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Postgraduate Course: Supporting Learning in Organisations through Training and Development (EDUA11356)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in the design and delivery of learning interventions relevant to different organisational contexts. The course explores the theory and practice of training and development and instructional design, and critically examines claims as to how organisations can facilitate and support engagement in learning.
Course description Learning and development (L&D) practices aim to support, facilitate and manage learning for groups and individuals in organisational contexts. It focuses on developing technical, procedural and professional skills, as well as the complex knowledge and understandings required to operate in dynamic and unpredictable environments. L&D practice encompasses a broad range of approaches, of which formal training and planned learning experiences form just a part. L&D has moved away from a training focus to a focus on learning, on designing learning experiences that are engaging, and facilitating informal and shared learning, tacit learning and reflective practice. Traditional notions of learning as the acquisition of knowledge and skills have been replaced by a wider concept of learning as a complex set of processes. As well as knowledge and skills, learning includes insights, meanings, and values. Emotional and social dimensions play an important part in learning, and both individual and social processes are involved.

The course will examine these issues through critical reflection on theory and research, including ethical and professional perspectives, drawing on understandings from education, human resource development, management studies, psychology and neuroscience. There is a practical component to develop skills relevant to planning, design and delivery of learning interventions. Indicative content includes:

Understanding training and learning in the organisational context- learning theories, individual and social learning, work-based learning.
Planning learning, Identifying and analysing organisational and individual training needs, L&D strategy, stakeholder engagement.
Designing learning interventions, learning theories applied to planning courses and L&D interventions, on-the-job and off-the job L&D methods and approaches.
Delivery of training - facilitation and presentation skills, creating a learning environment.
Monitoring and evaluation of L&D interventions.
Learning consolidation, organisational contexts to support practice, assessment tasks, reflection.
Organisational contexts, organisational and L&D processes and practices to support application and development of skills and knowledge.
Reviewing and continuing learning creating a workplace environment which supports continuing learning, personal development planning.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Final assessment will take the form of a 4,000-word essay
Feedback Students will be required to participate in a number of structured tasks during the taught programme, and these provide a basis of conceptual understanding and formative assessment.
Tutor and peer feedback will be given on an individual written assignment and group presentations.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically explore the nature and context of learning and development in organisations.
  2. Critically evaluate and apply approaches for identifying learning and development (L&D) needs in organisational contexts.
  3. Critically evaluate learning, training, development and instructional design theories and principles and their application.
  4. Design learning plans and interventions to support learning to meet identified needs in various organisational contexts
  5. Demonstrate skills of delivery and facilitation of learning through a range of methods.
Reading List
Blanchard, P.N. and Thacker, J.W. (2012) Effective Training: systems, strategies and practices 5th edition, Pearson Education.

Gibb, S. (2011) Human resource development: processes, practices and perspectives. 3rd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Gold, J., Holden, R., Iles, P, & Stewart, J., Beardwell, J (2013) Human Resource Development: theory and practice, 2nd Edition Palgrave Macmillan

Sadler-smith, E. (2006) Learning and Development for Managers: perspectives from research and practice, Blackwell publishing.

Smith, P.J. and Sadler-Smith, E. (2006) Learning in organisations: complexities and diversities. London: Routledge.

Stewart, J. & Cureton, P. (2014) Designing, Delivering and Evaluating L&D: Essentials for Practice. McGraw Hill Education

Stewart, J. & Rigg, C. (2011) Learning and Talent Development, CIPD publishing

Valentin, C. (2016) Enhancing Participant Engagement in the Learning Process, London: CIPD Publishing
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Group presentation skills, analytic reading and writing skills, group discussion skills
KeywordsTraining design,learning and development,training methods,organisational learning
Course organiserDr Claire Valentin
Tel: (0131 6)51 6195
Course secretaryMr Ben Hibberd
Tel: (0131 6)51 4241
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