Amanda V. Mays
DeVry University Online
HRM 420: Training and Development
Professor Richard L. McElroy, PhD.
February 8, 2015
Training Analysis Executive Summary The purpose of this report is to propose training that will expand on staff knowledge while also giving staff background information on the views of the Department. This report is intended to contrast various means of training and provide recommendations that are cost-effective. The findings of this report determine that the hands-on and case-study methods of training are most cost-effective and generate higher transference of knowledge from training to job.
Training 1: #1729 Crime Scene Training: Hair
The first training module to be analyzed was an interactive, slide-based video on how to collect hair for the purposes of crime scene investigations and was targeted to crime scene analysis students. Included was a slide that tested the student on the correct methods of collecting hair from various sources such as pillows, carpeting, and from an attack victim. The learning objectives of the training video were given at the beginning in order to provide a frame of reference for the content therein. These were: how to collect hair for the purpose of analysis using various methods such as vacuums, combs, and tape; the proper way to store hair for the purpose of testing, and the reasons behind how hair needs to be collected. The video was about seven minutes in length and was seemingly created to be a supplement to overall training in evidence gathering for crime scene analysis. This training video would appeal to those who benefit most from visual aids and interactive learning.
Training #1 Analysis
In regards to the training video being offered, the price tag of $150 per seat does not seem reasonable. Since the video was simply a very short series of clips with general information, there is nothing to distinguish it from any other method of training. In fact, a hands-on traditional approach would be best suited for the objectives provided within the training video.
A hands-on method of training, such as a simulation, would be better suited given the learning goals. Since no actual lab analysis was done for this training, lab costs would not be factored in to the overall budget of this class. While traditional simulation areas can be expensive to build and maintain, a simulation for this training would only entail supplies such as a vacuum, combs, tape, and paper bindles (small coin envelopes) to collect hair in. Since one of the objectives was to collect hair in real-world crime scenes, it is feasible that trainees could simply collect hair from various areas around the training area such as couches, chairs, clothing, or caught in door hinges. Hiring a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for this training will not be necessary since the Department has investigators on-site who are eligible to train staff on the proper means and methods of collecting evidence specimens.
Training 2: #2915 Ethical Dilemma Resolution Theories
The second training module to be analyzed is one that presents different theories of ethics. The content included was a short series of slides that provided employee situation background, the ethical dilemma, and 3 different theories on how the dilemma could be played out. Learning objectives were not specifically given; however, it can be assumed that the purpose of this training was to present options in resolving ethical dilemmas within the workforce. The time frame for this training could be as much as 2 weeks or as little as 1 day since it focuses on creating a discussion with the learners on how to resolve ethical situations. This training would appeal most to those who are audio learners.
Training #2 Analysis
While the quality of the video itself does not warrant a $150 price tag per person, the methods behind the training are sound. By providing hypothetical situations of ethical dilemmas,