Personal and Research Skills for HR Practitioners

Module code: MN7370

Module co-ordinator: Dr Martin Quinn

Module Outline

This module introduces the process of social science research and the fundamental debates pertaining to the philosophy of social science. The module also provides research methods training in a range of techniques which you will be able to apply as you move on to the dissertation stage of the programme.

At the end of this module, students should be able to:

  • Identify a specific aspect of human resource management or development which is suitable for empirical investigation in the dissertation
  • Define and critically evaluate the practical, ethical and theoretical processes underpinning social scientific research
  • Evaluate and select appropriate research methods for the dissertation proposal
  • Design and construct qualitative and quantitative research tools
  • Critically analyse and discuss existing literature relevant to their chosen professional area
  • Manage themselves more effectively in the context of professional and educational environments 


  • 40 one-hour lectures
  • Four one-hour seminars
  • One one-hour tutorial


  • Essay, 4,00-5,000 words (100%)