1. Business Strategy and HRD

The course will highlight the role training plays in supporting the organization’s strategies, goals and objectives. It will provide comprehensive understanding of competitive strategies and frameworks including models and theories related to development of business strategies and the linkages they have with HR and training strategies. In addition, it will focus on the process of aligning training to the objectives of enhancing employee skills and competencies to meet strategic performance demands and assisting in the removal of barriers to desired organizational performance.

2. Instructional Design

The course will provide an overview of various design models and focus on processes, tools, methods and procedures for initiating a training design project that includes organizational analysis, job, task & content analysis, training needs and resource analysis, writing and sequencing of functional objectives and performance measures, specifying instructional strategies, assessing relevant characteristics of trainees such as learning orientation and motivation and designing sessions, associated activities and instructional / course material.

3. Training Methods – Cognitive

The course will provide a sufficiently deep understanding of the following training methods, primarily oriented towards cognitive learning, in terms of their strengths and limitations in relation to identified learning objectives, cost and other factors impacting their effectiveness.

  • Lecture / Lecturette
  • Lecture / Discussion Method
  • Demonstration
  • Case Method
  • Business Games
  • In-Basket Method, etc.
  • The course will focus on skill trainers need to use the training methods to maximize learning and retention.

4. Training Methods – Experiential

The course will provide a sufficiently deep understanding of the following training methods, primarily oriented towards experimental training, in terms of their strengths and limitations in relation to identified learning objectives, cost and other factors impacting their effectiveness:

  • Role Play
  • Behavioral Modeling / Games and Simulations
  • Instrumentation
  • Lab based / Experimental Learning / Outdoor Training
  • The course will focus on skills trainers need to use the training methods to maximize learning and retention.

5. Facilitation Skills

The course will focus on various dimensions and models of class room facilitation and emphasize trainer skills in securing whole person learning. It will high light a range of trainer interventions in managing class room dynamics including the use of authority and autonomy, management of emotions and individuals(Trainee) differences, complexity of intervention/decision choices and confrontation. In addition, the course will provide a deep understanding of facilitation processes that contribute to retention of learning and its transfer to work place.

6. Presentation Skills

The course will cover all the key steps and techniques involved in delivering a compelling and persuasive presentation including planning for presentation by stating its broad objectives, criteria for measuring success, delivering effective presentation by structuring / organizing content, managing presentation resources, ensuring audience engagement by managing their expectations and creating the appropriate media / visuals for effective communication. The course will also highlight techniques for managing audience responses and
debriefing the presentation through critiquing content, analyzing performance and feedback.

7. Training Measurement and Evaluation

The course will focus on various theories and models of training evaluation and transfer of learning besides methods and approaches to undertaking systematic evaluation of learning interventions through development of evaluation strategy, planning of evaluation through surveys, observation, stakeholder feedback etc., data analysis for assessing training results and outcomes at multiple levels and presentation of evaluation results. The course will, in addition, highlight the ROI methodology to determine the costs and benefits of training in monetary terms.

8. Managing the Training Process

The course will focus on the process management and administration of training including preparation of training plans and budget, assessment of resource requirements, resource capabilities and work load, criteria for selection of trainers, management of venue and associated facilities etc. It will also highlight business skills for training administrators such as basic financial skills, budgets and forecasting, outsourcing and vendor management and building institutional collaboration and support.

9. Learning / Training Analytics

The course will provide a broad understanding of the major advances in and application of big data in organizational decision-making processes. It will specially focus on the crucial role of analytics and predictive modeling in training and development and provide perspectives on evaluating the impact of training interventions at multiple levels through application of statistical methods and procedures.

10. Elective Paper (Choose any one)

  1. OD and Change Management: The course will focus on the range of assumptions, strategies & models, intervention techniques and
    other aspects of OD as a planned process of change in organizations. It will highlight the pivotal role Training plays in designing and facilitating various OD interventions at the individual, inter personal, group and strategic levels.
  2. Talent Management: The course will emphasize the business imperative of talent management, describe various theories, models and approaches to talent management in organizations with reference to talent recruitment and on boarding , talent development and retention strategies, talent engagement, creating and building talent pipelines, supporting human capital systems and succession planning and measuring the impact of talent on organizational success.
  3. Development Centre: The course will cover the entire range of processes involved in operationalizing the Development
    Centre including the design strategies, construction of competency – exercise matrix, behavior observation and assessment methods and protocols, facilitation skills, data integration, feedback and reporting etc.
  4. Research Methodology: The course will focus on development of data management, data analysis and data interpretation capabilities amongst the training functionaries that are critical to successfully performing various training activities particularly with reference to measurement of training outcomes and impact. The course will cover a range of descriptive and inferential statistical methods and procedures and highlight their application in various training processes and activities.


Each student on successful completion of 10 theory papers will be required to undertake Internship / Live Project under the guidance of a mentor to give them hands on exposure for skill building. ISTD will facilitate the students in Internship / Live Project. Students will be expected to follow the guidelines issued from time to time. The students will be required to submit a Intership Project report duly approved by Mentor and will have to made a presentation before panel of experts followed by VIVA.


ISTD will hold contact classes once a month at selected centers across India. There would be contact sessions on Sundays for each theory paper during the Semester. Eminent Academicians/Trainers/Industry Experts/Consultants are invited to be faculty for contact classes. Contact classes are meant to support self learning by students and clarify doubts. Attendance of contact classes is not mandatory and not a prerequisite for appearing in examinations.