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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Research Methodology
Module Code HR5016
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Margaret Heffernan
Semester 2: Margaret Heffernan
Autumn: Margaret Heffernan
Module TeachersMargaret Heffernan
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to introduce students to the array of options available to researchers when considering organisational research by providing an overview of research methods in the area of HRM and the social sciences. The module begins by examining the elements of a dissertation – from choosing a topic to the literature review and research proposal. It introduces the learner to epistemological and ontological issues of social science research and considers the theoretical and practical aspects of research design. Methods of data collection are identified and their strengths and limitations explored. Examination and interpretation of data is explained. Ethical issues in research are also considered.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the role and significance of doing research within social science, business and HRM and L&D contexts
2. Identify, distinguish and evaluate different research paradigms, philosophies and epistemologies.
3. Conduct an information search of appropriate literature and data sources and reference the work of others following appropriate academic conventions
4. Choose and justify an appropriate research methodology
5. Reflect on the personal, professional and ethical issues issues involved in undertaking research in an organisational context.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Classroom and/or online lectures
Independent Study45Reading, research, collaborative learning, exercises
Assignment Completion45Preparing assignment
Online activity11Completion of online activities
Total Workload: 125

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

Learning activities
The majority of classroom contact focuses on the planning and execution of academic research for a Masters dissertation/management research report.

The dissertation process
What is research; the research proposal; Philosophical foundations of Organisational Research; Ethical perspectives on applied research; Qualitative and Quantitative Methods; Data analysis; Research writing and reporting.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentWatson Box20%
AssignmentResearch Proposal80%
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 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Bryman, A. and Bell, E.: 2011, Business Research Methods, 3rd, Oxford University Press.,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MSLDMSc in Strategic Learning & Development

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