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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS5320M Training and Development

30 creditsClass Size: 160

Module manager: Prof. Irena Grugulis

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is not approved as an Elective


This module aims to provide students with knowledge of key skills, training and human resource development issues through developing a critical awareness of the political, economic, labour market, social and cultural contexts in which workplace training and development initiatives reside. The module also highlights the significance of the international context and comparative training systems as well as the environment in which such initiatives take place.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Explain national training systems and policies with respect to vocational and non-vocational training
- Recognise the importance of training in enhancing competitive performance and supporting broader human resource management initiatives
- Identify and critically evaluate the complexities presented when introducing training initiatives at the workplace

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Apply cognitive skills of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
- Prepare and deliver effective presentations


Indicative content
Overview of key skills, training and human resource development issues. It is organised in four sections.
Analysing the notion of skill and assessing the importance and extent of training investment in the modern global economy. Training and skills are discussed in the context of contemporary restructuring of industries and labour markets as is the connection between training, skills and performance.
A comparative review of national training frameworks and institutions, including those in Europe, the USA and the Far East. The notion of high and low skill trajectories is introduced.
Training and development within organisations. Students will explore issues relating to labour utilisation and flexibility and the importance of the workplace for training and the development of skill, including an investigation of the role of trade unions in training provision at work and the industrial relations implications of training.
Policy issues relating to the role of organisations in promoting lifelong learning and issues of regulation, employability and social partnership.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours270.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Preparation for Seminars, Lectures and Assessment

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment3,000 words70.00
Presentation20 minute group30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by coursework

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 05/04/2018


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