Research Methods (HRM) - BUSN9048

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 7 15 (7.5) Maria Balta checkmark-circle


This module develops the necessary knowledge and skills for students to be able to successfully complete a scholarly dissertation under the supervision of a member of staff.

Topics are as follows:

- Introduction to the HRM Project
- Identifying suitable project topics
- Literature search and Literature Review
- Data collection and questionnaire
- Research Methodologies
- Preparing the dissertation proposal
- Structuring a Project Report
- Data Analysis


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 24
Private study hours: 126
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Individual Presentation (20%)
Project Plan (2000 words) (80%).

Reassessment methods
100% Coursework

Indicative reading

Anderson, V. (2013) Research Methods in Human Resource Management. 3rd Edn. CIPD: London

Blumberg, B., Cooper, D.R., and P.S. Schindler (2014), Business Research Methods, 4th European Edn. London: McGraw Hill.

Cameron, S., and Price, D. (2009). Business Research Methods: A Practical Approach. London: CIPD

Horn, R. (2012). Researching and Writing Dissertations: A complete guide for business and management students. London: CIPD

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Critically analyse and discuss existing HR literature
- Identify an appropriate Employment Relations or Human Resource Management topic on which to write the report

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Identify a dissertation topic relevant to human resource management (HRM); produce an introduction that clearly identifies the objectives of the dissertation in context; and provide an appropriate research question or hypothesis.
- Carry out an effective literature search; accurately summarise the literature sources and critically evaluate their relevance.
- Be aware of the range of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies that might be used to analyse research data.
- Be competent in time and project management.
- Develop transferable skills of independent learning.
- Be aware of the ethical issues concerning research.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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