Human Resource Training and Development – PSYC 642

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Evaluation of techniques for training and motivating personnel. Focus on design, implementation, and evaluation of training, continuing education, and staff development programs, looking to organizational improvement. (Crosslisted with MSPS 650)


PSYC 516


The purpose of this course is to equip the student with knowledge in the field of employee training and development. This course will assist the student in exploring current theories, practices, and trends relating to training and development. The student will begin to apply what he/she has learned in a practical manner, thus preparing him/her to be an effective leader in his/her chosen career field.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Assess methods to identify organizational training and development needs.
  2. Analyze organizational theories that influence personnel development.
  3. Discuss training and development program design, implementation, and evaluation.
  4. Examine methods to evaluate and maximize trainee learning.
  5. Apply biblical principles pertaining to staff development, employee motivation, and leadership training.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. Each thread and reply must be supported with the textbook, at least 1 additional scholarly source, and Scripture in current APA format.

Case Analysis

The student will respond to the questions presented at the end of a case reading from the course textbook and write an analysis of at least 1 page. The student must also address what biblical principles could potentially be considered in the scenario. Responses must be supported with at least 1 scholarly journal article, the textbook, and Scripture in current APA format. The Case Analysis also must include a cover page and reference page.


The student will write a 2–4-page research-based Essay in current APA format. The Essay must reference at least 1 scholarly journal article, the textbook, and Scripture. It must also include a cover page and reference page. The student must include the competency model that was developed as an appendix in the paper.

Learning Strategy Project

The student will consult with a friend, coworker, or fellow student to identify a target behavior that the person does not currently have but would like to have. The student will write a 2–4-page paper in current APA format, reporting on and evaluating the results. The paper must include a minimum of 1 scholarly journal article, the textbook, and Scripture. It must also have a cover page and reference page.

PowerPoint Presentation

Utilizing PowerPoint’s Notes feature, the student will prepare a 12–15-slide presentation that might be made to a company as a training consultant, describing 2 traditional and 2 technology-based training methods to a hypothetical client. A minimum of 3 sources must be used in preparation for the presentation and cited using current APA format.

Personal Development Plan

The student will complete a substantive Personal Development Plan from the worksheet provided in the text.

Article Review

The student will summarize 4 scholarly journal articles from peer-reviewed journals that have been published within the last 10 years. The review must contain no less than 150 words for each article. Specific topics will be provided for the student to research in order to identify articles of interest. The information must be presented in annotated bibliography format using current APA format.


The student will take a mid-term examination in Week 4 and a final examination in Week 8. Each examination will consist of 50 questions. The mid-term examination will cover Chapters 1 through 4 of Noe, Employee Training and Development (2017). The final examination will cover Chapters 5 through 11 of Noe, Employee Training and Development (2017). There is a 2 hour time limit to
complete each open-book/open-note examination. To be successful, the student must study and prepare before attempting any examination.