Module title: Dissertation

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

Module code: NMS11109
Module leader: Ruth Paterson
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Nursing in Acute interventions
Prerequisites

NMS11181: Research Approaches in Health and Social Care Methods.
Examples of equivalent learning: Development of a research proposal.

2018/9, Trimester 3, Self Study Pack,
Occurrence: 003
Primary mode of delivery: Self Study Pack
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Ruth Paterson
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
In this module the content is in the form of a Dissertation study guide, which provides information relating to the process (LOs 2-4) and presentation of your dissertation (LOs 1 -5). You will be allocated an academic supervisor by the Dissertation Board who will be aligned to your area of health and social care practice. You will have a maximum of 12 hours supervision with your supervisor (for example e-mail, face to face, Skype) and these sessions will be formally recorded by the student (LOs 1, 3, 4 & 5).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment is conducted throughout the dissertation module when the student submits work for feedback from their dissertation supervisor.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment is by dissertation. This is an independent project which will relate to your area of professional practice and exit award. By utilising your previous knowledge of research methodology and methods, the dissertation provides you with the vehicle for the integration of theory and practice. You will choose from three dissertation options:
1. Undertaking a small- scale empirical study or
2. Conducting a systematic review or the literature or,
3. Conduct a service improvement project apply specific service improvement methodology.

The dissertation will be 15,000 - 20,000 words.


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 588
Online Project Supervision 12
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 1,2,3,4 & 5 45 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 20000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2018/9, Trimester 3, Self Study Pack,
Occurrence: 004
Primary mode of delivery: Self Study Pack
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Ruth Paterson
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
In this module the content is in the form of a Dissertation study guide, which provides information relating to the process (LOs 2-4) and presentation of your dissertation (LOs 1 -5). You will be allocated an academic supervisor by the Dissertation Board who will be aligned to your area of health and social care practice. You will have a maximum of 12 hours supervision with your supervisor (for example e-mail, face to face, Skype) and these sessions will be formally recorded by the student (LOs 1, 3, 4 & 5).



Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment is conducted throughout the dissertation module when the student submits work for feedback from their dissertation supervisor.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment is by dissertation. This is an independent project which will relate to your area of professional practice and exit award. By utilising your previous knowledge of research methodology and methods, the dissertation provides you with the vehicle for the integration of theory and practice. You will choose from three dissertation options:
1. Undertaking a small- scale empirical study or
2. Conducting a systematic review or the literature or,
3. Conduct a service improvement project apply specific service improvement methodology.

The dissertation will be 15,000 - 20,000 words.


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 588
Online Tutorial 12
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 1,2,3,4,5 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 20000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2019/0, Trimester 1, Self Study Pack,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Self Study Pack
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Ruth Paterson
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
In this module the content is in the form of a Dissertation study guide, which provides information relating to the process (LOs 2-4) and presentation of your dissertation (LOs 1 -5). You will be allocated an academic supervisor by the Dissertation Board who will be aligned to your area of health and social care practice. You will have a maximum of 12 hours supervision with your supervisor (for example e-mail, face to face, Skype) and these sessions will be formally recorded by the student (LOs 1, 3, 4 & 5).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment is conducted throughout the dissertation module when the student submits work for feedback from their dissertation supervisor.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment is by dissertation. This is an independent project which will relate to your area of professional practice and exit award. By utilising your previous knowledge of research methodology and methods, the dissertation provides you with the vehicle for the integration of theory and practice. You will choose from three dissertation options:
1. Undertaking a small- scale empirical study or
2. Conducting a systematic review or the literature or,
3. Conduct a service improvement project apply specific service improvement methodology. The dissertation will be 15,000 - 20,000 words.


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 588
Online Project Supervision 12
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 1,2,3,4 & 5 45 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 20000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2019/0, Trimester 2, Self Study Pack,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Self Study Pack
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Ruth Paterson
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:

In this module the content is in the form of a Dissertation study guide, which provides information relating to the process (LOs 2-4) and presentation of your dissertation (LOs 1 -5). You will be allocated an academic supervisor by the Dissertation Board who will be aligned to your area of health and social care practice. You will have a maximum of 12 hours supervision with your supervisor (for example e-mail, face to face, Skype) and these sessions will be formally recorded by the student (LOs 1, 3, 4 & 5).



Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment is conducted throughout the dissertation module when the student submits work for feedback from their dissertation supervisor.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment is by dissertation. This is an independent project which will relate to your area of professional practice and exit award. By utilising your previous knowledge of research methodology and methods, the dissertation provides you with the vehicle for the integration of theory and practice. You will choose from three dissertation options:
1. Undertaking a small- scale empirical study or
2. Conducting a systematic review or the literature or,
3. Conduct a service improvement project apply specific service improvement methodology. The dissertation will be 15,000 - 20,000 words.



Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 588
Online Project Supervision 12
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 1,2,3,4 & 5 45 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 20000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Roles and responsibilities of students and their supervisor: the Dissertation Module Handbook contains information on getting started; literature searching and critique; how to present and construct a dissertation thesis; time-management and reflection on process and progress.

In this module you will develop competencies in generic research skills by conducting either a small scale research project, service improvement or a systematic review (SR) in a topic of your choice which is relevant to your degree outcome. The topic you choose is aligned to your degree outcome and agreed with your research supervisor prior to enrolling on the module.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Using a systematic approach, critically analyse literature and practice relevant to the research question or service improvement project
LO2: Address ethical and research governance issues appropriately and sensitively
LO3: Justify methodology chosen to address the research question or service improvement project
LO4: Organise and interpret collected data to synthesise findings in the context of current literature
LO5: Examine the implication of the recommendations on health and social care policy, practice, research and/or education.

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