Course detail

Human Resources Management in Small Company

FP-BHRMEAcad. year: 2019/2020

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.

Offered to foreign students

Of all faculties

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.


KSA in the field of social sciences on the A level required. English language competence min. at level B1.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

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).

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Assesment of the course: This course will be evaluated as follows: A) Team Project „Proposal for HR Strategy for Small Business“: Completion of a written report of a semestrial project, anded-in within the established deadline. This will represent 25% of the final grade. B) Presentation of a semestrial project, handed-in within the established deadline. This will represent 20% of the final grade. C) Discussion towards presented semestrial project. This will represent 15% of the final grade. C) Final written exam: Written final exam based on the materials handling by students during lectures and seminars will represent 40% of the final grade. Test scores from 0 to 40. To approve the course it is necessary to obtain a score above 21 (twenty-one) or higher on this test.

Language of instruction


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.


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 is is highly recommended. Attendance in seminars is obligatory.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BAK-Z Bachelor's

    branch BAK-Z , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective

  • Programme BAK-E Bachelor's

    branch BAK-ESBD , 2. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


eLearning: opened course