CHS8097 : Clinical and Health Sciences Dissertation January Part 1 (E-learning)

ECTS Credits: 0.0


• To allow students to undertake a general training in research methods and management within a first class research environment involving an appropriate project exploring one or more aspects of translational medicine.
• To enable students to make informed choices about their further career development in clinical medicine, science or business.
• To enable students to develop a range of professional and key skills, which will enable them to engage in research at an advanced level in higher education or in a senior professional capacity in other fields of employment
• To ensure that, within these aims, the students will experience a range of cutting edge research within the Faculty of Medicine and their own working environment.

CHS8097 and CHS8098 together form one module which spans 2 academic years of the programme. This module is the precursor for module CHS8098 Clinical and Health Sciences Dissertation Part 2 (Jan) (E-learning) and acts as a period of orientation, preparation and practice for the dissertation submission.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will undertake a single research project in the field of the degree programme studied. Projects will offer diverse experiences in research techniques and methods across the range of Research activities in the Faculty of Medicine Medical Sciences in collaboration with their own workplace environment. Choice of project rests with the student. From the outset the purpose of the project is to widen the students’ outlook to, and experience of, research. The project is intended to allow students from diverse backgrounds to sample areas of current research that are of interest to them in an active research environment and to help them make an informed choice about future career directions and/or help them progress within their chosen career. Students will be supported by the module leader and if appropriate it is highly recommended that students also have a workplace mentor.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading502:00100:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work504:00200:00Utilising practical based fieldwork necessary for their project.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The students will develop a range of professional and key skills and will be trained and empowered to engage in research at an advanced level in higher education or in a senior professional capacity in other fields of employment. Students will be fully engaged in the project selection and development through a dialogue with their project supervisors. They will gain hands-on experience of a range of techniques used in research (appropriate to their own project) and will be required to maintain detailed records of their work and produce a short dissertation. Students will also prepare a lay summary, an oral presentation and an E-poster. This module will involve a significant amount of private study, including research-based fieldwork and practical experience of a range of clinical research techniques. The amount of hours spent on practicals, fieldwork and private study will vary with the individual project but should be approximately as stated above.

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.).

The assessments are submitted in module CHS8098 Clinical and Health Sciences 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 CHS8098 Clinical and Health Sciences Dissertation Part 2 (Jan)

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