Core Module Information
Module title: Research Skills and Professional Development

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

Module code: HRM11618
Module leader: Lesley McLean
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management
Prerequisites

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

Description of module content:

The module takes you 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. 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 you 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.
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 the 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. Critically reflect on the management research report or scoping study (as noted above) including ways in which this could have been undertaken more effectively, linking this to a reflection of professional experience in the area of human resource management and development.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
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Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Kirsteen Grant
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The LTA startegy will be supported by Moodle which provides direct access for learners to the University's virtual learning environment and information systems. Relevant knowledge and practice-based learning skills are developed through a mix of on-line and off-line learning media. This includes:
- guided reading, module information and content
- student-led discussions, case studies, self-completion questionnaires, pod casts
- master classes and seminars that are delivered in blocks of two days (running simultaneously).During the master classes, students will be engaging in group discussions/debate, encouraging the development of critical thinking, team working and consideration of the views of others. Focus is placed on putting knowledge into practice and the added value this brings to the learner and the team/organisation to which the learner belongs. The development of your reflective practice, will be suported by the allocation of a 'learning coach' alongside appropriate module team members.

Assessment (formative and summative)
You will be formally assessed 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 summary report (1500 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.

Learners are also required to submit a CPD plan, log and reflective discussion about the added value component of the application of their learning and development, citing rele

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 17
Online Guided independent study 26
Independent Learning Guided independent study 157
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 20 2 8 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Project - Written 20 1 1 (TRI 2) HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Report 60 3,4,5 12 (TRI 2) HOURS= 0, WORDS= 7000
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
HRM11618 Research Skills and Professional Development