Enquiry in Health and Social Policy 4.1(FT) DUMF4034

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Part 1 of the Honours Enquiry in Health and Social Policy for Full-Time Students


A group workshop will meet weekly.

Additionally, one-to-one supervision will normally be held weekly. The regularity and length of each meeting may be adjusted as appropriate.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Normal completion of 360 credits; Honours Entry Grade Point Average of 11 or higher (i.e. weighted 50% for Levels 1&2, and 50% for Level 3 results).

Recommended Entry Requirements

As above


Enquiry in Health and Social Policy 4.2(FT)



None of the following assessments in this Honours course are suitable for reassessment purposes:


Four assessments as follows:


1. Formative Research Proposal (1000 words);

2. Literature Review (6000 words) (45%);

3. Research Proposal (25000 words) (45%);

4. Oral Presentation (20 minutes max) (10%).

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This Course aims to:


1. nurture self-sufficiency and intellectual curiosity in an applied health and social policy area.


2. develop self-directed enquiry skills in literature searching, critical analysis and project planning in understanding a specific health and policy issue.


3. understand the nature and significance of processes involved in conducting and communicating findings of an applied piece of investigative work in a practical health and social policy context.


4. reflect critically upon the personal, professional, organisational and political ramifications of such work.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will:


1. be able to demonstrate self-sufficiency and intellectual curiosity;


2. possess self-directed skills in various aspects of enquiry - literature searching, critical analysis and project planning;


3. be able to communicate their academic findings in various academic and practice contexts (peers, project leads and project groups);


4. be able to reflect critically on the ramifications of their work to themselves and the wider health and social policy context.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.