CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in

Strategic Learning & Development (DSLD)

Course Content & Delivery

Work & Working Lives in a Changing Business Environment (Core)

On completion of this unit, learners will:

  1. Understand ways in which major, long-term environmental developments affect employment, work and people management in organisations.
  2. Understand current and short-term developments in the people management business environment.
  3. Understand how change, innovation and creativity can promote improvements in organisational productivity.
  4. Understand the key interrelationships between organisational commitment to ethics, sustainability, diversity and well-being.

People Management & Development Strategies for Performance (Core)

On completion of this unit, learners will:

  1. Understand the benefits of aligning people practices with organisational strategy and culture.
  2. Understand how the development of people practices improve organisational performance and employee experience.
  3. Understand current practice in major areas of people management and development work.
  4. Understand the role and influence of people professionals in different organisational settings.

Personal Effectiveness, Ethics and Business Acumen (Core)

On completion of this unit, learners will:

  1. Be able to model principles and values that promote inclusivity aimed at maximising the contribution that people make to organisations.
  2. Be able to achieve and maintain challenging business outcomes for yourself and organisations.
  3. Be able to apply learning to enhance personal effectiveness.
  4. Be able to influence others during decision-making while showing courage and conviction.

Business Research in People Practice (Core)

On completion of this unit, learners will:

  1. Be able to plan a people practice business research project aimed at adding organisational value.
  2. Be able to justify the most appropriate research methods to collect data for the chosen project.
  3. Be able to analyse data to make decisions and provide business and people management insights.
  4. Be able to propose recommendations based on conclusions derived from the research and analysis.

Organisational Design & Development (Specialist Knowledge)

On completion of this unit, learners will:

  1. Understand the concepts and theories underpinning organisational design and development.
  2. Understand the range of options for organisational design and how these align with organisational aims and objectives.
  3. Understand the methods and approaches to organisational development as a means of enabling organisations to meet their goals.
  4. Understand responses to organisational change and the strategies for a successful implementation.

Leadership & Management Development in Context (Specialist Knowledge)

On completion of this unit, learners will:

  1. Understand management and leadership within the wider organisational, social, political and cultural context.
  2. Understand differences between a range of leadership and management development interventions.
  3. Understand the outcomes of leadership and management development programmes.
  4. Understand the development of international managers and leaders so that they can operate in a global context.

Designing Learning to Improve Performance (Specialist Knowledge)

On completion of this unit, learners will:

  1. Understand how learning is impacted by both the external environment and internal organisational context.
  2. Understand the importance of learning needs assessment to inform the design process.
  3. Understand the role of impact measurement within the learning process.
  4. Understand the importance of design and delivery of learning events in context.

Managing People in an International Context (Optional Specialist Knowledge)

On completion of this unit, learners will:

  1. Understand how major strategic and contextual forces shape the management of people in international organisations.
  2. Understand how and why people management practice varies between different countries and regions across the world.
  3. Be able to manage staffing and employment practices in international organisations.
  4. Understand effective and sustainable people management activities in international contexts.

Who Should Attend?

CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning & Development (DSLD) is ideal if you’re an experienced HR/L&D professional or an HR graduate who wants to prepare for senior strategic roles like Business Partner, Consultant, Department Head or Director.

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