Leadership and developing people

This module will develop your critical understanding of human resource development and how it can enhance learning, skills and performance within organisations.

Leadership and developing people are key aspects of management, and this module will develop your critical understanding of human resource development.

Drawing on case studies and real-world examples, you’ll study the different theories and methods used in different organisations to lead the development of their people – including motivation, commitment and leadership theories.

You’ll have the opportunity to examine the role, aims and objectives of human resource development, and learn how it can be utilised to enhance the learning, skills and performance within an organisation.

Topics covered

Main topics of the module include:

  • Contemporary developments in human resource development
  • Motivation and engagement
  • Flexible working and change management
  • Professionalism and corporate social responsibility
  • Knowledge management
  • Coaching and development

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be expected to be able to:

  • critically review major research studies on contemporary developments in the human resource development and management fields, published in the UK and overseas.
  • evaluate major theories relating to motivation, commitment and engagement at work and how these are put into practice by organisations.
  • debate and critically evaluate the characteristics of effective leadership and the methods used to develop leaders in organisations taking into consideration HRD's role in the interaction between power, culture, knowledge and HR/HRD.
  • contribute to the promotion of flexible working and effective change management in organisations.
  • critically discuss the aims and objectives of the human resource management and development functions in organisations and how these are met in practice.


  • Online examination (100%)  

    The assessment will be an unseen written examination of 2 hour-duration.