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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2008 - 2009

Module Title Management Report/Dissertation
Module Code HR550
School DCUBS

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Margaret HeffernanOffice NumberQ138
Level 5 Credit Rating 30
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims

The management report is a capstone assignment during which students undertake research into an aspect of HRM that has the potential to make a contribution to improvements in organizational performance. The management report brings together the knowledge, skills and abilities acquired during the course of the taught element of the programme and is underpinned by the module 'Researching HRM'.

Students will get hands-on experience in the process of creating a management report-from its inception to completion. From bidding and tendering for work through to its professional presentation, an array of skills will be imparted and embedded. The choice of topic and mode of completion will reveal an awareness of developments in report crafting.

Students will be guided toward 'data-rich' environments for their research. These contexts will be a mix of case studies emanating from sources including alumni leads (from part-time Masters in HR Strategies course), lecturer contact network and students'INTRA placements.

Learning Outcomes
  • A critical understanding and evaluation of the literature underpinning the issues considered in the management report
  • Knowledge and experience of the tools and techniques of gathering and analyzing data
  • Evaluation of empirical and secondary data and its relationship to theory
  • Understanding of the processes required to structure information in an accessible and readable format
  • Effective communication skills
  • Capacity for personal reflection on the completed report and an ablity to evaluate its strenghts and weaknesses

Indicative Time Allowances
Independent Learning Time 450

Total 450
Assume that a 30 credit module load represents approximately 450 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
Elements covered under Researching HRM module.
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List
See Research methods module 'Researching HRM'.
Programme or List of Programmes
MHRMMasters in Human Resource Management