2017-2018 / GEST3061-1

Skills portfolio


Number of credits

 Master in management (60 ECTS) (evening classes)4 crédits 
 Master in human resources management (120 ECTS)2 crédits 


David Homburg


David Homburg

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

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 themes covering a range of different topics. Contents vary a lot from one workshop to another. This year, the workshops offered are :
- Négociation raisonnée (J-Y Girin)
- Communication en entreprise (S. Huc)
- Gestion de projet (T. Chantraine)
- Créer et gérer son réseau professionel (B. Philippart de Foy)

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Through its various workshops, the Skills Workshops aim at four main objectives :
* 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

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 mind are an essential component 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 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 Workshops places the acquired skills in the light of the students' imminent entry on the work market.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Normally, workshops do not have any prerequisites, every student of the program may register for them. If an exception should be implemented, it would be signalled during the specific enrollment in each workshop.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Skills Workshops are based on a « learning by doing » method. 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 face-to-face work sessions of 4 hours and some homework linked with the workshop's theme. Depending on the workshop, this could be, among others, visiting conferences, taking part in field observations or travels, or designing presentations or reports.
To validate the 4 ECTS of the Skills Workshops, each student must take part in two different workshops.

Recommended or required readings

Specific readings can be asked in each workshop. These will be mentionned in the first session of the workshops.

Assessment methods and criteria

Skills Workshops are assessed during the working sessions. There is no independent exam at the end of the year. Therefore, there is no second exam session for the Skills Workshops. A failed workshop leads to a new inscription in the next year.
The students' performances in each workshop are assessed by a mark on 20. The average of these marks is the final mark of the course, which will be credited for 4ECTS at the end of the program.
If a mark lower than 10/20 is obtained in one of the workshops, this mark will replace the average as the global mark of the course. Thus it is impossible to pass the course if a workshop has been failed.
Marks of successful workshops are automatically kept until the creditation of the whole course.
In order to encourage the choice of workshops with a real learning ambition, a note of 10/20 will be awarded to any student fulfilling the three following conditions : (1) active participation to all face-to-face sessions; (2) invested completion of every assignment given in the workshop; (3) implementation of a self-development strategy for the aimed skills. Over 10/20, the mark depends on workshop-specific criteria, which always include the student's progression compared to his / her previous starting level.
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. A workshop where at least two sessions have been missed cannot be validated.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks



Secrétariat de l'horaire décalé : Laetitia Debraz
Program Manager : David Homburg david.homburg@ulg.ac.be Program Secretary : Françoise Dubois francoise.dubois@ulg.ac.be Responsable académique  : Louis Esch (louis.esch@ulg.ac.be)