METHODS AND ANALYTICS FOR HR RESEARCH - 2021/2
Module code: MANM382
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This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
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 an 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.
Surrey Business School
HUO Yuanyuan (SBS)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: N600
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 117
Lecture Hours: 18
Laboratory Hours: 10
Captured Content: 5
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.
Indicative content includes (weekly topics):
Identifying a research question and ethics
Conducting literature reviews
Collecting and preparing data
- Writing the dissertation
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||INDIVIDUAL WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT ON INVESTIGATING A BUSINESS ISSUE FROM AN HR PERSPECTIVE (3,000 WORDS)||100|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:
Their breadth and depth of understanding of both the theory of research methods and its application to research problems (through their assignment). The assignment (approximately 4000 words) focuses on the transfer of knowledge to practice and ensures that students actively apply their theoretical knowledge to analysing research questions.
• Individual assignment: overall mark and written feedback
The module adopts an enquiry based approach to feedback. Students will receive feedback on their performance throughout the module. These include both verbal feedback provided during face-to-face seminars on the individual assignment. In addition to the overall mark, generic feedback will be provided for each individual assignment to help students identify their strengths and weaknesses.
Marking of assessment will be carried out by the module tutors. The module leader will be responsible for moderation to ensure consistency of marking between tutors. Marks and generic feedback will be returned to students within three weeks of submission.
How feedback will contribute to student learning and performance:
Students will receive continuous feedback during the module. Students will be encouraged to ask questions to the teaching staff throughout the module. Feedback will help students to assess their understanding of the module materials and identify the areas in which improvement can be made. The overall mark will allow students to assess their progress in comparison with their peers.
- Introduce approaches to tackling research problems
- Provide students with an introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods and the ethical aspects of research
- Provide students with hands-on experience with data collection and data analysis
|001||Identify the attributes of a good research topic and turn research ideas into research problems||K|
|002||Conduct a review of appropriate literature relevant to a stated research topic||K|
|003||Distinguish between main research approaches and understand the philosophy of science||CT|
|004||Evaluate a range of data collection tools in order to design an effective research method and the related ethical issues.||CT|
|005||Use quantitative and qualitative data analysis procedures to serve the purpose of a research project||PT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
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:
Lectures/lab sessions (11 x 3 hours)
Self-directed learning (including assignment)
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.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Business Management (Marketing) MBus||2||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 2021/2 academic year.