MSc in Human Resource Development

Module 1
Employee Development and Workplace Learning
Aims: This Module aims to introduce course members to the concept of learning and explores key theoretical debates in the field. It then explores the implications of different approaches to learning for employee development and HRD practice by examining, through specific examples, their impact at individual and organisational levels.

Learning outcomes: To develop core knowledge and critical evaluation of theories, to understand appropriate academic conventions for writing, progressive learning how to manage own learning, to answer set questions clearly and cogently, develop an independent perspective, and to present a well reasoned argument showing depth of understanding.

Module 2
The Organisational Context of HRD
Aims: To develop knowledge of the theories and concepts that help us understand the ways in which organisations are structured and the impact they have on HRD.

Learning outcomes: To develop core knowledge and critical evaluation of theories, to answer set questions clearly and cogently, develop an independent perspective, and to present a well reasoned argument showing depth of understanding.

Module 3
Comparing National Systems of VET
Aims: To use the theories and concepts that help us to understand why nation states have evolved different vocational education and training systems (VET) in order to compare them.

Learning outcomes: to develop core knowledge and critical evaluation of theories, to answer set questions clearly and cogently, develop an independent perspective, and to present a well reasoned argument showing depth of understanding.

Module 4
Research Methods
Aims: This module aims to introduce researchers to process of social science research and to the fundamental debates pertaining to the philosophy of social science. The module also aims to provide research methods training in a range of qualitative and quantitative techniques and data analysis.

Learning outcomes: To develop core knowledge of research techniques, to answer set questions clearly and cogently, develop an independent research perspective and methodology, and to present a well reasoned argument.

Research/Workbased Project/Dissertation
Aims: Completion of a well-researched, well-written and properly referenced dissertation to a publishable standard.

Learning outcomes: Students should be able to: formulate a research problem, design a research study, identify and use appropriate research methods, manipulate and summarise data, report research results and present conclusions.

Assessment: 16,000 – 20,000 word dissertation.

Course Dates
From To
May 2007 July 2009
July 2007 October 2009
October 2007 December 2009
January 2008 March 2010

Sally Gatward 0116 2525954

Email Link: Sally.gatward@le.ac.uk

Web: www.clms.le.ac.uk

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