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MSc Business Psychology

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Training, Support and Development

Course unit fact file
Unit code BMAN71901
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 Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No


Training, Learning & Development

Career Development


Counselling and EAPs

Supporting the Ageing Workforce


BMAN71901 Programme Req: BMAN71901 is only available as a core unit to students on MSc Business Psychology and MSc Organisational Psychology


To give students an understanding and awareness of the theories and practice of Training and Employee Development, to enable them to critically evaluate current concepts and techniques and be able to apply them in a work setting.

To introduce students to a range of theories relating to Counselling, Support and Development in the workplace and how these are applied in practice to improve individual, group and organisational processes and performance.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Explain the current approaches relating to the practice of training and development.
  • Design and assess the effectiveness of training and development interventions.
  • Explain the current approaches to counselling and employee support in organisations and evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Apply these concepts and theories in an organisational setting and to advise organisations accordingly.

Assessment methods

A 2 hour examination (80%).

Coursework consisting of group presentations on organisational issues and needs in relation to training content or evaluation. (20%). Students will also receive formative feedback on critiquing a training transfer research paper as an in class exercise.


Feedback methods

  • Informal advice and discussion during a lecture, seminar, workshop or lab.
  • Online exercises and quizzes delivered through the Blackboard course space.
  • Responses to student emails and questions from a member of staff including feedback provided to a group via an online discussion forum.
  • Specific course related feedback sessions.
  • Written and/or verbal comments on assessed or non-assessed coursework.
  • Written and/or verbal comments after students have given a group presentation

Recommended reading

Buckley, R. & Caple, J. (2009). The Theory and practice of training (6th Edition), Philadelphia: Kogan Page.

Lawson, K. (2015). The trainer’s handbook (Fourth edition.). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons. Available from the library as a Wiley ebook

Noe, R. A. (2013). Employee Training and Development. New York: McGraw HillThorne, K. & Mackey, D. (2007). Everything you ever needed to know about training (4th Edition), Kogan Page


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 118

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
David Hughes Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Informal Contact Method

Office Hours


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