Employee Development and Workplace Learning

Module code: MN7368

Module co-ordinator: Dr Daniel Bishop

Module Outline

This module introduces you to the concept of learning and explores key theoretical debates in the field. It moves on to examine the implications of different approaches to learning for employee development and HRD practice by analysing, through specific examples, their impact at individual and organisational levels.

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

  • Define and critically evaluate theories of learning and the ways in which they can be applied to employee development
  • Define and critically evaluate theories of workplace and work-related learning
  • Define and critically evaluate the social processes underpinning adult learning
  • Demonstrate how the principles of academic research in employee development and workplace learning can be applied to the daily practices and decision-making processes of Human Resource Managers
  • Evaluate how employee development and workplace learning impacts the performance of organisations


  • 40 one-hour lectures
  • Four one-hour seminars
  • One one-hour tutorial


  • Exam, two hours (50%)
  • Essay, 2,500-3,000 words (50%)