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NBS8289 : Research Methods

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The overall aim of this module is to arm students with the necessary skills to undertake their own research within the field of HRM, work and employment; through this process of discovery, students will be better able to understand, evaluate and critique contemporary research published in academic journals. This learning will predominantly be achieved through lectures and a series of practical sessions, where students will collect and analyse data, and address the issues involved in doing research.

Outline Of Syllabus

What is research?
The critical literature review
Research philosophy and paradigms
Research design
Data: primary and secondary, qualitative and quantitative
Research ethics
Methods of data collection
Techniques of data analysis: qualitative and quantitative

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials91:009:00delivery flex (PiP or online)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading128:0028:00includes module reading list
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00delivery flex (PiP or online)
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities52:0010:00Small group teaching preparation and reflection
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities91:009:00Lecture preparation and reflection
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00delivery flex (PiP or online) includes support toward assessment
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module combines lectures with practical sessions; providing students with the knowledge required to understand, critique and realise research, and apply this knowledge in practical/hands-on/data-rich tasks. This combination of lectures and practical sessions fosters formal learning, as well as self-directed independent learning, which together enable the module's outcomes to be delivered.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M30600 word essay
Essay1M701,400 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment tasks have been designed to ensure that students have a strong grasp of the module's contents; are supported in their learning journey; and to establish that students can work independently.

Reading Lists