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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

This unit uses work-integrated learning (WIL) to apply HR theory in practice. Students are encouraged to identify a HR issue within an organisation and use evidence-based HR theory to address the problem. This course encourages the development of criticality, research skills and provides a context to apply evidence based HR theory in practice.

Unit content

Topic 1: Why undertake a HR research project, using central tendency

Topic 2: Determining the goals of any research project. Developing a research framework and understanding

Topic 3: Research methods: quantitative, qualitative; research tools: Why do we use surveys, interviews, focus groups and other methods to collect data? “The walk must equal the talk” and the importance of observation

Topic 4: In the workplace: Find org and agree on what must be done

Topic 5: In the workplace: collecting the data (interview or survey)

Topic 6: Writing the report: Methods and Analysis

Topic 7: Dealing with data collection and analysis

Topic 8: Writing the report: Discussion and Conclusion

Topic 9: Answering the secondary and primary research questions

Topic 10: Bringing it all together in writing the report for industry

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 identify the processes involved in undertaking a HR research project
2 identify the goals of the project based on a research framework
3 demonstrate in practice different types of research methods including: qualitative and quantitative methods using data collection tools such as surveys, interviews, observation, focus groups and other methods of collecting data
4 answer primary and secondary research questions
5 formulate a report for industry based on current literature and the findings from data collection methods used.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify the processes involved in undertaking a HR research project
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    • GA2:
    • GA5:
  2. identify the goals of the project based on a research framework
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    • GA2:
    • GA5:
  3. demonstrate in practice different types of research methods including: qualitative and quantitative methods using data collection tools such as surveys, interviews, observation, focus groups and other methods of collecting data
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA5:
  4. answer primary and secondary research questions
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    • GA2:
    • GA5:
  5. formulate a report for industry based on current literature and the findings from data collection methods used.
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    • GA2:
    • GA5:

Prescribed texts

  • Ghauri, P & Gronhaug, K, 2005, Research Methods in Business Studies: A Practical Guide, Financial Times Prentice Hall, UK.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.