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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS5307M Human Resource Management Research Methods and Practice

15 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Kate Hardy

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Module replaces

LUBS 5300M Research MethodsLUBS 5305M Research Methods 2

This module is not approved as an Elective


The module provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge of the main methods used in studies of Human Resource Management together with a broad understanding of research methods in the social sciences.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Recognise different perspectives on the philosophy of social science
- Prepare to undertake methodologically sound research projects and to produce a high quality independent piece of research on an HR issue
- Evaluate the appropriateness of different research strategies
- Identify the uses, strengths and weaknesses of a range of research strategies and techniques, including case study analysis, participant observation, archival research, secondary data, surveys, questionnaire design and comparative research
- Carry out qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
- Critically evaluate existing research in Human Resource Management

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Manipulate and interpret data using both quantitative and qualitative methods
- To be able to formulate plans for personal and professional development
- Reflect on cross-cultural communication issues and consider appropriate solutions

Subject Specific
- Apply ethically sound research practice to researching HRM issues


Indicative content
The module introduces students to research methods and techniques by studying topics such as philosophy and research methods, research design, in depth interview techniques and participant observation, qualitative and quantitative analysis, archival research, secondary data, survey research, questionnaire design, ethics and comparative research.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours114.00
Total Contact hours36.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students will need to spend time reading key and additional articles for each topic – these will be explored in more detail in the seminars.

Students will also need to spend time preparing their presentations, skills portfolio and final assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be given feedback on their progress during seminars.
They will also be given feedback on a group presentation during the semester.
The Reflective Log is accompanied by a ten minute (unassessed) presentation a few weeks before the submission deadline, during which students explain their proposal and how they have arrived at it. Here they will get comments on their proposal from staff and other students. This will enable students to have formative feedback on their log before submitting it and will mean that their proposals for their dissertations are much more developed.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Reflective log3,500 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by coursework

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/04/2018


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