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PA50213: Masters dissertation

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Further information on credits Credits: 24
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Modular (no specific semester)
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 30%, DS 70%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Trust Report (CW 30% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Dissertation (DS 70% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take PA50198
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To enable students to conduct a piece of independent research and to present their findings as a dissertation.

Learning Outcomes:
After completion of the dissertation the student will be able to:
1. Design a piece of independent study (knowledge and understanding, professional practical skill).
2. Follow the process for obtaining ethical approval for research work (professional practical skill).
3. Collect data using appropriate tools and methodologies (knowledge and understanding).
4. Critically analyse data and draw appropriate conclusions / recommendations from these data (intellectual skill).
5. Critically evaluate the literature associated with a given research topic (intellectual skill).
6. Present information in an appropriate format (personal transferable skill).


* Planning & organisation (Taught / Facilitated)
* Handling information (Taught / Facilitated /Assessed)
* Written and verbal communication (Taught / Facilitated /Assessed)
* Working with others (Taught / Facilitated)
* Scientific & practical skills (Taught / Facilitated /Assessed)
* Problem solving (Taught / Facilitated /Assessed).

The student will undertake a piece of work which will entail the following stages:
* Project Design
* Ethics Committee Approval
* Instrument/experimental design and piloting
* Data Collection
* Data Analysis
* Preparation of Conclusions
* Presentation of completed dissertation.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA50213 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.