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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (MSc in Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice: Online Distance Learning) (CLPS11072)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThis is a core course for the MSc Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice (ODL) programme and provides students with the opportunity to design, conduct, analyse and present a research project. This course provides students with the opportunity to work individually in pairs, or in small groups on a research project of their choice and to complete a dissertation.
Course description The dissertation may take the form of an empirical project (qualitative or quantitative; data may be primary or secondary), a systematic review or meta-analysis. Students will, where possible, be encouraged to work in pairs or small groups, which will provide an additional element of peer learning and social support. Working in pairs or small groups will also allow students to engage in larger-scale projects, some of which may be publication-worthy. However, all students will submit independent dissertations for assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 06/08/2018
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 588 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Journal article-style dissertation (90%)
Conference-style poster (10%)

1) A journal article of 7,000 to 8,000 words. Students should decide on a relevant journal in discussion with their supervisor. Students should follow journal guidelines on style and format but disregard journal word count.

2) A conference-style poster with a maximum of 1,000 words. Posters should indicate the rationale for the study, study aims, methods, results and a brief discussion or highlights of the findings.
Feedback Formative feedback on project design, planning and execution will done via feedback and meetings with supervisors. One set of written comments will be provided on a draft copy of the dissertation and feedback will be provided on the poster element.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate extensive, detailed and critical knowledge and understanding of contemporary literature to support a rational justification for the study.
  2. Implement a viable research project that can demonstrate logical links between research questions, design and (primary/secondary) data collection.
  3. Demonstrate competence in collating/analysing data and providing a critical and contextual interpretation of findings.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to communicate appropriately and succinctly to a target audience, using appropriate language.
  5. Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in undertaking research, including time and project management skills.
Reading List
Readings related to the research topic will be recommended by supervisor.

Systematic review -
Boland, A. Cherry, M.G. & Dickson, R. (2014). Doing a systematic review. A student's guide. London: Sage Publishing Ltd.

Quantitative projects -
Field, A. (2013). Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics. London: Sage Publishing Ltd.
Field, A., & Hole, G. (2003). How to design and report experiments. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Greene, J. & D'Oliveira, M. (2009). Learning to use statistical tests in psychology. Maidenhead, Berkshire: OUP
Pallant, J. (2016). SPSS Survival Manual. Maidenhead, Berkshire: OUP

Qualitative projects -
Silverman, D. (2013). Doing Qualitative Research. A Practical Handbook. London: Sage Publications Ltd.
Sternberg, R.J. (2003). The Psychologist's companion: a guide to scientific writing for students and researchers (4th ed). Cambridge:

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills * Development of extensive, detailed and critical knowledge and understanding in one or more specialisms,
much of which is at, or informed by, developments at the forefront
* Plan and execute a significant project of research, investigation or development
* Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills practices and thinking in a subject/discipline
* Undertake critical evaluations of a wide range of numerical and graphical data
* Communicate, using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences with different levels of
* Personal and intellectual autonomy skills, including accountability, time-management and working with
KeywordsDissertation,children,young people,mental health
Course organiserDr John McAteer
Tel: (0131 6)51 1590
Course secretaryMrs Lorna Sheal
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
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