You are required to write a 3000 word essay based on the below training scenario.
You have been brought into an organisation as a training and development consultant, to develop a tailored training program for the organization.
Choose an organisation. Then, focus on a specific department or working group within that organisation. This could be an organization that you have worked at/ are working at or one which you can find the necessary information about (e.g., using official company reports).
1. Identify the training needs of your chosen department or working group within the organisation. For instance, identify one or more challenges or skills gaps within that department/working group.
2. Design a 2-day training program given these needs.
3. Explain how this training program would be delivered.
4. Explain how you will evaluate if the training program was effective.
Please see below the expected structure for your essay:
Introduction (approx. 100 words)
• Introduce your chosen real-world organization.
• Provide some details about the context of the organization, for example, in which country and sector is it based? What services/products does it offer?
Learning Needs Analysis (approx. 1000 words)
• Explain how you have conducted a learning needs analysis to identify the training needs of your chosen department or working group within the organisation. For instance, identify a challenge or skills gap within that department/working group and explain why this challenge or skills gap needs addressing.
Design & delivery (1000 words)
• Explain the methods that would be included in your training program and how it would be delivered given these needs
Evaluate (approx. 700 words)
• Explain how you would evaluate the programme you have designed and justify your approach.
Conclusion (approx. 200 words)
• Summarize your essay.
You are also expected to address the below points in your essay:
• Your essay should be informed by relevant learning, training and development theories throughout.
• Your work should be submitted as one coherent essay. Although the structure above includes five different sections, the different stages of the training programme should be linked (e.g., how could design affect delivery or how could delivery affect evaluation etc.)
Submission deadlines and date of return of work to students: April 12th at 12pm
How to submit your work: This coursework requires online submission only. You do not need to submit a hard copy of the coursework. You should submit your coursework via Turnitin, which is a plagiarism and collusion detection system. If you do not submit to Turnitin your work will not be marked.
To submit via Turnitin, you go to the assessment area for the module on Canvas and you will find a link for the coursework. Click on View/Complete and then on the “submit” icon for the paper. You are then prompted to submit a title for the paper. Use the “browse” button to locate the file you want to submit, then click “submit”. You will then be asked to confirm that you want to submit by clicking the “Yes, submit” button. Note that Turnitin does not permit multiple submission attempts – your submission is accepted as ‘first and final’.
Students are asked to note that the word count is the absolute upper limit. There is no leeway over this, i.e. you will be penalised if you submit work that exceeds the word limit (the suggestion that you may exceed the word count by 10% is a myth!)
The following are not included in word counts:
Reference lists/bibliographies and question titles
Appendices/footnotes – provided these have been used only when necessary. If appendices or footnotes are used excessively, or contain material which should clearly be included in the main body of the essay/report, it is at the markers’ discretion to include these in the word count.
Tables/graphs – provided these have been imported from elsewhere (correctly referenced) and not produced by the student.
Contents pages and front pages of reports
As well as the essay/report itself, the following are included in word counts:
Citations/quotations – this includes the material paraphrased/quoted itself as well as the name, date and page information.
Tables and graphs – if they have been produced by the student.
Executive summaries in reports – unless otherwise stated.
Will feedback on draft coursework be given? It will not be possible to review draft versions of the assignment prior to submission, but students will receive oral feedback during seminar discussions.
Weighting of the assessment components: See module specification: Section 4, Assessments
Tips for achieving good marks in assessments: The assignment provides students with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their ability to design a suitable training programme for a real world organization of their choice and discuss how the programme will be delivered and evaluated. The quality of the essays will be reflected in the depth of analysis and the way theoretical ideas and concepts are applied to their training programme to the specific organizational context they choose. To achieve a good mark in their essay, students should fully familiarise themselves with the specific assessment rubric included below.
Learning tips: Further guidance on achieving good marks in your assignment will be provided in the lectures and seminars. Two seminars have been set aside to give you the opportunity to discuss your essay plans with the seminar leader and receive oral formative feedback. It is important that you make effective use of this time so please consider how to approach the essay question in advance and prepare any questions.
Marking criteria: When marking the individual assignments a specific marking criteria will be applied which links to the ULMS generic marking criteria.
The specific marking criteria is detailed below:
The training programme should be logically structured. Using sub-headings appropriately is also important to achieve a suitable structure.
An appropriate writing style should be applied (e.g., accurate and consistent APA referencing, appropriate grammar, spelling and punctuation). Please ensure your assignment has been proofread prior to submission.
Theory and critical analysis
A suitable theory or several theories should be described, evaluated and applied to develop your chosen training programme. Theory should inform the selection, design, delivery and evaluation of the training programme. Overly descriptive theoretical approaches will result in lower marks. The training approach should be well-fitted with the real world organization’s problem or need.
A variety of source materials should be critically applied including: books, academic and practitioner articles, reports and established training courses/methods. Generally websites should be used with caution (e.g., do not reference Wikipedia).