UCD Professional Academy Diploma in HR Management


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  • Beginning Thursday 21st March, 2024.
  • One evening per week; 6:30pm to 9:30pm for 12 weeks
  • Session 1 – Thursday 21st March, – 6:30pm-9:30pm – online

About the Course

This course gives an excellent insight into all the main functions of the HR Manager’s role, showing how they support all the members of an organisation at every stage in the employment cycle. You’ll learn the skills of effective recruitment and selection, training, and development, and establishing robust systems, as well as all the techniques, knowledge and strategies you’ll need to keep every member of a team engaged, productive and feeling valued.

You’ll also come away with a very thorough and reliable working knowledge of employment rights, the importance of proper procedures and effective methods for dealing with performance issues and workplace disputes.

This course is aimed at those working within or seeking to enter the HR profession as well as anybody with people management responsibilities. The course will enable participants to develop the key skills and knowledge to operate successfully in HR as well as give them a practical toolkit to use which is grounded in best practice and up to date thinking.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a practical working knowledge of all the main aspects of the HR Manager’s role.
  • Put into effect clear procedures for all stages of the employment cycle: recruitment and selection, appraisals etc.
  • Strategise in terms of Learning and Development, Workforce planning.
  • Follow correct employment law and adhere to stated policies.
  • Demonstrate understanding of soft skills of HR management: motivation, empathy, conflict resolution etc.

Course Breakdown

  1. Introduction to Human Resources Management
  2. Workforce Planning & Recruitment
  3. Selection
  4. Onboarding & Probation Management
  5. Reward & Recognition
  6. Performance Management
  7. Disciplinary & Grievance Management
  8. Organisational Design & Change Management
  9. Learning & Development
  10. Attendance & Leave Management
  11. Dignity at Work & Future of HR
  12. Course Summary & Assignment Overview

Assessed Component Weighting Deadline

Assessed Component Weighting Deadline
Action Learning Log 40% Week 12
Written Assignment (approx. 3000 words) 60% 2 weeks after course completion

The Action Learning Log will demonstrate the continuity of reflection throughout the course, by completing a separate AL Log worksheet for each of the main topics (average 250 words per worksheet). The full set of worksheets will be combined into an Action Learning Log, which will be submitted at the end of the course for grading.

The Written Assignment should be completed at the conclusion of the course once all sessions have been completed. Learners are required to select at least one topic from the course that is of particular interest to them or that they would like to learn more about. The goal of the assignment is to demonstrate how learners are thinking about putting course concepts, models, tools, and practices in their own context to demonstrate the course learning outcomes.

UCD Professional Academy and CPD Hours

Drawing on UCD’s educational pedigree and addressing a specific demand in the workplace we have created the UCD Professional Academy to focus on shorter, practical, skills-based courses with more specific business objectives. We add value to employee training, driving high rates of staff engagement, with more versatile practical learning outcomes. We deliver practical training solutions, specifically designed to meet today’s business needs and our professional courses are not on the NFQ.

Please allow me share the current stance on CPD allocation as agreed with the Academic Director here at UCD PA and perhaps this may help explain how are courses provide benefits:

Upon successful completion, participants are awarded a certificate which details the commitment involved, which in the case of most courses is 36 hours. This allows HR departments to make a determination as to the allocation of CPD points for successful completion of our courses, according to their own internal CPD systems.

Courses are also assessed in line with the Professional Academy’s quality standards, and grades are confirmed on the certificate itself.
The Professional Academy Diploma is not on the National Framework of Qualifications as a credit bearing course. This is standard practice for professional courses of this nature where the need is for fresh and actionable skills (in a shorter form course) that are demonstrated immediately in the workplace.

About this form

The purpose of this booking form is to gather profile information about participants on programmes funded by Skillnet Ireland from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education & Skills (DES). Only aggregated participant data will be reported to the DES.

As an ongoing quality control measure and to ensure the highest possible standard of training, courses may be inspected from time to time.

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