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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Research & Consulting Project
Module Code HR5003
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: John McMackin
Semester 2: John McMackin
Autumn: John McMackin
Module TeachersTheo Lynn
John McMackin
Mark Cummins
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 20
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The module enables students to engage in the processes involved in the undertaking of a research project and report. The module provides the opportunity for learners to demonstrate the ability to diagnose and investigate a live, complex business issue from an HR perspective, to locate the work within a body of contemporary knowledge, to collect and analyse data, to derive supportable conclusions and to make practical and actionable recommendations for change, improvement or enhancement of current practice. Learners are required to demonstrate a critical evaluative approach and to undertake empirical investigation and analysis.

Learning Outcomes

1. Evaluate the tools and techniques useful to the collection and analysis of data
2. Critique the literature relevant to their chosen research topic
3. Analyse the research approach suitable for their chosen topic
4. Interpret the data collected as part of their fieldwork
5. Recommend to the organisation changes in practice that emerge from the research findings
6. Critique the research findings in the light of the literature review
7. Reflect on the learning that has been achieved

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture20Meetings & discussions with supervisor
Lecture75Research methods, developing a research proposal
Independent Study75Researching materials
Assignment Completion330Preparation - research, data collection, data analysis and write up of asssesment
Total Workload: 500

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Research project
1. Students will identify and justify a business issue that is of strategic relevance to the organisation. 2. Critically analysis and discuss existing literature, contemporary HR policy and practice relevant to the chosen issue. 3. Compare and contrast the relative merits of different research methods and their relevance to different situations. 4. Undertake a systematic analysis of quantitative and/or qualitative information and present the results in a clear format. 5. Draw realistic and appropriate conclusions and make recommendations. 6. Develop and present a persuasive business report. 7. Write a reflective account of what has been learned during the project and how this can be applied in the future.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ProjectA management report of 15,000 to 20,000 words in length100%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes
    GCMGraduate Certificate in Management
    GCMDGraduate Certificate in Mgnt. - Group B

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