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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)


Department: Economics, Finance and Business (Business)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2007/08 Module Cap
Tied to N1D317
Tied to N1D217
Tied to N1D314


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To achieve an advanced level of understanding of the ways in which HRD can become a strategic function, meeting critical business needs and promoting organisational as well as individual growth.
  • Students should, by the end of the Module, be informed at the theoretical level, and be able to relate the subject at a practical level to a wide range of organisations and situations.


  • Strategy and Human Resource Development
  • Learning Theories and Styles
  • Training Needs Analysis
  • Managerial Competency and its Assessment
  • Design and Delivery
  • Evaluation
  • Organisational Learning and Development
  • Practitioner Consulting Skills and their Development

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module students will have:
  • an advanced understanding of the nature of HRD and its contribution to contemporary business;
  • developed a critical awareness of the key models and concepts underpinning SHRD;
  • a critical appreciation of the issues involved in the application of HRD models to real business situations;
  • a critical appreciation of the individual skills and competencies required of the HRD practitioner.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module students will have:
  • acquired advanced skills in recognising and apply different techniques and tools in the design, delivery and evaluation of HRD.
Key Skills:

    Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

    • The module is delivered in discrete Units. These are designed to enable the learning outcomes to be achieved through a combination of specially written material, directed reading, reflection through self-assessed assignments and guidance for further reading. Module tutors provide feedback on formative work and are available for individual consultation as necessary (by email, telephone, post or fax).
    • The written assignment will test students’ understanding of relevant concepts and their ability to apply and interpret what they have learned to the analysis of a particular issue in depth.

    Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

    Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
    D L Study Units (a combination of specially written material, directed reading, self-assessed assignments and guidance for further reading) 150
    Total 150

    Summative Assessment

    Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
    Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
    Written Assignment 4,000 words maximum 100%

    Formative Assessment:

    1 Compulsory Tutor Assessed Assignment, (1,500 words).

    Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University