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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (MN Clinical Research) (NUST11082)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThe dissertation constitutes the main summative work that builds on and develops from the core courses and research practice attachments.
Course description Students, in discussion with an allocated supervisor, select a relevant topic area and research question. Preparation for the dissertation will begin during the earlier research courses and research practice attachments with initial group tutorial preparation.

In the research dissertation, the student demonstrates the extent to which they have achieved the key learning outcomes from the programme's theoretical and practice based research courses. It takes the form of an extended research proposal, where the emphasis is primarily on the research proposal and has the following components:
* A critical review of the literature (substantive and theoretical, weighted as appropriate) on the chosen research topic.
* A statement of the specific questions to be addressed, and how these relate to the review of literature.
* The presentation and critical appraisal of the proposed research design.
* The presentation and critical discussion of the methods to be employed.
* A clear indication of the expected contribution and significance of the study to understanding in the chosen field.
* An in depth discussion of practical and ethical issues affecting the conduct of the research.
* A presentation of a schedule for the research and the key components of funding and budget considerations.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements In order to progress to the masters dissertation students must:
(a) pass at least 80 credits at SCQF level 11 with a mark of at least 50% in each of the courses which make up these credits; and
(b) attain an average of at least 50% for the 120 credits of study examined at the point of decision for progression; and
(c) satisfy any other specific requirements for the Masters degree programme, that are clearly stated in respective programme handbooks.
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate critical analysis of relevant literature.
  2. Utilise conceptual, theoretical and methodological material from the programme's component courses and research practice attachments to translate into a feasible research question, design and method.
  3. Define a specific research project, justified in terms of theory and concepts.
  4. Demonstrate how issues particular to nursing research are managed in all aspects of the proposal.
  5. Demonstrate how the research will add to nursing knowledge, practice and understanding.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Graduate attributes in this area are:

(1) The ability to identify and analyse problems and issues and to formulate, evaluate and apply evidence based solutions and arguments.
(2) The ability to apply a systematic and critical assessment of complex problems and issues in the field of health care.
(3) An understanding of the need for a high level of ethical, social, cultural and wider professional conduct.
(4) The ability to communicate research both formally and informally, both written and orally as scientific academic publication and presentations or to lay audiences.
(5) An ability to use their talents constructively to create and harness research opportunities.
(6) The effective skills in and use of IT and library resources.
(7) The practical research skills to design research, collect, store and retrieve data.
(8) Effective time management skills.
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Course organiserProf Tonks Fawcett
Tel: (0131 6)50 3883
Course secretaryMrs Alison Grahamslaw
Tel: (0131 6)50 4277
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