Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Dissertation

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course



DESCRIPTION This is a research based dissertation. During the course of the research project, an advanced level of training in the specialised areas related to the profession with particular focus on research design and methodology will be provided to students to enhance their research skills in a specific research area.

Study-unit Aims:

The research based dissertation aims at carrying out a research project which will allow students to develop scientific research skills by learning how to collect, analyse and evaluate scientific findings objectively in light of the current scientific literature.

Learning Outcomes:

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

- Critically appraise scientific literature.
- Utilise appropriate research methodology.
- Gain an in-depth understanding and advanced practical skills in a specialised area related to the profession.

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

- Design a research project appropriately.
- Conduct a research project in an appropriate manner taking into consideration all ethical issues required, time-planning and budgeting.
- Increase analytical and critical reflective capacity in the chosen specialised area related to the profession.
- Produce and present a piece of scientific writing in the form of a thesis which is potentially publishable.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Bowling, A. (2009) Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services (2nd Ed.) Philadelphia: Open University Press.

Fulop, N. Allen, P. Clarke, A. & Black, N. (2001) Studying the Organisation and Delivery of Health Services: Research Methods. London and New York: Routledge.

Creswell, J. W. (2009) Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches (3rd Ed.) Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.

Scientific literature related to the research subject.


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 Oral Examination is at the discretion of the Board of Examiners.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Dissertation

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Dissertation and Oral Examination (See Add. Notes) See note below ** 100%
Note: Assessment due will vary according to the study-unit availability.


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It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2020/1. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.