Postgraduate Module Descriptor


SOCM035: Knowledge Exchange in the Field

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Aims

This module will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively engage with diverse audiences about field based research. It will also equip you with the necessary skills to critically interrogate applied research interventions, start developing collaborative partnerships and think strategically about engagement strategies.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate understanding of how to communicate specialist knowledge effectively, so that it is understandable and useful to those outside your field; alongside processes for participatory and engaged research.
2. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of core capabilities in knowledge exchange, including: public communication, policy development, co-production and impact.
3. Critically evaluate applied research interventions as a key interface between researchers and communities.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of relevant policy and policymaking processes.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the social contexts of knowledge exchange in field based research.
Discipline-Specific Skills6. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of multiple modes of knowledge production, and a critical awareness of current debates around knowledge exchange for the development of sustainable agriculture and land management.
7. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of practical techniques for research & knowledge exchange in contexts of sustainable agriculture and land management.
8. Demonstrate a conceptual understanding that enables you to critically evaluate the potential importance of research beyond academia and translate this understanding into practices facilitating knowledge exchange.
Personal and Key Skills9. Make sense of and make decisions about complex issues both systematically and creatively. Communicate research findings clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
10. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
11. Demonstrate self-direction in advancing your knowledge and understanding and in developing new skills to a high level