SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2N225586
Module Leader David McGuire
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Management
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

Students on this module will develop an understanding of the concepts, issues and stakeholders associated with learning at 3 distinct levels; individual, organisational, and society. The module delivers these 3 core levels within distinct themes within the module structure. Starting with Individual Learning; students will develop an understanding of the adult learning theory which underpins effective learning provision. Students will also develop understanding of the utilisation of reflective practice as a learning approach and will undertake reflective critical analysis of their own personal development, their attitudes towards learning and their opportunities for ongoing development and employability. The second theme - organisational learning - will begin with discussion of the learning organisation culture followed by examination of the process utilised to design, delivery and evaluate organisational learning interventions. Current contemporary organisational learning topics such as digital learning / gamification, leadership development and knowledge management; will also be considered within this theme. The final theme -Learning and Society - will analyse the impact of individual and workplace learning on wider society. This theme will go on to discuss the stakeholder perspectives and responsibilities in learning as well as examining current national learning initiatives as well as outlining various international approaches to learning. Students will apply learning and training theory to the design, facilitation and evaluation of a student-led learning event and will develop reflective learning skills through the completion of reflective activities throughout the module.


Syllabus Week Topic Theme 1: Individual learning Week 1 : Lecture Introduction to Module and Concepts of Learning & Development Week 1 : Seminar No Seminar Week 2: Lectures Adult learning theory - How and why people learn Week 2: Seminar Learning approach preferences and setting up Learning Groups / Considering group contracts Week 3: Lecture Personal and professional development through reflective learning Week 3: Seminar Why develop reflective practice and self awareness /enhancing employability - Group contracts to be handed to tutor Week 4 : Lecture Employability and Career Enhancement - the role of Learning Week 4: Seminar Analysing your learning journey - the importance of self development and CPD Theme 2: Organisational Learning Week 5: Lecture Analysing the Business case for learning and development. -Learning Organisations Week 5: Seminar i. Case Study of organisation's approaches to L&D ii. Finalising group topics for learning event confirmed Week 6: Lecture Methods and processes for Learning and Development Identifying Learning Needs in the workplace Week 6 : Seminar Formal and Informal Learning - why bother with University?! Internal v External providers -the debate ! Week 7 : Lecture Designing and evaluating work place learning Seminar 7(*) Workshop preparation - setting objectives for learning event - setting structure for learning event - workload allocation Week 8 Contemporary Learning Interventions in the Workplace e.g Digital learning and gamification; leadership development; knowledge management Seminar 8(*) Workshop preparation objective/structure/technique overview final questions relating to learning event Theme 3: Learning and Societies ? Week 9 Lecture Impact of Learning on Society/ Stakeholder perspectives and responsibilities Seminar 9 (*) Workshop delivery - 2 groups Week 10 Lecture Contemporary National Learning Initiatives e.g Apprenticeships Seminar 10 (*) Workshop delivery -2 groups Week 11 Lectures: International Approaches to Learning Seminar 11 Feedback and Assignment guidance/workshop delivery if required Week 12 Lecture Assignment 2 guidance: Individual Essay Seminar 12 Assignment 2 surgery

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students should be able to; 1. Discuss the concepts of learning and development and explain the key aspects of adult learning theory2. Explore the contribution of reflective practice to skills and career development3. Discuss the impact of learning and development at, and for work and critically evaluate the methods and processes involved4. Critically evaluate the impact of learning and development on society and discuss key national and global issues in learning and development5. Apply appropriate theory and best practice to underpin the design, facilitation and evaluation of a learning event

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The strategy for this module aims to expand the students' awareness of personal and professional development allied to learning theory and practice at the three core levels. Lecture input will be further explored within seminar discussions enabling students to analyse and apply key concepts to their own learning experiences and their current and future personnel and professional development needs. This approach reinforces the concept of life-long learning and encourages the student to identify their own learning preferences and needs in relation to the development of skills, knowledge and attitudes appropriate to their chosen career. This is particularly useful for international students as they will be able to apply and contextualise theory and practice in relation to their own countries and cultures. Classroom learning will be supported by the GCU Learn platform. Appropriate industry speakers will contribute to the module, helping students to contextualise learning and reinforcing the organisational and societal need for knowledge and skill development. Module assessment consists of a student-led learning event (30% of module mark) and an individual coursework essay examining contemporary issues in learning and development (70% of module mark). Student groups of 4 will design, facilitate and evaluate a learning event based on a syllabus-related topic. They will analyse theory and best practice within their chosen topic area and relate this information specifically to their audience. This innovative approach ensures that students develop an understanding of learning and development issues; apply these and contextualize them to their own learning situation and develop the skills necessary to design, deliver and evaluate an effective learning event. This is consolidated by the individual coursework essay which allows students to examine and highlight contemporary learning and development issues . Feedback strategy: Students will be provided with both formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. Formative feedback will be given during seminars through plenary discussion and following completion of assigned learning activities. Formative feedback on the planning of the group's learning intervention will be given in class by tutors ; and summative feedback will be given informally by both peers(as the audience) and formally by tutors assessing the groups. Students submit their individual coursework for this module electronically through GCU Learn Turnitin and marks and summative feedback will normally be provided on all coursework within 3 working weeks of submission. Internationalisation: The module incorporates an international dimension to student learning through discussion of potential impact of national culture on individual learning preferences and organisational practice. Specific international approaches to learning will be examined within the module also to enhance student understanding of various global approaches to learning.

Indicative Reading

Core text: Beevers, K. and Rea, A., 2016. Learning and Development Practice in the Workplace. Kogan Page Publishers. Other useful texts Brewster C, Sparrow P, Vernon G & Houldsworth E (2011) International Human Resource Management, London, CIPD Carbery, R. & Cross, C. (2015). Human Resource Development: A Concise Introduction. London: Palgrave Macmillan Francis, H, Holbeche, L & Reddington, M (2012); People and Organisational Development: A new agenda for organisational effectiveness; CIPD Gibb S (2008) Human Resource Development: processes, practices & perspectives, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan Gilmore S & Williams S (2013) Human Resource Management, Oxford University Press, Oxford Gold,J, Holden,R; Iles,P, Stewart,J &,Beardwell, J (Eds), (2013); Human Resource Development: Theory and Practice,2nd ed, Palgrave Macmillian Harrison R (2009) Learning & Development, (5th ed), London, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development Jr?gensen, KM; McGuire, D (2011); Human resource development: theory and practice; SAGE Lucas, R., Mathieson, H & Lupton, B., et al (2006) "Human Resource Management in an International Context", CIPD, London Marchington M & Wilkinson A (2008) Human Resource Management at Work, 4thed, London, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development McGuire, D. (2014) Human Resource Development. 2nd ed. London: Sage. Page-Tickell, R., 2018. Learning and Development: A Practical Introduction. Kogan Page Publishers. Rees, G and French, R (2016); Leading, Managing and Developing People; CIPD Simmonds D (2003) Designing & Delivering Training, London, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development Stewart, J & Cureton, P (2014); Designing, Delivering and Evaluating L&D: Essentials for Practice; CIPD Taylor S (2011) Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management London, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development Torrington D, Hall L & Taylor S (2009) Fundamentals of Human Resource Management: managing people at work, Harlow, Financial Times Prentice Hall Truelove S (2006) Training in Practice, Oxford, Blackwell Walton, J and Valentine, C (2014); Human Resource Development : Practices and Orthodoxies ; Palgrave MacMillan Wilson, J (ed) (2012); International Human Resource Development: Learning, Education and Training for Individuals and Organizations; 3rd edition; Kogan Page Journals/ publications Coaching at Work Human Resource Development International Human Resource Management Journal International Journal of Human Resource Management International Journal of Training & Development Journal of European Industrial training People Management Personnel Review Personnel Today Work, Employment & Society Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development www.cipd.co.uk <htp://www.cipd.co.uk/>

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained increased awareness of and developed competence in the following key areas: knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject independent and team working self reflection and evaluation design and delivery of facilitated learning event information retrieval skills communication skills; written, oral, listening verbal presentation and IT/Powerpoint time management critical thinking and problem solving

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 36.00
Independent Learning (FT) 128.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 70.00 35% 2000 word individual essay Due week 14
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Group Design and delivery of a facilitated learning event on a relevant L&D topic(tutor approved)Week9/10