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Global Health Research Project

Module Coordinator    :           Dr Nuha Ibrahim
ECTS Value:                             30

Upon completion of the taught component of the programme, students will undertake and complete an independent research project leading to the writing and submission of a dissertation. The aim of the dissertation is to develop independent analytical thought on a chosen topic, through a research project involving a critical investigation of a phenomenon relevant to global health. The dissertation may be written following research and/or field placement with government departments, international agencies and civil society organisations in Ireland or elsewhere. Students may also choose to write a systematic review for submission as a dissertation. The research proposal will be developed over the first two terms of the programme through related seminars and in consultation with the assigned research supervisor. Prior to commencement of the research project, students must obtain ethical approval from the relevant bodies.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
•          Independently plan and conduct a global health‐related research project in a domestic or international setting utilising appropriate methodological skills and, in an ethically responsible manner;
•          Effectively handle obstacles encountered during the research process and mitigate accordingly;
•          Keep a personal (e) journal to log your research experiences during the project to share with your supervisor and other students;
•          Disseminate research  findings  in  a  conference  setting  (poster  and  oral  presentation)  and prepare manuscript for a peer-reviewed journal;

Indicative Resources
The research dissertation guide outlines the important deadlines in preparation for dissertation work in Term 3, as well as specific guidelines on the writing and submission of the dissertation. Additional information may be provided in related preparation seminars and posted on Blackboard.

Methods of Teaching and Student Learning
The research project will be developed over the first two terms of the programme through related seminars and in consultation with the assigned research supervisor.

Methods of Assessment
The dissertation will be examined under the same grading guidelines outlined in the Student Handbook by two internal examiners. The final overall mark will be determined by averaging the two final marks by the two examiners.  The External examiner(s) will mark a representative sample of the dissertations and any dissertations where the examiners’ assessment differs a) by more than 10% or b) across the pass/fail or pass/distinction grade. Examiners will be guided by a dissertation assessment form outlining a number of criteria, as outlined in the research dissertation guide.

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