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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS5307M Human Resource Management Research Methods and Practice

15 creditsClass Size: 260

Module manager: Yujie Hu

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

Year running 2023/24

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, interviews, 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, secondary data, survey research, questionnaire design, ethics and comparative research.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

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
Portfolio2,000 word Research Portfolio plus 1,000 word glossary100.00
Reflective log500 words (non-assessed, formative work)0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be by 3,000 word coursework for 100% of the module mark

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 21/09/2023


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