AD2014: Becoming a Learning and Development Specialist

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 12, Max 35.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (depending on client needs).
Teaching Methods: 2 x 6hr(s) Workshops; 12hr(s) Other (work based application via assigned coach); Directed Study (recommended reading)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education, Staff, Irish Institute of Training and Development.
Module Objective: This module provides the student with a structured opportunity for an assessment of their own strengths and development needs as a learning and development specialist. The main outcome of this module is the learner's personalised continuing professional development (CPD) plan which shows cognisance of the material covered across the Diploma. This module will be supported through formal assessment using industry professional standards, psychometric assessment and a practical approach to skills enhancement of the student.
Module Content: · Identity, Self-awareness and Emotional Intelligence of a Learning and Development Specialist
· Skills and competencies of an effective Learning and Development Specialist
· Developing learning and development delivery and facilitation skills
· Working effectively in cross-cultural environments
· Managing relationships with line managers and senior management
· Working with external providers and strategic partners
· CPD and the Learning and Development Specialist.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Understand personal strengths and development areas
  • Communicate effectively with all stakeholders across the learning and development cycle
  • Demonstrate enhanced analytical and decision making capabilities
  • Show awareness of strategies for dealing with organisation politics in relation to learning and development
  • Produce a feasible CPD Plan which provides a development pathway for the coming 12 - 24 months.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks ( Self-assessment of Skills & Competencies and the preparation of a CPD Plan (100 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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