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Thompson Rivers University

HRMN 4841: Organizational Learning, Training and Development

Students examine the educational activities provided by organizations to enhance the current performance of individuals or groups of employees and instill a commitment to continuous improvement and advancement. They study how organizations can become more adaptive by learning from their experience and reacting more quickly to environmental change. Topics include organization learning; training and development; learning and motivation; needs analysis; training design, methods, and delivery; transfer of training; training evaluation; and cost and benefits of training programs.

Learning outcomes

  • Articulate how training and development relates to human resources.
  • Describe the instructional design model and how training stages are incorporated.
  • Describe how training and development impacts performance and organizational effectiveness.
  • Contrast the various methods for effective training.
  • Conduct needs analyses.
  • Incorporate learning and motivational theories into program design.
  • Design and evaluate training programs.
  • Describe the financial implications of training and development.

Course topics

Unit 1: Organizational Learning

Unit 2: Needs Analysis

Unit 3: Training Design

Unit 4: Training Delivery Methods

Unit 5: Evaluation

Unit 6: Investment in Learning

Required text and materials

Students will receive the following:

  1. Saks, A. M., Haccoun, R.R. (2019). Managing performance through training and development (8th ed.). Toronto, ON: Nelson Education
    Type: Textbook ISBN: 978-0-17-679807-9


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Quiz 1: Organizational Learning 15%
Assignment 1: Conduct a Needs Analysis 10%
Assignment 2: Linking Objectives, Outcomes, and Lesson Plans 10%
Assignment 3: Training Delivery Method 10%
Assignment 4: Lesson Plan 15%
Final Examination (mandatory) 40%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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