Human resource management (HR) (BRH230)

The course will develop students' knowledge of HR processes from recruitment to end of work life and organizational development and change processes in order to create healthy, engaging and creative work environments.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


Students will gain knowledge on how to organize and work with personnel planning, staffing and recruitment, socialization into the work organization, supervision of employees through performance reviews and other important discourses, practical conflict resolution in the service industry, training, competence- and career development, and Health, Safety, and Environment - issues (HSE). Students will further increase their consciousness relating to responsible leadership, decent work, gender equality, their own values, norms, and experiences, and the value of human resources in service businesses.

Learning outcome

After completing the course students are expected to have the following knowledge, skills, and general knowledge:


  • have basic knowledge of key principles, themes, and issues in personnel management
  • have knowledge of key processes, tools, and working methods in HR management
  • have knowledge of research and development in the field and current debates and trends
  • have knowledge of the subject area history, development, and place within organizations and service industry
  • have knowledge of primary regulations in the HR-field


  • able to participate in governance processes and apply scientific knowledge for planning and implementing organizations' HR policy
  • able to apply and master the relevant methods in HR management
  • able to analyze and define the employees' work situation and adjust and tailor HRM on individual -, group, and organizational level
  • able to reflect on and clarify their own and others' roles and responsibilities in the HR policy workspace

General competence:

  • have knowledge of relevant ethical challenges and issues in the HR policy workspace
  • to identify, analyze and disseminate key subject matter both written and oral, individually and in cooperation with other
  • to locate and relate the field of HR management in relation to the field of management in general
  • have expertise in academic writing technique

Required prerequisite knowledge



Written assignment and written examination

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 3/5 4 Hours Letter grades None permitted
Home exam 2/5 7 Days Letter grades All

Coursework requirements

Være til stede på 5 presentasjoner (20 min. muntlig framføring) i tillegg til sin egen

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Gro Ellen Mathisen

Method of work

Lectures and group work.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Human resource management (HR) (BHO290_1) 10

Open for

Digital Service Management - Bachelor's Degree Programme Hotel Management - Bachelor's Degree Programme Tourism Management - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Social Sciences

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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