Study Programmes 2015-2016
WARNING : 2014-2015 version of the course specifications
Skills portfolio
Duration :
Number of credits :
Master degree in Management (H.D.)3
Master degree in Management (H.D.)3
Master in Human Resources Management2
Lecturer :
Louis Esch, David Homburg
Coordinator :
David Homburg
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
All year long
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Course contents :
The Skills Portfolio offers a large choice of workshops covering a range of different topics. Contents vary a lot from one workshop to another. For the full program please refer to the HEC-ULg website :
Learning outcomes of the course :
Each workshop of the Skills Portfolio endeavors to reach one of the four following goals :
* to develop student's relational and managerial skills; * to develop student's creativity and entrepreneurial mind; * to develop student's ethical and critical mind; * to develop student's career plan
Each workshop focuses on one specific skill which contributes to the four aims mentioned above. ILOs of each workshop are specific and defined in each module.
Generally speaking, a workshop of the Skills Portfolio will give each student several occasions to practice the aimed skill, to get extensive and personal feedback on his strengths and weaknesses, as well as strategies to improve his performance. He will also have acquired the necessary tools to go on learning about these skills by himself after the training.
The Master Program of the Skills Portfolio places the acquired skills in the light of the students' imminent entry on the work market.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
Most workshops have no prerequisites. For the few who have prerequisites, these are mentioned in the "prerequisites" section of the workshop description on the HEC-ULg website : This page also mentions the workshops which ask students for a financial contribution.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Workshops of the Skills Portfolio are based on a « learning by doing » methodology. They involve students into complex situations where they will have several occasions to practice their skills and to identify their weaknesses and to improve through practical experience. These interactive workshops are designed for small numbers of students, which allows to give them personal feedback and coaching. They also emphasize contact with the professional world and multidisciplinary perspective.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Each worksop counts 3 to 5 accompanied work sessions of 4 hours and some homework linked with the workshop's theme. Depending on the workshop, this could be, among others, to visit conferences, to take part in field observations or travels, or to design presentations or reports. To accomplish the 5 ECTS of the Skills Portfolio, each student must take part to two or three different workshops in the program (depending on workshop class : A+A+A, A+B or B+B). These are credited at the end of the 2nd master, but can be followed in the 1st or 2nd year of master.
Recommended or required readings :
Documents explaining how the Skills Portfolio works are available (in French) on the Lol@ platform ( Specific additional references and readings can be asked in the different workshops.
Assessment methods and criteria :
Workshops of the Skills Portfolio are assessed during the sessions. There is no independent exam at the end of the year. The students' performances are assessed by a mark on 20. The average of these marks is the final mark of the Skills Portfolio, which will be credited for 5ECTS at the end of the 2nd year of master. If a mark lower than 10/20 is obtained in one of the workshops, this mark will replace the average mark of the Skills Portfolio. Therefore, it is necessary to have at least an 10/20 for each workshop to get the average mark.
In each workshop, students are assessed on their involvement in the workshop and on their progress compared to their own starting level. This should push students to choose workshops in which they feel a weakness.
The in-session assessment and the low number of sessions make active participation in the workshops mandatory. Official justification will be asked for each absence to a session and unjustified absence will be sanctioned on the final mark.
If the general mark obtained is a failure mark, the individual marks of every workshop where the student has accomplished a 10/20 or more are automatically kept and transferred to the next year. For the failed workshop(s) the student will have to hand in a second session work. This will be a report or an essay on a subject linked with the workshop's theme, which might be completed by an oral exam. The workshop itself will not be repeated. The assessment method of this second session work will be different from the original assessment method applied in the workshop itself. The student will not be allowed to repeat a workshop where he had an absence or failure mark, except if his absence is justified.
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
Attention : This program is designed to be split on two years, and is very difficult to credit on a single semester. Therefore, it is not available in the frame of an Erasmus Program.
The validation of this program requires three A-type workshops, one A-type and one B-type workshop, or two B-type workshops. A student can willingly accomplish more than this minimal number of workshops, but then his registration is submitted to following rules : (1) his registration must take place after the regular registration process has been closed, so he does not get a place in a workshop which would be required by the regular students; (2) the additional workshop will be included in his official program. It will be mentioned in the final certificate along with the other workshops and its mark will enter the global mark following the same rules than for other workshops. It will also be mandatory, as for other workshops. (3) Whatever the number of workshops accomplished, the ECTS-value of the Skills Portfolio will never rise above 5 in the student's program.
Registration for the Skills Portfolio will be opened on September 18th and will end on September 30th . This registration only concerns workshops students want to accomplish during the academic year 2013-2014. A complete description of the registration process is available on the Lol@ page of the Skills Portfolio ( Students who want to register after September30th should contact the manager of the Skills Portfolio. Alas, their choice in workshop will be strongly reduced.
The groups allocated to the different workshops will be published on October 10th. The first sessions will take place on October 21st. The timetable of the workshops will be available on the Lol@ page of the Skills Portfolio.
Workshop allocation is definitive. It is impossible to change, exchange or unregister from a workshop, except in case of a mistake in the allocation process.
Each workshop has an individual page on Lol@. Once your registration to the workshop is confirmed, please register on this page.
Contacts :
Program Manager : David Homburg Program Secretary : Françoise Dubois