Core Module Information
Module title: Learning and Development

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HRM11106
Module leader: Janice McMillan
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management

There are no prerequisites for this module.

Description of module content:

This module critically analyses current theories and trends in the field of human resource development (HRD) and critically reflects on the merits and effectiveness of a range of organisational HRD practices. The module provides advanced content on how individuals learn across contexts; the design, delivery and evaluation of training programmes; the dissemination and sharing of knowledge and learning in and between organisations; the strategic positioning of HRD practices in organisations and the barriers and drivers in HRD practice across organisational sectors. The module focuses on the development of academic/theoretical knowledge as well as developing and improving vocational skills in the field of HRD.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Demonstrate a comprehensive and advanced understanding of the principles of training design, delivery and evaluation
LO2: Demonstrate a critical awareness of the requirements and implications of the integration of learning and development activity with organisational needs.
LO3: Critically reflect on the knowledge and skills required in HRD interventions
LO4: Display a critical awareness of current practice and academic research in the field of HRD

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Janice McMillan
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This is an applied module which combines theoretical and practical perspectives on learning and development. Classes are held weekly and involve a wide variety of audio-visual resources and group discussions and activities. Students are expected to be independent learners and make use of web resources and directed reading.

The assessment will take the form of a case study - based on training design (LO 1 & 4) and closed-book exam (LO 2,3 & 4). Opportunities for formative and peer assessment on the training design case study will be provided. A skills workshop will be run as part of the module and to fulfil professional CIPD requirements.

The training design component of the module recognises the vocational nature of the module as students will normally be required to demonstrate training skills if they move to a workplace trainer role. The combination of case study and closed-book examination will develop students verbal and written communication skills and provide opportunities to engage with current research.In this regard, the module draws upon multiple sources of information across the world and in particular research from the Academy of Human Resource Development, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and University Forum for Human Resource Development. Guest speakers will offer the opportunity to converse with experts on specialist topics and debate current developments in the field.

The module draws upon a wide range of international research and examples of leading international organisations are provided to illustrate the concepts explained. The recommended reading directs students to textbooks from the US and Europe as well as standard UK texts.

To support equality and diversity, the module uses Moodle. Here, students can avail of a wide range of supplementary material.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will take the form of an in class review and discussion of the component 1 assessment brief and criteria, with the opportunity for students to gain feedback on their training intervention case study ideas and plan. In addition, there will be an exam preparation session which will include the opportunity to review past papers and practice sample questions. Further to this students are required to attend a one day workshop to develop their knowledge and practical skills. Immediate tutor feedback will be provided for all elements of formative assessment.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment takes the form of a training intervention case study Written feedback will be provided with overall grade (50% of module mark). In addition, students will sit one 2 hour, closed book exam (50% of module mark). Each piece of summative assessment is not only designed to test the knowledge and understanding of the student but to also allow students to demonstrate a range of practical and academic skills developed throughout the module.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 40
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 70
Independent Learning Guided independent study 78
Face To Face CL_TST 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1, 4 9 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 2, 3, 4 13 HOURS= 02.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
HRM11106 - Learning and Development