SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 60.00
ECTS Credit Points 30.00
Module Code MMB913256
Module Leader Catriona Khamisha
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject SHLS - School Office
  • B (January start)-A (September start)
  • S-B (January start)-A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normally successful completion of year one of a Health and Social Care MSc programme. Normally Practice Evaluation module or equivalent.

Summary of Content

The dissertation requires students to work independently with supervision on a major research study related to practice with 'literature based' or primary data collection. The dissertation allows students to undertake in-depth, sustained scholarly activity whereby they are required to demonstrate their awareness of the professions research culture as an integral part of practice. This will enhance the student's skills of planning, evaluation and management of a relevant area of study. Students are expected to dem onstra te relevance to their particular profession and will have the opportunity to apply the principles of research in order to make a contribution to their field.


The dissertation is designed to promote independent learning and in this respect the formal syllabus will be minimal. The initial lectures / workshops however will be used to allocate research topics/supervisors and also to review / examine the four following themes; 1.Understanding group supervision and learning circles and the supervisor/supervisee relationships/traits. 2.The place of theory in developing research design 3.The research process and research design 4.Literature reviews and their place in research 5.Managing analyzing and critically interpreting data

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1.Undertake sustained scholarly research in aspect(s) of health and social care.2.Plan and implement a research proposal in a systematic, organized manner; establish question and aims, review literature, select appropriate methodology apply appropriate methods, analyse and interpret findings.or3.Plan and undertake an extensive, in-depth critical appraisal of literatureAlso the student should be able to:4.Produce a comprehensive dissertation written in an accepted format.5.Produce work suitable for publication6.Disseminate the findings of the investigation in an appropriate format 7.Critically evaluate their findings from the study and its potential contribution to practice

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The dissertation module should be viewed as a largely independent piece of work with academic supervision. Lectures (on-line and/or class based) will mostly be used to provide some direction to activity and the requirements for supervision preparation. This supervision will consist of mostly group sessions where students present extracts of draft work for discussion, information and guidance. Students will also be entitled to up to three hours of individual supervision which will include formative reading of draft material by supervisor. Between group supervision sessions students will be encouraged to work as a research group and make use of 'learning circles' for peer support. Group discussion or sharing of constructive advice will also take place online through use of VLEs and file sharing and commenting facilities such as Google docs or diigo. Students will also participate in a Divisional held dissertation 'conference', where they will deliver an oral presentation summarizing the clinical implication of their dissertation.

Indicative Reading

Aveyard, H. 2010, Doing a literature review in health and social care, 2nd ed, Open University Press, Maidenhead. Aveyard, H., Sharp, P. & Woolliams, M. 2011, A beginners guide to critical thinking and writing. Open University Press, Maidenhead. Creswell, J. 2009, Research design qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches, 3rd ed. Sage, London. Swetnam, D. & Swetnam , R. 2009. Writing your dissertation: The Bestselling Guide to Planning, Preparing and Presenting First-Class Work, 3rd ed. How to Books Ltd, Oxford. Further reading a.k.a. Recommended reading Bloomberg, L.D., & Volpe M.F. 2008, Completing your qualitative dissertation: A Roadmap From Beginning to End, Sage, Thousandoak. Bowers, D. 2008, Medical statistics from scratch, 2nd ed Wiley, London. Dawes, M., Davies, P., Gray, A., Mant, J., Seers K. & Snowball, R. 2004. Evidence based practice a primer for healthcare professionals, 2nd ed. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. Finlay, L. & Ballinger, C. 2006, Qualitative research for allied health professionals: challenging choices, John Wiley and Sons Ltd., Chichester. Hart, C. 1998, Doing a literature review realising the social science research imagination. Sage, London. Long, T. & Johnson, M. 2007. Research ethics in the real world. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh Punch, K.F. 2007, Developing effective research proposals. 2nd ed, Sage, London. Purtilo, R. & Doherty R. 2010, Ethical dimensions in the health professions, 5th ed Saunders - Elsevier Health Sciences. Robson, C. 2001. Real world research. 2nd ed. Blackwell, Oxford. Rudestam, K. & Newton, R. 2007. Surviving your dissertation: a comprehensive guide to content and process, 3rd ed, Sage, London.

Transferrable Skills

In undertaking this module, the student should develop and consolidate skills in the following areas; communication, accessing information sources, research and data manipulation, information technology, independent study, management of time, people and resources, report writing, presentation and critical appraisal skills, team work and also 'conference' preparation and presentation skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Online Activities 4.00
Assessment (FT) 60.00
Lectures (FT) 2.00
Tutorials (FT) 6.00
Independent Learning (FT) 528.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Dissertation 0.00 75.00 45% Dissertation: Data collection dissertation or In-depth critical literature review dissertation. (12,000 words)
Presentation 0.00 25.00 45% Presentation: Oral