Public University of Navarre

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Double Bachelor's degree in Management, Business Administration and Law (international program) at the Universidad Pública de Navarra
Course code: 177602 Subject title: HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Credits: 6 Type of subject: Mandatory Year: 3 Period: 2º S
Department: Gestión de Empresas

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Module/Subject matter

General Management / Organization and Human Resources



This compulsory course is part of the Organization and Human Resources basic module together with the courses Business Economics and Organizational Design and Behavior. It is the third and last course in the temporal sequence of the module. The course takes place the second semester of the fourth year for the International Double Bachelor's degree in Economics, Management and Business Administration.

The course deals with the management of people as a basic resource within firms. After the Business Economic course, where an economic introduction to firms is explained, and the Organizational Design and Behavior course, where the grounds for a more in depth knowledge of organizational architecture and individual behavior are established, this Human Resource Management course aims to help the student better understand the strategic character of people as well as the areas or practices directly involved in human resource management.

The course starts with an introduction to the employment relationship to set up the theoretical framework of the course. Then the strategic nature of people is highlighted and the theoretical ideas to understand the contribution of people to value creation in organizations are explained. Next the processes of information gathering prior to any action in human resource management are described. These processes are job analysis and human resource planning. Unit 4 deals with the problems associated to recruitment and selection. Unit 5 examines training and Unit 6 performance evaluation. We finish the course with three units where compensation-related issues are discussed.

The approach to these topics is made from a managerial perspective founded in economics, but also including relevant contributions from psychology and sociology. Therefore, the approach is multidisciplinary.


General proficiencies

Not applicable


Specific proficiencies

Not applicable


Learning outcomes

RA01: Identify relevant economic information sources for the company and their content.
RA02: Understand economic institutions as the result and application of theoretical or formal representations of how the economy works.
RA03: Derive relevant information for the company from data that cannot be recognized by non-professionals.
RA04: Understand the nature of the company as an organization with different interdependent functional areas interacting with agents with different interests.
RA18: Evaluate, based on relevant information records, the situation and foreseeable evolution of a company.
RA20: Plan, organize, and control global management projects or those of the different functional areas of the company.
RA21: Apply policies and practices aimed at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of business management.
RA25: Use personal, social, and methodological knowledge, skills, and abilities to issue advisory reports on specific situations of companies and markets.



Methodology - Activity In-class hours Outside-class hours
A-1 Theoretical sessions 44  
A-2 Practical sessions 14  
A-3 Preparing individual/group assignments   40
A-4 Individual/group tutorial sessions   08
A-5 Self-study   42
A-6 Exam 02  
Total number of hours 60 90




Weight (%) It allows
test resit
required grade
  Final exam 45% Yes. Makeup exam 4/10
  Midterm exam 30% Yes. Makeup exam No
  Practices 25% No No

Practices require attendance, follow a more analytical approach, and are aimed at solving HRM-related problems. If the student needs to take the makeup (extraordinary) exam to pass the course, a minimum grade of 4 out of 10 in the makeup (extraordinary) exam is required. This makeup exam will include both the content from the partial test and the final exam. The makeup exam cannot be used to improve the grade of students who have already passed the subject in the regular evaluation.





Unit 1 - Human Resource Management (HRM)

  • The employment relationship
  • Task-approach to labor markets
  • HRM challenges

Unit 2 - Job analysis and design

  • Task attributes
  • Skill requirements

Unit 3 - HR planning

  • Prediction of labor demand
  • Transition matrix

Unit 4 - Recruiting

  • Asymmetric information
  • Signaling and screening

Unit 5 - Training

  • Human capital theory
  • General and specific training
  • Training evaluation

Unit 6 - Performance evaluation

  • Labor productivity
  • Unit labor costs
  • Attrition
  • Absenteeism

Unit 7 - Career development

  • Promotions

Unit 8 - Compensation

  • Compensation elements
  • Pay structure design



Practice 1 - Human resource management

Practice 2 - Job analysis and design

Practice 3 - HR planning

Practice 4 - Recruiting

Practice 5 - Training

Practice 6 - Performance evaluation

Practice 7 - Career development

Practice 8 - Compensation



Access the bibliography that your professor has requested from the Library.

Essential textbook:

Noe, R.A, Hollenbeck, J.R, Gerhart, B. & Wright, P.M. (2022). Fundamentals of Human Resource Management, 9th edition, McGraw-Hill.

Additional textbooks:

Cascio, W., & Boudreau, J. (2019). Investing in people, 3rd edition, Pearson.

Gómez-Mejia, L.R., Balkin, D., y Cardy, R. (2016): Managing Human Resources, 8th edition, Pearson.

Kuhn, P. (2018): Personnel Economics, Oxford University Press.

Lazear, E.P., & Gibbs, M. (2015). Personnel Economics in Practice, 3rd edition, Wiley.







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