UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

Turning Passion to Purpose

The specialisation in Human Resource Management provides the students an opportunity to pursue their academic interests in the subject of Human Resources. It focuses on the study of various aspects of business management especially focusing on the human resource or people while maintaining the significance of developing an understanding of core management functions. It introduces the various theoretical concepts of economics, accounting, business laws, marketing, finance and strategy which need to be considered during successful operation of any business in the contemporary world. The specialisation is designed to develop analytical thinking and a practical perspective among the management students and to go beyond mere exploration of the texts by viewing the various aspects of human behavior at the individual and group level, which impact the overall system i.e. organization.

The Human Resource Management major offers a unique approach to the study of human behavior and its impact on overall performance of an organization. It enables students to engage in an informed contextual analysis of various human resources practices in any organization and interpretation in the overall business strategy. This specialisation trains students to generate analysis and critical insights rooted in the appropriate methodological approaches, through reflective reading and writing practices, and imparted through both seminars, tutorials, field work, projects and workshops in the respective major discipline.

Throughout the specialisation a strategic and an application perspective has been incorporated and emphasized so as to provide the students with both a conceptual foundation along with an exposure to real life business scenarios. The course also emphasizes on developing skills for employability while developing a sense of social responsibility and ethics.
The courses give insight in the human resource management process of developing and retaining the employees in organizations from various sectors and business levels. The courses introduce students to various practices of recruitment, development and engagement of human resource and their contextual understanding, focusing on exploring multiple perspectives while anchored in a relevant theoretical framework of business management.

The specialisation specific courses at the introductory level are designed towards developing a foundation and critical understanding of concepts of business management. The content in intermediate courses is designed to delve into the thematic aspects of each course and train the students into developing analytical skills for taking contextually informed decisions. The students will analyze the available literature on the best practices in the field of business management, especially focusing on people management skills and issues and refining their foundation level knowledge and skills. Along with advanced courses in HR, Capstone courses in Business Management like, corporate governance, Ethics, Business Strategy are also offered to develop a holistic and an integrated view of business, its ethical aspects and its effective governance. Along with electives in Business management, a project in an area of interest can be undertaken that provides the students with exposure to real life applications in the domain and an overall understanding of the work environment.

PROGRAM AIMS

The Human Resource Management Specialisation intends to:

  • Provide a thorough learning in multiple areas of knowledge through the core courses in the area of Human Resource Management.
  • Develop an understanding of concepts, relevant theoretical frameworks and multiple approaches in the study of Human Resource Management.
  • Equip the students with knowledge in all functional areas of Human Resource Management like legal compliance, staffing, learning and development, employee engagement, performance and compensation, leadership and change management
  • Develop basic skills for utilising human capital for competitive advantage in challenging contemporary business scenarios.
  • Equip students to critically analyze the various practices in Human Resource Management for effectively attracting, engaging and retaining talent in an organization.
  • To train students to formulate fundamental HR policies and programs.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

MAJOR OUTCOMES

After successful completion of the Major, the student will be able to,

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge in accounting, economics, finance, management, entrepreneurship, and marketing in application of concepts and theories. 
  • Integrate the concepts of the core areas of business and apply it in various contexts.
  • Understand the importance of ethics in business activities.
  • Map the essential areas in the field of Human Resource Management for further application in practice.
  • Demonstrate an ability to use conceptual skills (HR and OB) to solve real life problems.
  • Integrate functional knowledge from different areas to formulate HR policies and plans.
  • Differentiate between effective and ineffective HR practices applicable in different contexts.
  • Monitor the quality of HR practices for organizational effectiveness.
  • Synthesize the conceptual knowledge about organizations and people to create workable solutions
  • Articulate new ideas in people management that can be implemented in organizations.
  • Predict trends in different areas within Human Resource Management.

MINOR OUTCOMES

After successful completion of the Minor, the student will be able to,

  • Map the essential areas in the field of Human Resource Management for further application in practice.
  • Demonstrate an ability to use the conceptual skills (HR and OB) to solve real life problems.
  • Integrate functional knowledge from different areas to formulate HR policies and plans.
  • Differentiate between effective and ineffective HR practices applicable in different contexts.
  • Monitor the quality of HR practices for organizational effectiveness.
  • Synthesize the conceptual knowledge about organizations and people to create workable solutions

COURSES (CORE AND ELECTIVE)

31 MAJOR COURSES

Introduction to Finance and Accounting

Financial Management

Leadership and Change Management

Consumer & Markets

Human Resource Management

Personal Growth Lab

Introduction to People Management

Learning and Development

Employee Engagement

Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Family Business

Design Thinking for Managers

Negotiation Skills and Conflict Management *

Introduction to Spreadsheet Modeling

Business Ethics and Corporate Governance

Psychological Assessment *

Introduction to Quantitative Methods

Employment Laws and Industrial Relations

Coaching And Mentoring *

Managerial Economics

Human Resource Planning and Staffing

Organizational Systems *

Accounting for Managers

Organizational Theory

Diversity And Inclusion *

Marketing Management

Negotiations

Future Of Work *

Organisational Behaviour

Business Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

 

Research Methods for Managers

Performance and Reward Management

 

 * 4th year undergraduate courses

Introduction to operations research

The course exposes students to fundamental optimization procedures and techniques to attain skills at structuring business problems and modelling them as a mathematical program, microsoft excel to solve such models, interpret solutions and use the solutions to answer the business problem. The focus of this course will be on applications of quantitative methods in modelling business situations.

Introduction to finance and accounting

The course is aimed at baptizing the students to the vocabularies of accounting theories and practices. Beginning with the accounting concepts, introducing the basic tenets in maintaining the books of accounts, the course finally culminates into the preparation of the financial statements like income statement, balance sheet as well as the cash flow statement. It also covers the bank reconciliation statement and bills of exchange.

Consumers and markets

This course provides a conceptual framework to the students to understand the various dimensions of marketing as a discipline. It focuses on exploring various aspects of marketing, markets, consumers, their shopping behaviour and motivations. It gives broad understanding of the exciting world of shop, shopping and shopper.

Introduction to people management

This course introduces the basic context, concepts and importance of people management in organizations to students. It incorporates application of psychological and sociological concepts to provide understanding about how people work in organizations. The course familiarizes students with the fundamental ideas of organizational behavior and human resource management and prepares them for the advanced courses under the specialisation. It is designed as an essential first course for students of management and entrepreneurship, to familiarise them with the practices of managing people in organizations.

Introduction to entrepreneurship & family business

This course introduces students to entrepreneurship and family businesses. It provides an overview on how they come into being, their perspective on the ecosystem, their mindset and how they manage their enterprises.

Introduction to spreadsheet modelling

This course deals with the use of the spreadsheet to solve managerial problems. It merely highlights the use of microsoft excel as an aid in formulating business problems and invoking appropriate functions to resolve them.

Introduction to quantitative methods

This course is designed to give undergraduate students an introduction to decision making. The use of quantitative techniques is increasingly being adopted in all areas of human endeavour. The need to collect, analyze and interpret mathematical output is increasingly being appreciated for arriving at conclusions or in strategic decision making. This course will deal with fundamental concepts required to model, analyse and solve quantitative problems arising in any discipline. A student undertaking this course can have little to no formal introduction to mathematics and statistics at the higher secondary level.

Managerial economics

This course provides a foundation of economic theories and models for use in managerial decision-making. The course provides students with an overview of theories of demand, supply, production and competition and equips them with the tools and techniques to make effective economic decisions under different business environments.

Accounting for managers

Financial accounting provides the means of recording and reporting financial information in a business. Accounting plays a vital role as an information system for monitoring, problem solving and decision-making. This course provides the fundamentals of financial accounting and goes on to demonstrate how accounting fits into the overall business environment of an organization. In addition to this, management accounting systems, which have a strong internal focus can be effective tools in providing information that is useful in decision making at all levels in the organization. Management accountants play a strategic role in developing and providing both financial and non-financial information that is critical to the success of an organization.

Marketing management

This course provides a conceptual framework to the students to understand the function of marketing in an organization. The course helps students to apply the marketing concepts and theories to solve case studies and projects. The course makes them vigilant of the marketing happenings in the real world and therefore importance of creating effective marketing strategies.

Organisational behavior

This course is an introduction to organizational behaviour for undergraduates. It discusses behaviour in organizations at individual, group & organizational levels and provides an understanding of the underlying aspects that drive behavior. It provides insights into the different theories and their application in the organizational context. It also enables students to understand the utilisation of different tools and practices in directing individual actions towards organizational objectives.

Research methods in management

The objective of the course is to enable students to understand the role and importance of research in improving managerial decisions when faced with uncertainty. Research methods are applied in all functional areas of business viz. Operation management, accounting, finance and marketing. The issue facing managers is not a shortage of information but how to use the available information to make better decisions. Learning this course helps students recognise that data are inherently variable and that the identification measurement, control, and reduction of variation provide opportunities for quality improvement.

Financial management

This course in financial management provides a detailed understanding of the finance function and its interrelationship with other areas of business. It seeks to develop the foundation for financial management concepts. It primarily helps the student to understand how businesses make investment, financing, working capital management and dividend decisions and what are the key factors that influence these decisions.

Design thinking for managers

Design thinking (dt) is a powerful tool to tackle the unstructured & the unknown. Dt is a ‘human centered’ approach to problem solving which emerged at stanford in the 1960’s primarily as a systematic, immersive approach to product design. In recent years, it was found that these approaches can be extended to a wide category of ill-structured, real-world problems, both in emerging and developed markets alike. Dt is getting increasingly popular not only across top corporates, but also in rural, semi-urban and underserved sections of society.
Given the diversity of challenges that we face today, it therefore becomes necessary to have thinkers and doers who can focus on addressing such challenges. Dt helps in building those capabilities.

Business ethics and corporate governance

The course aims to develop in the student a clear perspective on the role and responsibilities of business in society. It helps the student understand the role of ethics in business. It also dwells on corporate governance frameworks and their relevance to contemporary business environment.

Employment laws and industrial relations

A basic knowledge of employment related laws is a primary requirement for a student of human resource management (hrm). In this course, undergraduate students of hrm are introduced to the fundamental statutes of the employment related laws in our country and the importance of employment relations. This course is designed to prepare students for a future career in hrm as well as post graduate level coursework.

Human resource planning & staffing

This course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of hr planning and staffing. For any organization, irrespective of its objectives and nature – “identifying the right number and right type of people at the right time in the right places” – is a crucial challenge. As all organizations are dependent on efficient and effective utilization of human resources, it is essential that we know how to identify, attract, utilize, and retain human resources. This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts and practices linked to staffing in organizations and its link with other human resource functions. It will familiarize students with an essential understanding of recruitment and selection process as well as the technicalities involved with the entire process. At the end of the course, a student should be ready to start working as a junior human resource professional with necessary skills in staffing function.

Performance & compensation management

Managing performance and compensation of employees is an essential and crucial part of hrm function in any organization. In this course, undergraduate students of management are introduced to the fundamental concepts and frameworks in these areas. The course is designed to familiarize students with basic principles and practices of performance and compensation management, and prepare them to apply the same at workplace in near future.

Training and development

Training and development is one of the most important functions of human resource department as it prepares the workforce with the required knowledge and skills at all levels of work. This course will introduce the important concepts, processes, and tools in that will prepare students in designing appropriate training and development strategies and activities. This course is designed to prepare students for a future career in hrm as well as post graduate level coursework.

Leadership and change management

The course creates awareness about the various kinds of leadership. It critically analyzes the concept of leadership and the associated theories in the organizational context. It helps develop understanding of the change process in business organisations and equips students with knowledge of managing change.

Negotiation skills and conflict management

In the context of any business situation, emergence of conflict among parties is inevitable and it is essential to address this for successful operations. Negotiation is one of the most widely used and important processes for resolving conflicts. Every management student should be familiar with this process of conflict resolution. This course would be designed to familiarize future professionals and managers about the reasons and nature of conflicts. It would offer lessons on how to develop effective negotiation skills and techniques for managing the conflict situations. The purpose of this course is to nurture the essential expertise of an effective negotiator in every student. This course would incorporate a live project / independent study.

Psychological assessment

Psychological testing has become a significant hr tool for recruitment and training purposes. It has become imperative for hr professionals to make themselves aware about the nature of psychological testing and understand when and how to use it. Therefore, this course aims to help students develop an understanding of the significance of psychological testing in 21st century organizations. Students will learn about the purpose and process of test development, types of psychological tests and considerations while implementing psychological testing.

Coaching and mentoring

Intense competition and rapid changes in the business environment have led to organizations focusing on employee development as a way to remain competitive. Coaching and mentoring have become prevalent employee development tools to increase employees’ job – related knowledge and skills and provide continuous learning. These initiatives are expected to lead to better job performance and attitudes. Therefore, this course aims to familiarise students with the significance of coaching and mentoring initiatives. Students will learn about the approaches and processes of coaching and mentoring as well as the ways of measuring the impact of these initiatives. This course would incorporate a live project / independent study.

Organizational systems

For any employee of an organization or an individual who starts and manages her/his own organization, it is critical to understand how an organization is designed. This knowledge helps in being aware of one’s contribution to the organization, and in taking appropriate measures to enhance performance at the individual and organizational level. It also enables in bringing about organizational efficiency and effectiveness. This course would be designed to familiarize students with organizational environment, structure and processes, and help them analyse any kind of an organization from both macro and micro perspectives. This course would incorporate a live project / independent study.

Diversity and inclusion

Organizations in the twenty-first century are aware of the business benefits of having a divese and inclusive character of the workforce, as well as organizational culture. So, diversity and inclusion (d & i as commonly referred to in the industry) policies and programs are now an integral part of the overall people management strategy. This course is designed to familiarize students with the conceptual and practical aspects of d&i with the help of academic research and real-life examples. After completing this course, students would be aware of the need and importance of d&i initiatives; the implementation challenges; and realistic guidelines.

Future of work

In the last two decades, we witnessed enormous changes taking place with the nature of work itself, characteristics of the workplace, and the taste and preferences of workers. Experts from academia and industry have enthusiastically speculated about how these changes are going to have an overall impact on organizational processes. In this course, we will invoke some of the most valuable perspectives and predictive models on the subject to introduce students to the exciting and evolving nature of work. After completing this course, students would be able to appreciate, embrace, and even implement the change processes in organizations.

23 MINOR COURSES

Introduction to Operations Research

Organisational Behaviour

Personal Growth Lab

Introduction to Finance and Accounting

Human Resource Management

Employee Engagement

Consumer & Markets

Learning and Development

Negotiation Skills and Conflict Management *

Introduction to People Management

Employment Laws and Industrial Relations

Psychological Assessment *

Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Family Business

Human Resource Planning and Staffing

Coaching and Mentoring *

Introduction to Spreadsheet Modeling

Organizational Theory

Organizational Systems *

Introduction to Quantitative Methods

Performance and Reward Management

Future of Work *

Managerial Economics

Leadership and Change Management

 

 * 4th year undergraduate courses

Introduction to operations research

The course exposes students to fundamental optimization procedures and techniques to attain skills at structuring business problems and modelling them as a mathematical program, microsoft excel to solve such models, interpret solutions and use the solutions to answer the business problem. The focus of this course will be on applications of quantitative methods in modelling business situations.

Introduction to finance and accounting

The course is aimed at baptizing the students to the vocabularies of accounting theories and practices. Beginning with the accounting concepts, introducing the basic tenets in maintaining the books of accounts, the course finally culminates into the preparation of the financial statements like income statement, balance sheet as well as the cash flow statement. It also covers the bank reconciliation statement and bills of exchange.

Consumers and markets

This course provides a conceptual framework to the students to understand the various dimensions of marketing as a discipline. It focuses on exploring various aspects of marketing, markets, consumers, their shopping behaviour and motivations. It gives broad understanding of the exciting world of shop, shopping and shopper.

Introduction to people management

This course introduces the basic context, concepts and importance of people management in organizations to students. It incorporates application of psychological and sociological concepts to provide understanding about how people work in organizations. The course familiarizes students with the fundamental ideas of organizational behavior and human resource management and prepares them for the advanced courses under the specialisation. It is designed as an essential first course for students of management and entrepreneurship, to familiarise them with the practices of managing people in organizations.

Introduction to entrepreneurship & family business

This course introduces students to entrepreneurship and family businesses. It provides an overview on how they come into being, their perspective on the ecosystem, their mindset and how they manage their enterprises.

Introduction to spreadsheet modelling

This course deals with the use of the spreadsheet to solve managerial problems. It merely highlights the use of microsoft excel as an aid in formulating business problems and invoking appropriate functions to resolve them.

Introduction to quantitative methods

This course is designed to give undergraduate students an introduction to decision making. The use of quantitative techniques is increasingly being adopted in all areas of human endeavour. The need to collect, analyze and interpret mathematical output is increasingly being appreciated for arriving at conclusions or in strategic decision making. This course will deal with fundamental concepts required to model, analyse and solve quantitative problems arising in any discipline. A student undertaking this course can have little to no formal introduction to mathematics and statistics at the higher secondary level.

Managerial economics

This course provides a foundation of economic theories and models for use in managerial decision-making. The course provides students with an overview of theories of demand, supply, production and competition and equips them with the tools and techniques to make effective economic decisions under different business environments.

Organisational behavior

This course is an introduction to organizational behaviour for undergraduates. It discusses behaviour in organizations at individual, group & organizational levels and provides an understanding of the underlying aspects that drive behavior. It provides insights into the different theories and their application in the organizational context. It also enables students to understand the utilisation of different tools and practices in directing individual actions towards organizational objectives.

Employment laws and industrial relations

A basic knowledge of employment related laws is a primary requirement for a student of human resource management (hrm). In this course, undergraduate students of hrm are introduced to the fundamental statutes of the employment related laws in our country and the importance of employment relations. This course is designed to prepare students for a future career in hrm as well as post graduate level coursework.

Human resource planning & staffing

This course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of hr planning and staffing. For any organization, irrespective of its objectives and nature – “identifying the right number and right type of people at the right time in the right places” – is a crucial challenge. As all organizations are dependent on efficient and effective utilization of human resources, it is essential that we know how to identify, attract, utilize, and retain human resources. This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts and practices linked to staffing in organizations and its link with other human resource functions. It will familiarize students with an essential understanding of recruitment and selection process as well as the technicalities involved with the entire process. At the end of the course, a student should be ready to start working as a junior human resource professional with necessary skills in staffing function.

Performance & compensation management

Managing performance and compensation of employees is an essential and crucial part of hrm function in any organization. In this course, undergraduate students of management are introduced to the fundamental concepts and frameworks in these areas. The course is designed to familiarize students with basic principles and practices of performance and compensation management, and prepare them to apply the same at workplace in near future.

Negotiation skills and conflict management

In the context of any business situation, emergence of conflict among parties is inevitable and it is essential to address this for successful operations. Negotiation is one of the most widely used and important processes for resolving conflicts. Every management student should be familiar with this process of conflict resolution. This course would be designed to familiarize future professionals and managers about the reasons and nature of conflicts. It would offer lessons on how to develop effective negotiation skills and techniques for managing the conflict situations. The purpose of this course is to nurture the essential expertise of an effective negotiator in every student. This course would incorporate a live project / independent study.

Psychological assessment

Psychological testing has become a significant hr tool for recruitment and training purposes. It has become imperative for hr professionals to make themselves aware about the nature of psychological testing and understand when and how to use it. Therefore, this course aims to help students develop an understanding of the significance of psychological testing in 21st century organizations. Students will learn about the purpose and process of test development, types of psychological tests and considerations while implementing psychological testing.

Coaching and mentoring

Intense competition and rapid changes in the business environment have led to organizations focusing on employee development as a way to remain competitive. Coaching and mentoring have become prevalent employee development tools to increase employees’ job – related knowledge and skills and provide continuous learning. These initiatives are expected to lead to better job performance and attitudes. Therefore, this course aims to familiarise students with the significance of coaching and mentoring initiatives. Students will learn about the approaches and processes of coaching and mentoring as well as the ways of measuring the impact of these initiatives. This course would incorporate a live project / independent study.

Organizational systems

For any employee of an organization or an individual who starts and manages her/his own organization, it is critical to understand how an organization is designed. This knowledge helps in being aware of one’s contribution to the organization, and in taking appropriate measures to enhance performance at the individual and organizational level. It also enables in bringing about organizational efficiency and effectiveness. This course would be designed to familiarize students with organizational environment, structure and processes, and help them analyse any kind of an organization from both macro and micro perspectives. This course would incorporate a live project / independent study.

Future of work

In the last two decades, we witnessed enormous changes taking place with the nature of work itself, characteristics of the workplace, and the taste and preferences of workers. Experts from academia and industry have enthusiastically speculated about how these changes are going to have an overall impact on organizational processes. In this course, we will invoke some of the most valuable perspectives and predictive models on the subject to introduce students to the exciting and evolving nature of work. After completing this course, students would be able to appreciate, embrace, and even implement the change processes in organizations.