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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Strategic Learning & Dev, Organisational Dev
Module Code HR5015
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Claire Gubbins
Semester 2: Claire Gubbins
Autumn: Claire Gubbins
Module TeachersClaire Gubbins
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module explores the strategic role of learning and development in organisations. It evaluates the link between strategic learning and development and individual, team and organisational performance. It reviews the theory and practice of strategic learning and development including the relevance of theories to practice and devising learning and development strategies to support organisational strategy. It explores the relationship between strategic learning and development and organisational development with a focus on organisational learning and knowledge management.

Learning Outcomes

1. To understand and evaluate various theoretical perspectives and conceptual frameworks on the role of strategic learning and development (L&D) in organisations
2. To identify the best available evidence on the contribution of strategic L&D to key individual, team and organisational performance metrics
3. To discuss the role of L&D professionals in the context of the connecting L&D and organisational strategy
4. To understand how to use evidence based L&D strategy and practice to influence organisational strategy
5. To explore specific L&D strategies in the context of their role in organisational effectiveness i.e. organisational development, knowledge management and organisational learning.
6. To be able to develop learning and development strategies
7. To be able to analyse the contextual factors within and outside an organisation that influence how an organisation positions, develops and future proofs its L&D strategy
8. To be able to diagnose and analyse issues in organisational development, knowledge management and organisational learning.
9. To be able to use evidence-based insights to make recommendations for organisational learning and development practices around organisational development, knowledge management and organisational learning.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars10In person seminars
Seminars20Online synchronous classes
Independent Study70Assigned readings & lecture pre-work (discussion forums, questionnaires, case studies)
Fieldwork20Preparation, Recording & Presentation of Group Presentation Assignments
Assignment Completion70Individual Assignment Evidence Collation, Analysis & Reporting
Online activity36Asynchronous material (DCU content and other expert video content)
Online activity24Discussion Fora
Total Workload: 250

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

- Theory and frameworks of strategic learning and development - Defining, distinguishing and integrating strategic L&D, OD and interventions.

Why Strategic L&D?: Best Available Evidence
The impact of strategic L&D on individual, team and organisational key performance metrics: The Best Available Evidence

Implementing L&D Strategy
- The Impact of Organisational Learning Culture & Climate on the effectiveness of L&D Strategy Implementation - The Role of L&D Professionals in connecting L&D Strategy and Organisational Strategy - Key Stakeholders in Implementing L&D Strategy

Learning & Development Interventions
- Organisational Development for Change & Transformation - Knowledge Management & & Knowledge Flow - Organisational Learning: From the Individual to the Collective to the Organisation

The Future
Developing Adaptive, Agile, Ambidextrous L&D Strategy

Organisational Application
- Devising L&D Strategy - Designing L&D interventions based on an evidence based strategic business case - Assessing the strategic impact of L&D interventions - A Case Example: Astrazenca

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ProjectIndividual project: Assessing the Evidence Based Impact of a Strategic L&D Question70%n/a
Group presentationDevising L&D Strategy30%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

  • Thomas Garavan, Carole Hogan, Amanda Cahir-O'Donnell, Claire Gubbins: 2020, Learning & Development in Organisations, OakTree Press., 1781194297
  • Thomas N. Garavan, Fergal O’Brien, James Duggan, Claire Gubbins, Yanqing Lai, Ronan Carbery, Sinead Heneghan, Ronnie Lannon, Maura Sheehan, Kirsteen Grant: 2021, Learning and Development Effectiveness in Organisations: An Integrated Systems-Informed Model of Effectiveness, Springer International Publishing,
  • Easterby-Smith, M. & Lyles, M.: 2005, The Blackwell handbook of organizational learning and knowledge management, Blackwell, Oxford,
  • Rocco, T.S., Poell, R.F., Roth, G.: 2015, The Routledge Companion to Human Resource Development, Thomson Learning, London,
  • Barends, E. & Rousseau, D.M.: 2018, Evidence-Based Management: How to Use Evidence to Make Organizational Decisions, Kogan Page,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MSLDMSc in Strategic Learning & Development

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