The dissertation is intended to assess students' ability to do research. Through their work on this module, students will develop advanced skills in research, critical appraisal and research report writing.
The dissertation involves the selection of a researchable problem, the design of a study that addresses the problem, appropriate analyses and the evaluation of the adequacy and usefulness of the solution. Practical implications for professionals working in the field of study should be identified and expanded upon where appropriate. The dissertation consists of analyses of data to address a clearly specified research question. The data may be collected by the student or it may be existing data that forms part of a larger study. Meta-analysis of secondary data can be carried out. Students do not have to do all the research alone; it is acceptable to join a project that is already under way or to work in collaboration with others. However, the independent contribution of the student must be made clear.
To appreciate all aspects of the research process from design, ethical approval, data collection, data analysis, result interpretation to writing up; to appropriately analyse a discrete research dataset; to prepare a research dissertation describing the research work and results.
Dr Hannah Dickson and Dr Derval Ambrose
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10.000 word research dissertation