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

  • 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 understanding of:
    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.

    Learning Objectives, BCom

  • BCom graduates have an in-depth understanding of the body knowledge pertaining to learning and development. They are able to critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within the discipline.
    The group project is an opportunity for students to demonstrate the application of advanced knowledge of L&D, in particular training needs analysis, training design, training facilitation and the evaluation of training. Recall, understanding, application and the critical evaluation of advanced L&D concepts is assessed in the final exam.

  • BCom graduates have a broad understanding of the key domains of commerce.
    MGMT331 builds on the broad understanding of commerce that students would have gained in courses such as MGMT100, MGMT206 and MGMT207. For example, we draw on basic theories of learning (covered in MGMT206) to discuss how adults learn in an organisational context. Similarly we draw on the concepts of vertical alignment and horizontal integration (covered in MGMT207) when discussing strategic L&D. This understanding is assessed in the final exam.  

  • BCom graduates possess key skills and attributes sought by employers which can be used in a range of applications.
    The group project requires students to assess training needs, design and implement a training programme, and evaluate the training programme. This requires students to draw on their planning, problem solving, personal communication and teamwork skills, all of which are required by employers.

  • BCom graduates can discuss the ethical implications of a situation from the perspective of relevant stakeholders.
    Although not specifically addressed in this course, key ethical and multicultural issues are discussed as part of our discussion of adult learning and also strategic L&D (multicultural perspectives), as well as the evaluation of training (ethical implications associated with different evaluation methods).

  • BCom graduates can write a report on a problem/issue/situation/scenario that (a) incorporates content at an appropriate level of detail; (b) is logically structured; and (c) is presented professionally using correct English, referencing and appropriate resources.
    Written and verbal communication are assessed in this course through the group project which involves a group presentation and two written reports. Written communication is also assessed in the reflective essay.

  • BCom graduates are aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
    This learning goal is not specifically addressed in MGMT331.

  • BCom graduates will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
    This learning goal is not addressed in MGMT331, however, students who are interested in connecting with the HR resource profession in Christchurch are encouraged to apply for the HRINZ student ambassador programme.

  • BCom graduates can comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
    This learning goal is addressed in the topics on strategic L&D and organisational learning. This content is assessed in the final examination.

    For quality assurance purposes the School is required to hold on record a number of assessment pieces as examples of differing standards of work. If you have any objections to the school holding your assessment for this purpose then email the course coordinator to ensure your assignment is not used for this purpose.
    • 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 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00 Rehua 003 Music
20 Feb - 5 Mar
13 Mar - 2 Apr
1 May - 4 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 15:00 - 17:00 Rehua 529
6 Mar - 12 Mar
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 15:00 - 17:00 Beatrice Tinsley 112
13 Mar - 19 Mar
24 Apr - 30 Apr
Presentation A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 16:00 - 18:00 Psychology - Sociology 411
15 May - 21 May
02 Tuesday 16:00 - 18:00 Psychology - Sociology 411
15 May - 21 May
03 Wednesday 16:00 - 18:00 Psychology - Sociology 411
15 May - 21 May
04 Thursday 16:00 - 18:00 Psychology - Sociology 411
15 May - 21 May
05 Friday 16:00 - 18:00 Psychology - Sociology 411
15 May - 21 May

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

Individual online quizzes (4 x 2.5%): 10%
Weekly quizzes in weeks 3, 4, 5 and 6 which will cover the course material for the week.

Group project: 50%
This project involves working in a group of 4 – 5 students and requires you to design, deliver and evaluate a training programme. This is a substantial project but one that is highly rewarding and enjoyable. This assessment has three separate deliverables with different due dates as follows:
• Training plan 8/5/2023
• Training session delivery 15/5/2023
• Evaluation report 22/5/2023

Final exam: 40%
The exam will cover material from Lectures 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 and consist of short theory questions and longer essay type questions. You must achieve a mark of 45% or higher in the final exam in order to pass the course overall.

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.

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:


Class Representative
A class representative may be asked to volunteer in the first few weeks of class. Any problems with the course can be raised with the class rep. Their email can be found at UCSA The class representative will take up any issues raised by class members with the lecturer concerned as they occur.

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.

You should also read the following:
• UC Business School Student Handbook on the UC Business School Students Learn page
General Course and Examination Regulations

Dishonest Practice
The University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty. All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.

IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.

Citations and referencing

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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