BTECH Higher National Diploma in Business/Executive Human Resource Management Unit Number and Title Start Date Assignment Due Date Assessor Name Assignment No Assignment Title Assignment Brief 23. Human Resource Development 17/04/2013 08/05/2013 Himani Avasthi 1. Case Analysis – 'Taking Charge at Domtar; What it takes for a Turnaround' This is a case study based on the learning theories and learning styles. The student is expected to analyze the case and provide his / her own comments regarding the learning theories and its contribution to the planning and design of learning events
Assignment Task / Description: Task 1 I. Individually read the case study provided and identify the issues concerning the different learning styles and its implication on the overall training process. ( L01, Assessment criteria 1.1) Task 2 II. Attempt all the questions provided below. Make sure you attempt each question fully. 1. Due to Raymond Royer’s sound management policies and shrewd joint ventures and acquisitions, training programs were designed for the new employees for them to understand the Domtar culture and service their customers. Draw a learning curve diagram for the program which would take employees 2 weeks to learn both these critical aspects. Also mention, what learning style would be preferable for the conduct of this kind of training. Give out your rationale on why you feel such a learning style would be suitable for the Domtar employees. ( L01, Assessment criteria 1.1,1.2) 2. Given the difficulty of organizational change, what factors contributed to the success at Domtar? How did Domtar’s management at all levels contribute to reducing resistance to change? It can be explained that the ‘Stimulus here is the Organizational Change’ and the ‘Response is Resistance to this Change’. Do you agree with this statement? Explain your rationale of the organizational change resistance in terms of the ‘Behaviourist (or StimulusResponse) approach of the Learning Theory. ( L01, Assessment criteria 1.2, 1.3)
3. Domtar overcame major HRD challenges associated with its acquisitions and joint partnerships? In such cases, the learning curve of employees can even go downwards due to loss of motivation and negative transfer of learning. What factors might hinder or block transfer of learning in such a scenario. Explain these factors hindering transfer of learning in terms of Perceptual, Emotional, Motivational, Cultural, Situational and Skill factors. ( L01, Assessment criteria 1.3) 4. If Raymond Royer hired you to develop a training program to enhance Skills, Knowledge and Attitude of Domtar employees, how would you go about designing the program? Provide logical rationale to support your position. ( L01, Assessment criteria 1.3)
Learning Outcome/s achieved in the assignment: By completing this assignment successfully, the student would have achieved the following outcomes:LO1 Understand learning theories and learning styles 1.1 compare different learning styles 1.2 explain the role of the learning curve and the importance of transferring learning to the workplace 1.3 assess the contribution of learning styles and theories when planning and designing a learning event
Grading Criteria: The student will be awarded a PASS grade if he/she: P1 Shows an understanding of the various learning styles and learning theories P2 Is able to explain the implication of the learning curve on the overall training process. P3 Is able to analyze the various learning theories and explain their contribution to the planning and design of learning events. P4 Shows an importance of ensuring the transfer of learning to the workplace The student will be awarded a MERIT if he/she along with the criteria for PASS: M1 Uses a range of methods (eg. Internet) and techniques to collect analyze and process information pertaining to different learning styles. M2 Skillfully analyzes the learning theories and is able to explain...
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