HR Information Systems

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
This course contributes to the general purposes of the MSc Management of human resources program by offering at the students theoretical, methodological tools and practical case studies to understand how Human Resources Management Systems are applied in organizations to support organizational strategy, improve efficiency and flexibility, increase productivity and performance, and ensure compliance with employment law. The focus will be on merging computer technology with a strategic human resource management perspective. This course provides students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to identify, assess, develop and maintain an effective system for managing human resources information. Students will develop a thorough understanding of the plan, design/acquisition, implementation and applications of an HRMS/HRIS.
During the course we will face the strategic importance of HRIS in creating an eHR organization focused on interconnecting people with business strategy to achieve rapid adaptation to changing needs common to people and business.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
1.Understand what Human Resources Information Systems are and how organizations could benefit in HRIS acquiring, storing, manipulating, retrieving, analyzing, and disseminating pertinent information concerning an organization's human resources
2.Understand and plan how to increase the effectiveness of managng human assets and provide guidance to management and organizations trough HRIS implementation
3.Critically analyze the administrative and strategic value of a Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) as relevant to local and global organizations;
4.Identify and examine issues relating to the use of HRIS in contemporary business settings;
5.Construct and present HRIS solutions, related to the effective management of human resource information; and
6.Work collaboratively demonstrating effective communication skills to develop and present HRIS recommendations with integrity and judgement
7.Present their analysis in a proper format of a written report.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second trimester
In case of extension of the COVID-19 emergency, lessons will be online via TEAMS in synchronous mode, following the official schedule. During these lessons, the students will be connected, and they can interact with the professor. There will be the opportunity to deepen the topics, analyze cases, ask questions, work in groups.
Each lesson will be recorded and later available on TEAMS and ARIEL.
The program will be the same as written in the syllabus.
Updates, details, and further information will be available on ARIEL.
Course syllabus
During the lessons, the following topics will be analyzed: a) The design of a HRIS and the planning for implementation b) How to manage a HRIS implementation including: needs analysis, system design, change management process, costs and investment management c) Main HRIS applications: talent management, recruiting and selection, training and development, performance management, total compensation d) Advanced HRIS applications and future trends as: HR metrics and Workforce Analytics, HRIS privacy and security, HRIS and social media, engagement model and wellbeing.
Prerequisites for admission
Preliminary knowledge of Human Resource management is recommended.
Teaching methods
Teaching methods will include small group problem-solving activities, based on case studies with HR professionals and managers company testimonials, preparation of group projects, and their presentation to the class.
Teaching Resources
Textbook for non-attending and attending students:
Human Resources Information Systems, 4th edition Editors: M.J Kavanagh; R.D. Johnson
For attending students (at least 70% of classes), further information on the textbook and required readings will be provided at the beginning of the course.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam is a written test with open questions aimed at evaluating: a) in-depth understanding of theoretical and methodological frameworks on HR Information Systems implementation, management and applications; b) the ability to apply theoretical and methodological frameworks to analyze organizational/managerial problems and to hypothesize solutions within HRIS space; c) the ability to use the proper disciplinary language.
It lasts for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
INF/01 - INFORMATICS - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Panzera Elena
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