Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Research Project

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Dental Surgery

DESCRIPTION This study-unit consists of a research based long essay conducted by the student on a specific topic related to dental sciences.

The long essay is an exercise in scholarly research and academic writing. Students complete an individual project of not more than 10,000 words on a selected topic. The student works independently with the help of a research supervisor.

The main objectives of this study-unit are to promote an evidence based approach to Dental sciences and to demonstrate the skills of the student to undertake an independent piece of research.

The topic/s will be provided by the Head of Department or by his/her delegate, by not later than 15th October.

Topics may include any form of research activity as well as a clinically based project that involves the treatment of a patient.

Alternatively the student may propose a topic that will be subject to approval by the Board of Studies for the said course. Students are to submit their proposal by not later than October 1st. Board of Studies will communicate its decision by not later than 15th October. The Board's decision is final.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of the study-unit is to provide an opportunity for students to conduct an extended exercise in scholarly research by critically appraising the relevant literature to answer a research question and writing an academic paper based on the findings.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- understand the key elements in academic research;
- understand the principles behind planning and executing a limited research exercise;
- demonstrate an effective systematic search of the literature to address the research question;
- demonstrate skills in synthesizing the evidence and drawing justifiable conclusions;
- present findings in a succinct and correct manner;
- demonstrate skills in academic writing and presentation;
- understand the role of the dental professional as a researcher.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- develop the key elements in academic research;
- demonstrate the principles behind planning and executing a limited research exercise;
- conduct a systematic search of the literature to address the research question;
- synthesise the evidence and draw justifiable conclusions;
- suggest recommendations and strategies for dissemination of findings for more effective practice;
- discuss and defend the research exercise carried out.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Various according to subject chosen.

ADDITIONAL NOTES **Resit Availability: Students who fail to obtain an overall pass mark will be re-examined in the Dissertation. However, the resit availability for the Presentation/Oral Examination is at the discretion of the Board of Examiners.

Attendance to scheduled sessions, inclusive of lectures/tutorials, practical, laboratory and clinical components is compulsory. Students who do not attend at least 90% of the scheduled sessions will not be allowed to sit for any of the assessment components mentioned below.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Dissertation

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Dissertation, Presentation and Oral Examination [See Add. Notes] SEM2 ** 100%


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