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PSYC8039 Dissemination and User Engagement

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the academic impact of research
  • Critically evaluate research
  • Identify the academic beneficiaries of their research, i.e. consider how their research questions, methods, and findings will extend the knowledge/methods base
  • Identify the economic / societal beneficiaries of the research, e.g. demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of the project for educational psychology in practice
  • Identify the ‘pathways to impact’ i.e. consider how to practically embed research methods, results and outcomes for the benefit of academic and non-academic stake-holders.
  • Draft research summaries and articles for dissemination to specialist and non-specialist audiences.


Journals and models of publication Presenting at scientific conferences The process of submitting a paper to a peer reviewed journal The peer review process Pathways to impact

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Students will participate in a small number of workshop sessions and then use the techniques practiced to prepare to disseminate their own research.

Independent Study88
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

APA (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 

Beins and Beins (2013). Effective writing in psychology. 


Assessment Strategy

Portfolio - group assessment: 1. Wider dissemination piece; 2. A journal article prepared for publication 3. Covering letter to the journal editor 4. Conference poster.


Team work abstract


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Printing and Photocopying Costs

Poster printing to be claimed from students’ research budget.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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