Human Resource Development


Course Objective

After participating in this course, you should be able to:
• describe and apply theoretical frameworks of HRD to concrete
organizational challenges
• design a training intervention or learning program for different
target groups and/or purposes in organizations
• evaluate the quality and effectiveness of HRD programs / trainings

Course Content

Developing employees’ skills and fostering their talents is essential
for initiating and maintaining organizational development and
In this course you will learn about recent trends in human resource
development (HRD), evidence-based practices to HRD in contemporary
organizations, and the state of the art in research for testing and
establishing the efficiency of HRD measures. You will apply your
knowledge to the development of a concrete HRD program, intervention, or

Teaching Methods

Classes will be a mix of lectures, discussions, case studies, practical
examples, student presentations and guest lectures. The lectures will be
aimed at clarifying the main topics, frameworks and concepts that are
part of the course. Case studies and exercises will be aimed at applying
the different topics, frameworks and concepts. They will help you
evaluate the quality and effectiveness of HRD programs and trainings.
The team presentations, finally, will provide an opportunity for you to
get hands-on practice with designing a training intervention or learning
program yourself.

Method of Assessment

Grading will be based on a series of team assignments that will take
place throughout the course (30% of grade) and on a written exam that
will take place after the course (70% of grade). Please keep in mind
that partial grades are only valid during the study year in which the
grade has been achieved, and make sure you complete both the team
assignments and take part in the exam.


The readings for this class will be communicated via Canvas.

General Information

Course Code P_BHRDEVE
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator A.R. Cook
Examiner A.R. Cook
Teaching Staff dr. W.G. de Waal-Andrews MBA
A.R. Cook

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture