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RSCH09017 2019 Dissertation
Full Title
Dissertation
Transcript Title
Dissertation
Status
IB – Uploaded to Banner
Module Code
RSCH09017
NFQ Level
09
ECTS Credits
30
Subject Area
RSCH – Research
Attendance
N/A %
Grading Mode
Numeric/Percentage
Module
Duration
Calendar Year Stage – (45 Weeks)
Start Term
2019 – Academic Year 2019-2020
End Term
9999 – The End of Time
Module Leader
James Griffin
Department
D241 – Business & Financial Services
Module Co-Authors
Louise Nugent
Module Description
This is a capstone module which draws from modules delivered throughout the programme. The aim of the module is to
encourage learners to develop integrative learning and critical reflection as they bring together a range of concepts, theories,
frameworks and practices within a research setting.
The module focuses on the preparation of a large-scale research proposal; analysis and synthesis of extant literature at the
forefront of the candidates research interest; application of the findings from literature review to the design; testing and execution
of an in-depth; primary research study; interpretation and reporting of findings to supervisor, and the application of both
secondary and primary findings to the preparation of clear, well justified conclusions which address the original aims and
objectives of the research.
Indicative Syllabus
Research Planning & Design
Research Proposal; Setting aims & objectives
Meaning and Significance of Research Designs,
Features of a good research design,
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Classification of research design, contents of research design;
Research Methodology; Problem Formulation.
Formulating Literature Review
Literature Search &Assessing quality of Literature
Critical evaluation and analysis and review of Literature
Logical Flows of Ideas
Remaining unbiased
Proper use of terminology
Referencing guidelines (Harvard); Endnote software
TurnItIn software
Conceptual Frameworks:
Hypothesis Formulation, characteristics of good hypotheses
Research Philosophies
Research Approaches,
Research Process,
Validity and Reliability in Research,
Obstacles in accepting research.
Primary Research Reporting
Reporting findings
Linking Literature Review and findings
Conclusions
Drawing conclusions, linking to original aims and objectives
Recommendations
Limitations
Further Research
Academic Publishing
Peer reviewed Journals
Submitting papers

Learning Outcomes On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
1.
Plan and execute academic research which extends the forefront of their discipline through original research.
2.
Act competently and ethically as an independent researcher in their discipline
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3.
Source relevant information, critically interpret and apply appropriate referenced literature from a wide range of information
sources
4.
Evaluate the appropriateness of a chosen theoretical perspective
5.
Formulate a hypothesis and design a relevant programme of investigation
6.
Recognise the limitations of their research and suggest ways of overcoming
these in future research
7.
Contribute to the development of new techniques, ideas or approaches
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Teaching and Learning Strategies
Group discussion and classes will take place weekly. Students will work individually with a supervisor.
Module Assessment Strategies
This will be a major individual assessment, whereby a 20,000-word academic dissertation is planned, researched and
written‑up. This assignment will contain a number of milestones which encompass stage deliverables such as a research
proposal, literature review, primary data collection instruments, primary data analysis and final thesis.
Softbound research thesis must be submitted by 1st September in the same year as the final examination is taken
This assessment will measure learners’ achievement of multiple learning outcomes.
Repeat Assessment Strategies
A student must pass the dissertation module. If it is failed, the student will be required to resubmit a modified or new dissertation
before August 31st of the following year.
Programme Membership
LC_BDIMT_MMY 201900 Master of Science in Digital Marketing
Coursework & Continuous
Assessment
0 %
End of Semester / Year Formal
Exam
100 %
Coursework / Continuous Assessment Breakdown
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Other Resources
Thesis Guide
Academic Writing Guide
Cover
Book Details
Larry, L., (2012). The Literature Review: Six Steps to Success. . Corwin.
ISBN 1452240884 ISBN-13 9781452240886
Yin, K., (2004). The Case Study Anthology. . SAGE Publications, Inc.
ISBN 0761929258 ISBN-13 9780761929253
Coursework Assessment
Title
Type
Form
Failed
Element
Percent
Week
Outcomes
Assessed
Research
Proposal &
Presentation
Continuous
Assessment
Project
No
10 %
Week 10
1
Literature
Review
Continuous
Assessment
Written Report
No
10 %
Week 20
3,4,5
Methodology
Continuous
Assessment
Written Report
No
10 %
Week 30
1,2,6,7
Final
Dissertation
Continuous
Assessment
Written Report
No
70 %
End of Year
1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Full Time Mode Workload
Type
Location
Description
Hours
Frequency
Avg Workload
Seminar
Flat Classroom
Lecture/Seminar
1
Weekly
1.00
Directed Learning
Not Specified
Supervisor Contact
.66
Weekly
0.66
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.66 Hours
Module Resources
Recommended Book List
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Creswell, W., (2013). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches, 4th
Edition. . SAGE Publications, Inc.
ISBN 1452226105 ISBN-13 9781452226101
Maxwell, A., (2012). Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach (Applied Social Research
Methods). . SAGE Publications, Inc.
ISBN 1412981190 ISBN-13 9781412981194
(2002). Qualitative Research in Practice: Examples for Discussion and Analysis. . Jossey-Bass.
ISBN 0787958956 ISBN-13 9780787958954
Jankowicz, A D., (2004). Business Research Projects. . Cengage Learning EMEA.
ISBN 1844800822 ISBN-13 9781844800827
Truss, L., (2008). Eats, Shoots & Leaves Illustrated Edition. . Gotham.
ISBN 1592403913 ISBN-13 9781592403912
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