Module title: Masters Project

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: HRM11108
Module leader: Norma D'Annunzio-Green
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management
Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this module.

2019/0, Trimester 3, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Norma D'Annunzio-Green
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LO 1-5: Students will be required to attend 2 workshops which will focus on the requirements of the research project, the process of effective thinking/reflection, reading and writing and a revision of the key elements of the research process. Adequate surgery time (face-to-face or via WebCT) will be made for any general support, questions or queries which students may have throughout the module.

Students are required to submit a dissertation of 10,000 to 12,000 words. Students will receive support and guidance from an allocated supervisor, who is a subject-matter expert in their chosen topic area. The module builds upon the Research skills and Professional Development module in which students are required to complete an assessed initial research proposal and then a scoping study (a literature review with conceptual framework for the research and details of the research design). Students will receive formative feedback on drafts of chapters and research strategies to be employed. Preparation of the dissertation will improve the students communication skills and research skills. It will develop analytical skills and critical reflection as students will need to decide upon the feasability and effectiveness of various theories and organisational practices. The dissertation will represent a substantial piece of work and provides a valuable opportunity of putting into practice theories and concepts developed throughout the Masters programme. The module will be supported by resources placed on WebCT.

Undertaking this module will improve students research skills which are crucial to organisational problem solving and decision-making. At meetings with supervisors, students will be encouraged to reflect upon problems encountered and the learning that occurred through problem solving.

Students will be encouraged to engage with research from across the globe and select topics of domestic and international importance. Comparative and international research methodolog

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 Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 388
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Other 100 1-5 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 11000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2019/0, Trimester 3, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 003
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Norma D'Annunzio-Green
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Students will reflect on their literature review and research design proposing enhancements and building on formative and summative feedback received.
Relevant knowledge and skills are developed through a mix of supervisor-led one to one surgery sessions, and module leader surgery sessions and 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 module and assessment guide to
complement reference to research methods texts and will be formally assessed by the submission of a masters research project in week 12 (LO'S 1-5). This adopts an enhancement-led approach and includes a reflective review of learning gained.
Students continue to work closely with their supervisor and module leader. This alllows ample and frequent opportunities for 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.
The LTA strategy will be supported by Moodle which will provide direct access for
students to the University’s Virtual Learning Environment and Information services. The
module leader will provide all lecture materials and reading in advance of each class and
will supplement this material on Moodle with videos, weblinks, copies of articles and
reports. All important module issues will communicated in class or via Moodle
announcement.


Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will take the form of an in class review and discussion of the masters research project assessment brief and criteria, with the opportunity for students to gain feedback on their ideas and assessment plans. There will be time devoted to this in class but students will work with their individual supervisors and module leader to obtain formative assessment and feedback on draft chapters of their masters research project allowing improvements to made and strengths to be further developed. Supplementary surgery and drop-in sessions every second week allows students to discuss issues with the module leader individually or in groups and obtain on-going formative feedback.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment is the submission of the final masters research project (100% of the module and covering LO's 1-5). This is a detailed and robust research project which tests the students research skills, project management skills and academic skills. It allows students to demonstrate application of theory to practice and the development of practice-based conclusions and recommendations.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Project Supervision 10
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 380
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Final Year Project 100 1-5 12 , WORDS= 15000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Building on the previous Research skills and Professional Development module, the module covers the skills and knowledge required to complete a masters research project, including research skills, project management skills and academic writing skills covering each area of the research process. The module is focused on developing advanced skills in writing a literature review and research design, enabling a review and enhancement of key areas of the research project. The modules examines the data collection and analysis process, the writing up of results and the development of conclusions and practice-based recommendations. The module is also concerned with learner development of a business orientation, a concern with adding value through HR practice, and a range of skills pivotal to successful people management practice and effective leadership, including critical reflection, problem solving and decision-making skills; and enhanced IT proficiency.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically reflect upon the literature review and justify changes to focus, content and structure in the context of a masters research project
LO2: Critically engage with theoretical frameworks and models in compiling a coherent literature review and justify the development of a suitable conceptual framework .
LO3: Justify and develop a suitable methodological approach for collecting research data
LO4: Make use of appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative analysis techniques to produce a robust reporting of and analysis of the data.
LO5: Provide detailed conclusions and recommendations which critically appraise the findings and their value to HR practitioners and the wider business community and suggest implications for practice improvement.

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