40 credits at level HE6
Pursuing a soundly-based, independent line of enquiry on an approved topic;
Developing and integrating the knowledge and skills involved into an extended study.
(The preparation and writing of the associated dissertation will draw on skills of clear expression, exposition and interpretation.)
The module presents the opportunity for students to make reference to the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (DoH 2004), enabling students to identify reflect and gather evidence of their progression through the dimensions and levels outlined in the document.
A general briefing identifying the scope and requirements of the module;
You will then liaise with the tutor of the relevant taught module and a provisional title for the dissertation (12 words maximum) is agreed and recorded, together with a brief statement of the envisaged direction and scope of the topic (200 words maximum);
You wil meet with your tutor as appropriate during the study. It will be the your responsibility to seek consultation. The tutor will give details of the work required for the Initial Submission, which will be approximately 600 to 800 words in length and should be completed within one month of providing the provisional title. This will contain the main outline of what is being attempted in the study and how, and will eventually form an appendix within the completed work;
Following acceptance of the Initial Submission, students will apply themselves to the production of the dissertation, benefiting from regular meetings with the tutor to review and reflect upon progress;
You are encouraged to participate in research seminars with other undergraduate students preparing dissertations, presenting papers on your respective methodologies and progress.
Initial preparation for dissertation consisting of three 2hour taught sessions, including introduction to the module, learning outcomes, assessment criteria, the formulation of learning contracts, literature search and selection of supervisor
Supervised study consisting of regular meeting between supervisor and student where the work is planned and oversight kept of progress towards objectives set and regular feedback is given. Of the 200 hours notional time allocated to this, 6 hours dissertation preparation, 8 hours will be in direct supervision, 29 in consolidating this, 47 will be text based research and 110 will be working of document to be submitted.
The assessment will take the form of a 10000 word dissertation.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||In consultation with the supervising tutor Identify and define a suitable topic for dissertation which constitutes further development of a level 3 module in a field relevant to health and/or education.||Identification and justification of a topic topic for investigatiuon that relates to both practice and an established area of academic study.|
|2.||Research and investigate the topic making extensive reference to appropriate literature utilising appropriate data bases and internet resources /search engines||A methodical investigation that embraces a review of the literature , formulation of aims and a report on the work, concluding with a summative discussion and evaluation of outcomes|
|3.||Adopt an appropriate approach to pursue independent lines of inquiry in the critical analysis of your material.||The demonstration of an appropriate exploration and understanding of any issues raised.|
|4.||Explore the ability to sustain arguments using appropriate supporting eveidence.||A synthesis of the findings into a well structured coherent argument that meets the stylistic conventions of an undergraduate dissertation.|
|5.||Interpret findings in oredr to draw valid conclusions||An interpretation of the findings which draws valid conclusions that promote evidence based heakth care and enhances professional practice|
|6.||Evaluate and reflect upon the learning experience||A critical reflection of personal and professional developments and constraints in completion of the dissertation|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||A 10,000 word dissertation.|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Adamson A (1990) A Studentís Guide for Assignments, Projects and Research 4th Ed Thamesman (808.06 ADA)
Becker H S (1986) Writing for Social Scientists: How to start and Finish your Thesis, Book or Article Univ of Chicago Press (808.0663 BEC)
Black T R (1993) Evaluating Social Science Research: An Introduction. Sage (300.72 BLA)
Bowling A (1997) Research methods in Health, Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
Brown S (1995) 500 Tips for Research Students Kogan page (001.4 BRO)
Communication Skills Unit (1998a) Cite Me, Iím Yours Ė Harvard Version: References, Bibliographies, Notes, Quotations etc. Bolton: Bolton Institute;
Communication Skills Unit (1998b) Writing a Dissertation: Harvard Style, Bolton: Bolton Institute; http://www.lss.bolton.ac.uk/iss/pubs/csu/diss.htm
Cooper H M (1989) Integrating Research: A guide for Literature Reviews 2nd Ed Sage (300.72 COO)
Dale P (1995) Guide to Libraries and Information Sources in Medicine and Health Care; British Library.
Daly et al (eds.) (1992) Researching Health Care: Designs, Dilemmas. Disciplines. London: Routledge.
Fink, A. (1998) Conducting research literature reviews: form paper to the internet. London Sage (300.72)
Fitzpatrick, J (1998) Secrets for a successful dissertation. London Sage (909.066)
Fry R (1996) Improve Your Writing Kogan Page (808.06 FRY)
Giltrow J (1990) Academic Writing: How to read and Write Scholarly Prose Broadview Press (808.042 GIL)
Girden E R (1996) Evaluating Research Articles: From Start to Finish Sage (001.4 GIR)
Hamilton A (1990) Writing Dissertations RIBA (808.06 INM)
Inman C (1994) Financial Times Style Guide Pitman (808.066 INM)
Light R J (1984) Summing Up: The science of Reviewing Research Harvard Univ Press (001.4 LIG)
Palmer R (1993) Writing in Style: A Guide for Good English Spon (808.042 PAL)
Preece R (1994) Starting Research: An Introduction to Academic Research and Dissertation Writing Pinter (808.06 PRE)
Rudestam K E (2000) 2nd edn Surviving Your Dissertation: A comprehensive Guide to Content and Process Sage (808.06 RUD)
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Sweetnam D (1997) Writing Your Dissertation: How to Plan, Prepare and Present Your Work Successfully 2nd Ed How To Books (808.06 SWE)
Turabian K L (1996) A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Thesis and dissertations 6th Ed Chicago Univ Press (808.066 TUR)
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Longman (808.06 WAT)
Whitehead E Mason T (2003) Study Skills for Nurses Sage: London
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