APSY613-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Special Topic

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


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*Special Topic - Training and Development*

Training is a systematic method of learning new skills, rules, concepts, or attitudes that can result in performance improvement. Development is the expansion of an individual’s capacity to function effectively in their present or future circumstances.

In this postgraduate course, you will be learning about training and development in the context of employees in workplaces. We will review the theories, research, and practices behind adult learning, instructional design and delivery, and training evaluation. We will also discuss the role of human capital development for growth, innovation, and resilience in organisations, and explore contemporary means of fostering continuous learning in workplaces.

There are three major assessments in the course: a peer learning presentation, a training facilitation, and an implementation plan. The training facilitation will be completed as collaborative teamwork (~3 students per team). Throughout the course, you will be reflecting on your learning of the topic. All assessments are designed to reinforce and expand your knowledge of research and practice in training and development.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, you will be able to:
1. Develop and facilitate a training and development programme.
2. Evaluate the learning progress and the utility of a training and development programme.
3. Articulate and support the respective responsibilities of both employees and employers in fostering the development of human capital.
4. Critique current research in training and development and evaluate its generalisability to the Aotearoa New Zealand context.
5. Exercise and adapt strategies for working in a diverse team, including efficient project coordination, routine communication, the delegation of work, and building team cohesion.


Entry subject to approval of the Head of Department

Course Coordinator

Jennifer Hoi Ki Wong


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Pre-reflection & reflection 15%
Peer learning presentation 15%
Group facilitation (group work) 30%
Teamwork processes 5%
Implementation plan 35%

Textbooks / Resources

There is no textbook for this course. Each seminar meeting has a required reading list to guide your learning on a particular topic. Readings will be available on LEARN a week before its corresponding seminar. You will be expected to complete the readings and exercises before our seminar to prepare for the class discussion.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,079.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 30

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

All APSY613 Occurrences

  • APSY613-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023 - Not Offered
  • APSY613-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023