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HRM 902 - Training and Development C21 (Online)

Academic Credit Value:
3 units
Course Delivery Mode:
Hours of Study:
39 hours
Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Anti-requisite(s):
Instructor Name:
Paul Maher
Course Dates:
05/04/2020 - 07/26/2020

Required Course Materials:
N/A - All course materials will be avialable in Avenue to Learn
Optional Course Materials:
Course Description:
The primary objective of this course is to examine the functional roles of training and development within the organization as well as analyzing and understanding the critical importance of planning within an ISD (instructional systems design) model. Topics to be discussed include: the training and development process, the psychology of learning and motivation, needs assessment and analysis; training design; cost and benefits of training; transfer of training and evaluation; training trends and best practices.
Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students will: 
  • Analyze the critical role that training and development plays in helping organizations reach strategic organizational objectives and goals.
  • Describe the psychology of learning and motivation theories and their importance in the development and implementation of training programs.
  • Explain the benefits and financial implications of implementing training and development programs and initiatives.
  • Apply the component(s) of the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) Model to real-life situations in the workplace.
  • Explain how training and development methods are changing in response to environmental impacts and emerging trends.
  • Demonstrate the skills, attitudes, and behaviours required to work and collaborate with people and develop personal management skills.
Course Evaluation
Students are required to provide feedback by completing course reaction/evaluation surveys.  Course evaluations are administered through an online resource.  Course instructors are not involved in the distribution or collection of course evaluations.  In all cases, students will remain anonymous.
Course Format:
 Quizz4es  30% 
Assignment: Trends in Training and Development 20%
Experiential Learning Group Project (50%)  
- Group Enrolment & Group Contract 5%
 - Project Plan    5%
- Draft Report  15%
- Final Report 25%
 Total 100%

Course Format:
This course is designed to present the fundamental concepts and theories in training and development and promote the application to the workplace and professional practice. Course activities will include quizzes, discussions, synchronous webinars, group work and required readings.





Assignment Submission:
Course assignments are submitted to the appropriate A2L Assignment folder by the specified due date
Late Coursework:
Late assignments will be subject to a 2% per day late penalty (includes weekends and holidays) for up to seven (7) days. After this date, no assignments will be accepted and a grade of zero (0) will be applied. Extensions for course work must be approved by the instructor before the due date (see Academic Regulations below), and will be granted for illness or emergencies only. Students may be asked to submit supporting documentation for an extension request.  

Policy & Procedures:

Academic Regulations (Attendance, Coursework, Tests/Exams):
In accordance to McMaster University’s General Academic Regulations, “it is imperative that students make every effort to meet the originally scheduled course requirements and it is a student’s responsibility to write examinations as scheduled.” Therefore, all students are expected to attend and complete the specific course requirements (i.e. attendance, assignments, and tests/exams) listed in the course outline on or bythe date specified. Students who need to arrange for coursework accommodation, as a result of medical, personal or family reasons, must contact the course instructor within 48 hours of the originally scheduled due date. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Program Manager to discuss accommodations and procedures related to deferred tests and/or examinations within 48 hoursof the originally scheduled test/exam, as per policy. Failure to contact the course instructor, in the case of missed coursework, or the Program Manager, in thecase of a missed test/examination, within the specified 48-hour window will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam and no further consideration will be granted.
*Note: Supporting documentation will be required but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).
Academic Integrity
(Please note that CCE will adhere to a zero tolerance application of the policy)  

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.  Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that result or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.   

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at  


The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:  

1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained, including copying solution sets.  

2. Improper collaboration in group work.  

3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Academic Accommodations:
Students with disabilities who require academic accommodations must contact the Student Accessibility Centre (SAS) to meet with an appropriate Disability Services Coordinator. To contact SAS, phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652, or email For further information, consult McMaster University’s Policy for Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities.
On-line Elements:
In this course, we will be using on-line elements, which may include email, Avenue to Learn, WebEX, and external web sites.  Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.
In this course, we will be using a web-based service ( to reveal plagiarism.  Students will be expected to submit their work electronically to so that it can be checked for academic dishonesty.  Students who do not wish to submit their work to must still submit a copy to the assigned Assignment folder and add a note in the comment section that they do not wish to have the paper scanned by Turnitin.  Those files will not be selected for submission.  No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to  All submitted work is subject to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, etc.).  To see the Policy, please go to
Course Changes:
The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly.
Course Withdrawal Policy:

Policies related to dropping a course and course withdrawals are posted to the Centre for Continuing Education’s program webpage, FAQs & Policies (​).  

Students withdraw from courses in MOSAIC's student center (do not send withdrawal request email to CCE).

Grading Scale:
A+  = 90  -  100 %
= 85  -   89 %
A-  = 80  -   84 %
B+  = 77  -   79 %
= 73  -   76 %
B-  = 70  -   72 %
C+  = 67  -   69 %
= 63  -   66 %
C-  = 60  -   62 %
D+  = 57  -   59 %
D = 53  -   56 %
D- = 50  -   52 % 
F  = 0    -   49 %
Course Schedule:

Module 1: Introduction to Training and Development
Module 2: Organizational Learning, and Learning and Motivation Theories
Module 3: Training Needs Analysis
Module 4: Training and Development Design
Module 5: Off-the-Job and On-the-Job Training Methods
Module 6: Technology-Based Training
Module 7: Training Delivery, Implementation, and Transfer of Training
Module 8: Evaluating Training Programs
Module 9: Leadership Development, Career Planning, and Organizational Development
Module 10: The Future of Training and Development