• April 26th, 2016

Training and Development Environment

Paper, Order, or Assignment Requirements

Task
Prepare a Training and/or Development Needs Assessment of an organisation that you are familiar with or have access to.

In undertaking the assignment, please ensure that you are able to demonstrate an understanding of the process to assessing training and development needs. The Needs Assessment should identify one main training and / or development need and recommend options e.g. training programs that would address this need.

In your submission, you should:

Explain the reason for undertaking a needs assessment, this may include identification of performance gaps
Explain and justify the method you have chosen to conduct the needs assessment
Evaluate the needs assessment process used to determine if training and/or development is necessary
Examine possible outcomes if needs assessment is not properly planned or conducted
Ensure that relevant academic literature is used to support your discussions

Rationale
This assessment will enable students to demonstrate their understanding of the various learning theories covered in Topics 2-5 and:

be able to identify and critically evaluate the environmental forces influlencing Australian organisations
be able to conduct a strategic needs analys
be able to apply relevant concepts in an organisational setting
be able to synthesis and critically evaluate relevant academic literature, and
be able to apply practical reasoning to address real world problems.

Marking criteria

Criterion
Weighting
High distinction
Distinction-Credit
Pass
Unsatisfactory
Mark
Critical analysis

20
Clear and logical application of Needs Assessment; performance gaps identified and discussed; choice of needs assessment method(s) is well justified with relevant quality academic literature.
Strong evidence of critical thinking when evaluating and reflecting on the needs assessment process and possible problems.

Clear and logical application of Needs Assessment; performance gaps identified and discussed; choice of needs assessment method(s) is largely well justified with relevant academic literature.
Evidence of critical thinking when evaluating and reflecting on the needs assessment process and possible problems.

Acceptable application of Needs Assessment; some gaps in the element of performance gaps identification; choice of needs assessment method(s) is discussed with some relevant academic literature.
Some evidence of critical thought when evaluating and reflecting on the needs assessment process and possible problems, but tends to be mostly descriptive.
Gaps in the application of Needs Assessment; unsatisfactory identification of performance gaps; weak and descriptive justification of choice of needs assessment method(s) is discussed with minimal reference to academic literature. Little evidence of critical thinking when evaluating and reflecting on the needs assessment process and possible problems.

Evidence base
10
Clear, comprehensive base of evidence including relevant quality academic resources provided throughout to support the discussions.

Sound base of evidence including relevant academic resources provided throughout to support the discussions.

Significant gaps in quality and/or range of evidence from relevant academic resources provided to support discussions.
Little or no attempt to include evidence from relevant academic resource to support discussions.

Presentation
5
High quality of written expression, structured and very well referenced in accordance with the APA6 system.

Reasonable written expression, structure and well referenced in accordance with the APA6 system.

Reasonable written expression, structure and well referenced in accordance with the APA6 system.
Poor presentation, with major gaps in the quality of written expression and/or referencing in accordance with the APA6 system.

Total
35

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