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HR 517 Evaluative Research

Understand how the use of research can improve your human resources practice.

8 weeks

Evaluative research in human resources is used to identify problems or opportunities, develop research plans, execute those plans to obtain information and then use the information to make more informed decisions. In HR 517 Evaluative Research, you’ll learn how to leverage research tools and methods used in human resources.

Course Overview

One of the most effective ways to solve a problem is to seek information on how other organizations have handled similar situations. There are a number of approaches to research, including inductive and deductive, and you’ll explore these along with the principles of research and how to design a research plan. In considering quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method research designs, you’ll evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, and uses for these methods and the tools most often used with each.

The survey and the case study are two of the most common data collection tools. You’ll determine which tool is appropriate for the different types of research. While examining sampling strategies, you’ll see how both descriptive and analytical surveys are designed. You’ll also look at how the data can be analyzed.

Prepare for Your Future

This course addresses the topic of workforce planning as covered in the Society for Human Resource Management’s Assurance of Learning® Assessment for graduating Human Resources students.

Evaluation is another assessment tool used in research. You’ll understand how to determine sources of data, how to collect that data and how to analyze it. You’ll look at action research, the roles of participants in an action research plan and the limitations of this practice.

Questionnaires, interviews, and observations are useful tools for collecting primary data, data that is collected or observed from first-hand experience. You’ll examine the process of formulating survey and interview questions and you’ll consider how to avoid bias in research.

Regardless of the collection method and research model, once data is collected, it must be analyzed then presented to others in a format they can understand. You’ll consider both quantitative and qualitative methods of data management as well as secondary analysis.

Research reports follow a structure to explain what was done, how and why it was done, and then what the conclusions were. You’ll come to understand how reports and presentations are structured and written, as well as how to write research proposals.

Sample Assignment

Throughout the course, you’ll research, prepare, and submit written proposals for methods to answer research questions relevant to the human resource field.

Sample Course Topics

Throughout each week of the course, you will focus on a core topic or theme. Sample topics are listed below and are subject to change based on the instructor.

  • Introduction; Theoretical Perspectives and Research Methodologies; Research Proposals and Projects
  • Research Ethics; Searching, Reviewing and Using Literature
  • Research Design: Quantitative, Qualitative and Mixed Methods
  • Designing Descriptive and Analytical Surveys; Designing Case Studies
  • Designing Evaluations; Action Research and Change
  • Collecting Primary Data — Questionnaires, Interviewing and Observation
  • Analyzing and Presenting Quantitative and Qualitative Data
  • Writing up the Research; Preparing for Presentations and Visas

What You’ll Learn

In HR 517, you’ll gain insight into how evaluative research in human resources contributes to identifying problems or opportunities, as well as decision making.

  • Apply research techniques and analysis on topics pertaining to the human resources field.
  • Further develop your communication skills.
  • Compare and contrast quantitative and qualitative research articles and methods related to human resources.
  • Use skills, competencies, values and points of view pertaining to research methods, statistics, and ethics.
  • Construct a quantitative and qualitative research design for relevant use in the human resources field.
  • Critically analyze peer-reviewed literature to assess validity.
  • Analyze the impact human resources research has on strategy formulation and strategy implementation.

Learn More

In HR 517, you’ll gain an appreciation for the significance and development of field research by a human resources professional. For more information about The University of Scranton’s online Master of Science in Human Resources degree, request more information or call us today toll-free at (866) 373-9547.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change as course and student needs change over time.