Human Resource and Organisational Development

Course code GSBS6190
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


This course introduces students to human resource development (HRD), a field of study and practice that an organisation can draw upon for improving its effectiveness at an individual level, group and process level and organisational systems level. This course also introduces organisation development (OD), a process designed to improve the effectiveness of an organisation by incorporating individual, group and system level requirements. Further, it is a planned and longer-term systematic approach often driven by an expert practitioner (internal or external) working in conjunction with senior management. HRD and OD consider how the wider contextual environment impacts on the organisation"s need to manage change effectively. Combining the foundational theoretical disciplines contributing to HRD and OD, the course introduces students to a range of learning interventions for improving the performance and effectiveness of a system.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Trimester 1 - 2015
  • Trimester 3 - 2015

WebLearn GradSchool

  • Trimester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain their and others' learning processes;

2. Demonstrate a range of human resource development (HRD) competencies;

3. Discuss the role HRD and its contribution to organisational effectiveness, productivity and quality of working life;

4. Analyse the links between HRD and the individual, the workplace and the broader labour market;

5. Locate HRD not just in relation to HR practitioners but also in relation to line managers, supervisors and others who may undertake learning and developmental roles.


Course Content

  1. Understanding HRD and OD in an organisational context
  2. Theoretical foundations " Part I (systems theories, economics theories, psychology theories)
  3. Theoretical foundations " Part II (behavioural science and action research theories)
  4. Capabilities, competencies and processes of HRD and OD
  5. Analysing HRD needs
  6. Design considerations
  7. Delivery strategies
  8. Assessment and evaluation
  9. Individual level interventions: Career management and development
  10. Group and process level interventions including management development
  11. Organisation systems level interventions
  12. Course Review and Contemporary Challenges

Assumed Knowledge

GSBS6040 Human Resource Management.

Assessment Items

Essay: Written assignment

Project: Training Design and Presentation

Formal Examination: Examination ¿ Individual Case Study(s)

Contact Hours

WebLearn GradSchool and Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term