MSc Organisational Change and Development

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Human Resource Development: Key Concepts

Course unit fact file
Unit code MGDI60151
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Global Development Institute
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This module examines HRD theory and practices at three different levels: the macro (Global), meso (state) and micro (organizations) and their intersections.


This module aims to provide an in depth understanding of key concepts and theories underpinning the processes of HRD and skill formation in diverse geo-political contexts, with emphasis on developing countries. It explores the need for the flexible utilization of human capacity, both within and between work organisations, as well as the economic environment in which skill and HRD policies are devised.

Teaching and learning methods

The module is delivered via series of lectures and tutorials, using a mix of case studies, discussion groups and other classroom based activities. Blackboard will be used for the distribution of teaching and learning materials. It will also be used as an interactive mechanism between students and tutors, for example, to direct students to particular readings or to provide news about the module or the module content.

Knowledge and understanding

At the end of this module, students should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the interconnections between globalisation and HRD, and the various institutions involved in skills planning, especially in developing countries.
  • Understand key HRD concepts and theories, specifically learning, development, capacity building, human development. knowledge management, talent management, ethics and social justice.
  • Understand the roles and competencies of an HRD practitioner.Understand and engage critically with the human resource development aspects of the SDG goals.

Intellectual skills

  • Appreciate the contribution of HRD in advancing knowledge and skills in organisation goals as well as broader social and economic development concerns.
  • Appreciate the connection between HRD, globalization and international development.

Practical skills

  • Have a critical appreciation of multiple stakeholders in HRD planning, HRD professional associations, government, international organizations, MNC’s and NGOs.
  • Provide foundational knowledge to complement HRD and Leadership in semester 2.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Have practical skills in evaluating and using UN and World Bank datasets and reports on training and development relevant to participants’ region/country.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 85%
Report 15%

Feedback methods

Written feedback will be provided to students in-line with the University’s guidelines via Turnitin®UK GradeMark. For the formative assessment, the emphasis of the feedback will be to help improve students future work.  

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Tutorials 12
Independent study hours
Independent study 118

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Kelechi Ekuma Unit coordinator

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