HRM 326 Complete Class Week 1 – 5 All Individual and Team Assignments - Discussion Questions – Final Guide – A+ Graded Course Material

Week 1 Individual Assignment Organizational Focus and Goals

Select your current organization or an organization you are familiar with to complete the following assignment. .

 

Write an paper in APA format of no more than 1,050 words that answers the following questions:

 

·         What is the organization’s current focus? What are the organization’s goals?

·         What are the organization’s training needs? How do they relate to the goals?

·         What effect does the organization’s focus and goals have on prioritizing the type and amount of training?

·         How would you prioritize specific training needs based on the organization’s needs and goals?

·         Why must you consider the organization’s goals when prioritizing training?

 

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

 

Week 1 Discussion Questions 

Assume you have to prepare older employees with little computer experience to attend a training course on how to use the World Wide Web.  How will you ensure that they have high levels of readiness for training?  How will you determine their readiness for training?

Discuss the types of evidence that you would look for in order to determine whether a needs analysis has been improperly conducted.  What do you think are the most common concerns for organizations after a needs analysis is completed? Why?

What do you think is the most important organizational characteristic that influences training?  Why?

Week 2 Individual Quiz

Retrieve the Quiz for Week 2 posted in the Course Material forum of our OLS classroom.

Complete the multiple choice quiz by highlighting the correct response. 

Post your completed quiz to the assignments link.

 

Text: Employee Training and Development – Chapters 2, 3, and 10

1.         In cultures with a short-term orientation, the orientation is toward the past and present.

 

2.         Less rigorous training methods such as lectures and briefings focus on communicating factual material and help expatriates and their families develop communication skills required to interact in another country.

 

More  rigorous training methods factor in factual material and help develop communication skills, whereas less rigorous only focus on factual material.

3.         The link between diversity and company performance is both direct and indirect.

 

4.         An organizational analysis involves determining the appropriateness of training, based on all of the following parameters, EXCEPT:

 

5.         A mid-level manager questioning aspects such as who should be trained is involved with which variable of needs assessment?

 

6.         Trainees need to understand what specifically they are expected to learn in the training program.

 

7.         To use__________________ to gain a competitive advantage requires linking the company’s human resources practices (such as training and development) to the business strategy.

 

8.         Business strategy influences how the company uses all of the following capitals EXCEPT:

 

9.         Strategy has a particularly strong influence on determining the following, EXCEPT:

 

10.       All of the following are implications through the emphasis on learning, EXCEPT: 

 

Week 2 Team Assignment Training Key Areas

Write a paper no less than 1,250-word paper in which you explain the importance of training in these areas:

 

·         Legally required training

·         Diversity

·         Employee professional growth, individually and within the organization

 

Other things you need to consider/incorporate:

 

·         What the organization will gain in offering the training

·         How programs meet professional or personal employee needs.

·         You must clearly show how the programs answer the organization’s and employee motivational needs.

 

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

 

Week 2 Discussion Questions

What is diversity? Explain how diversity is important to an organization. Give an example. How can you manage diversity? If you developed diversity training who would need to be included to make it successful? What content would you incorporate in the training?

What is meant by rigor in a cross-cultural training program? What variables factor in when deciding how rigorous to make the training?

What are the five dimensions of cultural differences? Which of these differences has the largest effect on employee behavior? Why?

Week 3 Individual Quiz

Retrieve the Quiz for Week 3 posted in the Course Material forum of our OLS classroom.

Complete the multiple choice quiz by highlighting the correct response. 

Post your completed quiz to the assignments link.

 

1.         _____ refers to the collection of information – including what, when, how, and from whom –

that will be used to determine the effectiveness of the training program.

 

2.         _____ can be used as a "dress rehearsal" to show the program to managers, trainees, and

customers.

 

3.         Identify the third level outcome amongst the following Kirkpatrick's four-level framework for

categorizing training outcomes.

 

4.         Skill-based outcomes include acquisition or learning of skills and use of skills on the job.

 

5.         Utility analysis is a cost-benefit analysis method that involves assessing the dollar value of

training based on estimates of the difference in job performance between trained and untrained employees, and the number of individuals trained.

 

6.         This relates to the learner's decision regarding what information to attend, how to remember,

and how to solve problems

 

7.         The process of withdrawing positive or negative reinforcers to eliminate a behavior is known as _____.

 

 

 

8.         Pedagogy gives the instructor major responsibility for making decisions about learning content, method, and evaluation.

 

9.         Learning strategies include rehearsal, organizing, and delegation.

 

10.       Seating arrangements at the training site should be based on an understanding of the desired

type of trainee interaction and trainee-trainer interaction.

 

Week 3 Team Assignment Needs Analysis

Write a paper, in APA format of no less than 1500 words, using your chosen organization and identify a position (e.g. sales manager) or group of positions (e.g. customer service agents).

 

Conduct a needs analysis that identifies the following:

·         Training objectives

·         Define a measuring system that identifies those objectives’ effectiveness.

 

Other things you need to consider/incorporate:

 

·         The needs analysis must include an organizational analysis, a team analysis, and a task analysis

·         The evaluation system must include measurable results for the appropriate outcome—cognitive, skill-based, affective, or return on investment—necessary to meet identified needs. Needs vary from organization to organization, so teams must approach this portion with critical thinking skills.

The evaluation criteria must be specific, measurable, time-bound, and include a plan regarding what method—survey, test, or performance evaluation—will gather data.

 

Week 3 Discussion Questions

What is the difference between internal and external learning conditions? Which do you feel is more important for success? Why?

Why is it important to know the demographics of a training class before you train? Explain how this information would help your preparation.

What motivation do companies have to evaluate training programs? How would evaluation help the company reach its long term goals? What are the potential consequences of not evaluating training programs?  What factors would you consider when choosing an evaluation design? What impact would those choices make? Be sure to give specific examples.

Week 4 Individual Quiz

Retrieve the Quiz for Week 4 posted in the Course Material forum of our OLS classroom.

Complete the multiple choice quiz by highlighting the correct response. 

Post your completed quiz to the assignments link.

 

1.         The following are all benefits of new technology that have been incorporated into training, EXCEPT:

 

2.         This typically involves videoconferencing and/or computers for the delivery of instructions from a trainer to trainees who are different locations.

 

3.         Which one of the following is NOT an advantage of e-learning?

 

4.         Online learning allows more employees to gain access to these types of programs in a quicker time period than if face-to-face instruction is used.

 

5.         All of the following are the most frequently used training techniques EXCEPT:

 

6.         In this variation of the lecture method, two or more speakers present information and ask question.

 

7.         This is an attractive training method because compared to others; it needs less investment in time or money for materials, trainer's salary, or instructional design.

 

8.         The major advantage of apprenticeship programs is that learners can _____ while they learn.

 

9.         In case studies, trainees are required to analyze and critique the actions taken, indicating the appropriate actions and suggesting what might have been done differently.

 

10.       Vicarious reinforcement occurs when a trainee sees a model being reinforced for using certain behaviors

 

Week 4 Team Assignment Delivery Methods

Format a 5- to 10-slide PowerPoint® presentation using information from the Needs Analysis.

 

Identify and discuss three (3) delivery methods.

 

Your presentation must include the following:

 

·         A definition of each delivery method and how it would be applied for the project

·         Pros and cons of a different delivery method

·         A training agenda

 

The presentation must include speaker’s notes for each slide, showing what you would say if you were delivering a 15-minute presentation.

 

Week 4 Discussion Questions

How has technology changed training? What are the benefits technologies bring to a training department? What are the challenges?

How is a virtual classroom similar to a traditional classroom? How is it different?  What is the benefit of combining web-based training with classroom training? Give an example.

When would on-the-job training be ineffective? What can you do to assure that is successful?

Week 5 Team Assignment Employee Development Plan

Write an employee development plan based on the information learned in all weeks of this course.

 

This plan will highlight/include the portions developed in previous weeks as follows:

 

·         Needs Analysis

 

o   Organizational analysis

o   Team analysis

o   Task analysis

 

·         Learning objectives outlining what material is covered

·         Appropriate delivery method

 

Examples might include but are not limited to classroom

 

Week 5 Guide

 

Resources:Effective Training Systems, Strategies, and Practices, and Employee Training & Development

Prepare for your Final Examination.

 

1.         Business strategy influences how the company uses all of the following capitals EXCEPT:

 

2.         To use _________ to gain a competitive advantage requires linking the company’s human resources practices (such as training and development) to the business strategy.

 

3.         This provides employees with immediate access to information, advice, and guidance.

 

4.         Centralized training means that training and development programs, resources, and professionals are primarily housed in one location and decisions about training investment, programs, and delivery methods are made from inter-related departments.

 

5.         Research suggests that the company satisfaction with the outsourcing of training and development depends on company-supplier trust and the specificity of the contract.

 

6.         An organizational analysis involves determining the appropriateness of training, based on all the following parameters, EXCEPT:

a.         The company’s business strategy

 

7.         A mid-level manager questioning aspects such as who should be trained is involved with which variable of needs assessment?

 

8.         The following are all advantages associated with online technology (software) method of needs assessment EXCEPT:

 

9.         With respect to person analysis, a major pressure point for training is poor or substandard rewards system:

 

10.       Trainees need to understand what specifically they are expected to learn in the training program.

 

11.       Regardless of the training methods, all of the following are some of the conditions which must be present for learning to occur, EXCEPT:

 

12.       This includes specialized knowledge that employees need in their jobs.

 

13.       This relates to the learner’s decision regarding what information to attend, how to remember and how to solve programs

 

14.       Pedagogy gives the instructor major responsibility for making decisions about learning content, method, and evaluation

 

15.       Seating arrangement at the training site should be based on an understanding of the desired type of trainee interaction and trainee-trainer interaction.

 

16.       ______ refers to the collection of information – including what, when, how, and from whom – that will be used to determine the effectiveness of the training program.

 

17.       What provides a way to understand the investments that training produces and provides information needed to improve training?

 

18.       _______ can be used as a “dress rehearsal” to show the program to managers, trainees, and customers.

 

19.       Identify the third level outcome amongst the following Kirkpatrick’s four-level framework for categorizing training outcomes.

 

20.       Skill-based outcomes include acquisition or learning of skills and use of skills on the jobs.

 

21.       All of the following are the most frequently used training techniques EXCEPT:

 

22.       The following are all advantages of using videos as a component of training EXCEPT:

 

23.       In case studies, trainees are required to analyze and critique the actions taken, indicating the appropriate actions and suggesting what might have been done differently

 

24.       Meaningfulness of business games are enhanced if they are imaginative

 

25.       Vicarious reinforcement occurs when a trainee sees a model being reinforced for using certain behaviors.

 

26.       This typically involves videoconferencing and/or computers for the delivery of instructions from a trainer to trainees who are different locations.

 

27.       Which one of the following is NOT an advantage of e-learning?

 

28.       Online learning allows more employees to gain access to these types of programs in a quicker time period than if face-to-face instruction is used.

 

29.       Simply providing learning control ensures that trainees will use all the features provided by online learning.

 

30.       Which of the following is evidence supporting the assertion that companies are investing in more training?

 

31.       Learning is defined as

 

32.       According to the text, _____ provides the opportunity for learning and _____ is a result of the learning.

 

33.       To understand a manager's development needs, you must first understand _____.

 

34.       Which of the following is not an advantage to using externally based training programs for mangers?

 

35.       Which of the following statements about corporate universities is not true?

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