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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation: Research Proposal (MSc Advanced Nursing) (NUST11096)

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: Research Proposal (MSc Advanced Nursing) takes the form of a proposal for a research project and an extended review of relevant literature.
Course description This course is one of the three dissertation options for students undertaking the MSc Advanced Nursing and will provide students with the invaluable experience of undertaking an extended individual piece of work. Students will undertake a critical analysis of the literature and use this to design and present a research proposal. This course provides students with the opportunity to work with an academic supervisor on a research project of their choice and to complete a dissertation.

The dissertation is an extended piece of writing of up to 15,000 words (minimum 10,000 words), based on independent study of a topic largely of the individual student's own choosing. It tests their ability to conduct a review of the scholarly literature in a systematic manner, to organise effectively larger quantities of information and to communicate research findings in a fluent and structured fashion. The topic is negotiated with a supervisor from within the broad field of nursing, health and social science.

This is a supervised course in which students will work autonomously, although work should be aligned with the research themes within Nursing Studies. The course consists of individual study and research, under the guidance of a supervisor. The timetable is for students to negotiate with their supervisor, working from April through to the submission date of mid-August. Students will meet their supervisor regularly in that period, and receive advice on what to read, on emerging ideas, and - in due course - on drafts of the dissertation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 576 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The dissertation should be 10,000 - 15,000 words in length.
Feedback Formative feedback will be given by the 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to define a specific research project, justified in terms of literature and relevant theory.
  2. Explain the translation of a research question into a feasible design and employing appropriate research method.
  3. Demonstrate how the research will add to nursing knowledge and understanding.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Develop your research knowledge that will enable you to discuss, share, present and analyse information in various formats and from a range of sources;
Develop your understanding of research methods, literature searching and information retrieval skills;
Develop critical reflection and writing skills.
Course organiserDr Susanne Kean
Tel: (0131 6)50 3042
Course secretaryMr David Morris
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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