METHODS AND ANALYTICS FOR HR RESEARCH - 2018/9

Module code: MANM382

Module Overview

The module introduces and explorers key methods of research methods and analytics for HR. The course provides an intermediate grounding in a broad variety of methodological and analytical ‘tools’ for application to common HR and business issues. It provides an applied grounding in methods and the research process for the MANM357 Applied Research Dissertation module, where students explore an HR issue from a business perspective in greater detail. The course is very applied and hands-on with practical lab-based sessions in every session. It takes a ‘tool box’ approach to the core analytical techniques based upon intuitive understanding of them with a rule-based approach to their application. At the end of the course, students complete a structured assignment on how to apply principles of research and analytical techniques to a business issue from an HR perspective.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

HUO Y Dr (SBS)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: N600

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

There are no specific required modules or previous learning needed to take this module. The course is open only to enrolled students on the MSc Human Resource Management. Students who have never completed a research-based social science dissertation may find extra background recommended reading helpful.

Module content

Indicative content includes (weekly topics):



Identifying a research question and ethics


Conducting literature reviews


Collecting and preparing data


Quantitative analysis


Qualitative techniques

Writing the dissertation

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework INDIVIDUAL WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT ON INVESTIGATING A BUSINESS ISSUE FROM AN HR PERSPECTIVE (3,000 WORDS) 100

Alternative Assessment

Qualifying Condition(s)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:



Critical application of course materials


Knowledge of key methodological and analytical techniques


Appropriate application of techniques


Ability to interpret and present data and analysis in a clear and concise fashion


Assessment strategy involves more than exam technique (e.g. research skills)

 



Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of a coursework of a structured assignment (100%). Students must first identify an area of HR or HR research. Once you have chosen a topic, answer a series of 13 questions by placing your answer to each question directly beneath the question. The total word limit for all your answers combined is 3,000 words (excluding the questions themselves). Appropriate penalties will be applied to assignments over the word limit.

The 13 questions are:


What academic literature would you situate topic in? How did you locate this literature?
What are the main theories? What are the main trends or empirical findings for each? You may briefly outline key theories or articles.
In your view, are there any controversies or issues? If so, outline the main ones.
What key research questions would you address if investigating this topic? What is the relevance of these questions to HR, organisations, and the academic literature?
What type of data would you need to answer these questions? Why do you propose this approach?
From where would you collect the data? How would you collect these data? How would you sample respondents? How much data would be ‘enough’ and why?
What research instruments would you use? Give examples and justify each.
Of the methods and analytical techniques introduced during the course, which would you use to investigate your research questions based on the proposed data? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
Do you foresee any issues in collecting and analysing the proposed data? Explain what steps you would take to resolve any issues you foresee.
Do you foresee and potential ethical issues? What steps would you take to deal with potential ethical considerations?
How would you present your analysis? What analysis/information would you include? What would you leave out? Why?
What results would you expect from the proposed study? What managerial implications would you advise based upon the expected results? Explain your answer.
In what ways would this study contribute to relevant academic debates or literatures?


 

Formative assessment and feedback



Weekly computer-based applied research exercises


Verbal feedback in Lectures/lab sessions


Clear explanation of marking scheme will be given for all assessments


Written feedback on coursework within three weeks of submission (by course tutors)


Office hours held will be held bi-weekly should further feedback be required


Module aims

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 33

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

 

The majority of learning will be independent learning, in line with other courses on the programmes. The teaching will mainly be in the form of Lectures and Lab Sessions. Each lecture will be based around exercises applying and illustrating the particular theme that week with specific reference to practical HR issues (e.g. diversity analysis for bivariate analysis, predicting turnover from selection scores for regression and prediction, making sense of engagement surveys with factor analysis, analysing the gender pay gap for moderation, etc.).

 

The learning and teaching methods include:





Activity


Hours




Lectures/lab sessions (11 x 3 hours)


33




Directed learning


33




Self-directed learning (including assignment)


84




Total


150




Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for METHODS AND ANALYTICS FOR HR RESEARCH : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/manm382

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Human Resources Management MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.