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Dissertation (45 credits)

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This module provides an opportunity to conduct a project that is of importance to your professional practice and of relevance to your own workplace organisation; with the ultimate aim of influencing and impacting on the care provided to those using this service.

Who the course is aimed at

All individuals on an Allied Health Profession or Nursing post-graduate/post-registration course, who have met the requirements of the postgraduate diploma stage and are looking to complete the masters with this final dissertation project.

Benefits of taking the module to the individual, the organisation and the patient

For the individual, this module further develops learner autonomy and enables the individual to demonstrate their knowledge of research methods and their application. It provides an opportunity to contribute to the ongoing development of their profession, the service provided and the existing evidence base in their chosen project field. It may also provide a basis for further academic development i.e. progression onto a PhD/Professional Doctorate.

For the organisation, it provides support to an individual practitioner to conduct a piece of research/service evaluation or development which addresses organisational priorities.

For the patient, individuals are encouraged to conduct a project that has clear value in terms of improving clinical outcomes/patient experience.

What you learn – overall aims of the module

This module enables you to plan and conduct an in-depth investigation of a topic that contributes to professional practice. It provides the opportunity to apply an understanding of research methods to the investigation and allows you to demonstrate your ability to work with relative autonomy in undertaking a sustained, in-depth piece of independent learning. It promotes the dissemination of findings to your professional community.

General areas covered – indicative content

  • This module is essentially an individual, self-directed piece of work the contents of which will be specific to your professional area and interests
  • You will be expected to demonstrate a knowledge base relevant to the topic of interest as well as knowledge and understanding of appropriate research methods
  • You will be advised about the necessity of obtaining ethical and scientific approval for your project

To study this distance learning module you will require access to a computer with

  • a reliable internet connection
  • Microsoft Windows XP or newer (PCs) / OSX 10.6 or newer (Mac)
  • Internet Explorer version 8 or newer (PC), Safari 4.0 or newer (Mac) or the current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 7 or newer

Additional Assessment Information

A series of activities will help to prepare you for the marked assessment.

There are two options for the marked assessmment - this is negotiated with your supervisor.

  • 1 - a 12,000 word thesis
  • 2 - a 6,000 word abridged thesis plus a 30 minute oral viva

Students will be given information about the module and its requirements from their subject module leader and then support/guidance throughout their project from their allocated academic supervisor. 

Fees and Funding for 2019/20

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home / EU student: £2,000

International students: £2,000 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.

Funding

This module attracts Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funding by the following schemes:

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:


To apply for a Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below:

Further information and LBR/SSPRD online application form

  • Entry requirements

    • Relevant professional qualification
    • Relevant work experience
    • Relevant workplace opportunities and organisational support
    • Must have completed the PGD requirements of the course you are on, or if you are looking to import previous PGD credits into the course, these must satisfy the aims and learning outcomes for the PGD stage of that course.
    (The above must be evidenced in the applicants application form

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    This module is delivered via distance learning

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    This module has 3 planned intakes as follows:

    • May 2019: Induction activities during w/c 29th April 2019, Teaching commences w/c 6th May 2019
    • September 2019: Induction activities during w/c 23rd September 2019, Teaching commences w/c 30th September 2019
    • January 2020: Induction activities during w/c 13th January 2020, Teaching commences w/c 20th January 2020
    • May 2020: Induction activities during w/c 18th May 2020, Teaching commences w/c 25th May 2020

     This module is delivered via distance learning. Attendance at the university is not required but engagement with online activity is expected.

    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks. The assessment task(s) for this module are:

    • Viva: typically, a combination of a presentation/demonstration to one or more academics, with discussion, questioning and oral feedback
    • Thesis

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 45 level 7 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Mark Faulkner - m.faulkner@shu.ac.uk or contact the student experience team:

0114 225 2373
alliedhealth@shu.ac.uk

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