SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2N621998
Module Leader Irene Mains
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Human Resource Management
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Perspectives on People at Work or equivalent

Summary of Content

Students on this module will develop an understanding of the issues and stakeholders associated with learning at 4 distinct levels; individual, organisational, national and international. They will also develop an understanding of the adult learning theory which underpins effective learning provision. Students will undertake a critical analysis of their own personal development, their attitudes towards learning and their opportunities for ongoing development and employability. Students will apply learning and training theory to the design, facilitation and evaluation of a student-led learning event and develop reflective learning skills through the completion of a reflective log.


Individual learning: concepts of learning and development; adult learning theory; personal and professional development; reflective learning Organisational learning: business case for learning and development; challenges in organisational learning; -3119 methods and processes for learning and development at, and for, work; contemporary learning interventions; evaluation of development Learning and societies: stakeholder perspectives and responsibilities; learning in UK society; international approaches to learning and development; global issues in learning and development

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:-1. Discuss the concepts of learning and development and explain the key aspects of adult learning history2. Explore the contribution of reflective practice to skills and career development 3. 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 inlearning 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 several 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. Online discussion boards will be established to enable students to reflect further on learning issues and to share information. 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 and a coursework essay examining contemporary issues in learning and development (each 50% of module mark). Student groups will create, run 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; develop the skills necessary to design, deliver and evaluate an effective learning event. This is consolidated by the coursework essay which is designed to examine and highlight contemporary learning and development issues of relevance in the workplace.

Indicative Reading

Recommended text Harrison R (2009) Learning & Development (5 Edition) London CIPD Books Brewster C, Sparrow P & Vernon G (2008) International Human Resource Management London CIPD Gibb S (2007) Learning & Development: Processes, Practices & Perspectives (2nd) edition Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan Simmonds D (2003) Designing & Delivering Training London CIPD Truelove S (2006) Training in Practice Oxford, Blackwell Journals/Publications International Journal of Training & Development Human Resource Development International Journal of European Industrial Training Personnel Today Coaching at Work People Management Indicative Research Sources Chartered Institute of Personnel Development www.cipd.co.uk <http://www.cipd.co.uk> Lifelong Learning UK www.lluk.org.uk <http://www.lluk.org.uk> Lifelong Learning www.lifelonglearning.co.uk <http://www.lifelonglearning.co.uk>

Transferrable Skills

- knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject - independent and team working - reflection and evaluation - 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
Collectve Learning via Discussion Forums (FT) 10.00
Practicals (FT) 4.00
Independent Learning (FT) 104.00
Lectures (FT) 23.00
Seminars (FT) 9.00
Directed learning (FT) 20.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Individual coursework essay (2000 words).
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Student-led assessed learning event.