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

Module code: HRM11108
Module leader: Allan Ramdhony
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management
Prerequisites

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

Timetables
2017/8, Trimester 3, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: CR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Allan Ramdhony
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:
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Summative Assessment:
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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

Description of module content:

Building on the Research skills and Professional Development module, students are required to revisit key areas of their research project in order to enhance their literature review and research design. Students will then progress to the data collection and analysis stage and will receive formative feedback on drafts of their chapters and the application to their research design. Practical workshops will focus on the requirements of the research project, the process of effective critical thinking/reflection, reading and writing and a revision of the key elements of the research process.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically reflect upon the literature and exercise appropriate judgment in identifying an area of research
LO2: Critically engage with theoretical frameworks and models in compiling a coherent literature review.
LO3: Select a specific justifiable methodological approach for collecting research data
LO4: Make use of appropriate analysis techniques or software and produce a robust analysis of the data
LO5: Critically appraise the findings and their value to HR practitioners and the wider business community

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