Module NHS-3197:

Module Facts

Run by School of Health Sciences

40 Credits or 20 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Simon Bishop

Overall aims and purpose

This module provides students with the opportunity to complete an aspect of independent study which will consolidate learning accrued during previous modules. This will be achieved by negotiating and independently pursuing an extended critical analysis of a topic related to health and well-being of their choice. The will enable the student to draw on previous learning about the all the factors which contribute to health and well-being, utilise the life-long learning skills to expand their knowledge without attending taught sessions. The student will be expected to critically analyse literature on their topic and the critically analyse the factors that influence health and well-being. The opportunity to build upon previous learning is desirable as excellent work is produced in modules, however this cannot be expanded upon within the ascribed word limitation or assessment criterion to draw together the totality of issues on the topic. Given the complexity of issues which contribute to health and well-being it is vital that students are provided with the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge on are area of interest and present this as a final dissertation.

Course content

This module content includes: Advanced skills in database / literature searching and selection of appropriate literature / resources. Critical appraisal / critiquing of academic literature, grey literature and policy. Study skills to support structuring, formatting and writing a substantial written assignment. Personal development of transferable graduate skills to enable the student to gain confidence in time management, negociation, communication to gain tutorial support for the assignment including negotiating supervision, self-direction and independent enquiry. Negotiating and engaging with supervision to support self-directed learning and idependent study.

Assessment Criteria


D-Threshold: To achieve a ‘pass’ on the module, students will be required to achieve a minimum of D- grade. To achieve this grade the student must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key issues related to their chosen topic.


A- To A*: To achieve an “excellent pass” the student will be required to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and critical analysis of the key issues related to their chosen topic.


B- to B+: To achieve this grade the student will need to demonstrate strong knowledge and analysis of the key issues related to their chosen topic.

C- to C+

C- to C+ Grade: To achieve a ‘good pass’ the student will need to demonstrate good knowledge and understanding of the of the key issues related to their chosen topic.

Learning outcomes

  1. Articulate a stategy for how this knowledge will be integrated into the students future career/work in supporing health and well-being of clients / service users.

  2. Identify and utilise relevant data bases to conduct a systematic search for relevant literature and policy related to their chosen topic area.

  3. Demonstrate the ability to select relevant literature from the systematic search and demonstrate skills of critical appraisal of the literature and policy.

  4. Critically analyse of the key arguments / issues relevant to the chosen topic and present an integrated review.

  5. Demonstrate the ability to present, compare and interpret reading to develop arguments relevant to the stated purpose.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight

Dissertation of 8, 000 words on a negotiated study topic relating to health and well-being.


Teaching and Learning Strategy


Lectures - 6 hours (3 per week over 2 weeks) Semester 2


Assignment workshop - 2 hours - 2 hour assessment workshop week 1 semester 2 Assignment project workshop - student led workshop to review dissertation ideas - 2 hours week 4 semester 2


Supervision tutorials - 4 hours ( 4 - 1 hour student arranged tutorial sessions with supervising tutor). Students will be expected to engage with a nominated dissertation supervisor to review development and progess.

Private study

Private study for reading and assessment completion.


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  1. Demonstrates an understanding of how to work independently on an extended academic assignment and take responsibility for personal development.
  2. Demonstrates an understanding of the value of research and other scholarly activity in understanding factors which contribute to health and well-being.
  3. Demonstrates an understanding of how to gather and evaluate evidence from a wide range of sources.


Resource implications for students

1. Purchase of text books, pens and paper. 2. Photocopying and printing 3. Subscription to internet provider to access BU on-line catalogues and Blackboard from home residence.

Reading list

Talis -