Page Navigation

Module Descriptors

This page displays the selected Module Descriptor.

Printer friendly version Printer friendly version

Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 25/02/2021 10:36:17

Title of Module: HRM Honours Dissertation

Code: HURM10006 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 40 ECTS: 20
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Mohammed  Ishaq

Summary of Module

The HRM Honours Dissertation Module involves carrying out an independent piece of research on a topic related to the field of Human Resource Management within the School of Business and Creative Industries. You will develop your skills of independent research, critical evaluation and review, as well as your skills of writing an extended piece of work. The research you do and write up will add to the body of knowledge the world has about the topic.The skills you develop as you undertake this module will prove valuable for any future studies you undertake and in employment.


  • In this module there is a strong emphasis on students adopting and applying a practical approach to research using real life examples and case organisations.

  • The module is ideal for students with little or no work experience to draw upon as well as for more mature and seasoned individuals able to draw upon greater experience in a workplace setting.

  • The module is also ideal for those in professional jobs and is therefore suitable for students to undertake on a part-time basis.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
check markcheck mark

Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
check mark





check markcheck mark
Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
Term 1check markTerm 2check markTerm 3check mark

[Top of Page]

Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. To identify an issue or problem within an HRM context and draw up a systematic programme for researching it.

L2. Be able to implement a programme of research through the critical use of primary and/or secondary data and sources

L3. Be able to critically evaluate and apply appropriate and relevant theoretical perspectives

L4. Demonstrate the capacity for independent problem solving

L5. Have the ability to present and organise your findings through a structure of sustained and critical argument in a well organised dissertation

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 10.

Developing specialist knowledge and understanding of a selected area of research

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Applying research skills

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Researching, analyzing, evaluating and problem solving

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Writing skills and ICT and numeracy skills dependent on the topic being researched

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Working independently on an extended project

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:HURM09004 HRM Research Design
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

[Top of Page]

Learning and Teaching
There is a 4 week compulsory workshop programme designed to assist students with the completion of their dissertation. The programme also serves as a refresher course in how to start work on the dissertation, compile a literature review and select appropriate research methods. The series of workshops are designed to supplement the formal supervision that students receive. The main learning activity undertaken by students is independent study, guided by a supervisor.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop8
Independent Study392
400 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Saunders, M.N.K, Lewis, P. and Thornill, A. (2019) Research Methods for Business Students (8th edn), Harlow, Pearson Education Ltd

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
ALL STUDENTS must meet the following criteria to be deemed to be academically engaged on this module and to meet the requirements for submission of the dissertation:

1. Attend ALL 4 workshops in Term 1;
2. Meet with their appointed supervisor at least ONCE A MONTH from the beginning of the module; and
3. Submit both progress report forms.

Students who fail to meet the criteria above without good reason will be referred to the Engagement Panel and may be withdrawn from the module and their programme of study.

[Top of Page]

Supplemental Information

Programme BoardManagement, Organisations & People
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelManagement, Organisations & People
ModeratorDr Silvio Hofmann
External ExaminerDr. Linda Buchan
Accreditation DetailsChartered Insititue of Personal and Development
Version Number


[Top of Page]

Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
The assessment for this module is based solely on the submission of a dissertation which accounts for 100% of the final module mark.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Dissertation/ Project report/ Thesischeck markcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark10016
Combined Total For All Components100% 16 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

[Top of Page]

  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The Equality, Diversity and Human Rights policy underpins student engagement. We aim to make UWS a fair and equal place to study. UWS is an institution which addresses specific issues covering all aspects of equality, diversity and human rights. Where required module assessment will be adapted to meet student requirements.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

2014 University of the West of Scotland

University of the West of Scotland is a Registered Scottish Charity.

Charity number SC002520.