Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches) (CLPS11078)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This core course within the MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches (campus-based, full-time) programme provides students with the opportunity to design, conduct, analyse and present a research project.
The MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Pschological Approaches Dissertation can take the form of an empirical study, systematic review or meta-analysis relating to children and young people's mental health, or developmental aspects of mental health. 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
There are two assessed components:
- A journal-style article (7,000 to 8,000 words), 90% of final grade
- A conference-style poster (up to 1,000 words), 10% of final grade
The journal-style article will comprise: Structured Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion. The article should follow the style guide and submission guidelines of the relevant target journal but disregard the word count if it is below 7,000 words.
The conference-style poster should not exceed 1,000 words and there is no lower word limit.
||Formative feedback will be given by student's dissertation supervisor throughout the dissertation process.
Summative feedback will be given on the dissertation after dissertation marks have been ratified at the exam board.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate extensive, detailed and critical knowledge and understanding of contemporary literature to support a rational justification for the study.
- Implement a viable research project that can demonstrate logical links between research questions, design and (primary/secondary) data collection.
- Demonstrate competence in collating/analyzing data and providing a critical and contextual interpretation of findings.
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate appropriately and succinctly to a target audience, using appropriate language.
- Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in undertaking research.
|Readings related to the research topic recommended by supervisor|
Boland, A. Cherry, M.G. & Dickson, R. (2014). Doing a systematic review. A student's guide. London: Sage Publishing Ltd.
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
Hart, C (2005) Doing Your Masters Dissertation. London: Sage Publications Ltd.
Pallant, J (2016) SPSS Survival Manual. Maidenhead, Berkshire: OUP
Silverman, D (2013). Doing Qualitative Research. A Practical Handbook. London: Sage Publications Ltd.
Sternberg, RJ (2003). The Psychologist's companion: a guide to scientific writing for students and researchers (4th ed). Cambridge:
Wilson, S & McLean, . (2011). Research methods and data analysis for psychology. London: McGraw-Hill Education.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Research and enquiry skills, including evaluation and critical analysis.
Personal and intellectual autonomy skills, including accountability and working with others.
Technical and practical skills.
Communication, numeracy and IT skills.
|Keywords||Dissertation,children,young people,mental health,developmental
|Course organiser||Dr Karen Goodall
Tel: (0131 6)51 3947
|Course secretary||Mrs Lorna Sheal
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970