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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Organisational Research Methodology
Module Code HR548
School DCUBS

Online Module Resources

NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The module prepares participants for the design, development and operationalisation of their research dissertation research project. Participants are given a firm foundation on the philosophy of social science and paradigm shifts. The enduring and dominant perspectives in Organisational Psychology/Behaviour are reviewed and appraoches assessed. The developmennt of valid research questions and hypotheses are covered. Participants will develop the skills to design objective interview schedules and survey questionnaires. Data gathering and data storage issues are dealt with and the ethical issues underpinning organisational research are covered in depth. Quantitative data analysis skills are developed (SPSS) and participants submit their own model for their research topic.

Learning Outcomes

1. Discriminate between qualitative and quantitative approaches to research design and delivery
2. Evaluate the ethical robustness of their research proposal
3. Translate SPSS quantitative data output to conceptual level
4. Present and defend research proposal
5. Develop a robust research proposal

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Class timetabled meeting times
Independent Study48Preparation for class meetings
Assignment Completion38two written assignments
Assignment Completion13Presentation of Model to Programme Staff (prep and presentation)
Lecture2Meeting with module co-ordinator regarding research idea
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

Philosophy of Social Science
Review the history and philosophy of Social Science and the position of Organisational Psychology within this

Quantitative Research Methods
Review the range of quantitative approaches to research in Organisational Psychology

Quantitative Methods Skills
Introduction to SPSS workshops

Quantitative Research Methods
Review the variety of qualitative approaches to research employed in the field of Organisaitonal Psychology

Research Ethics
Review the Ethical Standards in Research prescribed by PSI (also BPS and APA). Review DCU Ethics Committee requirements

Research Thesis format
Requirements of research thesis

Research Proposal Presentation

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Rogelberg, S .G: 2002, Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Research, Blackwell, Malden. Mass.,
  • Lance, C. E., and Vandenberg, R. J. (Eds): 2009, Statistical and Methodological Myths and Urban Legends, Routledge, New York,
  • Klein, K. J., and Kozlowski, S. W. (eds): 2000, Multilevel Theory, Methods and Research in Organizations., Jossey Bass, San Francisco,
  • Creswell, J. W.: 1998, Qualitative Inquiry and Research Designs, Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MPOMSc in Work & Organisational Psychology
MSOBMSc in Work & Organisational Behaviour