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Course Description

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Gain an understanding of the processes used to assess training needs, design and administer training and development programs, and evaluate the effectiveness of such programs. Establish 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.

Become proficient in determining training and development needs, and designing, delivering and evaluating of the effectiveness of training and development programs.

Well-suited participants of this course include those working towards the Diploma in Human Resources Management or 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 this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the theories and concepts of training and development in large and small Canadian organizations, unionized and non-unionized workplaces, and 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, instructional methods and techniques, and special needs training
  • Implement various learning models, methods and techniques to ensure transfer of learning among individuals and teams, employee development, and knowledge creation in the organization

Course Topics

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


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

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.


This course is offered in the Winter Semester.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Training and Development
Remote Instruction
6:30PM to 9:30PM
January 09, 2024 to March 19, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Virtual
Delivery Options
Remote Instruction  
Course Fee(s)
Potential Discount(s)
Reading List / Textbook

Required: Managing Performance Through Training and Development by Alan M. Saks and Robert R. Haccoun, Nelson Education Ltd. 2019, 8th edition.

Top Hat eText - 9781774123010

Print - 9780176798079


Section Notes

Course registration closes January 9, 2024.

This course uses CourseLink, the University of Guelph’s Learning Management System, and the video conferencing tool, Zoom. Please ensure you have the technical requirements to participate in the course.

Students will be given access to CourseLink prior to the start of the course date.

This course requires preparation prior to the first live online class. Details will be provided in the course outline in CourseLink.

You are required to attend all scheduled online synchronous (live online) sessions.

Assignments may be due after the final live online class date. Details will be provided in the course outline.

Please ensure that you are familiar with the Withdrawal, Transfer and Refund policy – Continuing Education Courses prior to registering for the course.

If you are new to online learning, we encourage you to visit our Online Learning at UofG resource page.

Students are responsible for having the required textbook for this course. You may choose to purchase the required textbook from the University Bookstore, the Co-op Bookstore, or a bookseller of your choice.

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