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Professional Diploma in Organisational Learning

An interdisciplinary qualification providing you with the knowledge and skills to become an active learning and growth professional. It will enable you to contribute effectively to your organisations as well as an understanding of how to implement the practices of good learning-driven organisations.

  • Tuition fee: £4,300
  • Programme level: SCQF Level 9
  • Start date: September or January
  • Study mode: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year

What will I study?

This one-year programme will teach you the fundamental concepts of organisational learning, learning organisations, individual, team and machine learning. It builds on diversified bodies of knowledge, including total quality management, open innovation, organisational development, and workplace learning, focusing on applying these concepts in the organisation. It includes driving a culture of continuous improvement and managing change to achieve and sustain business excellence.

You will study units such as Organisational Learning Foundations, Group & Team Learning, Organisation-wide Learning, Individual Learning, Research Skills and Project Report, Sustainability & Ethics, Civic Institutions & Sustainable Development and Management.

Knowledge and understanding of these areas are developed through operational, functional and strategic management units. The qualification also introduces you to the fundamental concepts of organisational learning, learning organisations, individual, team and machine learning. It builds on diversified bodies of knowledge, including total quality management, open innovation, organisational development, and workplace learning, focusing on applying these concepts in the organisation. It includes driving a culture of continuous improvement and managing change to achieve and sustain business excellence.

What will I learn?

  • Discover the best methods of learning for you and your organisation
  • Enhance your employability and skills
  • Contribute effectively to your workplace
  • Learn how to create a good work/life balance
  • Apply your knowledge and experience to real-world problems
  • Devise and implement best practice
  • Create practical and useful work-based solutions

Programme information


Entry requirements

  • Have achieved or in your penultimate/final year of an undergraduate degree
  • 3-5 years work experience in any field would be beneficial

Applicants who do not meet the formal entry requirements may be asked to attend an interview. 

English Language requirements 

Teaching takes place solely in English and you must demonstrate that their English language proficiency is at a level that will allow you to follow your intended programme successfully.

If English is not your first language you must hold a qualification as evidence of your English language skills. Full details of the qualifications we accept, can be found here.

Student Visa requirements for study in the UK

The UK Government approves certain English language qualifications as being Secure English Language Tests (SELT). These meet the government’s requirements for visa applications.

Al-Maktoum College will accept the following:

  • IELTS – 6.0 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component and 6.0 in writing) or equivalent
  • LanguageCert – B2 or equivalent

Full entry requirement information can be found here

This qualification will enable you to work in learning and development departments, in quality management, customer service or business development. You may also continue your studies at postgraduate level

Teaching

  • You will attend weekly lectures
  • Assessment is through coursework, for example oral presentations and essays
  • There are extracurricular activities such as case studies, industry visits and speakers, mentoring and networking
  • Assessment will be through reports, essays, and case studies as well as presentations, group assessments, exams and projects

You should apply directly using the College online application system and your application will usually be assessed within 3 working days. We my contact you to provide further information or to invite you to a short informal interview.

Please make sure you have the following information before starting your application:

  • Academic transcripts and qualification certificates
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if required)
  • Passport details
  • Referee details

We consider all aspects of the application: academic qualifications, personal statement and references.

All correspondence will be sent from admissions@almcollege.ac.uk after an application of study has been submitted and you should direct any questions there.

Unit information

Organisational Learning Foundations

The unit develops a critical understanding of the origin and evolution, concepts and aims of learning at three levels, including individual, team and organisation-wide. It also examines the domains, types, and theories of learning. This unit is essential for students to understand learning and its axioms, which defines the frame, methodology, and anatomy of Learning. The units cover a number of themes, including an overview of the foundation of learning theories, classification of learning, culture and measurement of learning in all sectors and size of organisations.

Individual Learning

This unit develops a critical understanding of individual learning theories and practices. It examines learning orientations such as behaviourist, cognitive, humanistic and transformative in the workplace context. The unit covers several individual learning mechanisms such as coaching, mentoring, reflection, cross-training and self-directed learning. Mastering such mechanisms are essential for enhancing candidates’ employability and ability to apply critical reflection and continuous improvement

Group and Team Learning

This unit develops a critical understanding of group and team learning theories and practices. The unit discusses group and team dynamics and how learning is transformed from individuals to the collective team and vice versa. Team learning mechanisms are critically evaluated and applied in this unit, such as After-Action Review, Action Learning Sets, Learning Circles and Problem Solving Teams. This unit builds on the theory and techniques of Belbin Team Roles methodology.

Organisation-Wide Learning

This unit develops a critical understanding of organisation-wide learning concepts and practices. It examines how learning occurs at the organisation level using overarching mechanisms such as benchmarking, feedback loops, suggestions systems and mystery shopping. The unit develops the links between organisation-wide learning and other levels such as individual, team/group in order to propose a holistic organisational learning system. Finally, the unit establishes the relationships between business excellence and organisational learning.

Research Skills and Project Report

This unit provides an opportunity for students to develop further as independent learners through the completion of a supervised study, which can include some elements of research carried out in a fieldwork context. It also explores a range of methods appropriate to a range of disciplines including entrepreneurship, banking and finance, management, and sustainable development and aims to develop students’ analytic skills, which are essential aspects of conducting independent project.

 

At the end of the unit, students will be required to produce a mini dissertation of 6,000 – 8,000 words.

Sustainability and Ethics

This unit evaluates the influence of ESG issues inherent in the objectives of Islam (Maqasid al-Shariah) on shaping responsible organisation/business and Islamic finance operations (particularly SRF – socially responsible finance – and SRI – socially responsible investment). In addition, it examines how ESG issues inherent in the objectives of Islam (Maqasid al-Shariah) can be employed with financial metrics to assess the risks and opportunities of responsible investment decisions.

Civic institutions and Sustainable Development

The unit explores the role of civil society organisations (such as charities, religious institutions, and community, education, environmental and women organisations) in promoting good governance, in advocacy, policy change and service/programme delivery related to sustainable development.