HAR6053: Dissertation (online)


Introduction

The dissertation, which is supervised online, enables students to develop an understanding of the processes and the skills required to undertake a supervised research project in health care. Having successfully completed the dissertation, a student will be able to: demonstrate researcher skills commensurate with the achievement of a Master's degree; demonstrate independence of inquiry; produce a cogently argued piece of writing that demonstrates researcher competence and the ability to operate independently; address issues of research design, methodology, ethics and theoretical arguments, and locate their own research in relation to these issues.

Objectives

The dissertation aims to develop an understanding of the processes and skills required to undertake a supervised research project at masters level.

The module objectives are;

  • To enable you to develop research skills commensurate with the accomplishment of a masters degree
  • To enable you to develop skills in independent inquiry
  • To enable you to produce a coherent and logically argued piece of writing that demonstrates competence in research and the ability to operate independently
  • To enable you to address issues of research design, methodology, ethics and theoretical arguments, and locate a piece of research within these

Learning Outcomes

By the end of a unit, the student will be able to:

  • Design and manage a piece of original project work
  • Discuss the ethical dimensions of your research and obtain appropriate ethical approval if needed
  • Synthesise knowledge and skills previously gained and applied to an in-depth study
  • Establish links between theory and methods within your field of study
  • Select from different methodologies, methods and forms of analysis to produce a suitable research design, and justify this design
  • Present your findings in an appropriate written format

Teaching Methods

The teaching methods aim to give the students the confidence to undertake an original piece of research with the added support and guidance of supervisors. A variety of online resources and interactive sessions will be used to outline what is expected from students and to help them develop their research question and proposal ensuring that all projects comply with both ethics and governance requirements.

One-to-one online discussions and email exchange with supervisors will provide a formal process of support to the students throughout the project including comments on drafts of the dissertation.

Assessment

The students will be assessed by submission of a research plan (formative) and a written dissertation of 10,000 to 15,000 words (this being summative and bearing 100% of the final mark for the module).