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ONC8014 : Dissertation (Sept) (E-learning)

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Craig Robson
  • Lecturer: Dr Richard McNally
  • Owning School: Pharmacy
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
Semester 3 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 30.0
European Credit Transfer System


To develop knowledge, skills and experience of the degree subject, by establishing, running and
reporting an original piece of research on a topic of the students choosing.

To develop a range of key skills that will enable the student to engage with the research community
in medicine, business or science.

Outline Of Syllabus

As the module covers all possible types of project and scientific enquiry the generic module content
will support the student, through experiential learning to establish a research project in their
workplace, putting in place all and any required site specific practical, ethical, governance and safety arrangements. The students can then run the project and be responsible for all the processes and tasks contained therein.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion504:00200:00Dissertation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading502:00100:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work754:00300:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Writing a dissertation requires the student to develop and demonstrate a range of different skills in combination (planning, organisation, judgement etc.). In bringing these disparate skills together the chosen teaching method is to encourage the students to submit early drafts of their work for comment and discussion. This allows the students to develop their individual strengths and improve on their individual weaknesses. Given the individual nature of the projects these students undertake, the time available to them and the wide diversity of topics, no other teaching strategy would deliver the advanced ‘fine tuning’ of their skills.

Given the wide variety of project types, and professional situations that students find themselves in, there is no fixed timeline within the module - students determine their own planning and time management with advice.

As each dissertation project is unique and chosen by the student there are no set class activities. Students interact in a one-to-one manner with an experienced investigator and are supported in the workplace by additional specialist advisors for specific needs (stats advice, use of qualitative methods etc.).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M10015,000 word dissertation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The design of this assessment is consistent with assessment strategies at masters degree level and is designed to not only to test module outcomes but is also sensitive to programme outcomes for all pathways. The dissertation assignment will be broad enough to embrace the assessment of all module learning outcomes and represent an accumulation of learning from the successful completion of preceding modules.

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