PT0610 - Evidence Based Dissertation

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What will I learn on this module?

This module aims to develop your skills of independent working by engaging with a topic of your own choosing and designing a research project addressing a question relevant to contemporary physiotherapy. You will explore aspects of research such as literature searching, filtering and quality assessment to develop a research proposal in a relevant area of physiotherapy. This may use a qualitative or quantitative approach and will be limited to the development but not the execution of the project. The module builds on the year 2 module ‘research and evidence in physiotherapy’ and provides an opportunity to apply your understanding of research to a topic of particular interest.

How will I learn on this module?

Keynote lectures will extend your knowledge of research methods and how they apply to the evidence base for physiotherapy to form a broad overview of the dissertation and research process. Seminars will aim to help you to develop your project from the initial starting point of developing a relevant question, to formulating an appropriate research design, finally building towards presenting your ideas in different formats e.g. oral-visual presentations.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

As well as module tutor support, each student will be allocated to a project supervisor. The project supervisor will act as mentor and advisor for the duration of your project. You will be entitled to 6 hours of individual face to face contact time with your supervisor to discuss the planning, development and finalising of your project. The role of the supervisor is to act as a guide on the research process and to advise on this process in collaboration with the project ideas that may be of interest to you.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. An understanding of the key aspects of your specific subject area. demonstrating that you have acquired a detailed knowledge that is informed through up-to-date research.
2. An understanding of established techniques of enquiry with relevant analysis for your specific research problem.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Frame the appropriate problem/question in context to enable a solution to be proposed.
2. Justify the appropriate theoretical methods for the identified problem/question in order to initiate the proposal.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. Value curiosity, ethical considerations in research and critical analysis as keystones in the processes of continuing professional development.

How will I be assessed?

Your work will develop formatively in on-going discussion with your supervisor and with peer review in seminar activities.

You will be assessed summatively by a written assignment. The assessment will involve the development of a research proposal around an area of physiotherapy that you are curious about. You will develop a research question around this and the proposal will demonstrate how you will address and answer this question using an appropriate research design.

You will receive verbal feedback during seminars and individual tutorials throughout the module to facilitate your academic and project development. You will receive written feedback on your summative assessment with the opportunity to discuss this in person with the marker.

K&U 1,2
IPSA 1,2


Research and Evidence in Physiotherapy



Module abstract

This module has a large independent study aspect that is designed to test your ability to manage your own learning around a self-selected area of physiotherapy. You will be given the freedom to describe, sustain and suggest arguments that justify a written research project in a specific area of physiotherapy. You will work together with an academic member of staff to identify and develop a previously under-developed aspect of practice and devise an appropriate project to address this issue. The module will test your problem-solving skills as it will require you to evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions to arrive at your final proposal to address this problem/issue.

Course info

UCAS Code B160

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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