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LUBS3311 Human Resource Management Dissertation

40 creditsClass Size: 32

Module manager: Hugh Cook

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21


LUBS2885HRM Research Practice and personal tutorials

This module is not approved as a discovery module


This module focuses on contemporary debates in Human Resource Management (HRM) and Employment Relations, and the development of the skills required to conduct a dissertation and carry out an independent research project. The objective of the first half of the module is to provide a structured introduction to ‘big debates’ in the field of HRM and employment relations. In the second half of the module the aim is for students to develop their scholarly skills by progressing an initial dissertation idea through to undertaking primary research and writing up the results.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
- Engage critically with current issues, research and scholarship in the field of HRM
- Execute and present a piece of high quality independent research on a HRM topic
- Display a critical understanding of the role of secondary data sources in the construction of competing explanations in human resource management and employment relations
- Identify and analyse contemporary developments in HRM and employment relations

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
Subject specific
- To be able to be a reflective and ethical practitioner in HRM, continuously and critically developing their HR skills
- To be able to manipulate and interpret data using both quantitative and qualitative methods

- To be able to deliver professional quality presentations on HRM issues using appropriate technologies
- To be able to produce professional quality business reports and documents.


There are 3 key strands to the syllabus.

The first strand is to give a structured introduction to contemporary debates in HRM and employment relations. The specific topics to be covered will reflect contemporary debates in HRM and Employment Relations. There will be 8 topics covered in total.

The second strand provides practical, skills-based sessions around the research process, including sessions on defining a topic, planning the dissertation, conducting a literature review, identifying a conceptual framework, ethical issues, gaining access to primary research cases, preparing a review of an area of research in HRM and employment relations, and conducting a presentation.

The third strand involves one to one meetings between the student and a supervisor, and involves carrying out a dissertation project.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment10.500.50
Private study hours364.00
Total Contact hours36.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

This could include a variety of activities, such as reading, watching videos, question practice and exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Your teaching methods could include a variety of delivery models, such as face-to-face teaching, live webinars, discussion boards and other interactive activities. There will be opportunities for formative feedback throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation4000 word assessment comprising; 2500 word review of a debate in HRM and employment relations & 1500 word dissertation proposal and ethical statement40.00
Essay or Dissertation8000 word final dissertation50.00
Presentation10 minute individual presentation on dissertation proposal (If face to face not possible, synchronous online delivery through Team/Zoom etc)10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by coursework- resubmission of improved 8,000 word dissertation.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:41:47


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