Management Research Report
If you decide not to enrol on our full MSC HRM programme, instead choosing the PgDip route towards achieving chartered membership of the CIPD, you will need to write a Management Research Report following your investigation of a business issue from an HR perspective. Your Management Research Report will be approximately 7000 words long. Aside from providing a summary of your research findings, it will also include a short reflective account setting out what you have learned from carrying out your investigation and how you intend to take this learning forward in the future.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Management Research Report|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 2: |
The module aims to help you to develop research skills, while also providing you with an opportunity to further your expertise in a chosen area of study. You will also improve your competence in report writing and justifying your conclusions. You will attend some group taught sessions in which we will brief you about how to go about researching and writing your report. You will also need to spend some time at the university discussing your plans and evolving report writing activities with your supervisor.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes contained in the CIPD's advanced diploma syllabus for Investigating a Business Issue from a Human Resources Perspective
- 2. Identify a relevant area of research within the HRM field, demonstrating the ability to justify your selection both academically and managerially
- 3. Show competence in undertaking an original piece of research, writing it up and justifying your conclusions
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Enhance your knowledge and understanding of a significant contemporary topic in HRM
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 5. Demonstrate a capacity for effective report-writing
- 6. Demonstrate a capacity for differentiating between methodological techniques, selecting appropriate methods to investigate your chosen issue;
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Attending the briefing session and meetings with your supervisor||10||Participating at the initial briefing session. Thereafter meeting regularly with your supervisor to discuss your progress.|
|Independent Study||140||Researching and writing up your report|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Supervisor's advice as you proceed with your research||1-5||Written and verbal feedback from your supervisor|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Management Research Report||100||7000 words||1-5||Written Feedback|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Management Research Report||Management Research Report||1-5||6 months|
You will embark on your Management Research Report towards the end of your programme, working with a supervisor as you undertake your research, analyse it, write it up and justify your conclusions.
At a briefing session we will explain what is involved, providing examples of successfully completed past projects to assist you in developing your research plan. After that you will work independently under the guidance of your supervisor as you develop your research questions, undertake a literature review, decide on your chosen methodology, carry out your research and write it up.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
- Anderson, V. (2013) Research Methods in Human Resource Management, Third Edition. London: CIPD
- Bryman, A. & Bell, E. (2015) Business Research Methods. Fourth Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Bell, J. & Waters (2014) Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers, Open University Press
- Cameron, S. and Price, D. (2009) Business Research Methods. A Practical Approach, London: CIPD.
- Gill, J. and Johnson, P. (2010) Research Methods for Managers. Fourth Edition. London: Sage.
- Horn, R. (2012) Researching and Writing Dissertations: A Complete Guide for Business and Management Students. Second Edition. London: CIPD.
- Saunders, M., Lewis, P. & Thornhill, A. (2016) Research Methods for Business Students. Seventh Edition. Pearson.
- Weyers, J. & McMillan, K. (2011) How to Write Dissertations and Project Reports, Second Edition, Prentice Hall.
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
You will have access to an online searchable and resources database, with links to several eBooks, and our bespoke “Dissertation Support Materials” available through the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE). Within this environment, you will also be supported through online discussion forums and activities.
Indicative learning resources - Other resources
As an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development you will also have access to the entirety of the Institute's website, including all published research reports, archived articles from 'People Management', fact sheets, discussion papers and briefings.
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