NBS8698 : Research Methods for Employee Relations (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module is designed to provide students with the necessary training to undertake advanced level research in employee relations.

The module has two aspects:
First, it focuses on the nature of research in the area, and the social sciences in general, examining the study skills necessary to manage and undertake a research project. Secondly, it provides students with opportunities to be familiar with the important empirical and theoretical research in employee relations. Such skills are intended to provide a good foundation for undertaking a dissertation at an advanced level.

Outline Of Syllabus

The nature of research in ER
Research strategies and designs
Reviewing the literature
Developing a research question
Data gathering and access
Qualitative methods
Quantitative methods
Writing a research proposal
Collecting primary data for research – sample, measures and scope
Qualitative data analysis
Quantitative data analysis
Research Ethics
Dissertation research proposals

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading179:0079:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops36:0018:00Will consist of lectures, groupwork, case studies, practical cluster library & IT sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00Initial introduction to Research methods as part of 4 day conference
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods used are to reflect the applied nature of the module. There is a need for
workshops to help students develop their proposals and prepare them for the dissertation.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal1M70In depth dissertation proposal 2500 words
Essay1M30Critique of published paper 1500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The rationale for the assessment of learning outcomes is based on the ability of students to demonstrate their ability to their put into practice the skills they have learnt and developed throughout the module. The assessments attached to this module assess students ability to carry out a critical review of the literature, undertake data collection, analyse the findings, make recommendations and be able to present findings and recommendations in a professional manner. The critique of a published paper serves to engage the students with critical discussions of research methodology and method.

Reading Lists