HS7255: Dissertation


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HS7255: Dissertation

Module Title Dissertation
Module Code HS7255
Module Tutor Simon Chippendale
School School of Health and Social Care
CAT Points 60
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

The Dissertation is the single largest piece of assessed work undertaken by the student and is designed to further develop the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course. The Dissertation provides students with an opportunity to conduct a sustained and intensive investigation into one topic and to present their findings in a formal manner in accordance with academic conventions and the requirements of the subject. Appropriate ethics committee approval will be requested (students should note that approval from relevant ethics committees may be a course requirement).

Indicative Syllabus

The content of the Dissertation will vary according to the individual interests of the student but will fall within the broad parameters of the students course. The Dissertation requires the student to conduct an original piece of research. The securing of ethics approval and the selection and application of suitable research methods is an important part of the exercise and the Dissertation should engage critically with issues of research ethics, methodology, method, evidence-based practice and analysis.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:...

  1. Conduct a sustained individual enquiry;
  2. Identify and critically review existing literatures and/or methodologies;
  3. Prepare the documentation required for ethics approval as appropriate;
  4. Undertake an analysis of a particular research topic, which may or may not have an empirical basis, by making use of an appropriate methodology;
  5. Conduct data analysis in accordance with the methodological conventions of the chosen area of study.
  6. Critically contextualise findings within the literature, policy or area of practice relevant to the particular research topic;
  7. Reach conclusions about a research topic drawn from both the analysis and the review.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 15
Independent Learning Hours: 885
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 10% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 2000 word equivalent (Research Proposal)
002: 90% Coursework: Individual, dissertation/major project: 15000-18000 word equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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