SI Module 6: Dissertation

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SI Module 6: Dissertation

45 Academic credits

48-week course, 450 Independent Learning Hours

Entry conditions

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Fee: £2,125

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  • This module is delivered directly by Sheffield Hallam University.

  • This module will enable you to develop a proposal and plan and conduct an in depth investigation of a topic that contributes to your professional practice. This will take the format of a critical literature review or service evaluation. 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 will also support the dissemination of findings to your professional community.

  • Director: Colette Fegan, Sheffield Hallam University (c.m.fegan@shu.ac.uk)

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  • Overview

    This module will enable you to develop a proposal and plan and conduct an in-depth investigation of a topic that contributes to your professional practice.

    This will take the format of a critical literature review or service evaluation.

    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 will also support the dissemination of findings to your professional community.

    - Proposal development
    - Ethics and research governance
    - Project planning
    - Data Management
    - Dissemination opportunities

  • Learning, Teaching and Assessment Task Summary

    This module is essentially an individual, self-directed piece of work, the content of which will be specific to your professional area and interests. 

    You will be expected to demonstrate knowledge relevant to the topic of interest as well as knowledge and understanding of research methods and data analysis. 


    You will be advised and supported through the proposal stage and necessary internal and external ethical and scientific approval processes.


    You will be supported to achieve the module outcomes in the following ways: 


    A dissertation supervisor will be allocated to provide you with academic and professional guidance. 


    This may include selection of the topic, research methodology, data analysis and report preparation as well as the initial proposal development for approval. 


    A blackboard site is available to support progression through the project. 


    A programme of learning tools (seminars, e-tivities etc.) will be available throughout the module. 


    Group activities with other students may be used to facilitate peer support and formative feedback and this will also aid your proposal development alongside the support you get from your dissertation supervisor. 


    A wide range of electronic resources, such as SPSS and NVivo, are available through the library. 


    All students are required to submit a proposal for approval before commencing their chosen study. This fulfils the University's Faculty Research Ethics processes.

  • Module Learning Outcomes

    Plan and implement an appropriate study critically investigating and/or evaluating a topic pertinent to your professional practice.

    Generate, analyse and interpret research data effectively and present an appropriate report of the investigation.

    Critically discuss the methods used in the study and issues that arose.

    Critically reflect upon the implications of your findings for self and others.

  • Who should complete this course?

    You must have completed and passed SI Modules 1-5. 

    See the full Entry Conditions here.

  • Assessment Task information

    9000 word dissertation.

  • Will this course give me transferable, academic credits?

    Yes, successful completion of this module yields 45 credits. UK university academic credits are globally recognised and highly transferable.

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  • Technology requirements

    - 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

  • How to apply

    Please see further information and complete the application form here at Sheffield Hallam University.