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LUBS5376M Human Resource Management Dissertation

45 creditsClass Size: 260

Module manager: Yujie Hu

Taught: 1 Jan to 30 Sep View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Module replaces

LUBS 5350M Dissertation

This module is not approved as an Elective


This module aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge to define a research problem, evaluate competing methodological approaches in a chosen research area and design and implement an appropriate research strategy.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Identify, describe and critically appraise important theories, models and prescriptions within the field of HRM
- Critically engage with current issues, research and scholarship in the field of HRM
- Identify and justify a research problem
- Plan and implement a research project, evaluating competing methodological approaches in a chosen research area, select and justify appropriate methods of data collection and critically analysing conceptual and empirical material derived from primary and/or secondary sources
- Manipulate and interpret HRM data using both quantitative and qualitative methods
- Provide a clear presentation, analysis and interpretation of empirical findings
- Produce a high quality piece of independent research on an HRM issue

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Deliver professional quality oral/video presentations, business reports and documents

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


Indicative content
Each student proposes a topic which is discussed for approval by the Director of the relevant MA programme, as part of that process they will be expected to define their own research questions/problem, evaluate competing methodological approaches (of a quantitative or qualitative nature) and design an appropriate research strategy.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours440.00
Total Contact hours10.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)450.00

Private study

Private study time will involve the following tasks:
- Deciding on and agreeing final dissertation topic: 20 hours
- Reading relevant literature on dissertation topic and methods: 80 hours
- Designing research strategy: 40 hours
- Conduct field work: 100 hours
- Analysis: 60 hours
- Writing up the research project: 76 hours
- Prepare video for presentation: 60 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress is monitored through regular meetings with the supervisor. Students are required to submit a research proposal at the end of semester 2 in order to receive feedback on this from their supervisor. The supervisor provides feedback on elements of the draft dissertation prior to submission, including draft chapters.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation9,500 words including compulsory ethical statement90.00
Presentation5 minutes10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 24/10/2023


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