Module title: Research Skills and Professional Development

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HRM11107
Module leader: Allan Ramdhony
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management
Prerequisites

To study this modules you will need the learning equivalent to the module listed or to have passed this module

2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Allan Ramdhony
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Working in groups, students will be given an opportunity to reflect early in the module, on the appropriateness of different research strategies and designs allowing for frequent formative assessment from tutor and peers. This is in addition to the provision of online self-assessment questions, with diagnostic feedback (LO1-6). Relevant knowledge and skills are developed through a mix of student-led discussion groups, case studies, self-completion questionnaires and short lectures combined in the form of practical workshops . These are structured to develop in students an active approach to study and the capacity for independent learning and reflective practice and to meet CIPD professional requirements. Students will be provided with a Student Study Guide to complement reference to research methods texts and will be formally assessment as follows:

a) Plan and design a work-based project in the form of an individual project proposal (1,800 words) (LO 1).
b) Conduct a statistical analysis of data and communicate findings in the form of a two page summary report and 15 minute group presentation made to peer groups/tutors (LO2)
c) Completion of a management research reports (7,000 words) or a scoping study (7,000 worrds written in the form of a management report) which will form a part of a masters project, and provide a reflective review of learning gained (LO 3,4,5).

Students are allocated a supervisor early on in the module. This alllows one-to-one interactions in which they are provided with guidance and support in enhancing their literature review, collecting research data, analysing research data and presenting practical conclusions and recommendations.

research/ teaching linkages;
All supervisors undertake scholarly activity and/or research in the area of HRM. Texts, directed readings and workshop activities are underpinned by relevant research and students are encouraged, through a variety of activities, to reflect on the relevance of this researc

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Online Guided independent study 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Other 20 2 4 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2 PAGES
Report 20 1 11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1800
Report 60 3-5 12 , WORDS= 7000
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Allan Ramdhony
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
LO1-5 Practical research workshops, developing relevant knowledge and skills, are delivered across two trimesters (two workshops per trimester). You will be given an opportunity to utilise, discuss and reflect on different research strategies, methods and data analysis techniques. These workshops will make use of lecture input, case studies of research projects, small and large group discussions, and practice of research methods/data analysis tools. You are given a recommended reading list and expected to use the sources as appropriate. Your learning is also supported via WebCT through the provision of online materials and self-assessment questions, with diagnostic feedback (LO1-5). The module includes the allocation of a supervisor to each indivdual student- this supervisor assists you with the development of your specific research project and will meet with you on a regular basis. Optional research surgery sessions are also offered. This module provides you with an opportunity to develop skills in HR/business leadership. These will be assessed as part of ongoing module activities, and through a reflective report. In addition, you will receive formative feedback from peers and tutors to assist with your ongoing personal and professional development.

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
LO1-5 This module provides you with an opportunity to develop advanced skills in HR/business leadership which can be applied to undertaking practice-based research. These skills include the following: qualitative and quantitative research methods application; project management and consulting skills; accessing and evaluating published research evidence; critical thinking; developing and justifying original arguments; referencing the work of others; enhanced IT proficiency through use of statistical techniques and the presentation of statistical data. You will be engaging in group discussions/debate

Formative Assessment:
You will be formally assessed as follows:
a) Plan and design a work-based project in the form of an individual project proposal (2,000 words) (LO 1).
b) Conduct a statistical analysis of data and communicate findings in the form of a summary report (2,000 words, group assessment) (LO2&5).
c) Completion of a management research report (7,000 words) or a scoping study (7,000 words) which will form a part of a masters project, and provide a reflective review of learning gained (LO 3,4,5).
The final summative assessment (assessment c above) will include the completion of a reflective report with reference to skills acquisition and reflection on the development of these across the module.




Summative Assessment:
You will be formally assessed as follows:
a) Plan and design a work-based project in the form of an individual project proposal (2,000 words) (LO 1).
b) Conduct a statistical analysis of data and communicate findings in the form of a summary report (2,000 words, group assessment) (LO2&5).
c) Completion of a management research report (7,000 words) or a scoping study (7,000 words) which will form a part of a masters project, and provide a reflective review of learning gained (LO 3,4,5).
The final summative assessment (assessment c above) will include the completion of a reflective report with reference to skills acquisition and reflection on the development of these across the module.




Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Online Guided independent study 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 20 1 12 HOURS= 2000, WORDS= 2000
Practical Skills Assessment 20 2 14/15 HOURS= 2000, WORDS= 2000
Report 60 3-5 14/15 HOURS= 7000, WORDS= 7000
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module takes students through the practicalities of undertaking a research project in the field of human resource management at postgraduate level and sets out to nurture critical reflection and lifelong learning. It examines a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research methods and techniques and addresses different approaches to data analysis and the write-up of a management research report. Emphasis is placed on the development of what the CIPD describe as 'thinking performers', able to capture useful experiences and assessing the practical benefits of what they have learned, plus areas for practice improvement.

Learning Outcomes for module:

1. Plan and design a work-based project suitable for a management report that demonstrates an awareness of strategic issues and has the potential to make a contribution to improvements in organisational performance and professional standards.
2. Input data into appropriate software, conduct a statistical analysis of data and produce a summary of findings in the form of a group presentation.
3. To collect and analyse data from primary and secondary sources using effective data collection methods for use in undertaking a management research report or a scoping study in the form of an in-depth literature review and research design which will provide the basis for their masters research project.
4. Present research reports in a clear, logical and systematic manner, indicating the practical implications of the research and it s potential to add value to the organisation.
5. Undertake a critical review of their management research report or a scoping study (as noted above) including ways in which this could have been undertaken more effectively, linking this to a reflection of professional experience gained during placement and/or everyday work experience in the area of personnel and development.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
HRM11107 Reading List 2018/19