NS7123: Development and Coaching


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NS7123: Development and Coaching

Module Title Development and Coaching
Module Code NS7123
Module Tutor Josie Truscott
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

Development is a critical factor when looking at improving the performance of a business. Whether this is delivering stand-alone developmental events and learning programmes, executive coaching, “on-boarding" senior leaders, or devising a development centre to bring on employees with high potential, occupational psychologists offer an objective and research-led approach.  With a deepening of globalisation, we can be called on to provide innovative solutions that are accessible to participants across the world.  Accordingly, this module draws on theories around learning, the training cycle, coaching and team building to provide students with a rounded picture of training and development options to support differing needs in organisations. 

Indicative Syllabus

The module reviews the models of learning that underpin the work of occupational psychologists in development and coaching, using case studies and guest lecturers to explore best practice in the contemporary business environment. Topics covered include:


1.  Learning and development

  • L&D models and theories
  • Learning styles
  • Training cycle
  • Evaluation

2.  Team dynamics

  • Team building
  • Use of psychometrics in team activities
  • Theories and models for team development

3.  Succession planning

  • Career development
  • High potentials
  • Talent pipelines
  • Development Centres 

4.  Coaching

  • Models
  • Executive coaching
  • Essential skills
  • Application of coaching techniques for teams and individuals.
Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate and apply a working knowledge of learning theories, skill acquisition, self-development, and evaluation;
  2. Devise suitable integrated approaches to learning and development, including talent and succession planning;
  3. Apply psychological theories of occupational choice and career development to employability and trainability;
  4. Recognise and apply different models of coaching including individual and team coaching and mentoring.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 4000 words
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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