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Evidence-Based Professional Practice Portfolio: Learning and Development


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor and tutor: Almuth McDowall (interim)
  • Assessment: a 5000-word case study (100%)

Module description

This module is one of six modules within Part 1 of the MRes/Professional Doctorate in Evidence-Based HRM to facilitate deep and critical understanding of theory, research and practice in learning and development. The module is highly interactive and relies on both tutor and peer learning, along with work-based practice, with a clear focus on experiential learning and reflection on action, as well as personal reflection.

Indicative module content

  • Major theories and paradigms in learning and development, including international differences
  • Demonstration of evidence-based practice in learning and development, including a critique of contemporary ‘fads and fashions'
  • Consideration of design, tailoring and evaluation of different learning and development techniques
  • The role of fairness and equal opportunities in professional practice in learning and development

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • critique theories, frameworks and practice-based models relevant to learning and development (L&D) from a variety of epistemologies and ontologies
  • identify the main methodological strengths and limitations of the body of scientific evidence for L&D and understand the implications of this for practice
  • communicate your learnings to a range of audiences in oral and written form
  • consider wider contextual parameters, including ethical issues, diversity and adherence to professional practice standards
  • identify and record reflections of personal learning and development around evidence-based practice as required for future professional practice
  • conceptualise, design and implement substantial research at the forefront of HRM.