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BSc Optometry / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Dissertation

Unit code OPTO31250
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Optometry
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

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.

Pre/co-requisites

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.

Aims

  • 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.

Learning outcomes

Students should:

       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

 

Syllabus

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.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Analyse key findings of journal articles; identify key issues.
Innovation/creativity
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.
Research
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.
Other
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.

Assessment methods

9 page written dissertation (100%)

Feedback methods

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.

Recommended reading

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

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 100

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Emma Gowen Unit coordinator

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