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Through undertaking a research project in a specialised area of practice, the dissertation provides the opportunity for you to develop advanced skills in the critical evaluation, interpretation and application of research. Together, HLN712-1, 2, 3 and 4 comprise a 48 credit point unit that can be studied over a number of semesters. Each semester you can enroll in one or more of its four 12 credit point sub-units. Assessment items are submitted and a final grade awarded only at the end of the final sub-unit HLN712-4. This unit builds on the previous unit. You will commence your data collection and continue to draft your thesis chapters.
To ensure high quality practice, advanced level practitioners are continually required to reflect upon and modify their own practice to incorporate knowledge of the most recent research evidence. This requires advanced skills in the critical evaluation, interpretation and application of research. The dissertation provides advanced skill development in these areas.
The aim of the dissertation is to provide you with the opportunity to develop high- level skills in the evaluation, interpretation and application of research. It will also enable you to undertake a research project in a specialised area of practice.
To successfully complete the dissertation, it is expected that you provide evidence of the ability to independently:
1. continue critiquing the relevant literature pertaining to a research problem/question in your discipline area;
2. obtain health and safety and ethical clearance;
3. commence data collection to investigate the research problem/question/hypotheses;
4. continue attending supervision for ongoing feedback;
5. continue refining your research skills through independent study.
The content of your dissertation will depend on the topic that you choose as the focus of your research. Other areas of learning focus on the expectations of scholarly work and the dissertation process including:
· critically analyzing and synthesizing scholarly literature,
· conducting a research study,
· honing research skills
Research supervision will take the form of regular consultation with your dissertation supervisor. The frequency of meetings will be determined in consultation with your supervisor. Consult with your supervisor for further details regarding additional teaching and learning approaches that may be used in your discipline area.
QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.
A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.
You will be advised of any resource requirements for this unit.
The risks in this unit are dependent on your research. These risks need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis and considered in consultation with your dissertation supervisor or other nominated advisors. You are referred to the university's health and safety website
www.hrd.qut.edu.au/healthsafety/index.jsp for further information.