HRMU9LD: Learning and Development

Semester: Spring

Level: 10

Credit Value: 20

Module Coordinator: Professor Ronald McQuaid, Management, Work & Organisation Division

Contact Hours: 22 hours lectures, 8 hours seminars

Assessment: Coursework (50%); two-hour examination (50%)

Module Overview:

The module presents a general introduction to the subject of workforce learning and development.  It deals with questions such as how best to develop and carry out training, learning and mentoring in an organisation.  It examines the principle learning and development methods and techniques used in human resources management and how they differ between individuals and the contexts in which they are applied.

The module introduces the organisational contexts and processes in which learning and development take place.  The main differences international approaches to workforce learning and development are then considered.  The nature of management development within the context of learning and development is discussed and analysed.  Talent and career management is analysed.

Module Objectives:

The aim of the module is to provide a critical introduction to the human resources issues concerning learning and development from both individual and organisational perspectives.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module students should be able to understand and evaluate:

  • The main contexts for workplace learning and development.  Definitions of learning and development; the relationships between an organization’s business strategy and its learning and development activities; learning and development in the context of the labour market and changing nature of work; vocational education and training policy and initiatives.
  • The relationship between individuals and organisations in workplace learning and development.  The interactions between an individual’s learning and development and an organization’s learning and development.
  • The identification of workplace learning needs and designing learning.  The techniques for the assessment, encouragement and management of an individual’s learning and development.
  • Factors influencing workplace learning and development in an organisation.  Delivering and evaluating learning and development; the historical and cultural factors shaping the role of learning and development within different kinds of contemporary organization; approaches and practices of workplace learning.
  • Choices of approaches and practice to workplace learning.  The choice of particular learning and development methods and techniques as solutions to individual and organizational problems; Talent Management and career development.
  • The effectiveness of approaches to workplace learning and development.  Assess the effectiveness of organizational processes of appraisal and career development in different circumstances; determine the scope and value of learning and development solutions to particular organisational problems.
  • Differences in international approaches to workforce learning and development.  Assess the strengths and weaknesses of UK learning and development practices in comparison with those of some major competitor nations.


Preparatory Work

Students should quickly review one of the core textbooks and review the learning sections at the website.  The module content covers a variety of learning and development issues in HRM, essential reading will therefore be based on the current literature on these issues.

Core textbook

Harrison, R. 5th edition (2009) Learning and Development, CIPD London.

Stewart J., and Curetom P. (2014) Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Learning and Development: Essential for Practice, CIPD: London  


This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester.

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