AD1024: Positioning Learning and Development in Organisations

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 10, Max 30.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (depending on client needs).
Teaching Methods: 6 x 8hr(s) Workshops (including case applications); Directed Study (recommended reading)
Module Co-ordinator: Ms Angela O'Donovan, Department of Human Resources.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: The focus of this module is on providing participants with academic and practitioner skills sets in strategically positioning learning and development in the organisation with a view to enhancing its status and reputation. Students will gain grounding in the conducting of a formal Training Needs Analysis (TNA) with a learning strategy focus coupled with the necessary skill sets of information gathering, gap analysis and judgement in terms of appropriately meeting the learning and development needs arising. The module aims to guide the participant through the full cycle of analysis linked to business needs and identified learning strategy.
Module Content: · Linking Learning & Development to Business Strategy and Goals
· Translating Business Strategy into a Learning Strategy
· Learning & Development Mission Statements, Policies & Practices
· Defining Training Needs Analysis in the context of a Learning Strategy
· Sources of information about Learning & Development Needs
· Gap analysis and identifying appropriate learning opportunities
· Prioritising Learning & Development Needs with resource constraints
· Selecting the most appropriate Learning & Development Strategy
· Implementing Learning & Development Strategies
· Enhancing the Status and Reputation of Learning & Development.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Link business strategy to a learning and development plan
  • Explain the contextual variables and their impact on the a strategic approach to learning and development
  • Describe the steps and techniques involved in a Training Needs Analysis process
  • Demonstrate competency in information gathering in support of a TNA process
  • Conduct a Training needs analysis with post intervention evaluation
  • Select appropriate learning and development strategies.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (2,500 word individual case study assignment, 160 marks; group presentation, 40 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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