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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2020-2021 (archived)

Module BUSI45L15: Human Resource Development

Department: Management and Marketing

BUSI45L15: Human Resource Development

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2020/21 Module Cap
Tied to N1K607
Tied to N1K507
Tied to N1K307
Tied to N1KL07
Tied to N2P109
Tied to N2P409
Tied to N2P509
Tied to N2P609


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of key issues relating to skills, training and HRD.
  • To familiarise students with methods and tools common to the analysis, development and evaluation of learning interventions


  • Introduction: the nature and scope of HRD
  • Skills, training and strategic HRD
  • HRD policy and practice: organizational, national and international contexts
  • Critical: HRD: power and influence within political systems
  • Learning theories and models
  • Identification of learning, development, and training needs
  • Design and delivery of learning interventions
  • Evaluating learning interventions
  • Leadership and Management Development

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Have an advanced knowledge and understanding of the context and nature of skills at work in contemporary societies, and the implications of these for learning and development.
  • Be familiar with the methods and tools common to the analysis, development and evaluation of learning and development interventions.
  • Have an in-depth understanding of how learning, training, and development needs for all types of staff may be identified.
  • Have a critical appreciation of the importance of stakeholder involvement in the design and implementation of effective learning and development programmes.
  • Have a critical appreciation of the importance of incorporating equality and diversity in learning and development interventions.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Be able to critically analyse a number of different issues relating to the study of skills, training and HRD;
  • Be able to critically evaluate different practices;
  • Be aware of and be able to critically evaluate different theories of skill and skills development.
  • Be able to design, deliver and evaluate a learning intervention
Key Skills:
  • Written communication;
  • Written communication;
Key Skills:
  • Planning, organising and time management;
  • Problem solving and analysis;
  • Using initiative;
  • Computer literacy.
  • Planning, organising and time management;
Key Skills:
    Problem solving and analysis;
Key Skills:
    Using initiative;
Key Skills:
    Computer literacy.

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

  • Through a combination of lectures, seminars including practical activities, and guided reading addressing key topics, students will acquire the advanced skills and knowledge to enable them to develop a thorough understanding of this specialist field of study.
  • The summative assessment of the module, by written assignment, is designed to test students’ knowledge and understanding of the subject-matter, their ability to apply it to the analysis of specific issues in training and HRD, and design and evaluate learning interventions.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 10 1 per week 2 hours 20
Seminars 4 1 per fortnight 1 hour 4
Preparation, Reading, Data Collection and Independent Study 126
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Individual written assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Individual written assignment 2500 words (maximum) 100%

Formative Assessment:

Group presentation

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