Results Harvard Business Press, 2013 ISBN 1422160696. (EN)
Price, Alan. Human Resource Management in a Business Context . 3rd Edition. Cengage Learning Business Press, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-1844805488. (EN)
Wapshott, Robert and Oliver Mallett. Managing Human Resources in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Entrepreneurship and the Employment Relationship. Routledge, 2015. ISBN-13: 978-1138805194. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course will run based on three teaching-learning methods:
1) Method of the theoretical part of the course:
Lecture-type based classes with explanation regarding the different
topics. Theoretical classes will be audiovisual (power point
presentations, video viewing to support the theory, etc.). Theoretical
method will be combined with activation of students giving them
space for asking questions and giving feedback and comments to
lecturer.
2) Method of the practical part of the course:
Preparation and class-based presentation of exercises and case
studies. This exercises and cases will be based on analysis of
activities of the companies. Drafting a Project on the personnel
activities in small companies, and presenting it in class (conducting
by students in out-class hours). Both exercises, cases and Project

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Assesment of the course:
This course will be evaluated as follows:
A) Individual Project „Proposal for Personell Acitivities in a Selected
Small Company“:
Completion of a written report of an individual project,
handed exercises and cases, individually and in teams during
practical seminars, handed-in within the established deadline.
This will represent 25% of the final grade.
B) Practical activities:
Completion and presentation-discussion of an individual project, exercises and cases solved individually or in teams during practical seminars, handed-in
within the established deadline. This will represent 20 % of the
final grade.
C) Final written exam:
Final exam in form of test based on the materials handling by
students during lectures and seminars will represent 55 % of the
final grade. Test scores from 0 to 40. To approve the course it is
necessary to obtain a score above 20 (twenty) or higher on this
test.

Language of instruction

English

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction to the course. Course Schedule. Conditions for Evaluation.
Personnel Work in Small Companies and its Specifics.
2. Personnel strategy and policies in SME´s. Personnel activities, their
specifics in SME´s.
3. Labour Supply and Demand.
4. Work force analysis and jobs designing. Competence and use
competency modeling for personnel planning.
5. Recruitment. Internal and external resources. Choosing the right
methods for recruitment.
6. Staff Selection. Selection methods. Specifics of particualar selection
rounds.
7. Basic labour relations. Contract and its content.Adaptation process of
an employee and the adaptation process. Probation period.
8. Care for employees. Training and development. Identification of
training needs. "On-the-job" and "off-the-job" training forms. Selfdevelopment.
9. Employee motivation. Effective forms of employee motivation.
Principles of motivational interviewing.
10. Employee performance. Principles of appraisal.
11. Remuneration and compensation. Compensation factors. Employee evaluation. Evaluation methods. Principles of evaluation
interviewing.
12. Process of releasing employees. Outplacement.
13. Final summary of lessons learned and evaluation of acquired
knowledge and skills.

Aims

The main aim of the course is to develop HR competencies, it means in
particular cognitive skills (analyses, syntheses, concluding, logical
thinking) and abilities that owners and managers need to operate in
environment of small companies.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Regular attendance in lectures and seminars is recommended.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BAK-E Bachelor's

    branch BAK-ESBD , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer