MGMT331-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Learning and Development in Organisations

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course is intended to provide students with an understanding of Human Resource Development (HRD) as a field of practice, its history, and the major theories and paradigms that underpin the field.

This course provides students with an understanding of the major theories and paradigms that underpin the practice of Learning and Development (L&D) in organisations. The first half of the course adopts an experiential learning approach to expose students to the realities and challenges involved in designing learning interventions for individuals and groups. These include undertaking a training needs analysis, engaging in instructional design and the development and implementation of a training programme, and the evaluation of training effectiveness. The second half of the course focuses on the application of L&D in an organisation context and covers topics such as coaching, mentoring, employee socialisation, organisational learning and strategic L&D.

The estimated workload breakdown for MGMT331-23S1 is:

Lectures 26 hrs
Lecture and flipped classroom preparation 30 hrs
Online quizzes 6 hrs
Final Exam 3 hrs  
Exam Preparation 20 hrs  
Group Assignment 65 hrs  
Total 150 hours

Learning Outcomes

1. The strategic importance of L&D in international, national, educational, and organisational contexts;
2. The individual employee as an adult learner and influences on employee behaviour;
3. Key L&D issues at the individual employee level, including employee orientation and socialisation and mentoring and coaching.
4. Key L&D issues at the organisational level and the importance of organisational learning and knowledge management.
5. The range of interventions beyond training that may be required for optimum organisational and individual performance.
6. Emerging trends that impact L&D, such as  online and blended learning, AI, employee mobility, the challenges presented by a global workforce, L&D for the contingent workforce, and work-life balance.

In addition to the above knowledge outcomes, the application of relevant L&D theory must be demonstrated by:
7. The ability to design, develop, implement and evaluate an L&D intervention in an applied setting.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.


Timetable Note

Lectures for MGMT331-23S1 are recorded using the ECHO360 lecture recording system, however, in-person class attendance is a course expectation in Weeks 2-6.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Russell Wordsworth


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Individual Online Quizzes 10% (4 x 2.5%)
Group Project 50% Group Project
Final Examination 40% Final Examination

Textbooks / Resources

Required Text:  Delahaye, B.L. & Choy, S. (2018). Human Resource Development: Learning for Innovation and Productivity, 5th edition.  Australia: Mirabel Publishing Ltd.

The textbook is available in an e-version currently retailing at AU$61.95. The textbook can be purchased from:

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $868.00

International fee $4,075.00

* 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.

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  • MGMT331-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023