Business and management studies

Research Methods (Management)

Module code: 778N1
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework, Seen examination

This module aims to give you a thorough grounding of varied methods of research through hands-on experience. You'll use a variety of methods, learn how to select a research topic and write a literature review. You also learn how to design, collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative data.

You'll become familiar with a range of methods and techniques used in management and human resource management (HRM) research.

You'll also experience assessing academic and practitioner research and literature in terms of validity and rigour of research methods, evidence and empirical analysis.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the appropriate techniques sufficient to allow detailed investigation into relevant human resource management research topics and an ability to design appropriate research strategies.
  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding allowing for the evaluation of the rigour and validity of published research and assess its relevance to new situations, and the writing of a critical literature review.
  • Display the ability to conduct research into human resource management issues based on familiarity with a range of business data, research sources and appropriate methodologies and a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of a range of social science research methods.
  • Critically assess the quality of research methods used in published papers.