MSc Human Resource Management (International Development) / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course unit details:
Research Methods in Human Resource Management

Unit code MGDI75430
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Global Development Institute
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

The module is delivered over two semesters. The module is designed to support the development of post-graduate research scholarship from the outset of the master’s programme.

 

Aims

The unit aims to: Develop students’ research and fieldwork skills in order to enable them to:

1. Critically evaluate published literature in respect Human Resource Management theory and practice in the context of international development

2  Explain approaches to research design and methods in generating effective research for HRM.

3. Design and justify a research project proposal relevant to students MSc in HRM degree programme.

 

Learning outcomes

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

 

Category of outcome

Students should be able to:

 

Knowledge and understanding

  • Critically evaluate published literature in respect debates and evidence related to Human Resource Management theory and practice in the context of international development.
  • Evaluate the ethical issues relating to the research topic and demonstrate how these will be addressed within the research design.

 

 

 

Intellectual skills

 

  • Demonstrate an analytical approach to the human resource management issues under consideration.
  • Draws sound and coherent conclusions from the information available.

 

 

Practical skills

  • Select appropriate research aims and research questions.
  • Explain choice of data collection and data analysis methods
  • Present written in format and style appropriate to the academic and reflective writing conventions

Transferable skills and personal qualities

During this course unit, students will be encouraged to develop:

  • Time -management skills
  • Ability to navigate and access a variety of scholarly resources and materials
  • Written communication skills
  • Self-awareness including appreciation of own approach to learning and personal development

 

 

Syllabus

Initial lecture and seminar themes will include planning and designing a research project, sourcing and reviewing literature, academic writing conventions and will explain plagiarism.   In Semester Two there will be lectures on: identifying a research topic/ question, research strategy and methods including negotiating access, research ethics, data collection and analysis techniques as well as introducing the concept of reflective practice in relation to learning as a researcher/practitioner. There will be some directed study including UoM My Learning Essentials Podcasts and RM in HRM research case materials for review provided in Blackboard.

Teaching and learning methods

The module is delivered over two semesters. The teaching and learning methods integrate formal lecture-based inputs with opportunities for case study and discussion in group based tutorials.  In addition, the unit draws on University of Library research skills sessions from My Learning Essentials.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

During this course unit, students will be encouraged to develop:

Time -management skills

Ability to navigate and access a variety of scholarly resources and materials

Written communication skills

Self-awareness including appreciation of own approach to learning and personal development

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 85%
Report 15%

Feedback methods

There will be a variety of formative activities including lecture and tutorial based activities, reviews of published literature, with opportunities for interactive class and group based formative feedback to students , including the use of learning technologies. There will also be opportunities in class for students to give feedback to staff about their teaching and learning experiences.

Recommended reading

Anderson, V. (2013) Research Methods in Human Resource Management (3rd edition). London: CIPD

Barrett, C. & Cason, J. (2010)  Overseas Research: A Practical Guide, Routledge, London

Bell, J. and Waters, S. (2014) Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers , Maidenhead, England: Open University Press

 Bolton, G. (2015) Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development, (4th Edition) Sage Publications Ltd.

Denscombe, M. (2014) The Good Research Guide. For Small-scale social research projects.5th Edition. Open University Press, Maidenhead. 

Gill, J. & Johnson, P. (2010) Research Methods for Managers, Paul Chapman, London

Robson, C. and McCartan, K. (2016) Real World Research:  A Resource for Users of Social Research Methods in Applied Settings (4th edition). Chichester: Wiley.

Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2015) Research Methods for Business Students (7th edition). Harlow: Pearson

Yin, R.K. (2014) Case Study Research: Design and Methods: 5th Edition. Thousand Oaks ,C.A. Sage Publications, 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
eAssessment 6
Lectures 16
Tutorials 8
Independent study hours
Independent study 120

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Shirley Jenner Unit coordinator

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