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BSc Optometry / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The dissertation is a unique opportunity for you to investigate an area of optometry that is of interest to you. There will be a list of available topics set by your academic advisor from which you will choose your preferred topic. Most students will be allocated one of these topics and through discussion with their supervisor be expected to conduct a comprehensive literature review on one aspect of the allocated topic.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Personal & Professional Development C||OPTO31200||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
PPDA-C activities covering literature searching and critical writing skills.
- Literature searching to research a specific scientific topic.
- Interpretation and analysis of scientific literature.
- Scientific writing to enable production of a comprehensive literature review.
- Allow students to explore in depth a topic that is of interest to them.
• be able to understand in depth an optometric area of interest to the student
• be able to critically appraise research papers
• develop literature searching skills
• develop scientific writing skills
• develop lay writing skills (abstract)
• develop organisational and time management skills
• develop oral presentation skills (in tutorials)
• develop written and oral communication skills
The dissertation is a unique opportunity for the student to investigate an area of optometry that is of interest to them. There will be a list of available topics set by their academic advisor from which students will choose their preferred topic. Most students will be allocated one of these topics and through discussion with their supervisor be expected to conduct a comprehensive literature review on one aspect of the allocated topic.
- Analytical skills
- Analyse key findings of journal articles; identify key issues.
- Opportunity to choose layout and content of dissertation.
- Project management
- Students are expected to manage the materials for the dissertation, collecting and summarizing research materials and incorporating these into a written piece of work. This will develop time management and project skills.
- Oral communication
- Students need to effectively communicate their ideas and any challenges to their supervisor during progress meetings.
- Problem solving
- Problem solving skills are required when it comes to extracting relevant information from a broad range of sources.
- Students are informed how to use databases, how to avoid unreliable public domain resources and how to develop the criteria for judging the quality of academic work. Research of primary and secondary literature sources, plus web-based searches.
- Numeracy, statistical, presentation and software skills. Time management. Meeting multiple deadlines. Students have a number of activities to complete with fixed deadlines. Students have to manage these deadlines. Computer and IT skills.
9 page written dissertation (100%)
Supervisors will provide written feedback on a dissertation plan and will provide oral feedback during three meetings Dissertations to be marked using Grademark. Feedback and marks to be returned to students on blackboard after the final examination results have been released.
Information available on Blackboard for this unit
· Library guide on referencing and literature searching
· Article on how to critically review papers
· Information on referencing
· Example of an excellent dissertation from a previous student
|Independent study hours|
|Emma Gowen||Unit coordinator|