This work-based learning programme is aimed at helping experienced and aspiring human resource development (HRD) specialists, training managers and consultants to enhance and consolidate their skills and knowledge.
It will provide you with the tools to become an effective HRD or training management professional in any size or type of organisation. Managers of other disciplines who need to understand how to manage HRD within the wider human resources and business context will also benefit from this course. Knowledge and understanding is developed in relation to strategic, tactical and operational HRD.
On this course you can:
We are an Approved Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). On completion, you will be eligible to seek Associate Membership of the CIPD and you may meet the criteria for Chartered Membership (depending on your previous experience). The CIPD is the world's largest internationally-recognised Chartered HR and development professional body.
Graduates from this programme are likely to be in high demand by organisations looking for:
The PgDip programme comprises four work-based learning units:
Training, Learning and Talent Development will help you develop a critical understanding of the creation of learning and talent development policies and strategies in order to achieve objectives at all levels. It will explore the implications of professional practice and provide opportunities for applied learning and critical reflection for continuous professional development.
Consultancy, Coaching and Mentoring encourages learners to examine the theory and practice of these disciplines and explore the implications for professional practice in the workplace and beyond.
Leadership and Management Skills will enable you to develop an understanding of the complexities of leading and managing organisations in order to facilitate change and growth.
The Training Manager and the Business Context gives insight into the environmental contexts facing leaders within contemporary organisations. You will learn how managers and HR professionals are shaped by the internal and external forces beyond their immediate control and how they may respond to the opportunities choices and constraints when faced with difficult decisions that will shape their future.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
You will be allocated an academic tutor whose role will be to support and guide you in your studies and with planning and conducting your work-based learning assignments. You will have access to the University’s comprehensive online resources – just as though you were on campus. Our online resources include several hundred e-books (electronic versions of key textbooks) and access to databases containing academic and business journals. There are also study skills resources, for example academic writing and referencing available online, as well as information on the course virtual learning environment (Moodle) to help guide you in your studies.
Learning will primarily be self-directed but will be guided, facilitated and supported by the experienced university tutors through face to face contact, telephone, email and Moodle communications in order that students can analyse, interpret and apply current academic and wider business and practitioner materials in workplace situations.
It is recommended that you are also supported by a work-based mentor who will provide additional support and guidance.
Assessment is through a combination of three work-based assignments including a professional development portfolio, a business research report and two examinations.
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you will benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website, LookUP, will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your studies.
Due to the work-based nature of this course and the potential pressure of juggling your course alongside work life, we aim to provide you with as much support as possible. There are tutors available to support your studies via online tutorials, email and telephone conferencing. You will also be assigned a personal tutor who will offer support and guidance throughout your studies.
The ASK unit will help you become a successful university student. Our workshops are designed to improve a number of essential academic skills from essay writing and understanding plagiarism to revision and exam techniques. This is a great way to refresh yourself on university study ensuring you perform to your full potential.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
Student-centred learning activities relating to both human resource and managerial related activities form the basis for the units, enabling you to enhance your people management and HR specific skills. Reflections upon personal competence and competence development further equip you with the ability to make an active contribution to business performance.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.
We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.
In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.
Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.
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