Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions



Module titleDissertation
Module codePAMM105
Academic year2020/1
Module staff

Ms Lucy Banfield (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module is the dissertation associated with the Masters programme and is designed to enable students to produce a project dissertation under supervision and to demonstrate project design, development, and evaluation and synthesis skills.


Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of the dissertation is to enable students to demonstrate their ability to design, conduct, evaluate and write up a project on a topic that is of relevance to the title and aim of their award.  In doing so they will demonstrate self-direction, originality and an ability to act autonomously in the planning and implementation of project skills at an advanced professional level.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Systematically and critically review relevant theory and methodology in the design and development of an independent project.
  • 2. Provide evidence of skills in the formulation of research questions, identification of aims and objectives and clarification and justification of choice of methodological approach.
  • 3. Critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise a project’s findings and interpret their relevance within the context of established or emerging theories, policies and/or professional practice.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems in the conduct of a project that is methodologically and ethically sound.
  • 5. Present a logically argued and clearly written project report that will aim to enhance knowledge and understanding of an area of practice at an advanced level.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Critically evaluate and reflect upon their own strengths, limitations and performance with reference to the design, development, organisation and write up of the project.
  • 7. Exercise initiative and personal responsibility for independent learning and continuing professional development.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Students will work under the supervision of a member of staff who is able to guide the student through the dissertation process


Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities15Dissertation workshops (3 x 5 hours) to cover topics such as dissertation format and writing, working with supervisors and the assessment guidance and criteria.
Scheduled Learning and Teaching20Dissertation supervision meetings (Scheduled by arrangement between individual students and supervisors).
Scheduled Learning and Teaching15Group meetings (in person or online) with fellow students and/or programme tutors to share progress and receive formative feedback (typically 5 hours per term).
Guided Independent Study100Resource gathering and in-depth reading
Guided Independent Study250Project design and implementation
Guided Independent Study200Preparation and writing of dissertation


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Feedback and discussion with supervisorMonthly2-3,4,7Verbal and online
Presentation to peers and staffOngoing (~termly)2-3,4,7Verbal feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Project report10012 - 18,000 words1-7Written feedback


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Project report (100%)Project report (resubmission of original project with amendments)1-7Typically within 12 weeks of the result


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading


Practical Statistics for Medical Research, Altman D.G. (2005), Chapman & Hall, ISBNA 1-58-488039-2 (UL:W 150 ALT)


Handbook of qualitative research methods for psychology and the social sciences. Richardson, T. E. (1996). Leicester: British Psychological Society Books.


Methodological issues and strategies in clinical research, Kazdin, A. E. (2003) (3rd ed). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.





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Credit value60
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