Core Module Information
Module title: Research Skills and Professional Development

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

Module code: HRM11107
Module leader: Norma D'Annunzio-Green
School The Business School
Subject area group: Human Resource Management

There are no prerequisites for this module

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 and scoping study. Emphasis is placed on the development of students critical and analytical skills, drawing on a strong evidence base and applying theory to practice. The module examines the research process and considers the practical, technical, academic and ethical issues therein. Learners will develop enhanced proficiency in critical reflection, problem solving and decision-making; IT and interpersonal skills,and the development of personal effectiveness and credibility at work.

Learning Outcomes for module:

1. Plan and design a work-based project suitable for a management report or dissertation 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.
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 its 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.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, 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: Norma D'Annunzio-Green
Module Organiser:

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

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 20 2 4 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Report 20 1 11 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1800
Report 60 3-5 12 , WORDS= 7000
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100

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