SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code MHB726121
Module Leader Claire McGuinness
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

The dissertation aims to enhance students' ability to apply knowledge and skills acquired as part of their undergraduate programme at a deeper, more sustained level of scholarship. Supported by a supervisor, students will select a topic relevant to nursing practice and will be guided to critically explore relevant literature and the research process. This will culminate in the development of a sustained piece of independent scholarship and the production of a structured literature review.


-360b7 Explore an aspect of nursing of personal interest to the student b7 Comprehensive literature searching b7 Critical review of relevant theoretical perspectives and selected primary research studies to identify their contribution to nursing b7 Utilise an inquiring and critical perspective, highlighting arguments and issues relevant to the chosen topic b7 The research process - critical understanding b7 Knowledge of the chosen topic -theory, personal reflection and interpretation, culminating in recommendations for contemporary nursing practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate originality in constructing a nursing-focused practice-based question, taking cognisance of the complexity within contemporary healthcare environments, as part of topic selection.2. Compile a systematic literature search in relation to the identified practice-based question.3. Demonstrate critical appraisal skills and a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the research process when evaluating the evidence collected.4. Compile, formulate and write a systematic review which demonstrates a critical understanding of the research process.5. Critically discuss the potential implications for nursing practice and advancement of nursing knowledge.6. Demonstrate the ability to think critically, work independently and with creativity, to produce a dissertation that adheres to referencing and presentation guidelines.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching and learning strategy will enable students to synthesise and apply knowledge gained within the module. Strategies used will include a blended approach to facilitate flexibility for students. 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 student centred learning. Formative assessment will be utilised as a means of providing student with feedback to inform the summative assessment. All students are expected to undertake independent study to support effective engagement with the module. 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. 3 rd ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press. (EBook) COUGHLAN, M., CRONIN, P., & Ryan, F., 2013. Doing a Literature Review in Nursing , Health and Social Care. London: Sage. GLASPER, A., & REES, C., 2013. How to write your Nursing Dissertation. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. (ebook) GERRISH, K. & LATHLEAN, J., 2015. The Research Process in Nursing. 7 th ed. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. GREETHAM, B., 2017. How to write your Undergraduate Dissertation. 2 nd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. POLIT, D. & BECK, C., 2017. Essentials of nursing research: Appraising evidence for nursing practice. 9 th ed. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott/Williams & Wilkins Health. WILLIAMSON, G. & WHITTAKER, A., 2019. Succeeding in literature reviews and research project plans for nursing students . 4th ed. London: Sage.

Transferrable Skills

Development, or enhancement, of: -360b7 Advanced independent learning skills b7 Advanced study b7 IT and time management skills b7 Advanced critical thinking and decision making skills -360b7 Theory and practice integration and problem solving

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

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