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Check out: New online courses on hiring, people management

Online course provider Coursera has launched programmes on HR that will be taught by global experts

education Updated: Mar 02, 2016 20:29 IST
HT Correspondent
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Learners will have a deeper understanding of what works in the workplace through some of these courses.(Imagesbazaar)

Human resource management is a key focus area for the corporate world. If you are keen to familiarise yourself with the finer nuances of this subject and upgrade your skills with guidance from global experts, here are a few courses that may interest you.

Course- Human resource management: HR for people managers

Name of the university- University of Minnesota

Professors- John W Budd, Alan Benson, Larry Bourgerie, Stacy Doepner-Hove, Peter Ronza, Amy Falink

Description of the course - This specialisation provides a robust introduction to the key principles, policies, and practices of human resource management. A foundation course considers alternative approaches to managing human resources, provides a background to the US legal context in which employees are hired, fired, rewarded, and managed, and outlines the different reasons that people are motivated to work. The remaining three courses tackle three core areas that all managers should understand: hiring employees, evaluating their performance, and rewarding them. Throughout the courses, an accessible, scientific approach is embraced such that best practices and practical tips are informed by research, but presented in accessible, applied ways.

Course begins: March 7, 2016

Cost- US$265 (Rs 18,000 approximately)

Benefits of this course- Learners will have a deeper understanding of what works at the workplace, including a toolkit of best practices for hiring, managing, and rewarding employees. The specialisation will be valuable for managers and entrepreneurs taking on these responsibilities as well as anyone else interested in the fundamental principles of human resource management. The Capstone Project will provide an opportunity to learners to apply this knowledge to a real situation, including their own organisation or work unit if desired.

Course- Leading people and teams

Name of the university- Michigan State University

Professors- Scott DeRue, Maxim Sytch, Cheri Alexander

Description of the course- In this specialisation, you will not only learn from Michigan faculty, you will be coached by exceptional leaders including Jeff Brodsky, global head of HR for Morgan Stanley, and John Beilein, head coach of the University of Michigan men’s basketball team. They will share with you research on how to lead people and teams effectively, and work with you to apply these insights to your own teams and leadership. In every course, you will have an opportunity to apply new leadership skills by working through a series of practical leadership assignments.

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Course begins: February 29, 2016

Cost- US$445 (Rs 30,000 approximately)

Benefits of this course - One can learn essential leadership skills, including how to inspire and motivate individuals; manage talent, influence without authority, and lead teams.

Course- Coaching skills for managers

Name of the university- University of California, Davis

Professor- Kris Plachy

Description of the course - In this five-course specialisation, you will learn from executive coach and University of California Davis instructor Kris Plachy, who has created and transformed dozens of teams through coaching. She will share best practices, research, tools and models for coaching effectively. You will learn how effective managers use coaching to establish clear expectations and accountability, how to assess performance, and how to conduct coaching conversations that build awareness and get results.

Course begins: March 7, 2016

Cost- US$265 (Rs 18,000 approximately)

Benefits of this course- The learner will learn the essential skills to coach people for improved performance. Apart from that, one will get a deeper understanding of the ways to manage people in better way.

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