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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation: Research Proposal (online) (NUST11106)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThis course enables students to 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 proposal of their choice and to complete a dissertation.

This course will be almost exactly the same as our current on-campus course, NUST11096 Dissertation: Research Proposal, but the online version will be one of two dissertation options for our new MSc Advanced Nursing online programme (begins first delivery September 2022).
Course description This course is one of the two dissertation options for students undertaking the MSc Advanced Nursing online programme 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 online during 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 ( Lecture Hours 14, Online Activities 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 564 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Individual written assignment.
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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.
  4. Demonstrate critical analysis of relevant research in the field of study, engaging with salient debates in the current context.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. Critically analyse complex issues and relate these to health care contexts;
2. Understand different research approaches;
3. Deal with complex issues and make informed judgements in situations of incomplete data/information;
4. Undertake a critical evaluation of a wide range of data (numerical and graphic);
5. Take responsibility for their own learning;
6. Develop critical reflection and writing skills;
7. Digital communication skills.
Course organiserDr Richard Lowrie
Course secretaryMr David Morris
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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