Medical Humanities Dissertation 40 credits ENGLIT4123P

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The medical humanities dissertation allows intercalating medical students to pursue an extended individual research project on a medical and/or health related topic in the arts and/or social sciences. The dissertation must be consistent with one of the subjects taken as an elective course as part of the BSc (Med Sci) Honours in Medical Humanities programme. A subject-specific supervisor will be provided by the School that owns the appropriate elective.

Timetable

Semester 1

Students meeting as cohort in 3 × 1 hour small group sessions with programme convener and Student Learning Service Effective Learning Adviser to receive peer and mentor support in arts and/or social science research, TBA.

Semester 2

Students meeting as a cohort in 6 × 1 hour small group sessions with programme convener and Student Learning Service Effective Learning Adviser in order: to receive peer and mentor support in arts and/or social science research; to develop appropriate study and writing skills, TBA.

Students meeting individually with their subject specific dissertation supervisor in 3 × 1 hour meetings, TBA.

Requirements of Entry

On LV4R-2035 Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) (B.Sc. (Med.Sci.)) in Medical Humanities plan.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

No specific courses are co-requisite. However, the intercalating student in the BSc (Med Sci) Honours in Medical Humanities must choose a dissertation topic consistent with one of the medical and/or health related elective courses taken as part of the programme. Furthermore, the subject area of the dissertation may require the student to take a credit-bearing subject-specific research training course.

Assessment

Dissertation Prospectus and Annotated Bibliography (1500 words) -10%

Dissertation (12000 words) - 90%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

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 will provide the opportunity for students to:

■ identify an appropriate project in a specific area in the medical humanities

■ carry out individual, independent research, using library resources and other research tools

■ develop good academic practice regarding use of sources and references to sources

■ undertake a literature review and construct an appropriate annotated bibliography

■ evaluate and implement the most suitable method and approach for their chosen topic and summarise this succinctly in a research prospectus

■ conduct a sustained research project under individual supervision

■ construct and present sustained arguments on a larger-scale specialised topic.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ apply arts and/or social sciences methodologies to critique a specialised topic in a medical and/or health related topic

■ analyse a range of research literature from the arts and/or social sciences relevant to the chosen medical and/or health related topic

■ identify and formulate a research question in the arts and/or social sciences appropriate to a medical or health related topic

■ produce work that displays originality of thought in relation to medical and/or health related topics in the arts and/or social sciences

■ mobilize excellent communication skills, particularly in extended written argument

■ manage time and resources effectively to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines

■ use computers effectively to search relevant databases, and for producing professional academically acceptable word processed documents

■ work effectively in an independent manner.

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.