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Evidence-Based Professional Practice Portfolio: Job Satisfaction, Well-being, and Engagement


  • 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 job satisfaction, well-being and engagement. 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

  • The nature of, and links between, evidence and practice in job satisfaction, well-being and engagement
  • Critical appraisal of a range of different theories and paradigms
  • Demonstration of evidence-based practice in job satisfaction, well-being and engagement, including the critique of common techniques such as engagement surveys and wellbeing audits
  • Consideration of design, tailoring and evaluation of different job satisfaction, well-being and engagement techniques and activities
  • The role of fairness and equal objectives in professional practice in job satisfaction, well-being and engagement

Learning objectives

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

  • critique theories, frameworks and practice-based models relevant to job satisfaction, well-being and engagement (JSWBE) from a variety of epistemologies and ontologies
  • identify the main methodological strengths and limitations of the body of scientific evidence for JSWBE 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.