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Training and Development

Individual Course Project Overview

Training and Development


The Individual Course Project is designed to provide you with real life, practical experience in conducting a training and Organizational Development needs assessment for a selected organization and in developing a training or intervention strategy to address the needs that have been identified.


The Individual Course Project must be comprehensive and follow the analytical stages below.

  1. Select an organization to be studied.
  2. Develop and conduct a needs assessment.
  3. Analyze the data collected and identify training needs.
  4. Develop a training or intervention strategy to address the needs.
  5. Determine the training intervention cost and quantify expected results.
  6. Develop an evaluation method.

Once the steps have been completed, a detailed paper outlining your processes, methodologies, results, and recommendations should be prepared. Although the length of the paper is not predetermined, a paper of 10–15 pages in length, double-spaced, is customarily necessary to cover the topic adequately. This does not include the title and reference pages.

The seventh edition APA Style Manual is the style sheet to be used for all written papers in this course.  

Note: In addition to the resources in this class, there are a number of excellent articles that are available in the DeVry University online library that can assist you with developing and completing your Individual Course Project. A number of articles are listed here to provide you with a place to begin your research.

Cifalinò, A., & Lisi, I. E. (2019). Managing multiple forms of strategic training fit through the Balanced Scorecard. International Journal of Training & Development, 23(3), 240-252. (Links to an external site.)

Lapidus, L., & Kazakov, V. (2017). A methodological basis for assessing the cost-effectiveness of  corporate training. Problems of Economic Transition, 59(7-9), 600-607. (Links to an external site.)

Seemiller, C., & Rosch, D. M. (2019). An integrative six‚Äźdomain model of employee training and development. New Horizons in Adult Education & Human Resource Development, 31(3), 25-46. (Links to an external site.) 

Milestones: Project Phases—In Detail

Submit your assignment.

See the Syllabus section “Due Dates for Assignments & Exams” for due date information or check with your instructor.

Grading Criteria for Individual Course Project Final Paper (Week 7)

Category Description Points Description
Background Acquaint the reader with the organization selected, why it was selected, and the specific division or department of interest. Fully discuss the corporate agenda, its business strategy, its environment, and its objectives. A professional overview of the organizational culture and values should be included in the analysis. 30 15.0%
Needs Assessment Design, Implementation, and Analysis Design a needs assessment that analyzes organizational objectives and goals and then examines the factors that affect reaching those goals. Your analysis should look at the organization, person, and task levels. Be sure you fully describe your methodologies, process, and results. 50 25.0%
Recommended Training Strategy and Design Outline your plan for developing a training model to meet the results of the needs assessment. It is important to recognize that training is not always the most cost effective solution to an organizational problem. Credit will be given for other creative and cost effective developmental modalities other than training. Professional justification is expected for the choices. Clearly outline the desired learning outcomes and include your specific recommended training methods. Fully address any learning environment and transfer-of-training issues. 60 30.0%
Cost-Benefit Analysis (ROI) Outline the cost of recommended training, the potential Return On Investment (ROI), and the expected results. A plan should be provided on how to justify the costs. 30 15.0%
Training Evaluation Plan Detail your methods for evaluating the effectiveness of the training after it has been completed. How will the organization know whether the training has been successful? 30 15.0%
Total A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the above requirements. 200 100%

Due Date Submission Details

Submission Week Due Parts of Course Project Name of Item Description of Item
Week 1 (graded) 1 Proposal Part 1: Select an Organization to Be Studied
Week 3 (graded) 2 Needs Assessment / Organization Survey Part 2: Conduct a Needs Assessment using an Organization Survey
Week 7 (graded) 4, 5, 6 Final Submission
  • Part 3: Analyze the Data Collected and Identify Training Needs
  • Part 4: Develop a Training or Intervention Strategy to Address the Needs
  • Part 5: Determine the Training or Intervention Cost and Quantify Expected Results
  • Part 6: Develop a Method of Training Evaluation
Week 8 (graded) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Final Presentation Individual Course Project Presentation – Final Present

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