Investigating HR Business Issues

Human Resources

Unit Code
Level 7
Distance Learning
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Unit Code
Level 7
Distance Learning Fee
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£2360 (£1600 during the tuition waiver period)

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Course Overview

The aim of this course is to develop the learner's skills and knowledge of independent research, diagnose and make recommendations for change or improvements that are realistic, relevant and beneficial to specific organizations. In addition, this unit will enable learners to present a persuasive business report and/or a reasoned and logical case for changes in policies, practices and strategies reflecting academic research and writing skills.

Course Content


  • Introduction to the module
  • Roles of HR
  • What are some of the contemporary issues facing HR today?
  • What are HR policies and practices?
  • What does Analysing existing human resources involve?

The skills of project and time management as applied to organisation based research

  • Why is time management important in a research project?
  • What are the sources of information of HRM?
  • What role does the internet play in an HR organization?

Different approaches to the investigation of organisational problems, issues, processes and policies

  • Types of data
  • Research methods
  • Techniques of problem diagnosis
  • Creativity
  • Innovation in problem-solving
  • Attending to the political dimensions of research and problem solving
  • Professional and ethical issues in research

Compare and contrast the relative merits of different research methods and their relevance to different situations

  • What are HR metrics?
  • Why do HR metrics matter?
  • How to use HR metrics?
  • Examples of HR metrics in action

Introduction to business and management research

  • Defining of research
  • Its features and applications
  • Planning research
  • Defining objectives
  • Choosing an appropriate methodological approach
  • Research design and project management

Principles of HRM

  • Principles of HRM.
  • What are the aims and objectives of human resource management?
  • How to write a persuasive report
  • What is the importance of human resource principles?

Qualitative interviewing and observation methods

  • Planning and coordinating semi-structured and unstructured interviews
  • What is qualitative method observation?
  • Differences between observation and interviewing as methods of data collection
Learning Outcome & Assessment Criteria

1. Be able to identify and justify a suitable business issue that is of strategic relevance to the organisation

  1. Identify a suitable topic for the project
  2. Analyse the existing literature, contemporary HR policy & practices relevant to the chosen issue

2.  Be able to set out coherent aims and objectives and justify the research methods to be followed to achieve them

  1. Select the most appropriate research method for the relevant topic
  2. Undertake a systematic analysis of quantitative and/ or qualitative information and interpretation
  3. Formulate conclusions and recommendations for improvement/ development supported by an implementation plan based on a cost-benefit analysis

3.  Be able to develop and present a persuasive business report

  1. Create a logical/clear written argument consistent with the traditions adopted in the chosen discipline to senior management of the organisation
  2. Write a reflective account of what has been learned during the project and how this can be applied in future
  • The assessment strategy for this course is designed to test all the learning outcomes.
  • Learners must demonstrate successful achievement of all learning outcomes to pass the course.
Assessment Marking Criteria


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  • The assessment criteria for a pass will be presented with the summative exercise.
  • Further information and guidance on the assessment will be made available through the tutor.
Unit Pass Requirements

To pass the unit a 40% overall grade must be achieved.

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