Methodology and methods of research in organization


  • Code:
  • Number of credits: 5
  • Subject coordinator: Yelena YUDINA
  • Lecturers: Yelena YUDINA


  • Credit contract possible: Yes
  • Examination contract possible:Yes
  • Teaching language: English, Russian



Course Activity:


        Practical Classes

        Video presentations

        Lab Classes (SPSS practice)


Course unit type

         Masterss Program, year 1, specialization in Human Resource Development


Con Content     info


1.      Concepts and approaches to organization theory

2.      Communication within organization

3.      Diagnosis of organizational problems

4.      Qualitative and quantitative investigation

5.      Writing reports and recommendations after research

6.      Use of tests for studying organization



Objectives info

A. General competences

PB - 01. Intellectual and cognitive capacities

PB - 02. Acquisition and processing of information


         PB 01. The student is able to diagnose a companys human resource potential with the use of up-to-date theoretical approaches and special system of testing;

         PB 02. Depending on result of the research in the domain of HR the student is able to write a report with recommendations and give advices (or make particular correction efforts) on how to improve production based on the correction of HR in organization. 



B. Profession-oriented/ General scientific competences


        Know contemporary methodology and methods of research (including sociological) in organizations in the domain of HRD;

        Being able to use aforementioned techniques to situations in real business environment;


C. Profession-specific competences

        Being able to implement advanced research methods (qualitative and quantitative) while studying human resources in organization. Knowledge of organizational culture, the role of public relations within organization, principles of information circulation in organization and development of sociological research plan;

        Being able to conduct sociological observation, interviews, focus groups, testing, semantic differential, in-depth and narrative interviews, news tests of system mastering;

        Being able to analyze results of research using computer programs (SPSS etc.) and represent results in the form of presentation; being able to write reports and give recommendations to enhance the overall productivity of human resources in organization.


D. Scientific competences


Being able to apply methodology and methods in human resources research to business practices in various work settings.



Prerequisites info


A. Previously required courses

Calculus, Theory of Probability and Mathematical Statistics, General Sociology, Human Resource Management Fundamentals.


B. Required competences

Calculus: the methods of working with analytical functions.

Algebra: the calculation with letters, matrices and special products, solving of equations of the first, second degree, solving of simultaneous equations.

Theory of Probability and Statistics: theorem of probability calculation, expectation function and variance, the law of large numbers, regression analysis method, statistical criteria.

Calculation methods: branch-and-bound method, set of equations solving methods.

Educational tools info


A. Type


        Practical Classes (Labs)


        Online operational platform (SPSS)


B. Obligatory educational tools

        Alan Bryman. Research Methods and Organizational Studies. Routledge. 2000.


C. Recommended educational tools


Educational tools will be introduced to students before the beginning of each semester.



Teaching methods info


A. Types


        Practical Classes

        Lab Classes


B. Description

This course is taught in English and Russian

Plenary lectures: 36h = 2h per week during 18 weeks during the first semester.

Practical Classes (obliged): 18h = 2h per two weeks during 18 weeks during the first semester.

Lab Classes: (obliged): 18h = 2h per 2 weeks during 18 weeks during the first semester.



Assessment info


A. Types

permanent (written tests during semester)

oral examination


B. Description

Total number of credits: 5 credits

Period of examination

OR: 3 credits - 1 oral exam

OR labs: 1 credit - permanent and several computing tests

OR practical classes: 1 credit - permanent and several written tests

Different approach: 1 oral exam, the mark you get for the exam gives you the corresponding number of credits: 5 credits for A, 4 credits for B and 3 credits for C.


Examination contract:

1 written assessment for the OR. The mark obtained in this examination is the result of the OR and the OR labs.


Higher distance education:

1 written assessment for the OR. The number of credits obtained in this examination is the result of the OR written examination.


Teaching support info

Extra course OR: 2h per week during 18 weeks during the first semester.

Higher distance education: for this course, an extra syllabus is available, containing guidelines how to study the material in an optimal way.