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Modules

NBS8289 : Research Methods

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials181:0018:00includes delivery and student preparation time
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading128:0028:00includes module reading list
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities52:0010:00Small group teaching preparation and reflection
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00includes support toward assessment
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00N/A
Total100:00
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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Timetable