MDCS42150 Primary Care Res Dissertation

Academic Year 2023/2024

The purpose of this 30-credit module is to prepare an original piece of research in the area of primary care as a Masters dissertation. This will done under the supervision of experts in the relevant clinical areas (i.e., mental health / MSK).

For academic year 2021-22, these will be: Autumn Trimester 2021 and Spring Trimester 2022. To help students prepare for the project, a series of seminars / webinars will be held to develop their ideas for projects etc.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

As part of the Research Dissertation, students undertake to plan, enact and disseminate an original piece of research in the relevant clinical areas (i.e., mental health / MSK), under the supervision of faculty. As such by the end of the module the student should be able to
• Identify a research question related to his / her practice i
• Undertake a literature review on this topic
• Design and plan a project
• Obtain the necessary permissions and ethical procedures
• Enact the study, specifically collect and analyse data
• Write a scientific manuscript that could be submitted to a peer reviewed journal.

Indicative Module Content:

Indicative Module Content involves:

A series of 4-6 half-day workshops / seminars / webinars will support students in planning and enacting their projects. These will focus on the following areas
• Getting started: identifying a research question, choosing the appropriate methodology, common pitfalls and challenges
• Outlining an appropriate methodology and obtaining the necessary permissions and ethical approvals
• Project management, data collection and data management
• Analysis and preparing your manuscript I
• Analysis and preparing your manuscript II





Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)

240

Project Supervision

10

Autonomous Student Learning

570

Total

820

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The seminars / webinars will be held during the second year of the programme and will run in parallel with / after clinical placements.

Students will be supported to conduct a project that is: a) related to their own current clinical practice, b) related to the clinical practice of their practice supervisor or c) related to ongoing research projects that is being led by the programme directing team. As well as workshops, students will be assigned an academic supervisor (who will advise on study design and enactment) and a practice supervisor (clinical issues).

As well as seminars / webinars, students will be assigned an academic supervisor (who will advise on study design and enactment) and a practice supervisor (clinical practice in orthopaedics, MSK issues).

 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Literature review (20% of total, indicative submission date end of week 6) Week 6 n/a Graded Yes

20

Yes
Assignment: Study protocol (20% of total, indicative submission date end of week 10) Week 10 n/a Graded Yes

20

Yes
Assignment: At the end of the second semester, students are asked to submit a scientific manuscript in the style of a target journal as agreed with his / her supervisor(s) Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No

60

No

Carry forward of passed components
No
 
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Dissertations will be given regular feedback in person/audio/video or written formats at regular intervals.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Anne Doherty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Allys Guerandel Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Seamus Morris Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr John Broughan Tutor
Dr Geoff McCombe Tutor