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HSIP903 – Dissertation

Module code
Module title
This module aims to guide students through the identification of a research topic, the construction of a research proposal, gaining ethical approval and conducting a major written project relevant to their field of practice. Students draw on learning and skills acquired in the taught components of the Master of Professional Practice programme to develop a scholarly piece of work that demonstrates skills in data collection, critical analysis and proficient written communication of ideas.
  • HS1701
NZQA Level
Level 9
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Based
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Discuss the philosophical theories that underpin research
Critically analyse and identify paradigms and methodologies for practice inquiry that are appropriate to address their identified research question(s).
Critically evaluate the ethical and cultural implications of research
Plan, manage and document a substantial and logically structured inquiry as original research on a topic related to health or social practice.
-Students will explore various paradigms, methodologies and research designs.
-Students will prepare a proposal for their research design.
-The content of the research dissertation is mutually determined between the student and supervisor, dependent upon the student's chosen topic of study.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Attendance at scheduled research schools through the duration of the dissertation provide opportunity for feedback and development. Regular meetings with an appointed supervisor will guide the student and provide opportunity for discussion of ideas.

Assessment Criteria
Research design essay
Written proposal
Ethics ProposalMet/Not Met1-3

Research report (30,000 words)1004

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