Essex Business School
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
17 October 2023
Requisites for this module
MSC N60012 Human Resource Management,
MSC N60024 Human Resource Management,
MSC N21712 Organisational Change Management,
MSC N21724 Organisational Change Management
Students undertake an extended, independent research project. The module combines research methods skills developed on the programme and thesis writing skills.
Students will identify and formulate a research problem and question; review relevant literature; design research to address the problem; collect and analyse data; and communicate findings and conclusions effectively in writing. In the process, students will reflect on professional and personal learning undertaken from conducting and writing up the research.
The main aims of the module are;
1. To produce an extended, independent, piece of research based on a contemporary people and/or organisational management issue.
2. To undertake a thorough review of literature and current knowledge and diagnose a real people and/or organisational management issue.
3. To assess the quality and relevance of evidence sources and the potential for bias
4. To assimilate evidence and analyse the main findings to draw realistic and appropriate conclusions and recommendations from the research.
5. To provide evidence of personal reflection and critical review of the work
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
1. Apply an academic framework within which relevant empirical and theoretical work is evaluated
2. Critically analyse a wide range of literature systemically gathered
3. Articulate a clear statement of research based on a contemporary people and/or organisational management issue.
4. Demonstrate rigorous application of knowledge and skills of chosen research method and data analysis
5. Assimilate and systematically present research findings that are relevant to the research questions
6. Identify conclusions justified by the empirical and/or theoretical material.
7. Demonstrate concise and thoughtful conclusions derived from the evidence presented, with timely, value added recommendations
8. Conduct research in an ethical and humane manner and assess the impact of the research findings on a range of relevant stakeholders
9. Reflect on the skills developed and wider continuous professional development identified for yourself and the people management profession
Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)
In addition, this module will also contribute to your development of the following employability skills.
1. Written Communication
2. Oral Communication
3. Research Skills
4. Critical Thinking
5. Commercial Awareness
In addition to the workshops outlined above, learning occurs through student led independent research. Students are encouraged to develop peer-learning groups to support the development of research skills and their projects. Students will also be appointed an academic supervisor.
Students can expect a minimum of four meetings with their supervisor. Students are expected to prepare sufficient material for discussion during supervisory meetings, and ideally to submit it to their supervisor in advance (see Dissertation Schedule). Make sure you leave each meeting with a clear idea of what to do next. Students are encouraged to meet as a group outside of the formal supervisory meetings. Membership of such peer groups has proven very useful in past years; providing benefits and resources beyond that of developing the dissertation.
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
|Dissertation Choice Submission Form
Additional coursework information
The Assessment is by 100% coursework and the submission of a 15,000-word dissertation.
Exam format definitions
- Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
- In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary,
for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.
Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.
100 per cent Coursework Mark
100 per cent Coursework Mark
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Sheena Vachhani
University of Bristol
Reader (Associate Professor) in Work and Organization Studies
Available via Moodle
Of 9 hours, 9 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.
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