OR6-2003 Human Resource Management

Course description for academic year 2019/2020

Due to Covid-19, changes may occur in course descriptions for the spring semester of 2020. Changes in each course will be published on Canvas. When a course description has been changed on Canvas, the description on web is no longer valid. Examples of such changes could be accomplishment of practice, course type, or whether letter grades or passed/not passed will be used as grading scales.

Contents and structure

Human resource management (HRM) is a core subject in modern organizational education. The subject describes how organizations can utilize their employees¿ abilities, characteristics, and skills. It further explores how employee learning, competence development, motivation, working conditions, and job satisfaction may be facilitated.

Learning Outcome

Learning outcomes:

The course will introduce students to HRM and provide insight into the discipline area in a historical, organizational and cultural context. The course combines theory and workplace examples, and will provide training in application of theory to practical problems.


Upon completion, the students should be able to:

  • gain knowledge on the key HRM activities
  • explain the importance of HRM functions
  • understand their roles within organizations and work life
  • understand the impact of internationalization on HRM functions.
  • Skills:

Upon completion, the students should be able to:

  • plan, implement, and evaluate HRM functions in an organization, such as the recruitment, development, termination, and facilitation of work environment measures.

General competency:

Upon completion, the students should:

  • develop an understanding of the human capital and its significance for value creation within modern business environments
  • gain a foundation for critical reflection regarding HRM practices

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge


Teaching methods

Teaching and learning:

In-class lectures along with case studies in groups. The course focuses on learning through student activity, and working with practical problems through case work. In addition, self-study and working in groups between the lectures is important. The lectures will cover the key parts of the course, and will provide support for any additional work the students will engage in for understanding the subject.

Course requirements

A written assignment, to be completed in groups of 2-3 students. The assignment must be passed in order to appear in the final exam. One approved assignment (arbeidskrav) is valid for the three consecutive semesters.


Written exam, 4 hours. Letter grade

Examination support material


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Course reductions

  • OR6-212 (1) - Human Resource Manangement - Reduction: 4.5 studypoints
  • OR6-2002 (1) - Human Resource Management - Reduction: 7.5 studypoints