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Exhibition Validation and Defence (30 credits at level HE6)

The defence will be to a peer and academic audience and will be made after the exhibition process and will focus on the reaction it generated. The defence is in the form of an exploration of the approach used and some of the key ideas that have been developed. In addition, key questions posed by the examiners will be answered. The defence should be disseminated using appropriate media.

Module Description

The validation module is designed to develop a process of validation by using commentary drawn from multiple sources such as the public, clients, peers, managers or employers, and others.  The process is one of identifying and articulating their voice through interview, questionnaire or other forms.

The information collected will be drawn together and analysed. Researchers will be encouraged to identify, organise and provide evidence of the range of transferable skills developed through undergraduate study, while at the University and in possible part-time / professional employment.  The University generic graduate learning outcomes provide the framework against which the student will identify their personal portfolio of skills achievement.

Module content will be appropriate to individuals in their work setting and will be supported by learning

facilitators who will help students identify appropriate methodology in order to achieve the module


This is a web delivered distance learning module. Students will need to have access to the internet to access learning resources, participate in the online learning community and submit their electronic portfolio for assessment.

All key resources will be available online. In addition many key resources will be work context specific and defined during the planning of the learning activities, with the support of the learning facilitator to take account of the student’s work context.

Transferable employment skills developed in this module include the ability to defend and argue findings and conclusions with peers and managers, the ability to measure impact of innovation in the workplace, the ability to use peers to review work done.

Outline Content

  • Review and analyse the exhibition findings and incorporate them into a preparation for validation and defence.
  • Justify your methods of investigation.
  • Engage in focused academic argument and defence.
  • Prepare an impact study in order to identify and explore the difference the research has made in the workplace.
  • Present the impact study disseminating it to fellow researchers, experts and learning facilitators
  • Critically review and evaluate the dissemination process with a double loop reflection.
  • Identify, organise and evidence a range of transferable skills developed through undergraduate study.
  • Use the university generic graduate learning outcomes to provide a framework against which you can identify your personal portfolio of skills achieved.

Learning Outcomes (Threshold standards)


On successful completion of this module the student will be expected to be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  1. Plan a presentation and defence of findings including an impact study to a critical audience
  2. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding to address complex problems relevant to practice
  1. Critically evaluate evidence to justify and support conclusions/recommendations from research


Intellectual, practical, affective and transferable skills

  1. Evaluate appropriateness of chosen methodology and methods of research
  1. Reflect critically on personal strengths and weaknesses against the achievement of the University’s generic graduate learning outcomes
  2. Establish progression routes for employment and further learning



Portfolio 100%

Ket Texts/Literature

Rogers E, M, (2003) Diffusion of Innovations, Simon and Schuster

Schuller T, Hammond C, Bassett-Grundy A, Preston J, Bynner J, The Benefits of Learning: The Impact of Education on Health, Family Life and Social Capital, Routledge Falmer

Denscombe M, (1998) The Good Research Guide, Buckingham: Open University Press

Denscombe M, (2002) Ground Rules for Good Research: A 10 Point Guide for Social Researchers , Buckingham: Open University Press

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