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ONC8097 : Dissertation Part 1 (Jan) (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.

ECTS Credits: 0.0
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.

ONC8097 and ONC8098 together form one module which spans 2 academic years of the programme. This module is the precursor for module ONC8098 Dissertation Part 2 (Jan) (E-learning) and acts as a period of orientation, preparation and practice for the dissertation submission.

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 StudyDirected research and reading254:00100:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work504:00200:00N/A
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 two modules - 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.).

The dissertation is submitted in module ONC8098 Dissertation Part 2 (Jan) (E-learning).

Assessment Methods

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

Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment relating to this module is completed in module ONC8098 Dissertation Part 2 (Jan) (E-learning).

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