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Midwifery Dissertation - HEA00018H

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Helen Bedford
  • Credit value: 40 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19 to Summer Vacation 2018-19

Module aims

To provide the student with the opportunity to study an area of midwifery practice in depth, demonstrate critical reasoning and application of theory to practice.

Module learning outcomes

This module will enable the student to:

  1. Critically review in depth the research literature related to their chosen topic of study.
  2. Critically evaluate a range of theoretical and philosophical dimensions in order to contextualise their study.
  3. Integrate relevant theoretical concepts with reflections on experience.
  4. Critically reflect on the application of evidence based guidelines to practice in their chosen area of study.
  5. Present a major study, which demonstrates critical thought and the ability to synthesise knowledge from a range of appraised sources.


Task Length % of module mark
Dissertation - 10,000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Dissertation - 10,000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback for summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading


  • Aveyard, H. & Sharp, P. (2017) A beginners guide to evidence based practice (3rd ed). Maidenhead: Open University Press
  • Aveyard, H., Sharp, P. & Woolliams, M (2015) A beginners guide to critical thinking and writing in health and social care (2nd ed). Maidenhead: Open University Press
  • Becker, L. (2015) Writing successful reports and dissertations. London: SAGE Publications Ltd
  • Cottrell, S. (2014) Dissertations and project reports. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Cottrell, S. (2017) Critical thinking skills. (3rd ed). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Wickham, S. (2015) 101 Tips for planning, writing and surviving your dissertation.

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