Dissertation 4H NURSING4032P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course provides the student with an opportunity to complete an academically rigorous review of an area of nursing and healthcare practice.


Tutorials, lectures and individual supervision are scheduled throughout semesters 1 and 2.

Requirements of Entry

To enter Year 4 of the BN (Hons) programme, students must normally have attained a grade C or better at first attempt in Developing Knowledge for Nursing and Health 2 and Advancing Knowledge for Contemporary Nursing Practice 3, and a grade D or better in all other components of summative assessment in Years 2 and 3 including practice learning and achieved all the NMC platforms and proficiencies required for Year 3.

Excluded Courses



Component 1 - 20% weighting, presentation (ILO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6).

Component 2 - 80% weighting, dissertation (7000 words +/-10%) related to an appropriate area of nursing and health care practice (ILO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7).

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

Reassessments are not normally available for components of assessment that contribute to Honours progression, or to Honours classification if the threshold course grade is not achieved at the first attempt.

Course Aims

The aim is to provide the student with the opportunity to consolidate previous learning and enhance skills by undertaking a literature review. The literature review will demonstrate the ability to search for evidence and critical synthesis in an area of nursing and healthcare practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Develop a research question that relates to a selected area of nursing practice. 

2. Conduct literature searches of relevant databases and other appropriate resources.

3. Appraise the literature relating to the selected subject area.

4. Present a critical review of the literature in an appropriate academic style.

5. Synthesise material in order to present a coherent argument.

6. Discuss and present findings, selecting content appropriate to the mode of dissemination

7. Examine the implications for nursing practice and further research.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

A minimum of a Grade D in all components of summative assessment.

For all components of assessments, 100% submission of assessments is normally required.