SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code MHB723328
Module Leader Sarah Renton
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Completion of entry to the register

Summary of Content

The dissertation aims to enhance the students' abilities to use knowledge and skills acquired within the evidence based practice modules and nursing modules at a deeper and more sustained level of scholarship. Under the guidance of a supervisor, the student will select a topic relevant to their field of nursing practice. Focusing on this topic, the dissertation will allow students to demonstrate their capacity to use literature critically in conjunction with practice to develop a in depth critical review or research proposal in their area of relevance to practice.


The production of the dissertation will include the following learning process:- explore an area of nursing in which the student is personally interested. conduct a comprehensive search of the literature in the students chosen area of nursing care/practice. critically review relevant theoretical perspectives and selected research studies for their contribution to nursing. approach the study with an inquiring and critical perspective highlighting the main arguments and issues which relate to the topic. demonstrate an appreciation (and where appropriate) the application of the research process or its relevant parts. indicate an in-depth knowledge of the chosen area with due reference to theory, personal reflection and interpretation culminating in a consideration of recommendations for practice.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:1. Provide evidence of analytical and critical thinking to propose a topic suitable for their dissertation2. Demonstrate originality in constructing a practice-based question within a field of nursing practice taking cognisance of the complexity within healthcare environments 3. Compile a systematic literature search in relation to a focused practice-based question 4. Demonstrate critical appraisal skills and critical understanding of all aspects of the research process in evaluating the evidence collected 5. Compile formulate and write a systematic review or a research proposal that demonstrates understanding of the research process 6. Discuss critically the potential implications for nursing practice and advancement of nursing knowledge 7. Demonstrate the ability to think and work independently and creatively to produce a nursing dissertation in a standard format

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching and learning strategy will enable students to synthesise and apply knowledge gained within the module. The module will be delivered either online via GCULearn or face-to-face. Students may elect to study the module either online or face-to-face, but may not transfer between the two. Strategies used will include a blended approach to facilitate flexibility for students. Teaching methods will include modified lectures, seminars, group work, guided reading and online learning. The module leader will provide an introductory briefing session then academic support will be provided by a designated dissertation supervisor. There will also be group workshops to support and enhance the student centred learning. Formative assessment will be utilised as a means of providing student with feedback which will inform the writing of the summative assessment. All students are expected to undertake a considerable amount of independent study. Learning and teaching strategies will enhance student engagement, accessibility, flexibility and personalisation of the curriculum through the use of technology/digital learning where appropriate. Lecturers, service partners, users, carers and students will contribute to the authenticity of the teaching and learning experience.

Indicative Reading

Aveyard, H. 2014, Doing a literature review in health and social care: a practical guide , 3rd. edn, Open University Press, Maidenhead. Coughlan, M., Cronin, P., & Ryan, F., 2013, Doing a Literature Review in Nursing, Health and Social Care , Sage; London. Cre8me, P. & Lea M.R. 2008 Writing at University: A Guide for Students , Open Univerity Press, Buckingham. Glasper,A., & Rees, C. (ed.) 2013, how to write your nursing Dissertation , Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford. Gerrish, K. & Lacey, A. (eds.) 2010, The research process in nursing , 6 th edn, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford. Levin,P. 2011, Excellent Dissertations , 2 nd edn, OpenUniversity Press, Maidenhead. Oliver, P. 2012, Succeeding with your literature review, a handbook for students , Open University Press, Buckingham. Polit, D. & Beck, C., 2013, Essentials of nursing research: Appraising Evidence for Nursing Practice , 8 th edn, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia. Ridley, D. 2012, The literature review: a step-by-step guide for students , Sage, London.

Transferrable Skills

Advance independent learning by working in a self-directed manner Advance study and IT skills to underpin scholarship Advance critical thinking skills Underpin professional practice through the integration of theory and practice

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 300.00
Tutorials (FT) 48.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% Dissertation - 8000 words