HAR402: Research Practice Experience (online)

The Inclusive Research Practice module is led by Jane McKeown. It runs over the Autumn and Spring semesters and is worth 30 credits.


The Inclusive Research Practice module is led by Jane McKeown. It runs over the Autumn and Spring semesters and is worth 30 credits.

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The module aims to enable students to further develop and utilise their skills and knowledge of the research process to learn experientially through direct involvement in one or several research studies. At the start and end of the module students will undertake a Training Needs Analysis (TNA). During the module, students will develop a comprehensive e-portfolio of evidence (2,500 words or equivalent) to demonstrate proficiency in a range of practice-based core research leadership skills and knowledge.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the different (key) stages of a chosen study design through to implementation and archive.
  • Apply the principles of quality, management, content and importance of study documentation including consent and confidentiality, recording, data storage, and reporting.
  • Define the principles of ethics and research integrity including safeguarding (reporting disclosure) and where appropriate, reporting of adverse events.  
  • Describe the different stages of a networked research study including pooling data or equivalent.
  • Evaluate different dissemination pathways and ways to engage effectively with different audiences.
  • Apply the core facets of research study management including team supervision, working with multiple stakeholders and time management to the practice setting.
  • Critically appraise the complex research landscape, potential threats and the mechanisms available to support research in practice.  

Teaching methods

The module will be delivered using a mix of online videos, audio podcasts, written materials, and online discussions, which students can complete in their own time during the module. It will be undertaken over two semesters and will be delivered via The University of Sheffield's online teaching platform. 

For this module, students will work alongside an experienced clinical/practice-based supervisor who is currently leading or involved in a research study in a field of practice of interest to the student.  In addition, they will be allocated an academic supervisor who will contribute to the supervision process. Students will meet with their supervisory team regularly throughout the module to review, develop and assess learning and development. Students will receive additional formative feedback within regular tutorial meetings with the module lead, peer review activities and group discussions.

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