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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation: Portfolio (NUST11124)

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 is set to enable MSc students who progress to the final stage of their taught course to creatively demonstrate a higher order of problem solving underpinned by pedagogical foundations such as reflective practice, critical inquiry and self-authorship for problems identified within their context of practice. Using a collection of authentic artefacts and a diverse range of evidence including but not limited to audio / video files, the students will demonstrate attainment of intended learning outcomes. The students will adopt a cohesive and integrated approach that is linked to themes in Advanced Nursing Practice /Advanced Clinical skills using critical inquiry and reflection.
Course description This dissertation course provides the opportunity to undertake an original enquiry and develop a portfolio of evidence in a chosen area of clinical / work-based practice. Students will have a choice of conducting an audit or undertaking a service evaluation. Evidence of research and development is one of the four pillars of practice for advanced nursing / professional practice. The project and dissertation will offer a timely opportunity to integrate theory into practice alongside students developing transferrable skills such as time management, organisational, presentation, team working and networking skills which will strengthen the scope for advanced nursing / professional practice in their other domains of practice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This dissertation option requires students to have access to a practice context or work-based situation in the UK that they can engage with throughout the dissertation.
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 15, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 563 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Individual assignment, 12000-15000 words, 100%
Feedback Formative feedback on project design, planning and execution will be provided via feedback and regular meetings with supervisor.

One set of written comments will be provided on a draft copy of the dissertation and feedback will be provided subject to timely submission of the full draft.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate skills in higher order problem solving including the use of critical analysis and sound rationale for the problem identified.
  2. Demonstrate ability to ground their academic work within the context of a relevant evidence base.
  3. Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in carrying out and completing a complex academic task, i.e. development of a portfolio
  4. Engage in reflection, analysis and synthesis of relevant artefacts identified throughout all the stages of their portfolio.
  5. Develop a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates engagement with the facets of 'Masterness' and chart their own personal and professional development using critical reflection.
Reading List
1. Barrett, H., 2000. Electronic teaching portfolios: Multimedia skills+ portfolio development= powerful professional development. In Society for information technology & teacher education international conference (pp. 1111-1116). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
2. Köpeczi-Bócz, T., 2020. Learning Portfolio and Proactive Learning in Higher Education Pedagogy. Int. J. Eng. Pedagog., 10(5), pp.34-48.
3. Shanley, J. and Dalley-Hewer, J., 2017. The ¿Light Bulb Moment¿¿Transition to Mastersness. Practice and Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 12(1), pp.2-21.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills At the end of this course, students will demonstrate their:
Ability to critically review, reflect and analyse issues and concepts relevant to advanced practice.
Communicate complex information in an accessible manner to a wide range of audience.
Ability to use a range of IT tools and applications to collect and present data and information.
Ability to exercise autonomy, initiative and creativity as well as managing a complex piece of academic work.
Develop transferrable skills such as time management, organisational, presentation and team working skills.
KeywordsDissertation,Research,Qualitative,Quantitative,Portfolio,Artefacts,Critical Inquiry
Course organiserMs Leah MacAden
Course secretaryMr David Morris
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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