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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Contemporary Issues & The Future of Learning
Module Code HR5013
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Triona BARTHOLIN
Semester 2: Triona BARTHOLIN
Autumn: Triona BARTHOLIN
Module TeachersTriona BARTHOLIN
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will explore current issues impacting learning and development and future trends. This module combines the best available scientific evidence on these issues and trends from notable academics and researchers with case examples from learning and development professionals globally. It will explore the connection between scientific research evidence and its application to practice. This module will be delivered in a collaboration between the IITD and DCU Business School.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe current trends and issues in Learning and Development research
2. Assess the potential contribution of L&D academic research to organisational practice
3. Analyse and critique theory and research on L&D, and convert theory and research into practice
4. Demonstrate understanding of the key tradeoffs faced by L&D researchers in designing research studies
5. Apply your understanding of contemporary L&D issues to evaluate the challenges and opportunities of developing people in organisations
6. Generate research-informed solutions for the implementation of organisational development and change

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Classroom and/or online lectures
Independent Study50Reading and preparation for each workshop
Assignment Completion40Prepare and submit final written assignment
Online activity10Identify topic and complete five online reflective activities
Assessment Feedback1Review and reflect on assignment feedback
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Content will vary but will focus on the world class L&D research being conducted within DCU Business School and across our global network.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayStudents will submit an essay or case study which explores one of the topics covered in the module in depth, demonstrating the strengths and limitations of that research in devising solutions to a practical HR problem from their organisational experience.80%n/a
Completion of online activityStudents will use LOOP Forum to submit five short analyses of the practice implications of the all of the Research Topics except the one chosen for their Essay/Case Study. Each analysis will be a maximum of 300 words in the form of a email to the leadership team of their current organisation, or one with which they are familiar, summarising the practical implications of the research reported in each case.20%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes
    MSLDMSc in Strategic Learning & Development

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