Education (EDUC) 317

Training and Development in Organizations (Revision 1)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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This course introduces students to human resource development, a systematic approach to providing employees with opportunities to learn the skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary for their current roles, and to prepare them for future job demands.

Students will learn and practice using the concepts, designs, and tools typically employed in organizational training and development. Students will also have the opportunity to reflect on and develop a critical understanding of these practices.


The course is presented in eight units.

  • Unit 1 – Introduction
  • Unit 2 – Motivation and Learning Objectives
  • Unit 3 – Needs Analysis
  • Unit 4 – Training Design
  • Unit 5 – Delivery Methods
  • Unit 6 – Lesson Planning and Delivery
  • Unit 7 – Transfer of Training
  • Unit 8 – Training Evaluation


To receive credit for EDUC 317, you must achieve a minimum composite course grade of D (50 percent) and receive 50% or more on the final examination.

Activity Weighting
Phone Quiz 1 10%
Written Assignment 1 30%
Phone Quiz 2 10%
Written Assignment 2 30%
Final Exam 20%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Saks, A., & Haccoun, R. (2016). Managing performance through training and development (7th ed.). Toronto: Nelson.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

All other learning resources will be available online.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, August 4, 2016.