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Archived Version 2022 - 2023

Module Title 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 general objective of this module is to introduce students to the research process and present the tools and methodologies of social science required to carry out their dissertation research. 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 approaches assessed. The development 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 proposal for their research topic.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the nature and purpose of research
2. Prepare a literature review and research question
3. Identify the main stages in the research process
4. Choose and justify an appropriate research methodology
5. Design a data collection approach to address their research question
6. Recognise and appraise ethical issues that may arise while carrying out research

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Class timetabled meeting times
Independent Study48Preparation for class meetings
Assignment Completion38written 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

Finding a Gap
Considering approaches to literature review and how to situate research within the broader field of knowledge on an organisational psychology/behaviour topic or problem

Choosing a method
Discussion of the philosophy of social science and the relative strengths and weaknesses of the methodologies that are based on these approaches

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

Analysis Skills
Introduction to key analysis software including SPSS, Nvivo and JAMOVI

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

Qualitative Research Methods
Review of the key qualitative methods used in organisational psychology literature with an indepth focus on interviews and thematic analysis

Research Ethics
Review the Ethical Standards in Research prescribed by PSI (also BPS and APA). Discussion of DCU Business School Ethics requirements

Research Thesis format
Requirements of research thesis

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

  • Bell, Bryman, Harley: 0, Business Research Methods,
  • Field: 0, Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS statistics,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
GDWOPGrad Dip in Work and Org Psychology
MPOMSc in Work & Organisational Psychology
MSOBMSc in Work & Organisational Behaviour