2019-2020 / GPRO0002-1

Skills workshops

Duration

Number of credits

 Master in economics : general (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in management (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in business engineering (120 ECTS)5 crédits 

Lecturer

Louis Esch, David Homburg

Coordinator

David Homburg

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

All year long, with partial in January

Schedule

Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The Skills Workshops offer a large choice of activities covering a range of different topics. Contents vary a lot from one workshop to another. For the full program please refer to the HEC Liege website :
http://www.hec.ulg.ac.be/fr/masters/master-en-sciences-gestion/marketing/ateliers-competences

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Through various modules, the Skills Workshops aim at four main objectives :
* to develop student's relational and managerial skills; * to develop student's creativity and entrepreneurial spirit; * to develop student's ethical and critical mind; * to develop student's professional project
These are coherent with the school's key learning outcomes :
Relational skills contribute to student's general communication (KLO 4) and their ability to work in an interational and multicultural team (component of KLO 2). Managerial skills help students in KLO 1 to 3 (strategy, implementation, quality and performance control).
Creativity and entrepreneurial spirit are essential components of KLO 5 : Adaptability.
Ethics and a critical mind are an essential component of KLO 2 : implementation.
Each workshop focuses on one specific skill which contributes to the four aims mentioned above. More specific learning outcomes are defined in each module.
Generally speaking, a workshop will give each student several occasions to practice the targeted skill, to get extensive and personal feedback on strengths and weaknesses, as well as strategies to improve performance. The necessary tools to go on learning about these skills autonomously after the training will also be provided.
The Master Program of the Skills Workshops places the acquired skills in the light of the imminent entry in the job market.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Most workshops have no prerequisites. For the few who have prerequisites, these are mentioned in the "Remaques" section of the workshop description on the HEC-ULg website :
http://www.hec.ulg.ac.be/fr/masters/master-en-sciences-gestion/marketing/ateliers-competences
This page also mentions the workshops which imply a financial contribution from the students.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The Skills Workshops are based on a « learning by doing » methodology. They involve students into complex situations where they will have several occasions to practice their skills, 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 4 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.
Workshops have a type. A-type workshops represent 40h of student-time (courses + assignments), B-type workshops have a heavier workload : 60h. Here are the required workshop combinations for the whole master curriculum (1 to 3 workshops to credit) :
- master in management (5ECTS): A+A+A or A+B or B+B
- master in business engineering (5 ECTS) : A+A+A or A+B or B+B
- master in economics (4 ECTS) : A+A or A+B
- master in human resources management (2 ECTS): A or B
These workshops are credited in the student's program during the last year of his master cycle or when the student, with the permission of the jury, takes the Skills Workshops into his program. Doing so forces a student to finish all due workshops in the same year.

Recommended or required readings

Documents explaining how the Skills Workshops work are available on the Lol@ platform (http://lola.hec.ulg.ac.be/course/view.php?id=76) Specific additional references and readings can be asked in the different workshops.

Assessment methods and criteria

The students' performances are assessed by a mark on 20. If every workshop gets a mark of 10/20 or more, the weighted average (a B workshops weighs 1.5 times more than an A one) of these marks will be the final mark of the Skills Workshops, which will be credited at the end of the year in which the last workshop of the bachelor program is validated.
If a workshop is failed (under 10/20), the failure mark will replace the average mark for the whole course (if more than one workshop is under 10, the lowest mark will be kept). To pass this course, it is mandatory to succeed in every individual workshop.


Skills Workshops are assessed during the working sessions. There is no independent exam at the end of the year. Since they are assessed during the sessions, based on interactions, and depend on external events, it is usually difficult to organize a second session for the Skills Workshops. However, depending on the specific workshop and on the student's participation, it might be possible to increase ones marks by doing some additional work. In case of a second session, please contact your workshop pilot and ask him or her if and how this can be done. A failed workshop leads to a new inscription in the next year.
The marks of successful workshops (mark over 10/20) will automatically be kept until the end of the bachelor program.
To encourage students to select workshops in which they have real improvements to expect, the assessment system is centered on the students' real implication in developing their skills and on their progress compared to their personal initial performance level.
Concretely, a mark of at least 10/20 will be awarded to every student responding to the three following conditions : (1) full and active participation in the workshops class or field activities, (2) rigorous execution of the various tasks and homeworks asked by the workshop and (3) implementation of a self-regulation process and skills development strategy. The part of the mark over 10/20 will rely on an assessment grid specific to each workshop, which will include progress compared from the original starting point.
The class and field 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. Missing two sessions of a workshop (with or without a justification) will result in an "absence" mark for the workshop (and consequently for the whole course).
If a workshop has not be validated due to unjustified absences, the student loses the right to take part in the bet for the workshops until the end of his master curriculum. To register, he will have to meet Vincenza D'Agostino after October 15th and to chose a workshop where there are still free places after the first round of registration.

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.
Students who have a master program counting more than 120 ECTS must have credited at least 45 ECTS to have the right to register in the workshops. This does not apply to the students from the master in human resouces.
Registration for the Skills Workshops will be opened on September 20th and will end on September 29th . This registration only concerns workshops students want to accomplish during the academic year 2019-2020. A complete description of the registration process is available on the Lol@ page of the Skills Workshops (http://lola.hec.ulg.ac.be/course/view.php?id=76) Students who want to register after September 29th should contact the managers of the Skills Portfolio after October 15th. Unfortunately, their choice in workshops will be reduced.
The groups allocated to the different workshops will be published on October 11th. The first sessions will take place on October 15th. The timetable of the workshops will be available on the Lol@ page of the Skills Workshops.
Workshop allocation is definitive. It is impossible to change, exchange or unregister from a workshop, except in case of a malfunction 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 (david.homburg@uliege.be)

Program Secretaries:
Vincenza D'Agostino (vincenza.dagostino@uliege.be)

Academic Director: Louis Esch (louis.esch@uliege.be)