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Learning and Employee Development


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 6
  • Convenor and tutors: TBC
  • Assessment: a 2000-word essay (100%)

Module description

The course introduces the theory and practice of the development of people at work. We will cover a wide range of topics including an examination of the national and organisational context for employee development, a review of some of the psychological processes influencing adult learning, examination of the training cycle, and discussion of some of the key ways in which employees are developed in contemporary organisations.

Learning objectives

By the end of the module, you will be expected to be able to:

  • understand some of the key cognitive processes involved in human learning
  • comprehend some of the key theories of human learning and their relevance to the development of workplace learning interventions
  • discuss the range of workplace learning and development interventions, and how the choice can be made about which is the most appropriate
  • demonstrate understanding of some of the ways new technology can support employee learning
  • outline some of the key considerations in determining training and development needs
  • outline some of the key considerations in the design and development of training and other learning interventions
  • understand the importance and some of the challenges of evaluating employee development
  • demonstrate awareness of some of the issues surrounding the application of new development and competencies to workplace settings.