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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Project/Dissertation
Module Code CM30150
School School of Communications
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Saumava Mitra
Semester 2: Saumava Mitra
Autumn: Saumava Mitra
Module TeachersSaumava Mitra
Alice O'Sullivan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 15
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
Submission of a new or substantially-revised project or dissertation.

The Project/Dissertation module consists of the production of a major piece of work that marks the culmination of the BA in Journalism. The piece of work can take the form of a scholarly dissertation that focuses on some aspect of journalism, or it can take the form of a substantial piece of original journalism. The module builds on the Research for Journalists module in semester one of JR3 in which students created a proposal for their project or dissertation. Students will be assigned a supervisor who will guide them in the production of their project or dissertation. There will also be a series of classes in the opening weeks of the semester that will focus on particular research methods, or particular media formats. However, the project or dissertation is a piece of independent work and should be driven primarily by the student. Students who opt for original journalistic projects must also write and submit a reflective essay in which they articulate what they learned in the production of their project.

Learning Outcomes

1. Produce a substantial journalism project in a single medium or variety of media
2. Write a substantial undergraduate dissertation on a journalism-related topic

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Professional Practice8No Description
Independent Study142No Description
Total Workload: 150

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Extended Essay / DissertationStudents produce either a journalism project or an academic dissertation. Projects might be print or broadcast journalism, creative writing, photography, slideshows, websites, radio, video or multimedia productions. These must be comparable in depth and breadth to academic theses. They should take on a substantial theme and relate to the subject matter and skills of the degree programme in question. All projects must be accompanied by a project report, a 2-000-word report that documents the intellectual work that was central to taking this production from conception to conclusion and a critical analysis of the issues involved Dissertations take the form of an 8,000-word examination an100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

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    Programme or List of Programmes
    JRBA in Journalism

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