Theory, Evidence and Practice in Public Health and Wellbeing Dissertation

Module summary

Module code: OMED1345
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Human Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Vincent La Placa


Pre and co requisites

Foundation Degrees (e.g., FdA, FdSc).
Diplomas of Higher Education (DipHE).
Higher National Diplomas (HND).


This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to apply both the theoretical knowledge and methodological skills acquired throughout this module and OMED 0011 Research Methods in Health and Social Care, to a literature review on a health or social care matter.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1 Critically and independently reflect upon a contemporary issue on health or social care within a
theoretical framework and propose a synthetic discussion of the problem as a result of reviewing the literature about it.
2 Demonstrate an ability to manage complexity and critically analyse, synthesise and appraise
both qualitative and quantitative data including appraisal of sampling, research design, ethics and analysis.
3 Examine how research findings and academic discussions are influenced by
multiple perspectives, context and environment.
4 Self-reflect about one’s capacity to learn independently by improving learning, performance
and on-time delivery of an academic piece of work while drawing on the support of lecturers and supervisor.

Indicative content

Literature Reviews as a secondary type of research Selecting a topic to be reviewed in health and/or social care.
Academic Writing.
Theories used in health and/or social care Research Questions for a Literature Review (LR).
Aim, objectives and rationale when conducting a LR Background and social theories in health and/or social care Methodology for LR
• Databases search
• Search terms
• Hits
• Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria
• Final number of articles to be reviewed
Critical appraisal of research design, sampling, analysis, ethics.
Comparative nature of practice and policy.

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures, one to one supervision, group work and student led independent enquiry, presentations and discussion, online materials, discussion and support.


Method of Summative Assessment: Written Essay.
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3&4.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 100%.
Pass Mark: 40%.
Word Length: 6000 words.
Outline Details: Detailed presentation of all the steps followed to complete your LR: Research question, aim, objectives and rationale when conducting a LR Background and social theories in health and social care. Methodology for conducting a LR: Databases searched. Search terms Hits. Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria Final number of articles to be reviewed. Self-reflection.

Method of Summative Assessment: Proposal.
Learning Outcomes: 1,2&3.
Grading Mode: Pass/Fail.
Weighting: 0%.
Pass Mark: NA.
Word Length: 1000 words.
Outline Details: A proposal of up to 1000 words outlining the general steps to conduct your LR including a research question for your Literature. Review (LR), aim, objectives, rationale, background and social theories in health and social care.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning
Draft of dissertation and proposal

Students are not required to pass all elements of summative assessment in order to pass the course.