HR9633 - Management and HRM Dissertation

What will I learn on this module?

The Dissertation module will equip you with the necessary intellectual and practical skills for undertaking an individual student-led, responsible, ethical in-depth investigation into an HRM or Management-related problem or issue of interest to you. Concurrently you will further develop key transferable, employability and enterprise skills including: problem-solving and analysis, creative-thinking, time and project management, negotiation, communication (written, aural and verbal), persuasion and influence, discovery, initiative.
The learning on this module is student-led, experiential and research-based with a focus upon you discovering, probing and questioning key issues. Initial lectures will though provide a refresher of the underpinning knowledge you developed at Level 5, necessary for undertaking individual student-led research. Associated workshops support you in putting this knowledge into practice for your own proposed research project. These lecture/workshop sessions cover the following topics: critically reviewing the literature, researching ethically, quantitative and qualitative research techniques, quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques. You will study on the same taught sessions as students taking the Management Enquiry module

Upon completion of the Dissertation module you will be able to:
• Conduct independent and responsible, ethical research involving the application and critical evaluation of appropriate theories and models
• Engage critically with relevant literature to establish a framework in which to analyse and synthesise the findings of your primary or secondary research
• Generate / collect relevant primary or secondary data using an appropriate and justified method
• Analyse your data using appropriate and justified method/s of analysis
• Recognise the ethical implications of your work
• Critically evaluate the source/s of your data and the method you adopted

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through active engagement in research-rich learning. The module is predominantly research-based but is also informed by a research-orientated, research-tutored and research-led curriculum. Tutor-led sessions will support you in developing the underpinning knowledge necessary for undertaking an individual student-led investigation into an HRM or Management-related problem or issue of interest to you that is worthy of academic investigation. Tutor-guided and learner-led activities provide you with opportunity to put this knowledge into practice for your own research project. You will develop team and peer-review skills through group activities and your reflection upon them, helping you to develop your research approach further.

The one-to-one or small-group supervisions provide you with the opportunity to seek guidance on the research process in relation to your chosen study. Supervisors are appointed in line with NBS policy, which recognise the requirements of professional bodies (CMI and CIPD) and AACSB accreditation. Your supervisor will not instruct you but will provide you with on-going formative feedback on your progress as you engage with the dissertation process.
Through the process you will concurrently l further develop key transferable, employability and enterprise skills including: problem-solving and analysis, creative-thinking, time and project management, negotiation, communication (written, aural and verbal), persuasion and influence, discovery, initiative.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The selection of a suitable research-based Dissertation topic that is specific to your discipline rests with you. However, to achieve this, you will be supported by a number of discipline-specific academic staff including those leading the tutor-led/guided activities as well as by your supervisor.

Your key point of support is your supervisor. The Dissertation module is led by an academic from the department who has oversight of this supervisory and support processed, alongside responsibility for supporting the e-learning portal, allocation of supervisors and regular communication with students on the module.

In addition, you will be provided with support from your peers in the tutor-guided / learner-led activities.

The module’s e-learning portal acts as a repository for relevant exercises and materials, exemplar Dissertations and assessment details (including submission, plagiarism detection and marking criteria). In addition, the eLP houses the online reading list (including direct links to textbooks, journal papers, academic and conference reports) and various support facilities such as recordings of certain lectures.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• To apply and critically evaluate appropriate concepts, theories and models relating to a subject of your choice within the discipline. [MLO1]
• To establish a framework in which to appraise, analyse and synthesise the results of primary or secondary research relating to your research investigation. [MLO2]

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• To undertake independent primary or secondary research, adopting an evaluative and critical perspective throughout this research, thereby critically reflecting upon the research topic in your discipline and approach to its study. [MLO3]

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• To generate and analyse relevant primary or secondary data using an appropriate level of, and critically justified, method while critically evaluating the limitations of the data source/s and the method/s employed. [MLO4]
• To critically evaluate the ethical implications of the research work undertaken. [MLO5]
• To develop and appraise key employability capabilities, including time management, project management, communication (written and verbal), negotiation, persuasion and influence, discovery, initiative, creativity and innovation in problem-solving and analysis as a means of assessing personal development. [MLO6]

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will take place through applied group-based activities. You will be encouraged to discuss initial your initial research ideas through peer review activities and discussions.

You will receive on-going formative feedback from your supervisor based on the research proposal that has formed your summative assessment to the Level 5 ‘Management Research and Analysis’ module and throughout the period of your engagement with the dissertation process.

The summative assessment will be an individual 10,000 word dissertation based about your choice from the Management / HRM discipline. This will assess the module learning outcomes MLO1-5 inclusive.

In addition, you will submit a 1,000 word reflective statement providing an individual assessment of how you have met the UG goals and objectives that underpin your programme and undergraduate study, and in doing so, how you are prepared for either graduate employment or higher-level study. This will assess MLO6.

Pre-requisite(s)

HR9537 Management Research and Analysis

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

The Dissertation takes an enquiry research-based approach, providing you with the opportunity to examine, in depth, a HRM or Management-related problem or issue of direct interest and/or that faces you from with your working life or work placement. Initial weekly lectures build from the Level 5 ‘Management Research and Analysis’. You then work guided by your supervisor to confirm your research area, to generate empirical (primary) or secondary data, to analyse this data and to draw theoretically informed conclusions. Supervisors are appointed in line with NBS policy, which recognise the requirements of professional bodies (CMI and CIPD) and AACSB accreditation.

The module aims to equip you with the necessary intellectual and practical skills for undertaking your individual learner-led, responsible, ethical investigation, while concurrently you will further develop key transferable, employability and enterprise skills including: problem-solving and analysis, creative-thinking, time and project management, negotiation, communication (written, aural and verbal), persuasion and influence, discovery, initiative.

Course info

UCAS Code N110

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 year sandwich

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

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