Core Module Information
Module title: Physiotherapy Dissertation

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: HSC11139
Module leader: Donnie MacDonald
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This module offers the student an opportunity to lead and conduct a detailed research study in a topic relevant to health and social care practice.

Building on the research protocol submitted in year 1, this module involves collation and critical evaluation of primary or secondary data, discussion and conclusion of findings, including a reflection on the research limitations, culminating in presentation and synthesise of evidence-based arguments to inform professional practice, education or policy.

The module submission will be in a format analogous to a research paper, developing the skills required to synthesise the work to the scope and length of a potential publication facilitates the student to meet all the learning outcomes.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:

LO1: Implement appropriate research methodology and methods relating to a defined question.
LO2: Collect, synthesise and critically evaluate data relating to a defined question.
LO3. Critique the data collected in relation to the wider physiotherapy evidence base.
LO4. Justify conclusions, implications for physiotherapy practice and areas for further research.
LO5. Critically reflect on the research process undertaken and identify strengths and areas for development.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Donnie MacDonald
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The dissertation module is a significant, student self-directed project where the learner is supported by an allocated supervisor for the duration of the research (LO1-5). Building on previous learning throughout the programme students will be able to collate and evaluate data and relevant ethical considerations relevant to their chosen study (LO2-5).

At signposted stages thorough this research journey: research seminars will facilitate engagement re criticality, data analysis, evidence-based arguments to inform policy/practice implications and dissemination of their findings (LO1-5). Seminars will provide opportunities for facilitated group discussion and will support reflection and reflexivity on the research process. Additionally, a writers’ workshop seminar will facilitate writing skills for dissemination through publication (LO2-4).

Formative Assessment:
Presentation of individual research projects within a small group seminar. Focus on research question, ethical issues and methodology. Feedback from peers and members of the academic team.

Summative Assessment:
The assessment submission of this module is a 5000-word research report. The length of the research paper format ensures the student write succinctly and promotes familiarity with the academic publication process.
The specific content and structure will be determined by whether the research is a collection of primary or secondary data. In addition, you will also submit all supporting materials as appendices e.g. ethics approval documentation, schedule of interview questions and or survey, standardised appraisals of literature etc.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Project Supervision 10
Face To Face Seminar 15
Independent Learning Guided independent study 375
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 100 LO1-5 46 , WORDS= 5000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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