HRM 326 (Employee Development) Course Week 1 - 5
Week 1 Individual Assignment; Organizational Focus and Goals
Select your current organization or an organization you are familiar with to complete the following assignment. You have been hired as an outside consultant to help an organization strengthen employee development.
Write an executive summary of at least 500-700 words that answers the following questions:
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
The Grading Form for this assignment is located in the Course Materials forum.
Week 1 DQ 1: Assume you have to prepare older employees with little computer experience to attend a training course on how to use the World Wide Web. How will you ensure that they have high levels of readiness for training? How will you determine their readiness for training?
Week 1 DQ 2: Discuss the types of evidence that you would look for in order to determine whether a needs analysis has been improperly conducted. What do you think are the most common concerns for organizations after a needs analysis is completed? Why?
Week 1 DQ 3: What do you think is the most important organizational characteristic that influences training? Why?
Week 1 DQ 4: How would the training differ in a company that is primarily research and development compared to one that has a dominant product presence? How would it be similar?
Week 1 DQ 5: Organization, person, and task analyses are necessary to conduct a needs analysis. Which do you feel is most important? Which is the least important? Why?
Week 2 Individual Assignment Training Key Areas
Write a 950- to 1,250-word paper in which you explain the importance of training in these areas, pertaining to the organization and individual. You, as an outside consultant, have been asked to explain the importance of training in three areas. Incorporate employee and organization motivation and information on offering training in these areas:
Address what the organization will gain in offering the training and how programs meet professional or personal employee needs. You must clearly show how the programs answer the organization’s and employee motivational needs.
Week 2 DQ 1: What is diversity? Explain how diversity is important to an organization. Give an example. How can you manage diversity? If you developed diversity training who would need to be included to make it successful? What content would you incorporate in the training?
Week 2 DQ 2: What is meant by rigor in a cross-cultural training program? What variables factor in when deciding how rigorous to make the training?
Week 2 DQ 3: What are the five dimensions of cultural differences? Which of these differences has the largest effect on employee behavior? Why?
Week 2 DQ 4: What is behavioral and cognitive learning? Which do you feel is most important to training? Why?
Week 2 DQ 5: How can you develop training that motivates learning and incorporates the different learning styles of the trainees.
Week 3 LT Assignment; Needs Analysis
Write a paper using your chosen organization, conduct a needs analysis that identifies training objectives and define a measuring system that identifies those objectives’ effectiveness. Your paper must be at least 1,500 words and must include the following:
The needs analysis, which must include an organizational analysis, a team analysis, and a task analysis
The evaluation system must include measurable results for the appropriate outcome—cognitive, skill-based, affective, or return on investment—necessary to meet identified needs. Needs vary from organization to organization, so teams must approach this portion with critical thinking skills. The evaluation criteria must be specific, measurable, time-bound, and include a plan regarding what method—survey, test, or performance evaluation—will gather data.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines
Week 3 DQ 1: What is the difference between internal and external learning conditions? Which do you feel is more important for success? Why?
Week 3 DQ 2: Why is it important to know the demographics of a training class before you train? Explain how this information would help your preparation.
Week 3 DQ 3: Why is it important to develop a detailed lesson plan? What information should you include in a lesson plan? Explain why that information is important
Week 3 DQ 4: What motivation do companies have to evaluate training programs? How would evaluation help the company reach its long term goals? What are the potential consequences of not evaluating training programs? What factors would you consider when choosing an evaluation design? What impact would those choices make? Be sure to give specific examples.
Week 4 LT Assignment; Delivery Methods
Format a 5- to 10-slide PowerPoint® presentation using information from the Needs Analysis.
Identify and discuss three (3) delivery methods.
Your presentation must include the following:
The presentation must include speaker’s notes for each slide, showing what you would say if you were delivering a 15-minute presentation
Week 4 DQ 1: How has technology changed training? What are the benefits technologies bring to a training department? What are the challenges?
Week 4 DQ 2: How is a virtual classroom similar to a traditional classroom? How is it different? What is the benefit of combining web-based training with classroom training? Give an example.
Week 4 DQ 3: When would on-the-job training be ineffective? What can you do to assure that is successful?
Week 4 DQ 4: What is the role of coaching in an effective employee development plan? Why would managers avoid coaching their employees?
Week 5 LT Assignment; Employee Development Plan
This plan will highlight/include the portions developed in previous weeks as follows: