Core Module Information
Module title: Dissertation Module MPH Taught/Blended

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: HSC11165
Module leader: Janette Pow
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences


Description of module content:

The master’s dissertation is a cumulation of your learning and knowledge gained from
undertaking the modules during your master’s journey to independently carry out a piece of research, either through conducting a literature review or piece of original primary
research (small scale study) or the writing of a substantial research proposal (that can potentially be taken forward for doctoral study) on a topic aligned to public health and your research interests
Module Content: Skills resources online via Moodle
• How to choose your research topic and develop an original research question (L01)
• How to choose an appropriate and feasible research design in order to answer your research question? (LO1)
• How to develop a literature search strategy (L02)
• Critical appraisal of literature using standardized tools (L02)
• How to navigate ethical and research governance issues (LO3)
• Methods of data collection/extraction (L04)
• Analysis and synthesis of data (L04)
• Writing up your project (L05)

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Formulate an appropriate research question that addresses a gap in the evidence base
L02: Critique and identify an appropriate study design method to answer the research question
L03 Search and critically appraise the literature using appropriate and rigorous methods
L04: Critically reflect on and address ethical and research governance issues, in relation to the proposed methods of data collection and analysis for the study
LO5: Critique the implications of the proposed research for public health policy, practice and/or education

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 3, ONLINE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: ONLINE
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Janette Pow
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module will run across all three trimesters (Full time) with writing up in Tri 1 or in
year two Tri 3 and Tri 1 of your programme (Part Time). Each trimester will be organised
around online units to provide structure that encourages independent learning.
During this module, you will meet regularly online with your supervisor and submit drafts of your dissertation to your supervisor, in order to obtain ongoing feedback. You will also have access to supportive resources and recommended reading on Moodle for this module. The Moodle platform will be divided into 5 units that correspond with the 5 learning outcomes. Each of the five module units will use a common structure and format to facilitate easy engagement and use of the virtual learning environment.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment is conducted throughout this dissertation module as part of the ongoing feedback between you and your supervisor. As part of your learning contract, you will be invited to submit work, to your dissertation supervisor for feedback and guidance.
The discussion boards and Moodle resources provide an opportunity for reflection and stimulated discussion on the application of ideas to practice, as well as to professional development.
A peer review process with fellow students will be undertaken as part of the formative assessment. You will present your work to your fellow students – this will
provide you with an opportunity to critically engage with people’s work and reflect upon your own. You will also receive supervisor guidance on how to respond to this feedback, including rebuttal where appropriate, thus preparing you for the challenges of peer review in the publication sphere.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment is a dissertation project, this can either be through conducting a a small-scale primary research study, a literature review or the writing of a substantial research proposal for a research study that can be taken forward if going onto undertake doctoral
study. This is an independent project which will relate to your area of public health practice and public health research interests and lead to the planned programme exit award. The recommended minimum length of the final report is 10,000 words, and the maximum
is 15,000 words (including tables but excluding abstract, preliminary pages, references list and appendixes).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Project Supervision 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 580
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 80.00, WORDS= 15000
Component 1 subtotal: 0
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 0

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
HSC 11165 Dissertation MPH