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Human Resources Management 2017/2018

  • 5 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Continuous Assessment


This course aims to promote skills in people management, so as to contribute to the management of the main asset of any modern organization, thus contributing to improve the competitiveness of organizations and the development of its employees.
At the end of the course the student should be able to strategically frame the activity of Personnel Management, plan and operationalize the guidelines for an HR plan , and develop skills to act in key areas of Personnel Management .

Recommended Prerequisites


Teaching Metodology

Mixed methods approach, comprising lecture/demonstration and active techniques such as case discussion and problem solving.

Body of Work

1. Introduction to People Management (PM) in organizations
1.1. Nature and historical evolution of the job
1.2. PM legal framework
2. Planning and Work Organization
2.1. Analysis and job description
2.2. People Management Forecasting
3. Attracting People
3.1. Recruitment
3.2. Selection
3.3. Integration
4. People Development
4.1. Planning Training
4.2. Skills Development
4.3. Career Management
5. People Retention
5.1. Performance Appraisal Management
5.2. Management of Compensation and Incentives
6. Strategy and PM
6.1. Framework of the Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM)
6.2 . Objectives and approaches of SHRM
7. International Human Resource Management
7.1. Management of Expatriates

Recommended Bibliography

ARMSTRONG, Michael (2006) Strategic Human Resource Management – A guide to action, 3rd ed., London, Kogan Page.
REES, Gary; SMITH, Paul (2014) Strategic Human Resource Management An International Perspective, London, SAGE.

Complementary Bibliography

Cartwright, S. & Cooper, C.L. (2012). The Oxford handbook of personnel psychology. Oxford University Press (978-019-9655881-6).
Redman, T. and Wilkinson, A. (2006) Contemporary human resource management: text and cases (2ªed.). FT/Prentice Hall.

Weekly Planning

Week 1: Introduction to Human Resources Management (PM) in organizations
Week 2: Planning and Work Organization
Week 3: Attracting People: recruitment
Week 4: Attracting People: selection and integration
Week 5: Case 1 Presentation
Week 6: People Development
Week 7: People Development
Week 8: Presentation Case 2
Week 9: People Retention: Performance Appraisal Management
Week 10: People Retention: Remuneration Management and incentives
Week 11: Presentation Case 3
Week 12: Strategy and PM
Week 13: Project Presentation
Week 14: International Human Resource Management
Week 15: Reviews and Individual Test

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The management of the main and most important asset of organizations is reflected in the knowledge of the fundamentals of human resource planning and the subsequent implementation in its dimensions, including recruitment and selection, compensation and incentives, and training and development.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The teaching/learning process is based on lecture/demonstration for the presentation of the main concepts, models and tools. The analysis and critical discussion of case studies is used for the identification and resolution of the main problems faced by organizations. Students present group work in the classroom, reflecting the application of theory to relevant topics. Students discuss applications for existing companies to determine and suggest improvements.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Bargaining abilityYes 
Commitment to effectivenessYes 
Commitment to qualityYes 
Ethical and responsible behaviourYes 
Event organization, planning and managementYes 
Foreign language proficiency  
Information and learning managementYesYes
IT and technology proficiency  
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYesYes
Relating to othersYes 
Research skillsYes 
Understanding multiculturalism and valuing diversityYes 
Working in international context  
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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