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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PIED5765M Research & Project Skills- Experiential Learning

30 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Dr Papiya Mazumdar

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will enable you to engage with and apply research and project skills, in contexts of social change and development intervention. It will facilitate a period of experiential learning in a relevant organisation or project, and enable you to apply research and project planning skills, whilst developing your capabilities as a critical reflective practitioner


This module aims to: (1) enable you to learn and apply research and project skills in a structured and reflective period as a volunteer in a local organisation or project, so that you increase your awareness of potential of the voluntary and community sector to contribute to positive social change; (2) expose you to, and then apply, research and project planning skills to a period of experiential learning; (3) provide an opportunity for practical and applied experience.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. Critically evaluate the contribution of the voluntary and community sector in achieving positive social change.
2. Use the research methods and concepts of development practice to create a project.
3. Question the assumptions of development practice and generate new questions and knowledge.
4. Translate knowledge of research methods to identify and fill out gaps in development policy priorities and actions.

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Understand and critically evaluate the tools and techniques of project planning in the public and not for profit sectors.
2. Carry out a stakeholder analysis and prepare a budget.
3. Prepare a development project proposal using a range of management tools.
4. Identify, evaluate and deploy appropriate research and statistical methods to design and propose research study with relevant thematic foci.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours268.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

This module embeds critical reflective practice, and so formative feedback is integrated in all student workshops. Peer and self feedback opportunities will also be part of the workshops.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:19:21


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