HRMU9LD: Learning and Development

Semester:  Spring

Level:  10

Credit Value:  20

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

Contact Hours:  30 hours

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

Module Learning Objectives:

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

  • The main contexts for workplace learning and development.
  • The relationship between individuals and organisations in workplace learning and development.
  • The identification of workplace learning needs and designing learning.
  • Factors influencing workplace learning and development in an organisation.
  • Choices of approaches and practice to workplace learning.
  • The effectiveness of approaches to workplace learning and development.
  • Differences in international approaches to workforce learning and development.

Teaching Methods:

The module will be taught by using lectures and seminars. Seminars will use short case studies, group exercises and role plays.


This module introduces students to the subject of workforce learning and development. It aims to provide a critical introduction to the human resources issues concerning learning and development from both individual and organisational perspectives.

Students examine 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. They analyse the organizational contexts and processes in which learning and development take place, including the relationships between an organization’s business strategy and its learning and development activities. Wider influences on learning and development, including the effects of the changing nature of work, labour markets and training policy, are also discussed. Different international approaches to workforce learning and development are then considered. The nature of management development within the context of learning and development and talent and career management are also discussed and analysed.


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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