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This experiential learning module aims to give students the opportunity to enhance their personal effectiveness, capacity for innovation and professional competence by applying their discipline-specific knowledge/skills to the design, conduct and reporting of a community-engaged, applied research project. Working with their supervisor, each student will devise an individualised learning experience. The module is intended to accommodate a range of interests; from those students whose doctoral research is in social research through to students carrying out theoretical or laboratory-based projects.
Research topics/themes/problems for a research project may be identified by a community partner, the individual student/s, a multidisciplinary team, and by relevant academic or research staff/units/groups within the university. The module will be facilitated by the supervisor and the community partner representatives working together to support students in learning about and carrying out community-engaged research. This professional input will combine expertise and experience in applied, collaborative and participatory research methods.
The availability of this module to doctoral students and community partners will contribute to the realisation of the civic engagement envisioned by the university as part of the student experience.
Indicative content may include: Negotiating with community partner; Group meetings with members of a team; planning the research design; conducting a project using collaborative and/or participatory methods; preparation for presentation of outcomes.