MGMT331-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Learning and Development in Organisations

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


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.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to demonstrate knowledge, comprehension, analysis, and application related to L&D.

Knowledge and comprehension of relevant theory must be demonstrated through an ability to:

1. Critically discuss the strategic importance of L&D in international, national, educational, and organisational contexts;
2. Explain the process of learning at the individual employee level, particularly in relation to adult learning, and describe how various factors influence on employee learning and behaviour in the workplace;
3. Discuss individual-level applications of L&D, including employee orientation and socialisation and mentoring and coaching.
4. Discuss the importance of organisational learning and knowledge management and explain the how these two processes occur in the workplace.
5. Identify interventions beyond training that may be required for optimum organisational and individual performance.
6. Critically discuss 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 through an ability to:

7. 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 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 111
19 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 16:00 Rehua 009
25 Mar - 31 Mar
Presentation A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 16:00 - 18:00 Psychology - Sociology 411
13 May - 19 May
02 Tuesday 16:00 - 18:00 Psychology - Sociology 411
13 May - 19 May
03 Wednesday 16:00 - 18:00 Psychology - Sociology 411
13 May - 19 May
04 Thursday 16:00 - 18:00 Psychology - Sociology 411
13 May - 19 May
05 Friday 16:00 - 18:00 Psychology - Sociology 411
13 May - 19 May

Timetable Note

Lectures for MGMT331-24S1 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% Weeks 3, 4, 5, 6 (4 x 2.5%)
Group Project 50% Training plan due 06/05/2024 Traning session delivery due 13/05/2024 Evaluation report due 20/05/2024
Final Examination 40% Final Examination

Textbooks / Resources

Required Text: Werner, J.M. (2022). Human Resource Development: Talent Development, 8th edition. Boston: Cengage Learning Inc.

The textbook is available in an e-version currently retailing at NZ$84.95. The textbook can be purchased from:

Recommended 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:


The 45% rule applies to MGMT331. That is, in order to pass this course you must not only achieve a final grade of 50% or higher, but also achieve a weighted average grade of at least 45% across all invigilated assessments

Assessment In Te Reo Māori
In recognising that Te Reo Māori is an official language of New Zealand, the University provides for students who may wish to use the Te Reo Māori in their assessment. If you intend to submit your work in Te Reo Māori you are required to do the following:

Read the Assessment in Te Reo Māori Policy and ensure that you meet the conditions set out in the policy. This includes, but is not limited to,
informing the Course Coordinator 1) no later than 10 working days after the commencement of the course that you wish to use Te Reo Māori and 2) at least 15 working days before each assessment due date that you wish to use Te Reo Māori.

Departmental Academic Policies
A summary of Departmental academic policies on course grading, special considerations, etc. is available under: The Department assumes that you have read this document.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $893.00

International fee $4,200.00

* 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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All MGMT331 Occurrences

  • MGMT331-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024