Postgraduate Course: Dissertation by ePortfolio (NUST11089)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course is set to enable MSc students who progress to the final stage of their taught course to creatively demonstrate the various facets of their 'mastersness'. Using a collection of authentic artifacts, the student will present diverse evidence to demonstrate attainment of intended learning outcomes. Artefacts can be audio and/or video files as well as written or pictorial digital assets. The rationale for and the integration of artifacts, as part of a cohesive collection, must be linked to themes in Advancing Nursing Practice or Advanced Clinical Skills.
This course is set to enable MSc students who progress to the final stage of their taught course to creatively demonstrate the various facets of their 'mastersness'.
Specifically, students will need to produce an asset that shows:
Level of complexity
Complexity: recognising and dealing with complexity of knowledge - including provisionality, the integration of knowledge and skills, application of knowledge in practice - conceptual complexity, and complexity of learning process.
Degree of abstraction
Abstraction: extracting knowledge or meanings from sources and then using these to construct new knowledge or meanings.
Depth of learning in a subject
Depth of learning: acquiring more knowledge and using knowledge differently for example, engaging in a narrow topic in depth, engaging in up-to-date research, or taking a multidisciplinary approach and examining something familiar and presenting it in a new, innovative way
Salience of research and enquiry
Research and enquiry: developing critical research and enquiry skills and attributes
Degree of learner autonomy and responsibility
Autonomy: taking responsibility for own learning in terms of self-organisation, motivation, location and acquisition of knowledge.
Complexity and unpredictability in an operational context
Unpredictability: dealing with unpredictability in operational contexts - recognising that 'real world' problems are by their nature 'messy' and complex, and being creative with the use of knowledge and experience to solve these problems.
Professionalism: displaying appropriate professional attitudes, behavior and values, including learning ethical behaviours, developing academic integrity, dealing with challenges to professionalism, recognising the need to reflect on practice, and becoming part of a discipline/occupational community. (Bamber 2013)
Using a collection of authentic artifacts, the student would present diverse evidence to demonstrate attainment of intended learning outcomes. Artefacts can be audio and/or video files as well as written or pictorial digital assets. The rationale for and the integration of artifacts, as part of a cohesive collection, must be linked to themes in Advancing Nursing Practice or Advanced Clinical Skills.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2,
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10,
Online Activities 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One summative assignment that will account for 100% of the overall mark for the course.
||Formative feedback will be given by student's ePortfolio dissertation supervisor throughout the dissertation process.
Summative feedback will be given after the ePortfolio dissertation marks have been ratified at the exam board.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate originality and creativity in the use of ePortfolio software to enhance submitted academic work
- Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in carrying out and completing a complex academic undertaking
- Demonstrate critical understanding of both learning and advanced practice theories, concepts and principles
- Apply critical analysis to an issue that is at the forefront of advanced clinical practice
- Plan and execute a significant project that charts own personal and professional development
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Ability to critically review and reflect on advanced practice issues and concepts.
Ability to convey complex information in an accessible format and way.
Ability to use a range of IT tools and applications to collect and present data and information.
Ability to exercise autonomy, initiative and creativity as well as managing a complex piece of academic work.
|Course organiser||Dr Fiona Cuthill
Tel: (0131 6)50 3888
|Course secretary||Mr Sergio Mori Sierra
Tel: (0131 6)50 4661