1 x 3-hour workshop weekly
1 of BUSN1021, BUSN1012, BUSN2038, BUSN2009
Topic description

The responsibility of the Human Resources (HR) function is to ensure that sufficient people with the appropriate skills can achieve the organisation's strategies and objectives. This involves investing in the training and development of staff to ensure employees' knowledge and skills are developed and maintained. Thus training and development are key components of an organisation's HR function. This topic introduces students to concepts, practices and issues associated with training and development in the workplace.

Key topics include:

  • Training and development and their relationship to strategic human resource management
  • A systems approach to training and development
  • Training and development methods
  • Contemporary issues in training and development, particularly those associated with career development and management
Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Discuss how training and development can help an organisation achieve competitive advantage
  • Define and understand the difference between training and development
  • Define and understand a systems approach to training and development
  • Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of various training methods
  • Examine contemporary issues in training and development, including career development and management
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Explain the nature and strategic importance of training and development to the achievement of an organisation's business objectives
  2. Differentiate between training and development and explain the relationship between the two
  3. Design and conduct a needs analysis, and plan, implement and evaluate training programs
  4. Describe a variety of training and development methods
  5. Discuss current training and development issues in the contemporary business environment

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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