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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (Clinical Education) (MEED11021)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh Medical School CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThis will be an original piece of work that demonstrates the ability to undertake a scholarly investigation into an issue relating to Clinical Education. This can also take the form of a paper for publication, in addition to a supporting commentary document.
Course description The dissertation is designed to further develop the student's academic skills and ability to obtain and interrogate research data to provide further insights in the clinical education field. The dissertation project is designed to further develop the student's understanding of the processes and planning involved in undertaking research and to develop their academic writing skills.

Before beginning, a detailed proposal must be submitted and approved by the programme team. Each student will be allocated a supervisor for the duration of the dissertation. As with all courses on this programme, students will be encouraged to research an area of direct interest to their professional role.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements 120 taught credits passed with 50% average mark
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Course Start Date 19/09/2022
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 15, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 20, Online Activities 24, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 54, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 450 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) A dissertation of a maximum of 15,000 words will be required. This will be an original piece of work that demonstrates the ability to undertake an investigation into an issue relating to Clinical Education. The dissertation can also take the form of a paper for publication, in addition to a supporting commentary document.
Feedback Work will be independently marked by 2 internal markers and sent to the External Examiner.

Both internal markers comments (and any from the External Examiner) will be collated anonymously and sent to the student along with a mark.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Define and carry out an appropriate literature search and critically appraise relevant literature, which successfully contextualised their proposed study.
  2. Choose appropriate research methods for collecting and analysing data and apply ethical principles and analysis to research, seeking appropriate ethical approval and obtain and record informed consent for participation in research.
  3. Undertake work in accordance with appropriate regulations such as the Data Protection Act
  4. Analyse research data, synthesise findings and draw appropriate conclusions, propose next steps in the research project.
  5. Disseminate research findings, and where possible write a scientific paper suitable for publication.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Online environments are used for the teaching, learning and assessment of all courses on the MSc programme. This includes Microsoft Teams for regular, synchronous conversations, a virtual learning environment with discussion forums for asynchronous dialogue, and other interactive visual, audio, textural and graphical modes of communication.
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Course organiserDr Kirstin Stuart James
Tel: (0131)242 6536
Course secretaryMrs Femke Morrison
Tel: (0131) 242 6385
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