Module title: Dissertation [EMMECC NURSING JMD]

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

Module code: NUR11114
Module leader: Ruth Paterson
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Generic - School of Nursing Midwifery & Social Car

Students must have completed Trimesters 1 & 2 in the University of the Algarve & Santarem (Tri 1) or Edinburgh Napier University/ University of Oviedo 9Tri 2)

2019/0, Trimester 1, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
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. Write a research proposal in preparation for conducting an independent, significant and original research project.

The dissertation will be 10,000 - 15,000 words. Assessment will be defence and presentation of the Master’s Thesis or Final Project before an examining board. The student will be assessed on oral and written communication. Quality of the contents, relevant bibliography, oral presentation, slideshow presentation and defense of the work done.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 570
Face To Face Project Supervision 30
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 60 1,2,4, 5 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 15000
Oral Presentation 40 2,3,5 20 HOURS= 00.30
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Roles and responsibilities of students and their supervisor: the Dissertation Moodle 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 producing a comprehensive research proposal including ethics application, primary research project or systematic review in a topic of your choice which is relevant to your degree outcome.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Using a systematic approach, critically analyse literature and practice to construct a research question
LO2: Justify methodology chosen to address the research question
LO3:Address ethical and research governance issues appropriately and sensitively
LO4: Produce a comprehensive research proposal, primary research project or systematic review that rigorously addresses the research question and hypotheses or aims.
LO5: Examine the implications of the dissertation on health and social care policy, practice, research and/or education.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
NMS11109 Dissertation - MSc - Advanced Practice