Topic Problem Base Learning (PBL)

Problem Base Learning (PBL)

Subject Human Resource Management
Number of pages 9
Spacing Double
Number of slides 0
Number of Questions 0
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Academic Level Bachelor
Type of Work Editing
Type of Paper Essay
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Paper Format APA
Paper details
Applied Qualitative Research Techniques using Problem Based Learning (PBL)
Outline of Lectures – February – May 2020

Bachelor Work & HR

7 Sessions – Tutorial Style and independent research

Method of Assessment:
Individual Weekly Research and in-class participation and presentation –
Written individual Journal: No of Words: 2000

PBL 1 – Familiarising yourself with an actual dissertation

Mark has just been informed that his research proposal has been accepted. He feels a bit lost because he has never read an actual dissertation and has no clue where to start. He has been advised by his department to refer to a past dissertation and to read the APA guide to ‘A Complete Dissertation – The Big Picture’. He needs to acquaint himself with the general format of a dissertation at this level, the typical (academic) language used, the division of the chapters and the APA referencing used, both in the text and at the end of his work. There are also other things he needs to note like: the table of contents, the abstract, the acknowledgements, the introduction and the appendices amongst other things. What can Mark learn from this process?

PBL 2 – Planning the research project and meeting the tutor

For Sam, the submission date for his dissertation seems very far away and at the same time, he is worried that if he does not start early enough he will face a lot of problems next year. He is not sure how best to plan his research project, but he is aware that before he can start any work he needs to fill in the Ethics Form and get ethical clearance. This would include a draft sample of questions which would need to be reviewed at a later stage when finalising the interview guide. He was advised to read the Dissertation Guidelines provided by the Department and to do a Gantt Chart outlining projected timeframes and a planned schedule of work. He has a meeting with his tutor shortly and he does not know what to expect from her/him and how their relationship would develop. He is not sure which issues he would like to raise during their first meeting. What advice would you give to Sam?

PBL 3 – Reading about the research topic

David’s tutor advised him to start looking for books and journal articles related to his research topic. He told him to keep in mind his key research question as this will help him to remain focused. David does not know where to start looking for relevant material, which search engines to use and how to determine which themes are relevant to his topic He is also worried about how to organise all the relevant material once he starts reading. He needs to find an effective system of how to take note of the studies which are relevant to his dissertation and how to organise them into different themes for easy reference when he starts writing his literature review. David’s tutor also reminded him to ensure that he does not simply cut and paste what he reads onto the dissertation as he will run serious risks of plagiarism. What advice would you give to David?

PBL 4 – First steps in writing your literature Review

Sasha needs to start working on the Literature Review chapter of her dissertation. She has read a few books and a number of articles that other researchers and scholars have written on the subject of her dissertation and she knows that now she needs to start thinking about how to put all this together into one coherent chapter with sub headings Her tutor told her that the literature review should not simply be a collection or list of previous research papers devoid of any assessment but that she must instead adopt a critical perspective that shows a clear connection between the aims of the study and the literature being discussed. Sasha is unsure what is expected of her in this chapter, and the more she reads, the more confused she becomes on what to write in this chapter. What advice would you give to Sasha?

PBL 5 – Preparing the Interview Guide and Yourself for the Actual Interview
Abigail is planning to conduct her interviews in the coming months. She needs to draw up her interview guide in order to send it to her tutor for comments and approval. Having read about the topic, Abigail needs to start planning her questions. Her tutor advised her to build her interview guide around her key research question and the key concepts/words emerging from the literature. She was also advised to ensure that all the research questions are open-ended to allow the interviewees to express themselves freely. Abigail also knows that she has to prepare herself well before conducting the actual interviews and to identify her informants. What advice would you give to Abigail?

Introduction to PBL
PBL1 – Familiarising yourself with an actual dissertation
APA guide to A Complete Dissertation
Division of the chapters
APA referencing used
Typical (academic) language used
PBL 2 – Planning the research project and meeting the tutor
Ethics Form
Dissertation Guidelines provided by the Department and to do a Gantt Chart
PBL 3 – Reading About the Research Topic
Search Engines
Mind Map / Themes
Organising and Storage of Material
PBL 4 – First Steps in writing you literature review
Literature Review – How are you going to put it together
How to organise what you have read?
Citing Authors – Avoid direct quotes
PBL 5– Preparing the Interview Guide and Yourself for the Actual Interview
Semi-Structured Interviews
How to structure questions
Preparing Yourself for the Interview / how?
Technical Aspects
Conclusion – General reflections on PBL: What have you learnt from the shared learning process as a group in relation to the first steps in your dissertation?

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