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Course Description

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This course will provide participants with an understanding of the processes used to assess training needs, design and administer training and development programs and evaluate the effectiveness of such programs. The primary aim of this introductory course is to ensure development of a comprehensive understanding of how the training and development function fits into both the overall mandate of human resources management and the larger environmental and organizational contexts.  A secondary objective of the course is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to determine training and development needs and then to design, deliver and evaluate the effectiveness of training and development programs.

Designed For

Those working toward the U of G Diploma in Human Resources Management, CHRP professional designation and people working in or who wish to work in Human Resources or Training and Development.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the theories and concepts of training and development in large and small Canadian organizations, unionized and non-unionized workplaces, private, public and non-profit sectors.
  • Define terms and describe practices that ensure the training and development function adds value to the organization, such as:  the role of training and development in human resources management, principles of adult learning; training needs assessment; training objectives; instructional methods and techniques; program design and evaluation; special needs training, management of the training function; emerging trends in training and development.
  • Explore various learning models, methods, techniques, and skills utilized to ensure transfer of learning among individuals and teams, employee development and knowledge creation in the organization.
  • Develop skills in synthesis and analysis of training and development theory and the ability to apply such theory in resolving typical training problems posed in case studies, simulations, exercises, application assignments and discussion questions.
  • Examine and evaluate ethical and legal issues associated with effective delivery and management of training in the organization, through discussion and examination of case studies, application assignments and emerging current events.
  • Evaluate the role and involvement of training professionals in organizational strategy and competitiveness, leadership development, inclusive management practices, diversity, organizational learning, creativity and innovation

Course Topics

  • Training and Development Process
  • Organizational Learning
  • Adult Learning Theory
  • Needs – Analysis
  • Training Methods
  • Instructional Design
  • Learning Transference
  • Evaluation
  • Accelerated Learning

Sample Careers

Learning and Development Specialist, Human Resources Manager, Human Resources Generalist


Assessment Item Weight
Participation 20%
Midterm Exam 25%
Written Assignment 30%
Final Exam 25%
Total 100%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Training and Development
In-Class Instruction
6:30PM to 9:30PM
January 14, 2020 to March 24, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Guelph
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

You are responsible for purchasing the required textbook(s) for this course. Textbooks can be purchased from the University Bookstore, the Co-op Bookstore, or a bookseller of your choice.

Please review the Continuing Education Courses Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

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Section Materials
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Managing Performance Through Training and Development by Alan M. Saks and Robert R. Haccoun Nelson Education Ltd. in 2019 8th edition ISBN ISBN-13: 9780176798079
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