Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Trimester 2 - 2018

WebLearn GradSchool

  • Trimester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain the theoretical foundations of HRD and OD.

2. Explain their own and others' learning processes.

3. Demonstrate a range of human resource and organisation development competencies.

4. Evaluate the role HRD and its contribution to a range of organisational outcomes such as organisational effectiveness, productivity and quality of working life.

5. Explain the contribution of HRD and OD at an individual, group, and organisation systems level and in the context of the broader business environment.

6. Locate HRD not just in relation to HR practitioners but also in relation to employees, line managers, supervisors, and group and organisational processes that may require learning and development inputs.


Course Content

  1. Understanding HRD and OD in an organisational context
  2. Theoretical foundations " Part I (systems theories, economics theories, psychology theories)
  3. Capabilities, competencies and processes of HRD and OD
  4. Analysing HRD needs
  5. Design considerations
  6. Delivery strategies
  7. Assessment and evaluation
  8. Theoretical foundations " Part II (behavioural science and action research theories)
  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: Group report

Formal Examination: Take home exam in week 12

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct and WebLearn GradSchool


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